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24 | January 25, 2018 | The Northbrook tower community Time Lines Changes, challenges all part of path to NB Court Dan Kaye Northbrook Historical Society What do Northbrook Court and a bicentennial celebration have in common? It’s a bit of a trick question, because in this case the bicentennial does not refer to Illinois. While the state is marking 200 years in 2018, Northbrook Court made its debut during the nation’s bicentennial year of 1976. It was on St. Patrick’s Day — March 17, 1976 — that the 1-millionsquare-foot shopping center officially opened to the public. The ceremony that day was emceed by WLS- TV news reporter Fahey Flynn and also featured Northbrook Village President Gerald Friedman, actor Bill Daily (“The Bob Newhart Show”), “Miss photo Flash” Kristi Oleson, and the Glenbrook North Marching Band. The sparkling mall featuring more than 140 stores was highlighted by four massive sculptures created by California artist Charles Owen Perry. However, getting to that glittering grand opening was no easy task. According to “Northbrook, Illinois: The Fabric of Our History,” Isaac Galloway and his brother, Job, came to this area from Pennsylvania about 1840 and bought 120 acres along County Line (Lake Cook) Road. Job named his portion the Middle Branch Farm for the portion of the Chicago River that ran through it. Job eventually built a large house on the property that remained in the Galloway family for three generations. As more people came to the area, some of the land the Galloways had purchased from the U.S. Government had become part of the 300-acre Krembs Farm located along Lake Cook Road. Two stables also were in the area, Idle Hour and the Blue Ribbon Horse Complex. By the mid-1950s, young families also were moving into Glenbrook Countryside, a residential area south of Lake Cook Road and east of Waukegan Road that remains part of unincorporated Northfield Township today. In the late 1960s, a real estate developer obtained an option to purchase the Krembs Farm that was just outside the Northbrook village limits. The plan was to construct 2,300 apartments in several 12-story buildings, but the Williamsburg Square Homeowners Association (representing the subdivision just south of Lake Cook Road and west of Skokie Boulevard) filed suit to stop the development. The court eventually ruled against the homeowners, but by then the developer’s option to purchase the property was running out of time. Meanwhile, Hobart Development (a Sears subsidiary) approached the Village with a proposal to build a Sears store and 30 other retail shops on the land if the Village would annex the property. At the same time, Neiman Marcus, looking to establish a presence in Large sculptures like this highlighted open areas at Northbrook Court when it opened in 1976. Photo Submitted the Chicago area, sought a spot in the proposed shopping center. So, in 1971, plans were approved for Northbrook Court — expanded plans that then called for more than 120 stores, 420 condominium units, three banks, a restaurant, and six one-story office buildings surrounding the mall. However, the next several years brought anything but smooth sailing for Northbrook Court. As 1973 drew to a close, 17 lawsuits remained pending regarding the project. Included was a bitter dispute with the City of Highland Park, which wanted to negate the annexation of the land to Northbrook. That did not happen, but Highland Park went on to install traffic controls that limited access into and out of certain areas north of Lake Cook Road. The lawsuits finally were settled, and construction of Northbrook Court proceeded. Included in the process was the demolition in 1975 of the Galloway house, which at one point had been the home of the Blatchford family. Twenty years later, as part of a major mall remodeling in the mid- 1990s, a 14-screen theater complex opened at Northbrook Court in 1996 on the site of the former I. Magnin store. The refurbishing also included removal of the geometric sphere sculptures that had been such a recognizable part of the original design. Sears closed in 1983 and became a JCPenney location briefly before it was demolished in 1995 to make way for a new Marshall Field’s, which eventually became Macy’s. Now, another 20 years or so later, even though Northbrook Court’s legal conflicts have long faded into the past, the center confronts the challenges most other malls face in a shopping world becoming more and more electronic. As Adam Tritt of General Growth Properties, the current owner of Northbrook Court, told Village economic advisory groups at a meeting last year: “The old model of the mall of the ’70s and ’80s (very formulaic) is giving way to more free flowing experiential form of real estate. . . . with changes in shopping demands, the form also needs to change.” Hamilton From Page 16 program. When asked to designate a top submission from the students, GBE teachers chose the one who they felt captured the best work of all students – which was Christenson’s. In total, 18 GBE students were able to attend the special show presented for high school students, as well as attend a private Q&A with cast members. Capturing the audience Christenson wrote a poem told from the perspective of Alexander Hamilton himself. To overcome her stage fright, she practiced both at home and at school with her English teacher, Lauren Berk, and GBE principal, Dr. Jim Shellard, in the weeks leading up to the show. “My arms and legs were shaking ... there was so much talent on that stage,” she said. Christenson said she really became interested in poetry last spring and listened to the musical “like 40 times” to prepare her piece. GBE guidance counselor Melissa DeFrenza-Israel describes Christenson as a “creative, talented and dedicated student.” “During her performance on stage, Madison captivated the audience with her lyrics and emotion,” DeFrenza-Israel said. “I am very proud of her determination and courage to pursue her goals.” Berk said that she thinks Alexander Hamilton and Christenson have a