By Annemarie Mannion
Source Chicago Tribune
On the way to the mall? You may want to grab the popcorn and Milk Duds. A big screen might be coming to Oakbrook Center.
The 18-by-32-foot digital screen is part of the vision for an ongoing renovation project at the west suburban mall. The screen might be used to show movies and would be placed on a canopy overlooking the village green area near the center of the mall adjacent Crate & Barrel and Macy’s.
“We look at the screen as having many features. We could possibly do movies in the park on Friday nights,” said Chuck Fleming, the mall’s senior general manager.
The digital screen is part of a two-year, $35 million project that has included renovation of the common areas and landscaping redesign. The common areas had remained much the same since the outdoor mall opened about 50 years ago. Elements that have been installed include new walkways, trees, bushes, signage, fountains and an enclosed glass pavilion to be used for special events.
“They’ve made a lot of aesthetic improvements such as fountains and landscaping,” said Robert Kallien, director of community development for the village.
Fleming said the proposed digital screen is in keeping with the mall’s function as a village center and focal point for Oak Brook, which does not have a traditional downtown.
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