Marshall Field & Company, Chicago



























To do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way;
to do some things better than they were done before -
The Marshall Field & Company idea.
Marshall Field & Company
111 N. State Street
Chicago, Illinois

STate 1-1000







BUDGET FLOOR

Budget Floor North State
Women's Shoes • Casual Shoes • Daytime Dresses • Moderately Priced Dresses • Sportswear
Budget Floor Middle State
Belts • Cosmetics and Toiletries • Costume Jewelry • Hosiery • Handbags • Millinery • Notions • Watches
Budget Floor SouthlState
Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Umbrellas • Blouses • Scarves • Linens • Curtains and Draperies • Sewing Accessories • Snack Shop • Candy • Stationery
Budget Floor North Holden Court
Miss Tempo • Junior Tempo Sportswear
Budget Floor Middle Bridge
Decorative Accessories • Cutlery • Dinnerware • Glassware • Lamps • Luggage
Budget Floor North Wabash
Junior Tempo Dresses • Junior TEmpo Coats & Suits • Coats & Suits • All-Weather Coats
Budget Floor Middle Wabash
Nighttime Lingerie • Daytime Lingerie • Foundations • Lounging Apparel • Junior Tempo Intimate Apparel • Woman's Choice • The Flower Basket
Budget Floor South Wabash
Boys' Shop • Children's Apparel • Infants' Shop • Kindergarten Shop • Girls' Shop
Budget Floor South Holden Court
Closet Coordiantes • Pictures • Children's Underwear
Passageway
Home Accessories
Budget Floor Store For Men
The Clothes Circuit • Hosiery • Cosmetics and Toiletries • Jewelry • Underwear • Pajamas • Slippers • Shoes • Hats • Shirts • Ties • Sportswear • Suits • Outerwear


FIRST FLOOR
First Floor North State
Our Wonderful World of Cosmetics • Drugs • Notions • Prescriptions • Tourneur Salon
First Floor Middle State
Blouses • Sweaters • The First Place • Boutique







First Floor South State
Sunglasses • Belts • Fashion Jewelry • Gloves • Handbags • The Flower Market • The Hat Bar • Hosiery • Scarves • Umbrellas
First Floor North Wabash
Candy • Greeting Cards • Stationery
First Floor Middle Wabash
Luggage • The Wine Shop • Small Leather Goods • Smoking Accessories • Stainless Tableware • Adult Games • Bar Accessories • Cameras • Cutlery • The Electronic Age • Field’s Afar • Pewter Shop • Antique Pewter • Repair Service Desk







First Floor South Wabash
Watches • Clocks • Diamonds • Fine Jewelry • Silver • Silver Jewelry
The Georgian Room Antique Jewelry • Antique Silver


SECOND FLOOR
Second Floor North State
The Bath Shop • Linens
Second Floor Middle State
TableLinens • Fine Linens • Bridal Gift Registry
Second Floor South State
Fashion Fabrics • Singer Sewing Center • Sewing Accessories
Second Floor North Holden Court
Lamps
Second Floor Middle Bridge
Lamps
Second Floor North Wabash
China • Casual Dinnerware
Second Floor Middle Wabash
Glassware • Casual Living Accessories • The Crystal Room • The Steuben Room







Second Floor South Wabash
Picture Galleries • Fine Paintings • Oriental Room • Artwares • Collector’s Room • Antiques • Family Album Corner
Second Floor South Holden Court
Events Center


THIRD FLOOR
Third Floor North State
Personal Service • Gift Wrapping • American Express Travel Services • The Juice Bowl • The Crystal Palace
Third Floor Middle State
Lounging Apparel • Nighttime Lingerie • Contempo Intimate Apparel
Third Floor South State
Bare Necessities • Foundations • Daytime Lingerie • Young Chicago Intimate Apparel
Third Floor North Holden Court
Optical
Third Floor Middle Bridge
Paperback Book Shop
Third Floor North Wabash
Books • Collectors Coins & Stamps • Old Map and Print Room • Antiquarian Books & Fine Bindings • Literary Guild
Third Floor Middle Wabash
The Candle Shop • The Williamsburg Shop • Closet Coordinates • The Gazebo Shop • Decorative Accessories • Decorative Flower Center • The Christmas Court








Third Floor South Wabash
Creative Stitchery
Third Floor South Holden Court
Uniforms • Maternity Shop


FOURTH FLOOR
Fourth Floor North State
Young Peoples Shoes • Teen Shoes • Infant’s Shop • Infant’s Furniture • Nursery Accessories
Fourth Floor Middle State
Kindergarten Shop • Tiny Finery • Toddler’s Shop







Fourth Floor South State
The Boy’s Shop • The Prep Shop • Student Shop
Fourth Floor North Holden Court
Girls Accessories
Fourth Floor Middle Bridge
Children’s Lingerie
Fourth Floor North Wabash
Schoolgirls Shop • Teen Scene • Tween Teen Shop • Teen Accessories • Scouting Accessories







Fourth Floor Middle Wabash
The Toy Center
Fourth Floor South Wabash
The Toy Center • Pet Accessories
South Holden Court
The Toy Center


FIFTH FLOOR
Fifth Floor North State
Young Chicago Coast & Suits • Junior Scene • French Room Millinery • Young Millinery • Wig Salon
Fifth Floor Middle State
Young Chicago Sportswear







Fifth Floor South State
Misses' Dresses • After-Five Dresses • Young Chicago Dresses • Hairways
Fifth Floor North Holden Court
Beauty Salon • Elizabeth Arden Boutique
Fifth Floor Middle Bridge
Shoe Salon
Fifth Floor North Wabash
Fashion Classics Shoes • Young Chicago Shoes
Fifth Floor Middle Wabash
Leisure Square • Etienne Aigner Boutique • The Shop for Pappagallo • Contemporary Shoes • The Wig Boutique







