Macy’s Goes All Solomon on State Street Store Sale
May03

Macy’s Goes All Solomon on State Street Store Sale

We’ve known for a while that Macy’s was thinking about selling its State Street flagship store.  It has recently unloaded former flagship Macy’s stores from Minneapolis to Seattle as the struggling retailer tries to right its ship.  It turns out that worries about Chicago’s State Street outlet were only half-warranted.  The top half. That’s because thee Cincinnati retailer has decided to divide the...

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2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide
Dec08

2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide

The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling and, if you’re not careful, before you know it, you’ll be at an IDOT oasis trying to figure out if little Suzie would rather have a pecan log or a fist full of scratch-off lottery tickets in her stocking. Don’t be that person. Instead, here are some ideas for Chicago-themed and Chicago-based Christmas gifts that will make you seem smart, interesting, and...

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More Than Frangos and Lingerie: Macy’s State Street Store
Apr16

More Than Frangos and Lingerie: Macy’s State Street Store

Most visitors, and a good number of native Chicagoans, who walk into the Macy’s State Street store probably aren’t aware of the architecturally significant elements there. I was walking through the main floor the other day and looked up. It’s a ceiling like no other: thousands of shiny pieces of Tiffany glass that make up a glittering mosaic. To find out some of the details, I checked in with the Macy’s folks...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 2
Nov04

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 2

The Herald Angels’ trumpets are once again lining State Street as Marshall Field’s traditional Christmas decorations are put up for the holiday season.  Of course, now they are badged with “Macy’s,” but in the photo you can still see the historic Marshall Field and Company sign on the Randolph Street corner of the building. For a quick trip back in time, rent/Netflix the movie Christmas Vacation.  This is...

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Status Update: Esquire Theater
Jun25

Status Update: Esquire Theater

Preservationists, avert your eyes.  Based on the reaction we got the last time we published a photo of the former Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street) with a small hole poked in it, these photos of the facade pretty much torn asunder will make people lose their minds. Interestingly, in the close-up photograph you can see the extra rows of cinder blocks put in place to turn the formerly sloping auditorium floors into level floors for...

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Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE
Feb29

Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE

For the last few decades Chicago’s mayors have been hell-bent on building a casino in the city. What they haven’t been too interested in is asking the public its opinion on the matter. Finally a group of people threw up their metaphorical hands and said, “If the politicians won’t ask, we will.” To that end, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Reader co-sponsored an event at the Chicago...

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 2)

The trumpets are up outside Macy’s on State (111 North State Street).  But don’t expect a Marshall Field’s level of service inside.  Our LoopSpy says he tried to get a present for his wife gift wrapped the other day and was told that the store — the entire store — no longer does gift wrapping.  ...

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