Life without Mayfair Mall

If you haven’t heard, Mayfair Mall went on lockdown tonight. As I write, the paper has no details.

Twitter has a few gleanings, but nothing definitive. I did read a comment about hearing gunfire. Evidently that enhances the shopping experience.

I don’t go to Mayfair except to visit the Genius Bar at the Apple store. That’s averaging about once every other year. I went to Crate and Barrel once. It’s an outbuilding and not in the mall, though. I don’t go to Brookfield Mall, either. In general, the mall experience has declined so much over the last few years, I’d simply rather avoid it.

Malls have been considered trouble for a long time. I remember my aldermanic seatmate telling me years ago they were considering a Brookfield Police Department outpost at Brookfield Square. The problems with crowds and kids with too much time on their hands is nothing new. Now there’s even instant communication to orchestrate the mayhem.

I think a community has a right to buckle down in every way necessary to keep the place safe. Mayfair already requires parental guidance for anyone 17 or younger after 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. I’m betting the times will be extended very soon.


  1. Here’s a photo:

  2. The Lorax says:

    As a self-proclaimed mall rat, I can certainly say the experience at Mayfair has declined sharply as of late. I prefer to take the little extra drive and stop at Old Orchard or Northbrook Court in Lake County, IL.

  3. The wife and I had a pleasant meal and walk around the mall this afternoon from about 1-2:15.

  4. just a point. there is an absence of words of wisdom from our elected public officials. to all of those in public office: what say you ?