|An archive of history and nostalgia honoring
Lake County’s first major regional shopping center
Opened in 1971, Lakehurst was a sprawling, mixed-use complex which housed a 1.1 million square-foot
enclosed shopping mall and numerous freestanding commercial, office, recreational, and residential
structures. Lakehurst remained in operation for 30 years, until competition from nearby mega-mall
Gurnee Mills and the departure of many of its anchor retailers led to the mall’s demise and eventual
closure in 2001. The shuttered Lakehurst Mall spent three years in decaying limbo and was completely
demolished in 2004. The property is now being redesigned as a new mixed-use development to be
known as Fountain Square of Waukegan.
This website is intended to serve as a tribute to Lakehurst and as an archive of its history and memories.
Included on this site are a detailed history of the Lakehurst property, a photo gallery, a listing of stores
from throughout the years, a step-by-step photographic tour of the demolition, and a memories page.
Your contributions, recollections, and reminiscences are welcome and encouraged, and will be included
on this site with your permission.
|Copyright © 2005-2011, Nicole Yugovich
Reproduction without permission is prohibited