The current state of Chicago Place is hardly unique. According to Drosscape, Alan Berger’s striking photobook on wasted land in America, over 440 indoor malls – about 21% of the U.S. total – are classified as abandoned, dead, or dying. It’s just that you expect to find them rotting away, out of sight, out of mind, along some highway, not on one of America’s most prosperous shopping streets.

I’ve never been in Chicago Place. Apparently I’m not alone.