Fifth Floor South Wabash
Town and Casual Dresses • Woman's Way







Fifth Floor South Holden Court
Misses' Sports Dresses


SIXTH FLOOR
Sixth Floor North State
The Coat Room • The Suit Room • Leather Bound • All Weather Coats • Pacesetter








Sixth Floor Middle State
Sweaters, Skirts • Sportswear
Sixth Floor South State
Contempo • Active and Spectator Sportswear • The Country Shop







Sixth Floor North Holden Court
Sunningdale Shop







Sixth Floor Middle Bridge
Sunningdale Shop
Sixth Floor North Wabash
The Fur Salon • Fur Storage • French Room Millinery Salon • Globetrotter







Sixth Floor Middle Wabash
The Chicago Room • The Showcase • The Dress Room • The Sundown Shop • Alterations and Monogramming Service Desk







Sixth Floor South Wabash
The 28 Shop • Zandra Rhodes Boutique • Gifts for Her







Sixth Floor South Holden Court
The 28 Boutique


SEVENTH FLOOR
Seventh Floor North State
The English Room • The Verandah
Seventh Floor Middle State
Gourmet Foods • Cold Foods • Frozen Foods • Candy
Seventh Floor South State
The Walnut Room
Seventh Floor North Holden Court
Main Kitchen
Seventh Floor Middle Bridge
The Wine Shop
Seventh Floor South Holden Court
The Wedgwood Room
Seventh Floor North Wabash
The Narcissus Room • Party Bureau
Seventh Floor Middle Wabash
The Bakery • The Crystal Buffet
Seventh Floor South Wabash
Bowl and Basket • Dry Cleaning


EIGHTH FLOOR
Eighth Floor North State
The Decorating Galleries • American Antiques
Eighth Floor Middle State
Occasional Furniture
Eighth Floor South State
Pool & Patio Furniture • Modern Furniture
Eighth Floor North Holden Court
Crossroads Market







Eighth Floor Middle Bridge
Dining Room Furniture
Eighth Floor South Holden Court
Scientific Sleep Equipment
Eighth Floor North Wabash
Upholstered Furniture • Trend House • Antique Reproductions







Eighth Floor Middle Wabash
Bedroom Furniture
Eighth Floor South Wabash
The Pilgrim Shop







NINTH FLOOR
Ninth Floor North State
The Appliance Center • Appliance Repair Service • Executive Offices
Ninth Floor Middle State
The Garden Spot • Kitchen Furniture • The Color Bar • The Tool Chest
Ninth Floor South State
Floor Coverings
Ninth Floor North Holden Court
Gourmet Galley
Ninth Floor Middle Bridge
LifeStyle
Ninth Floor North Wabash
Housewares • Household utilities
Ninth Floor Middle Wabash
Curtains and Draperies • Decorative Pillows • Drapery Hardware • Bedspread Ensembles • Drapery and Upholstery Fabrics
Ninth Floor South Wabash
Home Entertainment Center • The Music Center • Advertising Division


TENTH FLOOR
Tenth Floor North State
Adjustments • Customer Service • Central Cashiers • Credit Office
Tenth Floor Middle State
Statistical Office • Personnel Office
Tenth Floor South State
Accounting
Tenth Floor North Wabash
Tenth Floor Middle Wabash
Information Services


ELEVENTH FLOOR
Eleventh Floor North State
North Receiving & Marking Room
Eleventh Floor Middle State
Middle Receiving and Marking Room
Eleventh Floor South State
Receiving Office • Southeast Receiving and Marking Room • Southwest Receiving and Marking Room
Eleventh Floor North Wabash
Eleventh Floor Middle Wabash
Jewelry Repair Workroom


TWELFTH FLOOR
Twelfth Floor North State
Upholstery Workroom • Fur Eorkroom
Twelfth Floor Middle State
Personal Shopping • Mail Order Service • Import Office
Twelfth Floor South State
Accounts Receivable
Twelfth Floor North Wabash
Medical Bureau • Employee Development Center • Visual Communications
Twelfth Floor Middle Wabash
Employee Cafeteria


THIRTEENTH FLOOR
Thirteenth Floor North State
Sign Bureau • Design Division
Thirteenth Floor Middle State
Thirteenth Floor South State
Store Design • Display Division
Thirteenth Floor North Wabash
Bakery Workroom
Thirteenth Floor Middle Wabash
Carpenter and Work Shop • Candy Workroom


FOURTEENTH FLOOR
Fourteenth Floor South State
Construction & Maintenance Division


STORE FOR MEN
First Floor Store for Men

Small Leather Goods • Sport Shirts • Sweaters • Ties • Underwear • The Answer Shop • Belts • Gloves • Handkerchiefs • Hosiery • Shirts
Second Floor Store for Men
Hats • Shoes • Pajamas and Loungewear
Third Floor Store for Men
Gentlemen’s Clothing • The 27 Room • Young Chicagoan • Aquascutum of London Shop







Fourth Floor Store for Men
Sportswear • Contempo for Men •In Site • Pacesetter for Men
Fifth Floor Store for Men
The Sportsman’s Shop • The Gun Shop
Sixth Floor Annex
Corporate Executive Offices • The Annex Grill
Seventh Floor Annex
Men's & Boys Alterations


(2,225,000 s.f.)


