A decaying shopping mall shuttered since 1979, the Dixie Square Mall is an economic reflection as well as centerpiece of the depressed south-side suburb town of Harvey, IL once known as "the gateway to the south suburbs." Many attempts (including an ongoing effort by Jesse Jackson Jr.) have been made to have it converted for other uses or demolished entirely, but none of these attempts have cleared political or financial hurdles. The buildings stand as they were when the mall was closed in 1979, with the slow but inevitable effects of harsh winter weather, vandalism, and a new growth forest slowly spreading across the crumbling parking lot. One year after its closure, the mall was used as a location for the film "The Blues Brothers" in which police cars were driven through the stores and walkways. The west parking lot is being used by the Harvey Police Department as a heliport, and newer buildings on the property house the Department headquarters, complete with temporary jail facilities.
Dixie Square Mall