Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine began in the hustle and bustle of the city and ended in my version of the country, strolling what is said to be America’s first planned shopping center.
Historic Market Square is tucked into the center of the enchantingly beautiful community of Lake Forest, Illinois. Designed in 1916 by famed architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, Market Square is one of the earliest examples of urban renewel.
In the late 1800s, Lake Forest had fast become a go-to country retreat for Chicago’s wealthy. By 1912, city officials, unhappy with the town’s unsightly business district, looked to Shaw to create a space where several businesses could operate. Shaw’s vision for a “shopping center,” came to fruition with the creation of a U-shaped mall surrounded by parking spaces that flanked a central courtyard.
Market Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though there wasn’t a bit of sunshine to be had during our visit, it was nonetheless, a lovely place to spend the afternoon.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Make it a great day!