Basement
Customer Service • Repair Service Desk • Dry Cleaning • Gift Wrapping
Budget Floor

First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Watches • Clocks • Our Wonderful World of Cosmetics • Sunglasses • Belts • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • The Hat Bar • Hosiery • Scarves • Umbrellas • Blouses • Sweaters • The First Place • Candy • Greeting Cards • Stationery • Greeting Cards • Adult Games • Cameras • The Electronic Age • Luggage • Books • Paperback Book Shop
Store for Men Small Leather Goods • Sport Shirts • Sweaters • Ties • Underwear • The Answer Shop • Belts • Gloves • Handkerchiefs • Hosiery • Shirts • Hats • Shoes • Pajamas and Loungewear • Smoking Accessories • Sportswear • In Site • Gentlemen’s Clothing • Young Chicagoan
The Pantry Gourmet Foods • Cold Foods • The Bakery • Frozen Foods • Candy • The Wine Shop
• The Flower Market

Second Floor
Lounging Apparel • Nighttime Lingerie • Bare Necessities • Foundations • Daytime Lingerie • Young Chicago Intimate Apparel • Infant’s Shop • Infant’s Furniture • Nursery Accessories • Kindergarten Shop • Tiny Finery • Toddler’s Shop • Schoolgirls Shop • Girls Accessories • Children’s Lingerie • Teen Scene • Tween Teen Shop • Teen Accessories • The Boy’s Shop • The Prep Shop • Student Shop • The Toy Center • Artist's Supplies

Third Floor
Young Chicago Sportswear • Young Chicago Dresses • Young Chicago Coats and Suits • Contempo • Beauty Salon • Shoe Salon • Fashion Classics Shoes • Young Chicago Shoes • Leisure Square • Contemporary Shoes • Sportswear • Active and Spectator Sportswear • Misses' Dresses • Town and Casual Dresses • After Five Dreses • Woman's Way • The Dress Room • The Coat Room • The Suit Room • Alterations

Fourth Floor
China • Casual Dinnerware • Table Linens • Casual Living Accessories • Bar Accessories • The Candle Shop • Decorative Accessories • Silver • Cutlery • Stainless Tableware • Artwares • Housewares • Gourmet Galley • Household Utilities • The Garden Spot • The Color Bar • The Tool Chest

Fifth Floor
Linens • The Bath Shop • Creative Stitchery • Curtains and Draperies • Decorative Pillows • Drapery Hardware • Bedspread Ensembles • Floor Coverings • Lamps • Offices • Cashier • Credit Office

(115,000 s.f.)


Basement
Customer Service • Repair Service Desk • Dry Cleaning • Gift Wrapping
Budget Floor

First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Watches • Clocks • Our Wonderful World of Cosmetics • Sunglasses • Belts • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • The Hat Bar • Hosiery • Scarves • Umbrellas • Blouses • Sweaters • The First Place • Candy • Greeting Cards • Stationery • Greeting Cards • Adult Games • Cameras • The Electronic Age • Luggage
Store for Men Small Leather Goods • Sport Shirts • Sweaters • Ties • Underwear • The Answer Shop • Belts • Gloves • Handkerchiefs • Hosiery • Shirts • Hats • Shoes • Pajamas and Loungewear • Smoking Accessories • Sportswear • In Site • Gentlemen’s Clothing • Young Chicagoan
The Pantry Gourmet Foods • Cold Foods • The Bakery • Frozen Foods • Candy • The Wine Shop
 • The Flower Market

Second Floor
Infant’s Shop • Infant’s Furniture • Nursery Accessories • Kindergarten Shop • Tiny Finery • Toddler’s Shop • Schoolgirls Shop • Girls Accessories • Children’s Lingerie • Teen Scene • Tween Teen Shop • Teen Accessories • The Boy’s Shop • The Prep Shop • Student Shop • The Toy Center • Artist's Supplies

Third Floor
Lounging Apparel • Nighttime Lingerie • Bare Necessities • Foundations • Daytime Lingerie • Young Chicago Intimate Apparel • Young Chicago Sportswear • Young Chicago Dresses • Young Chicago Coats and Suits • Contempo • Creative Stitchery • Beauty Salon

Third Floor Annex
Books • Paperback Book Shop • Shoe Salon • Fashion Classics Shoes • Young Chicago Shoes • Leisure Square • Contemporary Shoes

3 1/2 Floor
Alterations • Personnel Office • Special Events Center

Fourth Floor
Sportswear • Active and Spectator Sportswear • Misses' Dresses • Town and Casual Dresses • After Five Dreses • Woman's Way • The Dress Room • The Coat Room • The Suit Room

4 1/2 Floor
China • Casual Dinnerware • Table Linens • Casual Living Accessories • Bar Accessories • The Candle Shop • Decorative Accessories • Silver • Cutlery • Stainless Tableware • Artwares • Housewares • Gourmet Galley • Household Utilities • The Garden Spot • The Color Bar • The Tool Chest

Fifth Floor
Linens • The Bath Shop • Curtains and Draperies • Decorative Pillows • Drapery Hardware • Bedspread Ensembles • Floor Coverings • Lamps • Scientific Sleep Equipment • Offices • Cashier • Credit Office

(124,000 s.f.)



