What's New at Mall of America

By Erica Wacker

mallofam_xterior2.jpgThe largest shopping and entertainment complex in the country, Mall of America always has something new to impress first-time guests and frequent visitors alike. New stores, special exhibits and an on-site hotel are among the many highlights the mall has in store this year.

New stores

A good pair of jeans never goes out of style, and three denim-focused shops -- Madewell, G-Star Raw and Silver Jeans Co. -- recently opened on the mall's south end. Known for its celebrity-approved sheepskin boots, UGG Australia also sells comfy apparel and stylish accessories. Other newcomers include apparel stores BCBGeneration and Cowgirl Tuff, and Micheal Hill jewelry.

Radisson Blu hotel

Opened in spring 2013, Radisson Blu is the only hotel attached to the mall via skyway and features 500 fashion-inspired rooms, a fitness center, indoor pool and on-site restaurant. Ask about specials like the Girlfriend Getaway Package, which includes welcome martinis and package delivery from the mall to your room, and the American Girl Package, complete with a doll-size travel bed to take home.

Special Events & Exhibits

A trio of expansive exhibits have opened on the mall's third floor. "Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience" is a life-size version of the iconic doll's house, complete with pink elevators and a closet to be envied. Next door, "CSI: The Experience" invites guests to solve mysteries using re-created crime scenes and state-of-the-art crime labs. The newest addition, "Star Trek: The Exhibition," features a massive collection of sets, costumes and other memorabilia from the popular TV and movie franchise.

The mall also hosts daily events and celebrity appearances, including book signings, live performances, charity drives and Toddler Tuesdays. Check the event calendar for the upcoming schedule.

Entertainment venues

A pair of local establishments are coming back to life at the mall in summer 2014: Minneapolis' former 400 Club will be reborn as a live music venue, restaurant and new Midwest Music Museum, which opens in June with a special exhibit on The Beatles. Hard Rock Cafe, formerly located in downtown Minneapolis, is expected to open its newest location soon.