FAVORITE FUN THINGS ABOUT SCHAUMBURG: MARCH EDITION

Happy Birthday Schaumburg!  You’re turning 60 this year on March 7, 2016 and we’re happy to celebrate with you!

In honor of your birthday year, we’re doing a monthly blog posting based on some of our favorite things about you.

During the month of March we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite memory about Woodfield Mall.  The shopping center opened in 1971 and has been one of the cornerstones of the community.  People have flocked to the mall for the variety of stores, the restaurants and the various events that have been held in the stores and Center Court.  woodfield main atrium 1971

If you have a favorite memory about Woodfield, please do share it in the comments below.  Maybe it’s a restaurant that is gone but not forgotten?  Or a store that carried your favorite brand of clothes?  Or you were one of the lucky ones who saw John Travolta in his appearance at the mall?  Whatever that memory may be, we’d love to hear from you!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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10 Responses to “FAVORITE FUN THINGS ABOUT SCHAUMBURG: MARCH EDITION”

  1. Jane Says:

    When our children were young Woodfield was a perfect outing for an afternoon. We began with pizza at Sbarro’s, held all the stuffed animals at Rainforest Cafe, played with the Disney characters at the Disney store, read books at Golden Books, admired the fountains in Center Court and finished it up with an ice cream cone at Baskin Robbins or a chocolate chip cookie at Mrs. Field’s. They loved it.

  2. Fred Luft Says:

    During the summer between my Junior and Senior year of High School (Conant Class of 1971) I worked at Woodfield Mall being a helper for one of the construction companies working there.

    • jrozek Says:

      I can’t imagine how big the construction site–and building–must have seemed during the building process. In an exhibit celebrating Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary that is coming up at the library in May and June, there will be an aerial photo of Woodfield on opening day. It’s a fascinating photo. Please stop by and take a look!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. Tracey Partin Says:

    We used to go to John’s Garage every weekend with the kids for their famous potato skins and baked french onion soup. We were SO disappointed when they closed their doors :o(

    • jrozek Says:

      As far as I’m concerned, we did not frequent this restaurant enough while it existed. It was such a fan favorite that the line discouraged us every time!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  4. Keith Nelms Says:

    While working at BGinnings Concert Club, I used to get records from Oranges Music, (in Woodfield Mall) ,they supplied me with music, for a promotional plug, and signs inside the club.
    Many concert artists would want to go to Woodfield, to check out “The World’s Largest Mall” ! Some artists that went with me to Oranges, or “The Alley”, in 1976, were Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Manfred Mann, Ambrosia, and my most favorite memory, RUSH and their crew of 3 , went with me to the record store, to swap out my promo albums. The band was recognized instantly by employees and some fans that were there, autographs were signed, people were thrilled and excited seeing the band in this very unusual, and unannounced scenario, with the Canadian Trio, out for a walk with me, at Woodfield, August 26th, 1976,,

    • jrozek Says:

      Keith,

      This is a wonderful comment–great details with a personal touch. What a variety of acts to cross both the doors of B’Ginnings and Woodfield Mall. The fact that they wanted to see Woodfield is intriguing. It just goes to show what a marvel it was when it opened!

      You also ended your writeup perfectly. This is obviously a fond memory. Thanks for the comment!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  5. kesoundman Says:

    Thanks Jane, as always, you do a fantastic job, keeping a finger, on the “Pulse Of Schaumburg” ;~)

  6. cherie lea hartman Says:

    I wish I could remember the clothing store upstairs by Fields. I want to say the name was Zantos. It had beautiful high-end ladies wear. I just wonder if they’re still in business somewhere. Does anyone know, or remember it?

    • jrozek Says:

      Cherie,

      Was it maybe Gantos that you are thinking of? It fits your description and was on the second floor between Marshall Fields and Penney’s.

      According to Wikipedia, they closed all of their locations in 1999 after earlier bankruptcy proceedings.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library
      jrozek@stdl.org

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