First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Watches • Clocks • Our Wonderful World of Cosmetics • Sunglasses • Belts • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • The Flower Market • Hosiery • Scarves • Umbrellas • Blouses • Sweaters • The First Place • Candy • Greeting Cards • Stationery • Greeting Cards • Adult Games • Cameras • The Electronic Age • Luggage
Store for Men Small Leather Goods • Sport Shirts • Sweaters • Ties • Underwear • The Answer Shop • Belts • Gloves • Handkerchiefs • Hosiery • Shirts • Hats • Shoes • Pajamas and Loungewear • Smoking Accessories • Young Chicagoan
Mezzanine
Store for Men Sportswear • Contempo for Men • In Site • Pacesetter for Men • Gentlemen’s Clothing • The 27 Room • Aquascutum of London Shop

Second Floor
Shoe Salon • Fashion Classics Shoes • Young Chicago Shoes • Leisure Square • The Shop for Pappagallo • Contemporary Shoes • Young Chicago Sportswear • Young Chicago Dresses • Young Chicago Coats and Suits • Contempo • Sportswear • Active and Spectator Sportswear

Third Floor
Misses' Dresses • Town and Casual Dresses • After Five Dreses • Woman's Way • The Dress Room • The Sundown Shop • The Country Shop • Sunningdale Shop • Pacesetter • The Designer Salom • Zandra Rhodes Boutique • Fur Salon • The Bride's Room • The Coat Room • The Suit Room • Millinery • Wig Salon • Beauty Salon

Fourth Floor
Lounging Apparel • Nighttime Lingerie • Bare Necessities • Foundations • Daytime Lingerie • Young Chicago Intimate Apparel • Infant’s Shop • Infant’s Furniture • Nursery Accessories • Kindergarten Shop • Tiny Finery • Toddler’s Shop • Schoolgirls Shop • Girls Accessories • Children’s Lingerie • Teen Scene • Tween Teen Shop • Teen Accessories • The Boy’s Shop • The Prep Shop • Student Shop • The Toy Center • Artist's Supplies

Fifth Floor
Linens • The Bath Shop • China • Casual Dinnerware • Table Linens • Casual Living Accessories • Bar Accessories • The Candle Shop • Decorative Accessories • The Williamsburg Shop • Silver • Cutlery • Stainless Tableware • Antique Silver • The Pewter Shop • Field's Afar • Artwares • Collector’s Room • Home Entertainment Center • Music Center

Sixth Floor
The Decorating Galleries • Furniture • Lamps • Curtains and Draperies • Decorative Pillows • Drapery Hardware • Bedspread Ensembles • Floor Coverings • Creative Stitchery • Offices • Cashier • Credit Office

Seventh Floor
Customer Service • Repair Service Desk • Dry Cleaning • Cashier • Credit Office • Gourmet Foods • Cold Foods • Frozen Foods • The Bakery • Candy • The Wine Shop • Gourmet Galley • Housewares • Books • Paperback Book Shop • Antiquarian Books and Fine Bindings • The Tower Room


(170,000 s.f.)



Lake Forest
Market Square
1928/1931
16,000 s.f.
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Evanston
Church St.
November, 1928
115,000 s.f.

Oak Park
1144 Lake St.
October, 1929
124,000 s.f.



Park Forest
333 Plaza, Park Forest
115,000 s.f.
The Trail Room

Old Orchard
1 Old Orchard, Skokie
1956
445,000 s.f.
The Hawthorn Room


Mayfair in
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
1 Mayfair Mall North
January, 1959
290,000 s.f.
The Linden Room


Oakbrook
1 Oakbrook Center Mall
March, 1962
365,000 s.f.
The Oak Room


River Oaks
1 River Oaks, Calumet City
1966
264,000 s.f.
The Willow Room


Woodfield
1 Woodfield
355,000 s.f.
The Seven Arches


Hawthorn
1 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
September, 1973
259,000 s.f.
The Fairfield Room

CherryVale
1 The Mall at Cherryvale, Rockford
September, 1973
115,000 s.f.
The Fountain View Room


Fox Valley
1 Fox Valley Cener, Aurora
February, 1975
250,000 s.f.
The Valley Room



Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue
October, 1975
170,000 s.f.
The Tower Room


Orland Square
1 Orland Square, Orland Park
March, 1976
200,000 s.f.
The Prairie Room





AN HOMAGE . . .

Marshall Field & Company was the Grande Dame of Grande Dame American department Stores. Macy’s may have had the larger building, Neiman Marcus had more exclusivity, but Field’s was the standard-bearer for the industry on account of its reputation for quality, its status as a civic institution, and because of its beautiful, iconic store building in Chicago. A slogan used by the store in national advertising was “There’s nothing like it back home,” and that was largely true. There were fine stores across the country, but Marshall Field & Company embodied all that was the best about the industry, and threw in its own cachet for good measure.

The store was described in a long-forgotten article as being “like a wonderful old Aunt who always treats you like you’re special to her” and “a place where you’d find the most expensive couture fashion but also a replacement for that rubber ring at the bottom of your blender.” It was aristocratic . . . it always (until the late 1970’s, when the store’s status began a slow decline) referred to itself as Marshall Field & Company. It officially never used the word ‘department’, referring to the store’s ‘sections’ instead. Likewise, it felt that pricing sale or clearance merchandise at values like $21.99 or $15.97 was below its stature. Instead, sale prices were marked down to $21.90 or $15.90. The store also did not refer to “regular prices” in sale ads, so as to say that regularly priced merchandise was still of good value to customers. In fact, the store didn’t have “sales,” but referred to a “special selling” in ads. These small details made Field’s just a little different from everyone else, and along with a million others, made the store seem just a cut above.

The store’s architecture was magnificent; it’s atmosphere sublime in many ways. One of a handful stores designed by Daniel Burnham, coordinating architect for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition (the others were John Wanamaker in Philadelphia and Filene’s in Boston) it enclosed the great myriad of things offered in a cohesive and relatively-easily navigated way. Field’s official date of founding, according to historians, was 1852; but after massive growth and a few devastating fires, the store began a building program that spanned from 1902 to 1914, filling more than three-quarters of a large Chicago city block. The other portion was occupied by a part of the existing Field store, built in the late 1800s, and deemed too new to replace.

