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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609491475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609491475
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregory T. Peerbolte has worked in public history for over five years and currently serves as the executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society in suburban Chicago. He holds a degree in history from Illinois State University and professional certificates from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. His hobbies include music, artwork and the Chicago Cubs and Bears.

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By Mary Martin on February 13, 2014
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I lived in Mt. Prospect when Randhurst opened. Since I was a young teenager, all of the background information eluded me. I just wanted to shop! Reading this book filled in the gaps. I received the book for Christmas and then ordered one for a former Mt. Prospect friend. Randhurst certainly set the trend for indoor malls. What an informational, wonderful book.
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My mom took me and my sister to Randhurst the week it opened in 1962, and this book is a fascinating story of how it came about and how it changed with the years. I so remember the car shows in it and eating with my family at the Tartan Tray. A bonus is a section on big Chicago shopping centers still in existence. This is terrific!
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By Gargoyle2001 on December 18, 2012
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Randhurst is a captivating book from start to finish. Mr. Peerbolte delivers in his first book not just a nostalgic slice of local history, but a remarkable and fascinating look at American life as it pushed beyond its established cities and into its new and rapidly-growing suburbs. Anyone who ever shopped or worked at Randhurst will find it compelling, as will anyone trying to better understand the underlying sociological forces shaping much of American life over the last 50-60 years. As Peerbolte capably illustrates in this well written book, Randhurst appeared at precisely the moment when America was ready for it.
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By Larry on April 11, 2012
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since I've spent 18 years working at Randhurst, I thought it might be interesting to see what transpired before "my time". Entertaining background information,I work where hockey greats once skated? The economic ups and downs and almost constant changing of big name retailers brought back many bitter sweet memories. Interesting to see if the new life style concept can recapture some of the greatness of the old mall, it is deeply missed.
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