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Harlem Irving Plaza

Harlem Irving Plaza
Location 4104 N Harlem Ave Norridge, Illinois, United States
Coordinates

41°57′19.5″N 87°48′29″W / 41.955417°N 87.80806°W / 41.955417; -87.80806Coordinates: 41°57′19.5″N 87°48′29″W / 41.955417°N 87.80806°W / 41.955417; -87.80806

Opening date 1956
Management Harlem Irving Companies
Owner Harlem Irving Companies
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2).
No. of floors 1, plus partial basement
Website http://shopthehip.com

Harlem Irving Plaza (commonly referred to as "The HIP") is an enclosed mall located in Norridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The mall features over 100 stores and a food court; anchor stores include Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, Best Buy, and Target. It is one of the oldest shopping malls in the Chicago area.[1]

History

Built on the site of a former livestock farm, Harlem Irving Plaza opened in 1956 as a 337,000-square-foot (31,300 m2) strip mall featuring approximately 45 tenants.[1][2] Original anchor stores included Kroger, Walgreens, Wieboldt's, W.T. Grant, and Woolworth. The plaza became a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers a year after opening.[3]

Between 1975 and 1979, the former strip mall was enclosed, and a parking garage was added.[2] Also in 1979, Madigan's was added to the roster of department stores.[1] MainStreet, a short-lived subsidiary of Federated Department Stores opened at the mall in 1987, just as Wieboldt's closed.[4] In 1988, Kohl's acquired and converted all of the stores in the MainStreet chain; Carson Pirie Scott opened in the former Wieboldt's the same year. A food court was added in 1996,[1] and Best Buy opened in the former Madigan's. Best Buy re-located to the mall's parking lot in 2001;[1] its original location was replaced with a second parking garage. The mall underwent a thorough renovation in 2004, gaining a 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) Target in August of that year.[1]

In honor of the mall's 50th anniversary in 2006, Harlem Irving Plaza hosted a meet and greet with three of the original Mouseketeers.[5]

Sports Authority and a fitness center are slated to be added in a 2013 expansion.[6]

References

External links

  • Shop the HIP
  • Harlem Irving Properties
  • Unofficial Harlem Irving Plaza History and Current Events Blog - "HIP Blog"
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