The building program resulted in a store roughly divided in two by a north-south cross-block alley known as Holden Court. One half of the building fronted on State Street, from Washington to Randolph, and the other half, including the oldest section at Washington Street, fronted on Wabash Avenue.

These two portions were divided into three by banks of elevators (and later, escalators) that neatly divided the store into six “rooms” known as “South State,” “Middle State,” “North State,” “North Wabash,” and so on. Where the upper floors crossed over the alley, the designation of a location in these areas was known as “North Holden Court” or similar. This resulted in a building in which locations were quite easy to identify, and when Field’s ads named a section, they always indicated a floor and location so customers could find merchandise easily in a 2.25 million square foot building complex. In 1914, men’s merchandise was moved across Washington street into an additional building known as the Store for Men.

Further distinguishing the store were two light-wells located on the State Street side of the building. A six floor atrium in the South State building was topped by a Tiffany glass vault. The North State building featured a light well which extended 13 stories up to the roof of the building. Likewise, the seventh floor Walnut Room restaurant centered on a two-story atrium directly above the Tiffany dome. This atrium allowed the installation of the famous "Great Tree" during the Christmas season.

Over the years, the store was remodeled and kept up-to date. Escalators were added in the 1930s, replacing several of the banks of elevators, but maintaining the basic traffic flow through the store's six great "rooms" per floor. Gradually, the store's interiors took on the style of art deco, but the grand first floor, all marble floors in grey and black, dark-stained wood and glass counters, and towering white Corinthian columns remained sacrosanct. The seventh floor Walnut Room restaurant retained its atmosphere, and in 1941, a new couture salon called "The 28 Shop" occupied the South Wabash room of the sixth floor. The name "28 Shop" was derived from the shop's private elevator entrance at 28 East Washington Street as well as the 28 fitting rooms circling the shop, where patrons were shown the finest merchandise in private. The shop was considered a significant enough work of design to be featured in Architectural Record magazine.

Marshall Field & Company gained notoriety for a number of unique promotions and features, like the Great Tree, already mentioned, which was a part of the store's Christmas Holiday promotions. In late fall, the phrase "looking ahead to the holidays" appeared in ads, with a full Christmas promotion following after Thanksgiving. "The Store of the Christmas Spirit," "A Gift from Field's Means More," and "Christmas isn't Christmas without a day at Marshall Field & Company" were advertising lines used to promote the store during the holidays. Families lined up to eat under the Great Tree, visit "Cozy Cloud Cottage" and admire elaborate window displays, telling the story of "Uncle Mistletoe" and "Freddy Fieldmouse" which were creations of the store's promotion department. Notably, one of the store's windows displayed a beautiful creche for Christmas in addition to the commercial promotions.

Branch development started on September 7, 1928 when a small children's store was opened in Lake Forest, north of Chicago. One week later, a similar shop was opened in Evanston. This store quickly outgrew its small size, and plans were put in place to build both a new, 5-story branch to replace it, and a similar store in Oak Park. These were opened in 1929. By 1930, Marshall Field & Company had relocated its Lake Forest Store to the Market Square ensemble in the center of the exclusive suburb.

Park Forest, Illinois, was the site of Marshall Field & Company's first large shopping center branch in the postwar era. The store opened in 1955 in that planned suburb's downtown shopping center. At 116,000 sq. ft. in size, it was not as large as the new branches planned for the future, but it did introduce a "style" for suburban shopping that carried across most of the company's stores built in the 1950s and 1960s - white brick, honey-toned fieldstone, some weathered-copper roofs and a composition of interescting volumes with deep, colonnaded overhangs. The branch also included a first for Marshall Field & Company's branch stores - a restaurant, named "The Trail Rom."

With Park Forest, the company embarked upon a branch development program which would take it through the 1960s. The next store to open was in Skokie, Illinois, at the Old Orchard Shopping Center developed in part by Marshall Field & Company in 1956. The store, with its Hawthorn Room restaurant, originally opened at 315,000 sq. ft. in size, but was expanded to 445,000 sq. ft. in a few years.

A suburban store (as Field's referred to its branches in advertising) which opened in 1959 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin brought the Marshall Field & Company name into the Milwaukee market. The two-story store included "The Linden Room" restaurant.

Next in line was a store in the western suburbs of Chicago, at Oakbrook Center. The 365,000 sq. ft. store opened in 1962, and featured, appropriately enough, "The Oak Room" restaurant.

The final element in the first wave of the branch store development program brought a Marshall Field & Company Store to the southern suburbs near the Indiana border. The River Oaks store included "The Willow Room" for dining and consisted of 264,000 sq. ft. of space.

In the 1970s, Marshall Field & Company's branches were built in further outlying suburbs, as the population of the Chicago area grew. A new design for the stores retained the crisp white brick of the earlier ones, but emphasized entrances with a colonnade of arches, and a more classic, formal massing. The first of these, in the giant Woodfield Mall in the northwest suburbs, was the third largest branch store at 335,000 sq. ft. Its restaurant was appropriately named "The Seven Arches" as its windows looked out through one of the store's colonnades.

1973 saw the opening of two more branches. The first, a large, 259,000 sq. ft. store in Vernon Hills, Illinois at Hawthorn Center, opened on September 10th, 1973. The "Fairfield Room" restaurant looked out through one of the colonnades, as at Woodfield.

About three weeks later, a smaller, outlying store carried the Marshall Field & Company name to Rockford, Illinois at CherryVale Shopping Center. The store continued the "new look" of the 70s, and while smaller, at 115,000 sq. ft., it did include a restaurant called "The Fountain View Room."

