Retail giant boasts wide range of offerings
By Jack Houston
Look up at the ceiling, and it’s a blue sky day. That’s the daily forecast at The Forum Shops at Caesars, the shopping destination celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The arched ceiling dotted with puffy, white clouds presides over more than 600,000 square feet of retail space, art galleries, restaurants and attractions such as the Fall of Atlantis Fountain, where animatronic statues come to life, breathing fire and telling the tale of the lost city of Atlantis.
Since its 1992 opening, The Forum Shops has been credited with everything from initiating the high-end retail boom in Las Vegas to bringing in the city’s first celebrity chef with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. Today it’s still on the cutting edge, with a lineup of retailers that includes Anthropologie, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Intermix, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, MAC Cosmetics, Shanghai Tang, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch and Versace.
Among the standout tenants is a two-story H&M in a rotunda opposite Max Brenner, the city’s only restaurant from the famed chocolatier. At the west end of the center lies Martin Lawrence Gallery, where you can see a cast of Rodin’s The Thinker, one of only 46 authorized pieces in the world. Of the dozen or so restaurants in The Forum Shops, there’s something for everyone. Planet Hollywood offers family-friendly fare and movie memorabilia, while Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab makes sure their namesake claws are as succulent as ever. P.J. Clarke’s recaptures the ambience of its New York counterpart, and Trevi might be the only place in the mall to bite into a slice of lasagna pizza.