Our Story

Over the years, Utica Square has earned the reputation as the area’s finest shopping center. A dynamic mixture of quality stores and restaurants in an elegant outdoor setting has made this unique destination a hometown treasure.


Utica Square opened on May 22, 1952 as Tulsa’s first suburban shopping center.


Walt Helmerich signs the purchase agreement on behalf of Helmerich & Payne, Inc.


Howard Post Clock Installed


Utica Square’s first restaurant “The 1800” transitioned into “The Garden” operated by Walter Helmerich’s wife, Peggy.


First ever Lights in the Square – celebrated with a string of lights in about a dozen trees.


Tower Clock Installed


Heritage Clock Installation


Landscaped courtyard added


First ever Summer’s Fifth Night


Art in the Square begins


Utica Square hosts Jazz into the Night


Utica Square keeps the Lights On tradition alive by hosting it’s first ever Virtual Lights On Event


First ever Steins in the Square


First Mural Installment in Art Alley


Tulsans have made Utica Square part of their family traditions, and we could not be more honored. It all comes back to our heart for connecting with the community. We’ve created annual events that generate excitement year round. Tulsans look forward with anticipation to free events that celebrate the seasons, local music, art and nature. More than just events, these traditions allow Utica Square to give something special back to our customers and community.


Whether it’s a frequent shopper or a visitor from out of town, each person connects to Utica Square in a unique way. For some, The Square’s many clocks remind them of times past. For others, the chimes reflect songs of the season. Our fire-engine red telephone booths, gardens, fountains and statues are timeless favorites across all generations. Tulsans who’ve grown up with the charm and beauty of Utica Square take pride in sharing those experiences with their children and grandchildren. It truly is a timeless tradition for Tulsans of all ages.