It wasn't what we expected. We thought it would be in some semi-rural area, and perhaps it was when it opened in 1992, but it's right off the I-494 for easy access. No doubt it's a shopaholic's dream destination.
|A view from the third level|
Here are a few facts:
- Four out of 10 visitors to the mall are tourists (it attracts 40 million (yes, that's correct, million, visitors a year)
- The walking distance around one level is 1.15 miles
- There are 5.6 million square feet of gross building area
- There are about 520 stores, with about 12,000 employees
- There are 27 rides in Nickelodeon Universe
- There are 12,750 parking spaces on the two parking levels (I didn't have any trouble getting one, or finding my vehicle when ready to leave.)
- More than 400 events are held each year
We didn't arrive at the mall until early evening and walked around the four levels -- a quick window shopping. I could say you could almost get lost, but everything is well marked so if you keep your bearings, you're safe. Mary did buy chocolate ice cream on a cone. We were there as sightseers, not shoppers.
|Nickelodeon amusement park|
So there's something for everyone -- in large quantities. A shopper's paradise.
And I might add that the mall is nice and clean. The upkeep has been extraordinary for a place that's nearly 25 years old. I'm sure it will be decked out for the holidays. I have a friend in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who has participated in shopping trips on tour busses to the mall, so I can imagine what the place will be like from now until Christmas with folks coming in from all directions.
Next stop: Starved Rock State Park in Illinois
Until the next time....