In the summers of 1977 and 1978 Steven Wilson was a young man working at McDonalds in Woodfield Mall.  It was a seasonal job and, in his spare time, he indulged his appreciation of the architecture of the mall with his recent interest in 35mm photography.

With Mr. Wilson’s permission it is a pleasure to share some of his photos with the blog’s readers.  You can view the photos on his Flickr account and see the grandeur of Woodfield Mall’s Center Court during that time.

Take note of the iconic piece of art that hung from the ceiling over Center Court.  It has been gone for a while but the colors obviously worked with those of the carpeting.  The same colors and elements of the design were also thematically reflected in the Woodfield Water Tower.  It was obviously a planned theme.

Also interesting to note are the geometric themes carried out in the sunken stage, the ceiling and the art work.  And, of course, you get a good view of the fountain, the crosswalks and the double escalators.

As far as stores go, I see Holland Jewelers, Johnson & Murphy shoes and Regal Shoes.  Do you spot any other stores that you recognize?  What, for instance, is the store next to Holland?  Or the store that has rainbow colors to the right of Johnson & Murphy?  If you can help with any names, it would be appreciated.

Many thanks to Mr. Wilson, author of the soon-to-be published Six Flags Great America, for these great photos.  We are fortunate he picked up a photography hobby at the same time he was making Big Macs and french fries!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Terri Centerbar Says:

    Roy Rogers restaurant..Hot Sam’s..Slicers Deli..Tropical Sun Fruit and Nut..Kinneys Shoes..Coney Dogs..

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the info Terri! I will add these establishments to my list of Woodfield stores and restaurants. I appreciate your assistance.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Lynn Thomas Says:

    Hello – Shirt Tales is next to Hollands. County Seat jean store is below Florsheim Shoes.

    I helped set up JCPenneys before it opened. It was the last anchor store to open. Fields and Sears opened 1st.

    I love reading Local History. Thank you for spending the time to do this!! Most stories bring back many memories. My family moved to Hoffman Estates in 1958; I was 5 yrs old. Schaumburg Road was still gravel (I used to go to Barney’s Tap with my Dad. They had toys in the corner for the kids to play with, and handed out licorice =)

    Lynn Thomas

    • jrozek Says:


      Thank you for your additions which, fortuitously, were separate from Terri’s. Nice how that worked!

      Wow, you remember Barney’s Tap? And the little details about what they did for children who were there? How neat! If there is ever anything else you remember about that establishment or if you could draw a rough sketch of what the outside looked like, it would be most appreciated! I would not mind doing a blog posting on that bar since it was such a long time Schaumburg Township establishment–although it went by other names too in its earlier years.

      Anything you can help me with would be wonderful. Feel free to email me if you have any other info–or drawings–to share!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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