30 Jul 2005
I found this site while looking to find info on what is happening to the property (now) that it's been demolished. I LOVE the history
and photos you provided -- what a great way to honor a great mall. I fondly remember shopping at Lakehurst. I shopped at
Carson's many, many times while growing up. I remember visiting Scotty the X-mas tree during the holidays! I loved the
escalators and bright lights and mirrors. My dad used to take me for ice cream in the little store near the fountains - where we
would then sit and pitch pennies. I remember Orange Julius and spending time playing under the clothes racks and sliding down
the shiny metal at Wieboldts while waiting for my sister and mom to try on clothes! The little arcade on the second level that
looked like a dungeon...playing on the carpeted sunken stairs near one of the anchor stores... We shopped at Jewel, Service
Merchandise and Child's World many times. It's too bad the area became so run down and was demolished. I would MUCH
prefer this mall to Gurnee Mills, but I guess times change. Thanks for a great site and stirring up some (childhood) memories!
30 Jul 2005
I remember Scotty the talking x-mas tree in Carsons when I was a kid! The silver curved structure outside of Webolts (which I
always tried to climb) Orange Julius with my family, Watching the big swiss army knife on the corner. Jokers wild! The dungeon
looking arcade which I was never allowed to go into. MAN I MISS THIS MALL, I HATE GURNEE MILLS AND WILL NEVER GO!
10 Aug 2005
I remember going to the mall with all my friends, then going to Fun Harbor, then to the movies. Now all we can do is go to the
movies and bowling.
15 Aug 2005
Arlington Heights, IL
I remember working at circus world toy store and kinney shoes,or tom mchan whichever shoe store was on the lower level near
center court.anyway i remember hanging out there with my many girlfriends in the middle 80's,those were the days! I also
remember earlier than that when i was a kid;my mom would take me to see santa around x-mas time and what a time that was.i
remember playing at the arcade(alladins castle) and eating at the corn dog place across from there.this was also the heyday of
belvedre mall down the street and that used to be THE place to be for a while. It is very sad to see the mall torn down,memories
i can only visit in my mind and forever gone, i hate to say it but thats progress. It is good that they are trying to build the area up
with the fountain lake thing or whatever it is ,the new shopping experience that will be taking its place.i'm not to sure about that
more than likely it will fall to financial victim the same as lakehurst.lets face it that area is not that busy anymore.
19 Sep 2005
Dorothy (Overton) McBride
I've recently moved back to the Waukegan area after living in Chicago for the past 25 years. Ironically I now live in the apt.
complex across from the former mall, "The Lakes At Fountain Square". It was a sad, sad day when my dad (who has
been in the area over 35 years) told me the Lakehurst Mall no longer existed. Oh, the memories!!!! As a teenager from
North Chicago in the 70's (I graduated in 1977), Lakehurst was the "spot" on Saturdays to hang out. It's amazing how we
could spend the entire day (with $30, maybe $40 in our pockets) shopping, eating and hanging out with other friends and
classmates. And yes, with less than $50 we were able to eat whatever we wanted and do a fair amount of shopping for all
the things teenagers wanted back then. Jeans, tops, jewelry, etc., which compared to today's teenage standards, really
wasn't very much. We didn't have cell phones and all the other high tech gadgets teens have today to stay in touch, but
back then we didn't need them nor did we miss what we didn't have. The mall was just the right size to find anyone you
may have been separated from. It wasn't too small or too big and if you wanted, you could visit every store in the mall in
one shopping trip. It was great! My teenage years are full of very fond memories of Lakehurst Mall. Thank you for this
website. It helped to bring back those memories.
19 Sep 2005
Lajas, Puerto Rico
I remember the Chritmas Season, and the chorus singing chrismas carols.
23 Sep 2005
Billy & Janet Tucker
We live 42 years in zion,il. We had some good times takeing sat.are sun and go to lakehurst.we had two kids and thay
like it. We move to huntsvile,al.in 1998.and retired.the day thay open we was out to lakehurst.sorry that it was taking down.
30 Sep 2005
I was born in 1973 in Waukegan. Lakehurst was always the "in" place...I can remember going there with my family and it
was PACKED with people. Christmas time was my favorite, they always had it decorated outside and inside so
intricately. It's obvious much time and effort was spent doing so. In my HS years, I worked at several of the stores, from
County Seat, GNC, to JCPenney doing Loss Prevention. Many mall friendships were made. It was the social center for so
many of the surrounding community's teenagers! I went away to college in 1997 only to return years later during the
demolition-much to my surprise. So many great memories-too bad 'progress' steams over history and leaves much of
those memories in the dust. I know it was just a mall, but it was one of a kind in an era when large malls were a novel idea
and few/far between. I'm a south sider now, but I drove thru tonite and had a real nostalgic experience. How cool would
some form of memorial or historical marker be? Thank you for the website, to say the least.
12 Oct 2005
In winter of 1989 I was 18 years old, and in the Navy. I was going to Electrician's school a NTC Great Lakes. Lakehurst
Mall is where I went to get away. The cab ride from the base was less than 5 dollars. At midnight the movie theatre at the
mall would play either Rocky Horror or Heavy Metal. Lakehurst mall is where I got my first "store credit card". We had to
wear our uniforms when going off base until we "earned" civilian clothes. So we use to sneak clothes off base and
change in the bathrooms at the mall.
15 Oct 2005
North Chicago, IL
i rememeber going there when i was little in the 90`s
19 Oct 2005
I remember that cute Honey Bear Farm logo and a steak restaurant.