In February of 1975, Marshall Field & Company opened its 250,000 square foot branch in Aurora, at the Fox Valley Mall. This store devieated in its appearance somewhat, by using flat arches on its colonnade as opposed to the Roman arches used previously. "The Valley Room" continued Field's culinary tradition at this store.

Then, on October 20th, 1975, Marshall Field & Company introduced its most exciting store yet - a 170,000 sq. ft., 7 floor branch on North Michigan Avenue, anchoring the Water Tower Place, a mixed use complex consisting of a shopping mall, offices, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, condominiums, cinema complex, and a legitimate theatre.




121 comments:

  1. The Park Forest store actually opened in 1955 and the Oakbrook in 1962 (March 5th).

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  2. Randy:

    Thank you for the clarification . . . a nice thing about putting all of this on line, is that the information can be more accurate with readers' assistance.

    Soon, I will add 1970s official pictures of the State Street Store First Floor remodeling.

    The Field's "exhibit" has more information than most of the others, because after visiting the store several times in my youth, I thought, and still do, that it was the best and brightest of any such institution in the USA, and perhaps the world for that matter.

    Again, thanks for helping to keep things accurate

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  3. There was also a Marshall Fields in Galleria Dallas in Dallas, TX which is now Saks. As well, there was a Marshall Fields in Houston Galleria which as well is now a Saks and in Town and Country Mall in Houston which has now been torn down and rebuilt as a Lifestyle Center.

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  4. I worked in Chicago during the 60's and 70's and I shopped at Marshall Fields each payday. That was twice a month. They had the best and nicest clothes I ever had. Years later I shopped at the the Marshall Fields store in Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL and the one in the West Dundee Mall in West Dundee, IL. When Macy's bought them out it only took one time for me to shop there to know I would never be back. The merchandise is cheap. Marshall Fields come back we need you.

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  5. I STILL can't belive Marshall Field's is no more. What on earth was Federated thinking... Macy's is nothing compared to Marshall Field's. They should have kept Field's, along with Bloomingdales, and continued with the more upscale tradition that was Marshall Fields :(

    Craig

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  6. My mother had a colleague who was addicted to the Country Shop. She stipulated in her will that her ashes be scattered there, unfortunately, Field's did not allow it.

    It was always a big deal when the big green drums of detergent showed up. My mother (who worked there very briefly in the 80s - her sister worked there in the 50's for a summer) always ordered them every six months. In fact, the rather posh town we lived in (out in the country then, now exurb) decided upon how the name would work with zip codes based on the Marshall Field & Co chargeplates.

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  7. One can certainly see how a Chicagoan could become obsessed with Field's. They carried so many different things of value, and their house brands, at least during the '70s, were of a high order. They used to send me their catalogs, and twice a year, I got one called "Stock Up Selling" or something similar, with staples, even including Marshall Field & Company detergent, paper plates, and even toilet paper!

    I am sure you noticed the "Country Shop" logo in the store directory above. Your mom's colleague would have been happy it's there, I bet.

    BAK

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  8. How I wish I took pictures when I shopped at Field's with my grandmother in the 1960's. Such good memories. Coming off the escalator, zipping around the corner and getting a drink of water at those beautiful water fountains. The Christmas house where Santa sat during the holidays. The children's book department. And the toy counter where I always asked for the little metal toys with the wheels. Does anyone have old interior pictures of the different departments?

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  9. Wonderful job in sharing this blog with those of us in love with all things old, especially famous places for fashion.
    As a native Chicagoan I grew up taking the El downtown to the State St. store with my mother, back in the old days of white gloves. Eating there was a definite bonus, to keep up enough strength to spend hours there. There was a ice cream parlor that even existed when my children were young. Hot Fudge sundaes never tasted so good.
    But although we never failed to visit the yard goods, and china/table linen areas, the hats were probably my favorite. When I needed a hat for my 1974 wedding, it was from Field's. It was more important than the dress, and cost more as well. Since today is National Hat Day, I shall now need to go look for some of my many vintage Field's hats in an abundant collection of Chicago hats. I'm sure each of the original owners would have enjoyed this blog about Fields as much as I have. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Dear Mary:

    Thank you for your lovely note. (I like your last name - - it means "bug" in Polish, and it was a term of endearment used by my sweet mom on me before I turned into something much bigger)

    Since I was from Detroit, I first visited Field's in 1974, and was overwhelmed by the architecture, and the aristocratic nature of the store. I will never forget the aisles and aisles of beautiful counters, stretching a whole Chicago city block, the grandiose light-wells soaring upwards, and the chandelier/torchieres above the counters in the wells themselves, helping to create a museum-like atmosphere of utmost refinement and beauty in which to shop.

    Everything was of such a high order; the staff definitely had "manners," the clientele was sophisticated, but there were also things like that Ice Cream Parlor on the Third Floor, North State. I actually have a picture of it from a Marshall Field & Company Annual Report; I will publish it in due course, since I think it may bring back more memories for you. Did you know that Field's home-made ice cream had the highest butter-fat content of any made in the U.S.? That's probably why the memory is so indelible!

    Thank you for sharing your memories, and I do appreciate your kind comments on this true institution - if we still had it today, I think the world would certainly be a better and more humane place.

    BAK

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  11. I have an original oil painting of Sam Hecht. Any suggestions of whom may want it?

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  12. From Donna
    Thanks for the memories. I helped open the store at Hawthorne Center worked for 9 years in bedding, and loved it! Mom took me to State Street every year at Christmas to shop (bags and bags we carried on th "L")and, of course, to eat "under the tree". Mom, now 93 had been an employee there years ago.I also had a cousin at Old Orchard. The company was super, great sales training, products,and staff that gave a great schedule (they even let me tranfer to Woodfield while at college),discounts and TIME AND A HALF for Sundays. Wfew! Thanks for letting me vent!Please come back. Miss you and the Frango mints.

