Images: Randhurst shopping center in Mount Prospect turns 60

 
 
Updated 8/11/2022 4:30 PM

Over the past 60 years, Randhurst shopping center has undergone many changes in response to evolving retail trends. The most dramatic change arrived in 2009, with the demolition of the indoor mall and its reinvention as a lifestyle center named Randhurst Village.

Santa Claus is greeted by a large crowd as he arrived to meetchildren at Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect.
  Santa Claus is greeted by a large crowd as he arrived to meetchildren at Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Randhurst Mall is pictured under construction, before the installation of its trademark dome at center court.
Randhurst Mall is pictured under construction, before the installation of its trademark dome at center court.
Daily Herald file
Students in Montgomery Ward's ski school at Randhurst Center in Mount Prospect hit the carpeted ski run in the sporting goods department in January of 1966.
Students in Montgomery Ward's ski school at Randhurst Center in Mount Prospect hit the carpeted ski run in the sporting goods department in January of 1966.
Daily Herald file, 1966
Women wait on stage during the senior citizens pageant at Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect in September 1974.
Women wait on stage during the senior citizens pageant at Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect in September 1974.
Daily Herald file, 1974
Stores inside Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect.
Stores inside Randhurst mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file
Former professional baseball player Pete Rose signs autographs during a visit to Randhurst in Mount Prospect.
Former professional baseball player Pete Rose signs autographs during a visit to Randhurst in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 1976
A grand re-opening celebration was held at Randhurst Mall on Nov. 17, 1989. A new upper level center court was unveiled.
A grand re-opening celebration was held at Randhurst Mall on Nov. 17, 1989. A new upper level center court was unveiled.
Daily Herald file, 1989
Randhurst mall exterior sign.
Randhurst mall exterior sign.
Daily Herald file, 2002
Setting up the Santa scene at Randhurst mall.
Setting up the Santa scene at Randhurst mall.
Daily Herald file, 2002
Musicians rehearse for festival of pianos at Randhurst in Mount Prospect.
Musicians rehearse for festival of pianos at Randhurst in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 2003
Demolition of the old J.C. Penney store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Demolition of the old J.C. Penney store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 2003
A construction equipment dismantles the roof of the old Montgomery Wards store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
A construction equipment dismantles the roof of the old Montgomery Wards store at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 2003
Kids ride on the carousel in the center of Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Kids ride on the carousel in the center of Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 2006
Boogie Woogie singing group perform their Andrews Sisters Revue for area seniors at a Randhurst senior health clinic.
Boogie Woogie singing group perform their Andrews Sisters Revue for area seniors at a Randhurst senior health clinic.
Daily Herald file, 2008
The Randhurst Mall dome in Mount Prospect is demolished.
The Randhurst Mall dome in Mount Prospect is demolished.
Daily Herald file, 2009
Randhurt's dome in Mount Propsect.
Randhurt's dome in Mount Propsect.
Daily Herald file, 2009
Randhurst Village shopping center in Mount Prospect.
Randhurst Village shopping center in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file, 2015
Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect in July 2014.
Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect in July 2014.
Daily Herald file, 2014
In the mid-1980s Randhurst underwent a large remodeling project. One of those projects was to return the top level of space under the dome to its original use as a dining area. This food court, called "The Picnic," officially opened on October 4, 1984.
In the mid-1980s Randhurst underwent a large remodeling project. One of those projects was to return the top level of space under the dome to its original use as a dining area. This food court, called "The Picnic," officially opened on October 4, 1984.
Courtesy of Mount Prospect Historical Society
Randhurst was a cutting-edge shopping center when it opened on August 16, 1962. Not only was it entirely air-conditioned, making it the largest air-conditioned space in the country, but it was also designed by the leading commercial architect of the day, Victor Gruen.
Randhurst was a cutting-edge shopping center when it opened on August 16, 1962. Not only was it entirely air-conditioned, making it the largest air-conditioned space in the country, but it was also designed by the leading commercial architect of the day, Victor Gruen.
Courtesy of Mount Prospect Historical Society
On August 16, 1962 Randhurst officially opened to the public. This special day began with a parade to the new shopping center and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at each of the six arcade entrances. These ribbons were cut by Mount Prospect Mayor C.O. Schlaver, department store representatives, Randhurst Corporation officials, and Diane Hahnfield, a descendant of the family who farmed the land that became Randhurst.
On August 16, 1962 Randhurst officially opened to the public. This special day began with a parade to the new shopping center and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at each of the six arcade entrances. These ribbons were cut by Mount Prospect Mayor C.O. Schlaver, department store representatives, Randhurst Corporation officials, and Diane Hahnfield, a descendant of the family who farmed the land that became Randhurst.
Courtesy of Mount Prospect Historical Society
Randhurst anniversary celebration in 1987 in Mount Prospect.
Randhurst anniversary celebration in 1987 in Mount Prospect.
Courtesy of Mount Prospect Historical Society
Randhurst was a cutting-edge shopping center when it opened on August 16, 1962. Not only was it entirely air-conditioned, making it the largest air-conditioned space in the country, but it was also designed by the leading commercial architect of the day, Victor Gruen.
Randhurst was a cutting-edge shopping center when it opened on August 16, 1962. Not only was it entirely air-conditioned, making it the largest air-conditioned space in the country, but it was also designed by the leading commercial architect of the day, Victor Gruen.
Courtesy of Mount Prospect Historical Society
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