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Old Posted Jul 15, 2008, 5:22 AM
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Harvey, IL - Dixie Square Mall

I'm sure some of you have heard of it, and likely more of you have seen it when the mall was made famous in the 1980's Blues Brothers movie where they drive through it. Even before the movie was filmed, the mall was closed in 1978. And yeah...it's surprisingly still standing. There have been start-stop renovations to this place. Most of it has been gutted in recent years for asbestos abatements and renovation prep. But much of that is all on hold again. It will probably be entirely demoed.

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Old Posted Jul 15, 2008, 5:25 AM
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Well, that just sucks. I had a mall gift certificate I'd been meaning to use but I guess that's out now. Just my luck.

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What the hell were you doing in there?
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Must have been a hazard walking around that crumbling structure.
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Could turn it into a paintball emporium, but then again maybe not.
Nice pics, of course.
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Man I was hoping to see more of Harvey. Although I lived in Chicago back in 1990, I had not been to Harvey since 1982.

Back then I thought it was somewhat okay, the people kind of reminded me of what Fontana a city in the Inland Empire (suburb of LA) was like back in the early 80's. My observation of Harvey was lower to middle class African Americans, and then there was the lower to almost trailer trash caucasions. I remember downtown Harvey near the I.C. commuter train being kind of old with a few bars that look like a lot of rednecks frequent.

Not that I had any desire to live there, but it sort of seem like an interesting place. It just seem so quiet and small townish yet being so close to the city of Chicago. For some reason I get this feeling many of the south suburbs of Chicago are like that.

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Cool thread - I've always been fascinated with the "what would happen if all the humans dissapeared" type of stuff.
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Cool pics Hayward. You ought to send them into Dead Malls http://www.deadmalls.com/. I bet they'd post 'em.

I remember there was a comedian from Harvey (Tom Dreison?), and he use to make fun of the town in his act. I also heard it's got a rough edge to it.

Thanks for the tour.

**Edit** I just looked up Dixie Square Mall on dead malls site, and it's there already. But I like your pics better.
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Wow, looks like the whole thing could just cave in any second. Wonder if there are any pics of the place when it was open?
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I've been inside of malls like that before when I used to do asbestos inspections. They were definitely kind of creepy, and yes, you certainly did feel like the place could collapse at any moment!

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Wow, looks like the whole thing could just cave in any second. Wonder if there are any pics of the place when it was open?
Cool, I found some photos on FlickR from opening weekend in 1966!
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Yep, those pics make for some nice before/after comparisons.

As for posts on the structural integrity of the place. It is very dangerous. The second floor of the old JC Penney would sink as you walk toward the center.

There was one occasion where stuff would just fall from the ceiling.

As for my reason of being there. Just out of pure interest. I've been documenting abandoned historic structures for sometime prior to their demolition. While not historic, abandoned malls are hard to come by, and the fact that a movie was filmed there made it all much more interesting.

I highly doubt this place will be around much longer. I know a couple years ago there were some solid plans, but the place is so deteriorated.
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Wow. Amazing grit. Just add some Zombies, and Presto!
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What's really interesting is the construction of these shopping centers is as if they engineered them to just barely stand up. . . as if they were intended to be disposed of someday. . .
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Creepy indeed. Fun tour!
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