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  13. Macy's will never be what Marshall Field's was. It will probably go down as the biggest mareing blunder in retails history. Bring back Marshall Field's. It is not too late.

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  14. What a delight to find this web site. I am about your age Bak and remember my Aunt trekking me downtown to go shopping every forth Saturday. We had to dress up, I was always in a young man’s suit, as she called it, with short britches and she with white gloves and furs. It was not shopping as we know it today but an experience. I was a little kid but knew this was something to be appreciated and a little taste of the finer things of life. We would lunch in the Walnut Room or Carson's Highland Room. I was never allowed to order a hamburger. It had to be something I couldn't get anywhere else. It was an all-day event. Before heading home she would stop in the ladies room. This wasn’t a small door off a hallway; it was a huge sitting room that sold refreshments, repaired shoes and you could check or pickup packages when you were ready to leave. I remember I always got coconut milk while waiting for her to come out and can still remember the taste 50+ years later. In those days you could leave a young kid at a counter and knew they would be there when you returned. The staff actually watched me. What service you received then. Not the snarly unhappy people you encounter at check outs now.

    I remember all the things you mentioned in your article. It brought back great memories. It's a shame that Macy's, although they keep the building up, didn't carry on the traditions. I think they could have kept it a special place rather than homogenizing it to their standards. The quality and specialty was lost. Perhaps not a good business move on their part.

    I appreciate your hard work in this endeavor and will bookmark this site for frequent updates and more walks down memory lane. Pete

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  15. Macy's made a huge public relations blunder by obliterating our beloved regional stores. So many famous and loved names were tossed aside in city after city.
    Did they really think that because we all loved "Miracle on 34th Street" and watched the parade on Thanksgiving Day, that we would embrace the Macy name. I resent them to this day!

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  16. Sadly, their Houston stores were very lackluster and run of the mill, if you will. I don't think MF ever took Texas seriously. I guess that Neiman Marcus was too much to compete with! Both locations eventually morphed into Saks, with the Town and Country location being demolished for one of those "lifestyle centers". Speaking of Macy's, I will never forgive them for what they did to our Foley's! The Macy's stores in Houston always look bare and about to go out of business.

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  17. Unfortunately Field's was already turning away from its heritage as a great institution by the time that they came to Texas. If you read Michael Lisicky's book about Hutzler's (Available through The Department Store Museum bookshop) you will see that Angelo Arena, who had become CEO of Marshall Field & Company by this time, is not painted in a particularly positive light, and I wonder to what degree the lackluster image you report was a result of the store's changing management at the time. Arena's predecessor, Joseph Burnham, passed away suddenly, prior to Arena's assumption of the position. He was reportedly a prince of a man, who was not above getting on the floor and selling handbags on a Sunday during the holidays, as much to help out as to get to know his customers.

    The two initial stores in Houston and Dallas were designed by Philip Johnson, a noted, but not really infallible desigenr of buildings, who might be called the first "celebrity architect." Certainly those who love the great old department stores hold him in disrespect for the role he played in the destruction of the beautiful "City of Paris" on Union Square. He and the client, Neiman-Marcus, bitterly fought even the preservation of the lovely oval atrium which was a landmark of the old store.

    Don't take it from me, just seek out the comments on elsewhere on this site for some criticism of what eventually replaced what remains a sadly-lost landmark building in San Francisco.

    While I have only seen rough sketches and aerial views of the Texas stores, now occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue, I wonder how they relate to the above anecdote. The fact that Field's pulled out of the Texas market before to long indicates that the story was not a happy one from any perspective.

    Bruce

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  18. To anonymous above, regarding your trips to Field's when a young boy . . .

    Sorry I have taken so long to respond. Your tales are very poetic and really do convey what was described as "That's Field's" (meaning something good) as opposed to "That's not Field's" (meaning the opposite).

    I guess we have to be thankful for our memories. I for one, am glad you shared your story, and agree with you that "the quality and specialty was lost." I will continue to work hard to make this a place of memory, and at least we can say that the "quality and specialty" have not been forgotten.

    Bruce

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  19. What a wonderful blog reminding me of the glory days of department stores. They used to be such special places. I miss Field's.

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  20. Dear smkelly8:

    We all miss it! I am glad, though, that you stated that my work on the blog reminded you of the "glory days of the department stores." That is exactly what I am trying to do, and I feel as though the amount of time spent compiling and presenting this material has been worthwhile.

    BAK

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  21. I cried the day Fields "died". Marshall Field's will ALWAYS be Chicago!
    I remember every Saturday going down to State Street to shop. Like others have said, it was not shopping, it was an experience!
    I have been searching in vain (about 10 years) for the recipe of the little tea cookies with the pink icing that you would sometimes get if you were very lucky (if they were passing them out) at the Crystal Palace. Would you be able to find out?

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  22. As a native Clevelander....I experienced the demise of our beloved Halle's which merged with Field's in the early 70's-
    I was disappointed to hear that Federated refused to keep the Marshall Field name on the state street store-
    The store is ruined & all that is left are the memories....
    Outside of New York City....fine department store shopping as we knew it is finished-
    It's a shame.....

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  23. Please don't forget the Marshall Field's that had a short occupation at Northbrook Court Mall in the former Sears/JCPenney anchor spot on the west end of the mall.

