A History of Leadership

Harlem Irving Companies was established in 1954 with the development of Harlem Irving Plaza, a 300,000 square foot shopping center on Chicago’s northwest side. One of the first major shopping centers in Chicagoland, “The HIP” opened with 44 stores. A series of phased expansions and renovations ensued, transforming the company’s flagship property into its current status as a 700,000 square foot enclosed regional shopping mecca that caters to a trade area of more than 1 million residents. Today The HIP features over 140 specialty stores plus a 350-seat food court, and boasts average sales per square foot in excess of $530.

The early leadership of Harlem Irving Companies recognized the importance of being active in the burgeoning shopping center industry, and The HIP became the 89th charter member of the International Council of Shopping Centers in 1957. In the more than five decades that its flagship property has evolved and flourished, the company itself has grown more successful and has attracted a new generation of leadership. Harlem Irving Companies continues to reflect the spirit of innovation, excellence and efficiency that helped it start strong and grow stronger.

A privately held company, Harlem Irving Companies has expanded its reach throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Today it is a dynamic organization that continues to distinguish itself as a leading developer of shopping centers as well as a wide variety of properties, including public use facilities, retail and commercial developments, and multi-unit residential and institutional real estate. Whether a joint venture project or one of its own, Harlem Irving Companies brings a level of experience, vision and tested expertise that has made it one of the most respected names in the industry.

A History of Community Involvement

From the very beginning, Harlem Irving Companies has made community service a priority. Nothing reflects this philosophy better than the established record of civic involvement of its flagship property, Harlem Irving Plaza. Through the years, The HIP has been honored for its community outreach programs, from street and fire safety for children to holiday charity giving, summer programs for local high school freshmen and more.

The success of Harlem Irving Companies is the result of its commitment to uncompromising excellence in every project undertaken and its dedication to quality in every working relationship from investor to tenant to consumer.