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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield plans to redevelop its Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, IL to add a large residential component

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Plans Transformation of Skokie’s Old Orchard Center

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) on Tuesday unveiled plans for a sweeping redevelopment of its Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, IL. The revamp began earlier this fall with the modernization of the existing center and will continue with development of apartments along with restaurant and entertainment tenants. 

“Westfield Old Orchard already provides an exceptional experience for our customers, local residents, and our office workers,” said Geoff Mason, EVP of operating management and development at URW. “Our bold new vision for the center will dramatically enhance its offering and further establish it as the preeminent live, work, shop, and play destination on the North Shore. By creatively unlocking the potential of the center, this development will bring new life, energy and choices to Old Orchard.” 

More detailed plans for the development will be unveiled in early 2024, and community input will be encouraged, according to URW. 


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