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River Oaks mall adopts teen supervision policy on weekend evenings

River Oaks Center in Calumet City is pictured above. The mall just adopted a teen supervision policy on weekends.

River Oaks Center in Calumet City is implementing a youth chaperone policy on weekend evenings.

Many malls around the country, including Southlake Mall in Hobart, have been imposing restrictions on teens during weekends to cut down on loitering and make adult shoppers with deeper pockets feel more comfortable. Southlake adopted an unsupervised teen curfew policy in 2017, and mall officials said it created a more welcoming atmosphere for people who are more likely to shop instead of just hang around.

The River Oaks Center at 96 River Oaks Center Drive in Calumet City, which was acquired by Namdar Realty in 2017, announced teens will no longer be able to roam freely around the mall on weekend evenings as of March 1.

"To ensure a safe and family-friendly shopping experience, the mall has established a youth chaperone policy starting March 1, 2019," the shopping center announced on its website. "All guests ages 17 and under must be escorted by an adult ages 21 or older after 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays."

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They will be required to provide proof of age, such as a driver's license or college ID, and will be asked to leave the mall if they lack proper ID.

"One parent or adult escort (age 21 or older) can supervise up to five youths," River Oaks Center posted on its website. "All accompanied youth must remain with the supervising adult at all times. The supervising adult is responsible for the youth they accompany."

The policy does not apply to mall employees who are 17 and under, so long as they are working. They must be able to provide proof of employment if confronted by a security guard.

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