Thursday, November 10, 2005

Golf Mill Shopping Center

Niles, Illinois - 1967

The grounds of the outside Mill area, with its water wheel, bridges and pools with goldfish. Their current website.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Golf Mill Mall! Why? Simply because the inside hasn't been updated since probably the day the mall was enclosed. Old 70s brown decor with a few minor changes along the way including a Target, Value City Furniture and the ripping of the water fountain in center court. I love this site!

Mon Apr 10, 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to point out that the indoor portion of this mall was created around 1986 or so (I used to sneak in there when they were building it). To my knowledge, it has not been updated and appears very, very 80s, but not 70s. In the 1960s and 70s, the mall was outdoors except for the anchors, such as JC Penny & Sears (still in operation today). It's little mill pond - along with much of its charm - disappeared when it was enclosed.

Thu Jun 01, 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the classiest mall in the world - once in a while I go to Sears - but they have an arcade with old videogames / pinball machines (including Funhouse, the best pinball machine ever).

Fri Jul 14, 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seem to recall a pool with multiple fountains there - lit from underwater with different colored lights (about 1970). I was just a little kid, then, and I remember being amazed at the "colored water" (so VIVID at night!): dad had to explain to me that it was the lights that made the fountains show up in different colors. I oughtta drop back there and see if anything looks the same...

Fri Jun 20, 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work at Lyttons, which was right across from the old mill. Lyttons closed in the mid 80's It was one of the nicer stores in an otherwise middle of the road (demographically) mall. I stopped at the mall in October and barely recognized it. There doesn't seem to be a big draw, unless you can't find a Target anywhere else.

Fri Jan 30, 09:44:00 PM  
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Wed Sep 21, 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in the area and hung out at Golf Mill regularly. I remember that at Lyttons they had enclosed monkeys on display. Even then I thought that was kind of cruel.

Fri Jul 11, 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Larry said...

I realize that this post is over ten years old, but I just noticed it. I have vague but fond memories of visiting the are with the water wheel and bridges as a young child with my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I would love to find more pictures of that area. Can someone help me find more pictures?

Thank You

Sat Jan 16, 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger incog99 said...

I believe we went fishing near the water wheel in 1960 when they stocked the pond with fish for the kiddies. I was a kiddie then. We arrived in a black convertible Dodge with gigantic wings with so much chrome on the dashboard that it was blinding in the sunlight. Those were the days my friend...

Sat Jan 06, 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Disnt Lyttons in golf mill have monkeys in the back of the store

Fri Nov 20, 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was like 4 but I knew I remembered monkeys in a cage!!

Sun May 30, 03:38:00 PM  

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