the 700000 square foot mall had the capacity to host four anchor stores and 100 smaller shops
Inside Chicago’s shuttered Lincoln Mall.
Seph Lawless
  • The American suburb has gone through some huge changes in the last few decades.
  • Malls, once a place for suburbanites to spend their downtime, have suffered in the wake of the retail apocalypse, and many have shut down.
  • Suburban real estate and golf courses have also evolved in recent years.

In March 2017, Business Insider reported a series of stories on “The Death of Suburbia,” declaring the end of the suburbs as we once knew them.

By examining the plummeting value of McMansions, the increasingly blurry line between city and suburb, and the shuttered shopping malls across the nation, we saw that the once-flourishing suburbs were no longer what they used to be.

Ahead, see a collection of photos from Seph Lawless and Business Insider reporters, showing the relics of America’s suburban past. Some of these structures are now abandoned while millennials move forward with alternative ways of living.

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It’s been a rough couple of years for the retail industry, and malls are shutting down across the country. Chicago’s Lincoln Mall, pictured here, shut its doors in January 2015.

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Source: Business Insider

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It had originally opened in 1973.

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Source: The Chicago Tribune

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The 700,000-square-foot mall had the capacity to host four anchor stores and 100 smaller shops.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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Closer to its final months, the mall had just 40 storefronts in business.

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In 2013, the mall’s owner told The Chicago Tribune that the property was losing $2 million a year.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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The closure of the mall’s Sears was a major blow to its business.

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The same year, a court-ordered receiver was appointed to force the location to pay taxes and fines as well as make necessary repairs.

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Source: The Chicago Tribune

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The mall’s tenants did not generate enough in rent to pay for the improvements or repairs, according to an attorney for the owner.

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The mall reportedly failed to make these changes, which included creating new exits to comply with fire codes and replacing electrical and air conditioning systems.

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In November 2014, a Cook County judge ordered the closure of the mall following the holiday shopping season.

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For nearly two years, the mall sat empty.

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Its shops’ signage stayed intact, however.

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Some banners also remained hanging.

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Demolition began on the property in May 2017.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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The Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio, had a similar fate.

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This mall originally opened in 1975.

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Source: Ohio.com

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With JC Penney as one of its anchor stores, this mall’s parking lot was packed with visitors in the early 1980s.

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Source: Ohio.com

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It officially closed in 2008.

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Source: Ohio.com

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Demolition of the mall began in May 2016.

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The Metro North Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, has also shuttered.

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This mall opened in 1976.

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Source: Business Insider

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The mall was massive. Sitting at 1.2 million square feet, it once housed more than 150 retailers.

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