Editor’s note: Video for this story comes from a previous report.
Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie revealed updated details, timelines and photos Tuesday of what the center’s new apartments and residents could soon look like as part of an ambitious and “transformative” redevelopment plan.
According to a press release, local developer Focus has been chosen as co-developer of the project, which is expected to break ground in 2025 with construction of approximately 400 luxury apartments and 15,000 square feet of street-level retail. an outdoor park and event space.
“When completed, the new residences, restaurants, wellness facilities and outdoor amenities will create a North Shore destination unique to Chicago, significantly enhancing the center’s existing offerings,” the release said, adding that the apartments are expected to open to Chicago residents. early 2027.
Apartments will range from studio to three-bedroom units, officials say, with amenities including a pool, lounge, fitness center, pet spa, coworking spaces and dog play area. .
The extensive redevelopment began in 2018 when Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield acquired the mall’s vacant former Lord & Taylor department store, which will soon be home to Arhaus, Puttshack, ZARA and Pottery Barn, among other retailers, the release added.
“Our bold new vision for the center will significantly enhance its offerings and make it a preeminent destination for living, working, shopping and entertainment on the North Shore,” said Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, executive vice president of development. , design and operation in the United States. operational leadership, Geoff Mason said in 2022. “By creatively unlocking the potential of the center, this development will bring new life, new energy and new choices to Old Orchard and deliver even more engaging and meaningful experiences for the community local.
Meanwhile, new mall stores and restaurants continue to open.
Popular clothing and lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters was the latest in a string of new stores to open at the suburban mall. The 8,252-square-foot store, which opened earlier this month, is located next to Banana Republic on the north and west sides of the mall, the spokesperson said.
The mall has also recently seen the addition of several new high-end retailers and restaurants, including Louis Vuitton, Tory Birch, Alo Yoga, Capital Grille, Bar Siena and more.
Old Orchard also saw the return of the center’s longtime favorite bookstore, Barnes & Noble, which initially closed its doors there in 2021.
And earlier this year, as Bloomingdale’s mall closed, Bloomie’s, the department store’s smaller “curated retail concept,” opened.
Bloomingdale’s opened at Old Orchard Mall in 1995. Only two other department stores remain in the mall: Macy’s, which took over the former Marshall Field’s store in 2006, and Nordstrom’s.
Here’s a look at the most recent renderings of the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center redevelopment: