A wide variety of shopping pleasures is to be experienced in Chicago Southland communities. The quaint shops of downtown Flossmoor and Frankfort attract shoppers who love to browse at their leisure. Then, there's the shopping excitement of the area's enclosed and climate-controlled malls in Orland Park, Calumet City, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, and Matteson.
The downtown business districts in most of the 71 Chicago Southland communities remain busy, often featuring historic buildings that are carefully restored. In South Holland, a unique street lighting system enhances the character and quality of the downtown retail center.
Many of downtown Flossmoor's fine shops occupy a block-size, Tudor-style structure. The downtown area offers a unique mix of retail stores, offices, apartments and dining establishments. The Flossmoor Commons shopping and office complex is home to a variety of exclusive stores and service establishments that attract both local and regional residents. Downtown Crete and Lemont entice shoppers with their antique collections. In Frankfort's historic shopping district, shoppers enjoy the cuisine and atmosphere of several fine restaurants.
With four anchoring department stores and 150 shops, boutiques, restaurants, and services, Orland Square in Orland Park is among the largest enclosed malls in Chicago Southland. The mall's 1,300,000 square feet of space attracts nearly a million people annually.
Once an outdoor shopping center, Calumet City's River Oaks is now totally enclosed and climate-controlled, encompassing 1,400,000 square feet. It, too, has four major department store anchors among its 90 stores. River Oaks attracts more than 500,000 regular shoppers.
A third large enclosed mall is Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park, with 1,200,000 square feet of space and two department stores as anchors. Close to a half million people shop there on a regular basis. Matteson's Lincoln Mall also has 1,200,000 square feet of space, with three department store anchors and more than 350,000 shoppers annually. With three anchoring department stores and 130 other shops, Chicago Ridge Mall in Chicago Ridge, covers 850,000 square feet and regularly draws more than 400,000 shoppers.
Dozens of smaller shopping plazas and convenience centers dot the main thoroughfares of Chicago Southland communities. As new residential developments spring up, so, too, do new shopping centers. Frequently, the new centers are architecturally designed to harmonize with nearby homes.
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