At Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, shoppers can take in a comedy show, let kids burn off energy at the playground, get a manicure, peruse fine art and dine at a Pac-Man-themed restaurant where dishes are punctuated by bowling, arcade games and table tennis.
Oh, and there are stores, too.
"We want to give shoppers variety," said General Manager Kurt Webb. "It rounds out our tenant mix and provides an option for people to do more here than they might have done 10 years ago."
Department stores that anchor malls and shopping centers used to be the attraction that drew people to malls. But Americans' shopping habits are changing as they shift spending to...