Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Lakehurst Mall was the first regional shopping complex in the northern Chicago suburb county of Lake County. It was built in 1971 to service the growing town of Waukegan, the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and eventually the far northern suburban sprawl of Chicago. After several years of decline, Lakehurst closed in 2001, and was demolished in 2004. The planning for Lakehurst Mall began with the December 1968 purchase and annexation of 200 acres of farmland into Waukegan, Illinois. This plot of land - purchased from Thomas E. Wilson/Edellyn Farms for $2 million - was located at Illinois Route 120 and Illinois Route 43 close to the busy Tri-State Tollway.