Go shopping? A slew of new stores – and the return of an old favorite – just opened at Westfield Old Orchard Mall, and more are on the way.
Three new retailers recently opened at Skokie Mall, says a press release issued Tuesday: French and California-inspired clothing brand Amour Vert, women’s brand and boutique Böhme, and Mongolian-sourced cashmere brand Goyol Cashmere.
The mall will also once again be home to Victoria’s Secret/Pink, which closed in 2020. Old Orchard also recently saw the return of Barnes & Noble, which opened at the mall in 1994 but closed in 2021 .
“With the addition of these new stores, we continue our mission to elevate our fashion offerings and meet the diverse tastes and preferences of our customers,” Serge Khalimsky, senior general manager of Westfield Old Orchard, said in the release. .
At least three more retailers are expected to open in the coming months, the release added.
Jewelry brand Gorjana is expected to open at the mall in October. Later this year, popular lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters and California-based sportswear brand Vuori will also open stores in Old Orchard.
Additionally, Artizia, which is already open at the mall, will move to a larger flagship space, the release said.
The stores join a growing list of new retailers and restaurants, all part of a “massive” redevelopment project the mall introduced last year with plans to add residences, health and wellness amenities. be, an outdoor plaza and more, with the goal of making Westfield Old Orchard, the “preeminent destination for living, working, shopping and playing on the North Shore,” says a 2022 release from Unibail-Rodamco -Westfield.
The mall has also seen high-profile closures.
One of the mall’s anchor department stores, Lord & Taylor, closed in 2018, and The Gap and Gap Kids both closed in early 2023. As of fall 2022, Bloomingdale’s, one of three the only remaining department stores in Old Orchard, also closed its doors. doors, but was relaunched in a new way through a smaller, more “curated” concept store, Bloomie’s.
Work on the project, which also includes the reimagining of the Lord & Taylor space, is expected to continue through 2024 and 2025, with opening phases planned for 2026.
“More detailed development plans will be unveiled in early 2024 and community input will be encouraged,” officials said in 2022.
Earlier this year, officials said the mall was working to “increase the amount of locally sourced art” throughout Westfield Old Orchard in the form of art tours. Additionally, more patios and outdoor seating in restaurants and common areas have been added, as have free, oversized lawn games, like Cornhole and Connect 4.
“As a premier destination on the North Shore, we remain focused on creating a suburban oasis that offers everything the city offers and more,” Khalimsky said earlier this year, “where you Enjoy high-end fashion shopping, dining at the best restaurants and enjoying the latest entertainment in a lush outdoor environment unlike anything else in Chicagoland.
As the mall continues to renovate, here’s a look at some of the renderings released by Old Orchard, as part of its redevelopment vision.