Westfield Old Orchard is transforming its former Lord & Taylor space into a new destination for home furnishings, fashion, and entertainment, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) announced. The newly designed facade and retail additions are a key part of the redevelopment plans that will transform the Chicago North Shore center and dramatically enhance the overall experience.
Stores set to open in the former Lord & Taylor space include artisan-crafted, sustainably sourced home furnishings brand Arhaus; high-tech mini golf experience Puttshack; and fashion brand ZARA, relocating from its current space. Openings are expected in 2024.
“Our community is at the forefront of every decision we make – we want to continue to innovate, expand and push the boundaries of what a lifestyle destination can be,” said Westfield Old Orchard senior general manager Serge Khalimsky in a statement. “Whether that innovation comes from bringing in new retailers and experiences for our shoppers, enhancing the design of the existing mall, or incorporating a mixed-use development that aligns with our sustainable vision, we’re excited to continue to transform and elevate the center. This is only the beginning, and we look forward to sharing more about our plans for Old Orchard very soon.”
The redevelopment of Lord & Taylor is part of a multi-phase development plan at Westfield Old Orchard first announced in 2022 that also includes a public park and event space designed as the community’s focal point and social gathering place. The development of new residences, eateries, wellness facilities and outdoor amenities is expected to begin in 2024 and will open in phases starting in 2026. More detailed plans will be unveiled in early 2024.
“The transformational redevelopment now underway at Westfield Old Orchard will enhance experiences for Skokie residents and visitors, supporting the center as an economic engine for our community,” said Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen. “The Village looks forward to continuing its collaboration with Westfield Old Orchard to help Skokie thrive and remain the North Shore’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination for decades to come.”