Anyone that's lived or passed through the Mount Prospect, Wheeling, Arlington Heights area for any length of time has most likely taken a trip to Randhurst, one of the first air conditioned shopping centers.
Most remember it (as I do) as a lunch hangout that you had to catch the light at Kensington & Elmhurst just right in order not to be late for your next period from lunch (if you went to Prospect for high school). Others know it as a mecca of indoor shopping well before the glitz and glam of Woodfield was even a thought in some smart developers head.
For plenty of years the mall lost major retailers and traffic to surrounding options, but there was always talk of a complete revamping to enable the Randhurst name to live on and viably compete.
The good news is that the new Randhurst Village is near completion, with a feel of the close-by Deer Park Town Center, where every store has a front window.
With a new AMC Theater (that also serves alcohol), various new restaurants, retail options, offices, and eventually a hotel, it looks that the "Village" will be a hit with the locals and travelers visiting the area.
Even though I don't live less than a mile from it anymore, I'm still going to make a point to stop by and see the grounds of some of my first "real jobs" (I rocked the concession stand in the old General Cinemas and was a part-timer at the Gamestop in the mall) to see how everything is doing.
It's great to see a major part of my childhood upbringing brought to life once again!