Woodfield Mall has stimulated much growth, such as its southern neighbors: townscape shopping center The Streets of Woodfield and many corporate offices.
Woodfield Mall is the largest shopping mall in the Chicago area in Schaumburg, Illinois at the intersection of Golf Road and Illinois Route 53.
Woodfield opened on September 9, 1971 with 59 stores, growing to 189 stores with 1.9 million retail square feet by 1973, the largest mall in the United States at that time. Woodfield is named for former Sears board chairman General Robert E. Wood and Marshall Field and Company founder Marshall Field.
The mall is the most visited tourist destination in Chicagoland and the most popular tourist destination in Illinois with 27 million annual visitors. The center features nearly 300 stores and is anchored by J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s), Nordstrom and the country’s largest Sears store at 416,000 square feet. Woodfield is often used as a test market for retailers.
Woodfield Mall has stimulated much growth in the northwest suburbs. Thriving corporate centers have developed in nearby suburbs to be close to Woodfield Mall. Also, two prominent shopping centers are adjacent neighbors to Woodfield Mall: The Streets of Woodfield and Woodfield Village Green. The Golden Corridor is a term used to describe the area around the Northwest Tollway (Interstate 90) in the Chicago metropolitan area, which encompasses Woodfield Mall. The Golden Corridor generates a “gold” mine of economic profit for communities in the area. Several Fortune 500 companies, office buildings, industrial buildings, exhibition and entertainment centers, hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants are located along the Golden Corridor.
Woodfield is adjacent to Ilinois Route 53 and I-290. The Northwest Tollway (Interstate 90) also runs north of Woodfield, intersecting Route 53 northeast of the mall.
Pace Bus, the Suburban Bus service, has a complete bus center, which the ending of several routes. It is also the hub for the “Cubs Roundtripper” to Wrigley Field, “Bears Shuttle” to Soldier Field, “Six Flags Shuttle” to Six Flags Great America, and “The Flower and Garden Show” Shuttle.
The Woodfield Trolley (owned and operated by Pace) has begun service to the convention center from Woodfield, with trolleys running every 30 minutes.
Schaumburg also has a municipal Heliport (ICAO: 4H1) available for public use. It has the main helicopter pad, 1 helicopter parking space, and grassy area for extra parking.
Other Major Highways that go through the Woodfield area include:
Illinois Route 62 – Algonquin Road
Illinois Route 72 – Higgins Road
The mall is located about 15 miles NW of O’Hare Airport and about 28 miles from Downtown Chicago.
The Woodfield-Connection blog has news of the Woodfield area.
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