Roughly 70 miles northwest of Milwaukee is Fond du Lac, home to Walleye Weekend, the Kristmas Kringle Shoppe, and the once-mighty Forest Mall. Emphasis on “once” on that last one: Opened in 1973, Forest Mall (835 W. Johnson St.) is now a shell of its former self. Long gone are bustling anchors like J. C. Penney, Sears, and Younkers. Long gone are kid-friendly joints like KB Toys, Waldenbooks, and a video arcade. A two-screen movie theater closed in 2014. Pretty much all that remains is a Kohl’s, a not-accessible-from-the-inside Staples, and a new age massage place. The hallway that used to lead to the arcade is now home to the Fond du Lac Softball Hall of Fame. Meijer may or may not redevelop a portion of the mall. There’s a Maurices.

And yet the Forest Mall is still technically open. We were in the area for the holidays and, as a service to all you dead mall aficionados out there, we paid it a visit. Here are 50 pictures and one video. Enjoy!

And now the video…

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Matt Wild
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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's east side.

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