Chicago’s great State Street department store has its halls decked and garland strung. Stop by the former Marshall Field’s building on a weekday to admire the 100+ year old store’s annual holiday celebration without all the tourist and weekend suburban throngs. As always, the State Street windows, Giant Christmas Tree, and Walnut Room dining are a central part of the downtown holiday experience. Whether you’re new to the city or have been here for decades, it’s hard to deny this is one of the best times to be a Chicagoan (slightly behind the May-September warm season). And for the less sentimental among us, visiting the store is an interesting peak into the past, when 1 million+ sq. ft. department stores were the centerpiece of Chicago’s high society. (To put that into perspective, the big-box stores of today are typically a couple hundred-thousand square feet or less.)
Macy’s and the State Street shopping experience are accessible via any of the Loop elevated stations, or via the Red Line or Blue Line subways. Don’t miss it.