Sunday, March 27, 2011

The King of Dead Shopping Malls






DIXIE SQUARE MALL IN HARVEY, IL has been abandoned since 1979, coming up on 30 years now. Take a look at how nature reclaims the folly of man. I discovered this incredible story thanks to my friend Howard, who introduced me to the web site of The Center for Land Use Interpretation. There, I discovered this place, the oldest abandoned shopping mall in the United States. One year after it closed, the mall was used as a location for “The Blues Brothers” film, perfect for the scenes of police cars driving through the stores and walkways. It’s odd that the buildings have not been demolished or even an attempt at reuse since that time. New growth forest is overtaking the site, and the buildings are surrendering to the harsh midwestern winters, vandalism and neglect.

To visit the abandoned site, drive onto or take photographs, you must get permission from the Harvey Police Department. They can be reached at: 708.210.5200

Harvey, IL is 20 miles south of Chicago.

More information: Dead Mall

Reposted from December 15, 2008

6 comments:

Kristi Smart Romantic Fantasy Coats and Clothing. said...

It reminds me of pictures I had seen of Chernobyl. An abandoned city with foliage coming up in the middle of the street. Nice shots.

zuna said...

This store is too old. My grand pa and me was going there on Christmas and buying some sweets and christmas card for me and my friends. Thanks for your this nice and mystical sharing.

Douglas said...

one would think the neighbors would want the place bulldozed.

SwiftColour said...

makes for great photos tho. little creepy but thats all part of the charm

Louise said...

What exact happen on this abandoned shopping malls?

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