Sears to close final Illinois store in November: report

Officials announced Thursday that the last Sears store in Illinois, located at Woodfield Mall, will close its doors in November, according to a report from the Daily Herald.

The Hoffman Estates-based retailer has been scaling back its presence for years, with its name coming off the famed Sears Tower skyscrape in 2009.

The Daily Herald reports that the store will close Nov. 14 with their parent company, Transformco, announcing plans to "redevelop and reinvigorate the property."

The last Sears store in Chicago closed its doors in 2018, ending a 93-year retail legacy in the city.


There are also major questions this morning about the future of a mall in the south suburbs.

Thaddeus Jones, the mayor of Calumet City, wants to put a casino at the landmark River Oaks Mall and re-develop the property. 

But the Chicago Business Journal reports the owners don’t want to sell.

The mall is 1.4 million square feet, and the mayor has said it could cost up to $3 million to demolish.

Jones told the Tribune a while back that other attractions would be needed to keep visitors attention and that could include sports or recreational venues.