This is Century Mall near Boystown.
When I moved here in 2004 or so, it was thriving. Every shop was full.
They had a kooky little place that only sold retro board games.
There was a men’s underwear shop that had live models and latenight pajama-jammy-jam fashion shows.
In the basement, there was Eatzi’s, which was an upscale market and deli with overpriced, gourmet foods.
The mall itself was a movie palace in the 20s, before being carved into a mall (keeping a gorgeous rococco exterior) with, funnily enough, an arthouse movie theater on the top floors.
This is where the Reeling LGBTQ film festival was held last week.
In the last two years, Century has largely collapsed. The hipster, kooky stores are gone. In their place, a few junky, oddball, discount places appeared for a while. Those are gone now too.
There’s a woman who threads eyebrows and does henna tattoos. She is very nice, but never seems busy.
On the lowest level, there’s still a Body Shop, and the Aveda salon, and they probably stay in business because of the cruisy Bally’s upstairs (which has the only gang showers in a 20 mile radius that’s not Steamworks). So, with that gay magnet, it’s still weird the underwear store went under, but the rest all makes sense.
How are the malls near you doing?
Are they creepy ghost malls now too?
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