lot in common. “They share a strong work ethic and a passion for the pen,” Berk said. “Both of them used words as a way to get what they were after. Madison wrote her way to where she wanted to be, and she came full circle up there on that stage with all eyes on her.” Now that Christenson has captivated the student audience of a best-selling show, she says the experience has only grown her love of theatre. She enjoys reading and writing, and would like to get on stage more often. “If I’m not able to be on stage, I think I would enjoy playwriting,” she said. “Writing seems like the perfect opportunity for me.” sound off the northbrook tower | January 25, 2018 | 25 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of Monday, Jan. 22 1. Wilcox finding offensive power for Spartans boys hockey 2. Spartans boys bowling wins regional crown 3. Northbrook club continues historic Olympic tradition 4. Spartans boys bowling advances to state 5. Bringing Relief: GBN graduates travel to Puerto Rico for service trip Become a Tower Plus member: from the editor Everyone loves a love story. Share yours with us. Martin Carlino As I walked through the aisles of my local grocery store this past weekend, I was struck with a pretty astounding realization — well, at least for me. While I made my way to the checkout line, I walked past the card aisle and noticed the wide selections of Valentine’s Day cards out. I thought to myself, is it already that time of the year? Although it seems like we just celebrated the start of 2018, it’s just about time to put January in our rearview mirrors. And with that, as we all probably know, comes Valentine’s Day, one of February’s claims to fame. And what better way to celebrate than submitting your personal love story to The Tower? In the spirit of love, considering that special feeling is in the air — or something like that — I’d love to share a certain love story that relates directly to this local newspaper editor. For the purposes of this editorial, the two protagonists of this story will go by the names of Jane and Joe. One September afternoon during a class both Joe and Jane were enrolled in during their junior years, Jane asked Joe a simple question. Joe politely responded and not much was made of it. A few short days later, after finishing up a session of that same class, Jane stopped Joe in the hallway and told Joe she really liked his eyelashes. Jane then laughed, probably noticing the look on Joe’s face, and said something along the lines of, “sorry if that was weird.” Joe, who had actually heard that before from others, simply laughed it off and followed with a comment of how he really liked her shirt. For those interested, it was a Fall Out Boy T-shirt, which happens to be both Jane and Joe’s favorite band. The conversation continued and the two left with a smile. Shortly thereafter, Jane and Joe quickly became each other’s best friend. And the rest, as they say, is history. Rumor even has it Jane and Joe have been together for close to two years now. Hopefully that inspired you to pick up your pens and write your own personal love story. If it didn’t, thanks for listening, if it did, here’s my official advice. Yes, relationships are long, winding and beautiful tales, but we would really love for you to sum yours up in 400 words or less. The deadline for submissions is set at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. As with the story above, being married to your significant other is not a prerequisite for entry. Typically entries are written by married folks, but if you’re in some type of relationship, then you qualify. So, with all that being said, I look forward to reading all your entries. Send in your stories to me at, or mail it to The Northbrook Tower, 60 Revere Drive, Suite 888, Northbrook IL, 60062. Remember to include a phone number so we can reach you and a photo of you and your special someone. The winner will receive a special prize from a Northbrook spot. Happy writing! The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. One of our service projects today was to write thank you letters to the helpers in our community, such as first responders, teachers, food pantry staff, and neighbors. Thanks to everyone who participated in the day of service and honored Dr. King’s contributions to our country! The Northbrook Public Library posted this photo on Jan. 15 Like The Northbrook Tower: Young Explorers learn triangle pose during 5-minute candlelight yoga. Exploring healthy habits as part of the early childhood day.#tlc28 Northbrook School District 28 tweeted this on Jan. 17 Follow The Northbrook Tower: @northbrooktower nfyn From Page 12 lage’s budget and priorities before anything more could be decided. “The board has to get comfortable being able to think ‘Yes, we can justify that kind of investment,’” Village Manager Philip Kiraly said. “And one of the question marks you don’t have an answer to yet is the cost of the component pieces of it. This is an aerial look; we haven’t asked Teska to generate what these things might look like. We haven’t gotten into a design element yet.” With the board’s blessing, Teska Associates will now draw up a more detailed list of cost estimates and some more concrete plans with input from the park district. At minimum, the plans would leave the existing roadway intact — apart from resurfacing — and just add some new site features, like benches and arches. At most, Glencoe Drive could be terminated and replaced with a small park and Tudor Court could be reconstructed as a street/plaza. Reporting by Margaret Tazioli, Freelance Reporter. Full story at GlencoeAnchor. com. go figure 1976 An intriguing number from this week’s edition The year Northbrook Court first opened. The community staple debuted on March 17, 1976. (please see page 24) The Northbrook Tower Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Northbrook Tower encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Northbrook Tower reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Northbrook Tower. 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