THE RESTAURANTS OF WOODFIELD MALL

The world of Woodfield Mall is of never ending interest to those who lived nearby and grew up here.  For them, it was a place to shop.  It was a place to work.  It was a place to see concerts or get a glimpse of someone famous. It was a place to hang out. And it was a place to see and be seen.  But, it was also a place to eat.

Woodfield was unique in that it never had a food court.   That didn’t mean, though, that they were ever hurting for dining options.  In the beginning, some of the restaurants were chains and some were independently owned.  Some lasted for years and some were gone rather quickly.  They all had their day in the sun and they all had their followers.  Ask anyone who frequented the mall and they’ll tell you right away which one(s) were their favorite(s).

So, please mention your favorites, which ones you worked at and which ones we’re missing.  The list below was compiled from Woodfield’s website, various Woodfield directories, firsthand knowledge and mentions from other blog postings.  With your help we’ll get it as complete as possible.

And, of course, if you would like to share any photos, I’d love to create another blog posting around some of the individual restaurants.  The only one I’ve ever done is on International Park because some of the commenters supplied me with photos.  Jump in if you can and pass them on to me at the email address below.

 

A & W

Arby’s

Argo Tea

Au Bon Pain

Auntie Anne’s (Pretzels)

Beer & Brats

Black Forest Finer Foods

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Boudin Sourdough Bakery

Bressler’s 33 Flavors

Bumbleberry Restaurants  (Pie store)

Cafe Bistro

California Café

Charleys Philly Steaks

Cheesecake Factory

Chill Bubble Tea

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chopsticks

Cinnabon

Coldstone Creamery

Coney Dogs

Cookie Factory Bakery

Dunkin Donuts

Dutch Mill Candies

Farrell’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Garrett Popcorn

Gloria Jean’s Coffee

Godiva Chocolatier

Grandma’s Soup Tureen

Granny’s Donuts

Greener Fields  (Marshall Fields restaurant)

Hickory Farms

Hot Sam’s

International Park (This was a miniature food court all in one restaurant with a Coney Island section which was hot dogs and cotton candy, a hamburger section, Chinese Food, American Food and an Italian section in the back.  They were possibly there from the beginning and at least through 1975-76.  It was on the lower level next to the skating rink.)

Jimmy John’s

John’s Garage

Junior Hot Shoppe Snack Bar

Kinfork BBQ & Tap

Kirby’s/Kerby’s Koney Island

Konee’s  (A spelling aberration of “Ice Kream, Karry Out, Korned Beef, Kold Turkey”)

Le Creperie (?)

Leeann Chin’s

Level 257

LifeHouse Health Foods  (Juice bar in the store)

Long Grove Confectionary

Lucky’s Diner

Magic Pan

Maoz Falafel and Grill

Mars 2112

McDonald’s

Mickey’s Kitchen (One of two test restaurants in the country, it was housed inside the former Disney Store from May 1991 to March/April 1992.)

Mr. Submarine

Mrs. Fields

Nestle Tollhouse Cafe

Nic’s Organic Fast Food

Nordstrom ebar

Nuts on Clark

O’Connell’s Restaurant (Family dining)

Olga’s Kitchen (Greek restaurant)

Orange Bowl Restaurant

Orange Julius

Panda Express

P. F. Chang’s China Bistro

Rainforest Café

Red Robin

Roy Rogers

Ruby Tuesday

Sam’s Pretzels

Sbarro

Sears (Interior restaurant)

Seven Arches  (Marshall Field’s restaurant)

Skolnik’s (bagels)

Spinnaker’s (California-themed restaurant that served honey bread in a flower pot)

Starbucks

Sweet Factory

The Skewer

The Slicer  (Slicer’s Deli)

The Soup Bar  (At Lord & Taylor’s)

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee (coming)

The Submarine

Subway

Suki Hana (coming)

Surf City Squeeze

Taste of Baker’s Square

Texas de Brazil

T.J. Cinnamons (Precursor to Cinnabon)

Tidbits

Tiffany’s Bakeries

Todai

Tropical Sun Nut and Fruit

257

Uncle Julio’s

Van’s Belgian Waffles

Vie de France

Vinny’s

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Wimpy’s Hamburgers

Wok A Holic (coming)

Yogen Fruz

“There was also a restaurant down by the Penny’s end that was finished and open during construction where all the workers could eat. Fast food during construction and sit down after mall opened.” –From a blog commenter

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

The photo was used courtesy of the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake.

8 Responses to “THE RESTAURANTS OF WOODFIELD MALL”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Victoria Station on the perimeter of the mall. A clump of train cars was such a site. El Torito too

  2. Sheril Says:

    The one you called Granny’s was Grandmas Soup Tureen.

  3. randy schallau Says:

    I believe Sears had a restaurant initially.

  4. Pam Kuusisto Says:

    Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane. Submarine, was my favorite. Greatest French fries ever !

  5. jkunzer Says:

    Does anyone else remember Fannie May Candies or Ditka’s?

  6. Rob Says:

    There was a Burger King

  7. Ray Says:

    Does anyone have any Pictures of the wood field mall Mars 2112?
    I haven’t seen any of them ever, only the new york one

    • jrozek Says:

      I would like to see some photos too! I have a blog posting coming up on this restaurant in the next month or two. They would definitely be a nice addition.

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

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