27 Apr 2006
Arlington Heights, IL
Great website...thanks for the memories! I'm 26 and will always have fond memories of Athens Gyros (great fountain Sprite),
The Gift Tree, Tape World and the Bresler's 33 flavors. I'll also never forget when I got the stomach flu and vomited in one of the
downstairs fountains. And finally, I have to pay tribute to the legendary CHILD WORLD, which was just seconds down the street.
That place was Valhalla! RIP Lakehurst...shine on you crazy diamond!
27 Apr 2006
Oh the memories of Lakehurst. I spent most of my life walking the hallways of that mall! I moved away from that area in 1997 so I
was starting to see the downward spiral. In 2004, we drove by the location and all I could do was cry. That was end of a great
chapter in my "book of life" as well as a few others I know. Thanks for all of the effort you have put into this web site and sharing
all the great memories!
28 Apr 2006
I grew up in Waukegan, and I have two words to describe my memories of Lakehurst: Pizza. Rolls. Damn, those things were
awesome. Good times. I saw Santa there every year, shopped for school clothes, and wasted money at Aladdin's Castle. When
I got the link to this site in my inbox, I couldn't quite believe it. Thanks for brining back some fond memories!
29 Apr 2006
I'm young, and I only remember the bad years of Lakehurst. But I will always remember the circular thing of lights in Carson's, the
curved tops hanging over the doors at Wieboldts, and the big metal ornament hanging down in the center of the mall. Those
things were so unique, they just stood out to me and I will always remember them.
30 Apr 2006
Sharina R. Nixon-Thibou
Formerly of Zion, IL
Gosh, there are so many fond memories. I use to work at Trade Secrets, Just Jeans, GiGi's, a little candy stand around the
corner from Holland's, Corn Dog, and Hot Sam's. Yep, I got around LOL!!! Hot Sam's is where I was proposed to...in front of a
line of customers. Lakehurst Mall was my safe haven! These pictures and tribute...man does it take you back! Way back...where
I wish I was today. Thanks for sharing.
30 Apr 2006
Great site! I grew up in Waukegan and have very fond memories of this place. Reading about Scotty the talking Christmas tree
almost brought a tear to my eye. I especially loved shopping at the Gap. And Red Lobster was where we went for many "fancy"
family dinners. Too much fun!
03 May 2006
This is a great website. I appreciate all the memories it brought flooding back to me - good, strange or otherwise. I have many
memories, and they started with my first job at Kinney's shoes at 15 yrs old. A few years later, I moved up (or next door) in the
retail world and worked at Susie's Casuals. I remember eating eggrolls and gyros from upstairs, frequenting the fannie mae
candy store and of course the Orange Julius - I've since learned how to make them at home. I remember wanting to go into the
Merry Go Round but would wait until my friend was working because those sales associates used to pounce on you. Who
knows, we probably did the same thing at Susie's, especially during homecoming and prom time. I remember going to Red
Lobster after work because for some reason I was able to drink (even though I was several years from being of age). I can
mention this now that it's closed down. I think the waiters liked us dressed all in our Susie's best. Another fond memory is
performing at Lakehurst for the Lake County cheerleading competitions - I went to Zion HS and we won 1st place several years
in a row. It was great being on top of the pyramid - I felt almost as high as the top floor and could see all my family and friends
cheering us on. Whew, haven't thought of many of those things in quite a while. Thanks to whomever put this together, great idea!
05 May 2006
Taking the bus with a transfer in downtown Waukegan to get to Lakehurst. Meeting friends and going to Carsons to put on
make-up. Looking for boys and the pickles at Slicers. We would go shopping and not get much done because we new so many
people in the mall. It is truly missed!
05 May 2006
I couldn't even to begin to tell you what age or dates of things that stuck with me about Lakehurst, from being a kid and that
wonderful winter wonderland. The hard times for my family when all we could do was window shop and my father picked up a
print of Jesus holding a baby lamb at the Gift Tree, my fathers gone but the print still happily hangs on my wall. The time when my
mother and father got stuck in JCPenny's because they shut down the elevator and she was in a wheelchair. God this even goes
back to my first dates with my husband and having to go to that God awful pizza place (anything for love, right) and I can't forget
my father holding me and my sister close to protect us from all the "mean horny sailors" when we did go to the theatre. It's funny,
years have passed without a thought of the place, but hearing of it's destruction crushed me, goodbye Lakehurst, thanks for the
memories! I couldn't even to begin to tell you what age or dates of things that stuck with me about Lakehurst, from being a kid
and that wonderful winter wonderland. The hard times for my family when all we could do was window shop and my father picked
up a print of Jesus holding a baby lamb at the Gift Tree, my fathers gone but the print still happily hangs on my wall. The time
when my mother and father got stuck in JCPenny's because they shut down the elevator and she was in a wheelchair. God this
even goes back to my first dates with my husband and having to go to that God awful pizza place (anything for love, right) and I
can't forget my father holding me and my sister close to protect us from all the "mean horny sailors" when we did go to the
theatre. It's funny, years have passed without a thought of the place, but hearing of it's destruction crushed me, goodbye
Lakehurst, thanks for the memories!
08 May 2006
Lakehurst, depending on your age when you first experienced its magic, is synonomous with very specific memorable icons.
For me Lakehurst Mall goes hand-in-hand with the Atari 2600/ Intelivsion, Reaganomics, boom-boxes, laser discs, E.T. and
Raiders of the Lost Ark, cable television (the set-top boxes w/dedicated buttons for each station), Nina Blackwood, Pac-Man
Fever, 45s and LPs, Ray Rayner, Bozo and Frazier Thomas (Family Classics), VCRs where the tape compartment popped out
of the top of the unit, skinny leather ties (from Chess King, of course)... the list goes on and on. My favorite establishments were
Alladin's Castle, JR's and Camelot, Jokers Wild, Pet World and the martial arts store by the mall entrance near Penney's. If only I
could have a Gyro Plate from Athen's or a crappy frozen pizza from Pono's just one more time...
09 May 2006
I was there when it opened! How sad it's gone now and being replaced by Wal-mart? C'mon! Gurnee Mills stinks too! Nothing
but junk in that place. Lakehurst HAD CLASS!! My hubby and I bought our wedding rings at Rogers/Hollands in 1972. We ate
every week in our early married years at Tally's Pub. I just loved shopping at the Plum Tree and Wieboldt's. Had fun with my
girlfriends trying on their wigs. And, who could forget those fabulous "dock sales" at Carsons? Wow - you could and did find
anything there! I miss you Lakehurst.