Top 10 Retail Center Experiences: No. 10 Woodfield Mall

Daybreaker continues its countdown of the Top 10 Retail Center Experiences named in the July-August edition of Chain Store Age.

Simon’s outpost in the Chicagoland suburb of Schaumburg is a prime example of an enclosed mall that’s withstanding the challenge of e-coms and town centers. Indeed, Woodfield is Schaumburg’s claim to fame — one of America’s largest malls at 2.3 million sq. ft. and the town’s largest employer with more than 4,000 earning paychecks at its 300-plus stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Sears, Macy’s, and JC Penney still thrive at Woodfield, which also houses Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom. “In our department stores, it’s all about the shopper experience. All of them offer buy-online and try on or pick up at the store service,” said general manager Laurie Van Dalen, a Simon veteran for whom Woodfield is her 10th posting.

The mall added a new dining pavilion with Blaze Pizza and Stan’s Donuts to complement destination eateries like Rainforest Café, Cheesecake Factory, and Texas de Brazil. Its Improv Comedy Club is a popular local nightspot, and it recently welcomed Pac-Man Entertainment (whose national marketing manager nominated Woodfield for this honor).

Shoppers are equally taken with Woodfield. It ranked No. 1 in a Yelp survey of the Top 25 malls in Illinois. Remarked one reviewer: “Seems while all the local malls are closing stores down, Woodfield continues thriving with customers. You can find almost any store and item you need at Woodfield.”


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No. 1 Easton Town Center
No. 2 Northpark Center
No. 3 Avalon
No. 4 Westfield Garden State Plaza
No. 5 Mall of America
No. 6 Destiny USA
No. 7 Chestnut Hill Square
No. 8 Eton Chagrin Boulevard
No. 9 West Edmonton Mall