Slice of Life: Chicago’s Vertical Malls

An American and Chicago Olympic flag hang in the elevator well of Water Tower Place.  A lot of American tourists don’t understand vertical malls, which may have contributed to the demise of Chicago Place.  But they’re quite common in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and other places.  Water Tower Place manages to thrive thanks to the halO effect, and the mall at Northbridge seems to be holding its own.

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