Meadowdale Wintergarden Arcade Mall


Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Wintergarden Page.  Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  Please take your time and check out all of the Wintergarden images and files, they are sure to bring back many memories.


We bring back Memories you didn’t know you had

Did you spend any time at the Wintergarden Ice Rink?

Maybe you even enrolled in the Michael Kirby School.  What fun do you remember having in the mall?  It was one of a kind.  Even after the fire the mall was a favorite place to go for clothes and records.  This was one of the first indoor shopping malls of its kind at that time in the United States.  

If you have any images of the shopping center to share please contact us.

The History of Meadowdale Wintergarden Arcade Mall

On November 1, 1958, a gala grand opening was held for the Wintergarden Arcade. This was a fabulous enclosed arcade that featured the Block & Kuhl department store, which later became the Carson Pirie Scott department store (through acquisition).  Also enclosed in the arcade mall was an indoor ice skating rink, restaurant, snack bar and other stores.

On November 19, 1963 a fire destroyed the mall area causing 3 million dollars in damage, destroyed 25 shops and the ice rink in the Wintergarden Arcade.

Portions of the above taken from the book, The Master Builder Leonard W. Besinger, by Philip A. Aleo.

Please check out all of the great Wintergarden images and files from the past.

Click on the links below to view the Newspaper Articles


Wintergarden Brochure

Wintergarden Grand Opening

Wintergarden Menu

Wintergarden Fire Article

Click on the link below to visit the Meadowdale Video Page

Meadowdale and Area Videos

Images and Articles from the Meadowdale WinterGarden

WinterGarden Fire

WinterGarden Menu

Visit Phil Aleo’s Website to Order His Books


What People are Saying

“I love this place !”

Lets me relive some of my childhood every chance I get

Cathy D.

“Fabulous memories came flooding back”

So much to see and so many memories, this is an amazing web site “

Dan K.

“Another amazing experience”

Always something new every time I visit the site

Clyde L.

“Speechless, worth every penny”

Couldn’t believe all there was to see for such a small yearly subscription, and complete Yearbooks too !!”

Bob M.