Crushed Memories Are Found In Once Popular Rockford Area Mall
Inside the abandoned Machesney Park Mall is a total disaster.
When Machesney Park Mall Was A Happening Place
When I was in college, I met some new friends from the Rockford area. I would drive in from the suburbs to hang out with them during breaks from school. They lived near Machesney Park Mall. We would go there quite a bit because it was a happening place to spend time. One of my buddies actually worked at the movie theater inside the mall so we would check out a lot of flicks for free.
I remember it was a pretty nice mall back in those days. It wasn't huge but there were movie theaters, a game room, and plenty of tasty places to eat. There was a nice selection of stores too. It was a fun way to pass the time and got us out of the house.
What Is Located At Machesney Park Mall Now?
Unfortunately, like many malls across Illinois, it closed down. Now, there are only two stores located on the front side of the building. They are Big Lots and Burlington Coat Factory. It is set up like a strip mall now.
I didn't even realize there were still any of the original mall parts of the building left until I recently saw this video. I don't think you could do much with it now.
The Old Machesney Park Mall Would Be A fun Place To Explore
Ever since I watched the video, I thought it would be fun to explore the former mall to see what it is like in that empty space now. I do not have any connections to help make that happen but at least I finally got an interesting look on the inside.
Somebody got access and brought in a camera. Then, they posted the video on YouTube. You gotta love the internet. I think this is why it was invented.
Check out this video of inside the abandoned Machesney Park Mall
WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.