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  24. I was a buyer for this chain, and I can't even tell you the amount of pride that would well up inside of you when you stood on the selling floor of your department and just looked around. I have bought for 4 other companies, but the Marshall Fields downtown store took my breath away every visit. I buy for a national chain now, and I long to feel those feelings. It started as a child when I went uptown with my grandmother. The smell, the sights....sigh... I am so glad you are trying to preserve some of this for future generations, although I truly wish they could experience it as I did. Let's all keep documenting it with stories and pictures so it does not just fade away. Thanks

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  25. I really appreciate your comments . . . they are very accurate indeed and sum up a very, very special place. As an infrequent visitor to Chicago, it was always a pleasure to walk through those doors because Field's was unique. It is hard to describe today what that means, but your comment about "the smells, the sights" allows a little window into the store which was truly the best in the US.

    In particular, I celebrate small details that helped the store have its own character, like the beautifully hand lettered signs on pedestals throughout the store which made it seem somehow "human," the character of the (beautifully dressed) sales staff, or the aisle after aisle of substantial counters which gave the first floor a museum-like quality.

    Thanks for remembering with me.

    Bruce

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  26. Marshall Field's built a beautiful store in Dallas in the 80's. Not listed in above branches. The store did very well, catering well to conservative Dallasites, until closed by the May co. The IM Pei designed store facade was amazing. The store now operates as a Saks Fifth Avenue.

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  27. Hello!
    Thanks for your comments. I only include "suburban stores" up to the late 1970s, when Fields began struggling and began to lose a lot of its character. The Texas stores were good ones, of course, but the entire adventure wasn't too long-lived (1979-1996) when you consider the age of the company as a whole.

    I do believe that the stores were the work of Philip Johnson, and the concave facades only. Readers can find a newly posted picture of one of them on Flickr, I believe.

    Bruce

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  28. T Bold em: boldbackroads@gmail.com29 December, 2011 19:15

    Where can one purchase one or more of the Xmas (M F & Co.) tree ornaments? I don't see them in their online cat.

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  29. You have both Hudson's and Feild's but no Dayton's? Where is the love for minneapolis? You're missing Dayton's, Donaldson's and Power's. All premiere regional department stores in their time!

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  30. Please have some patience . . . this is a huge undertaking, and until I have better access to the Minnesota newspapers of the past, I cannot add these stores because I have insufficient information at present. I recommend that you take the time too look at the welcome page, and you will see that it has been my intention to add them. Wherever I can, I visit libraries and pore over old newspapers, clipping files, scrapbooks, and archives to find this information, and share it freely with the general public, but I am not a magician and most definitely not a millionaire, so it isn't a matter of lacking "love for Minneapolis" but one of time and accessibility of credible information.

    If your are in Minnesota, and want to spend many hours at the library, seaching for photos, logos, histories, department locations, and all sorts of other information, and are prepared to dilligently scan and archive the information, I would be happy to send you detailed instruction on what would make such an exhibit possible. Until then, though, we shall have to wait until the information becomes more accessible for me to perform the work, as I have with the other exhibits herein.

    Bruce

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  31. I think you are doing a wonderful job Bak. I stumbled upon your blog and read several pages. I remember the old B. Altman in Short Hills as I worked in that mall right before it closed in 1990.Even though it was a suburban store at the end of it's life, you could still see remnants of it's style and greatness, esp. in the people who had worked there for many years. I worked at Bonwit Teller in the mall there. I felt some of that "grand dame of retail" before they closed as well. Some of the women and men I worked with actually came from NYC flagship that was destroyed by Donald Trump who replaced it with his ghastly tower! Some of the furnishings and paintings were sent there, and I actually have a beautiful hand-carved wooded mirror I bought from the store before they closed. It is one of my most cherished posessions. I learned alot at Bonwit's and I am still in retail and use many of the things I learned from them in my everyday operations. I met many friends there and still keep in contact with some, 2 have even worked for me to this day! What a wonderful retailer, gone like so many. Keep up the good work and be well! Joseph Licata

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  32. Thank you, Joseph, for the kind & important comments. I appreciate your thoughts on the work I have done to put this material together; I am so gratified that people like you have memories stirred . . . this way we keep the essential quality of these institutions alive.

    Thanks again for your wishes,

    Bruce

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  33. Hi,

    My wife and I found a Marshal Field & Co. Household Utilities Porcelain Top Kitchen Table for sale and would like to buy it but know nothing about them. Do you or anyone out there know anything about them and how much they are worth?

    Alan Baranowski :alanbaranowski@aol.com

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  34. Field's and Wanamaker's were the two standard barriers by which every other department/specialty store deemed to be. They were merchants with palaces of buildings, who treated their staffs with respect and dignity. While architecturally I will give some credit to Dayton/Hudson, May Co and yes, even Macy's for preserving and upgrading the State Street store, it is still not what it was with the Field's name...even as it began to error, it was so far superior to any of its contemporaries....even Nordstrom or Neiman's.

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  35. Changing the name to Macy's was the final step in a long progression. For over a decade Marshall Field's had been making itself more and more like Macy's.

    Many Chicagoans prefer calling it Macy's to seeing the respected Field's name further cheapened.

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  36. For me, as an admirer of Field's, the name change from Marshall Field & Company to the truncated "Marshall Field's" was the real indicator that decline was coming. The logo looked bad, and many of the store's unique touches soon became things of the past. It is true, though, that the store retained much that was good until its rightful name disappeared.

    Bruce

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  37. The ring of "Marshall Field and Company" definitely has the elegance that it was so famous for. My mother recounts fondly the years that she took the train from Wisconsin with my grandmother to visit the State Street store during Christmas. I remember going as a child with my family for those same joyous trips. I also lived in Chicago for a while and loved spending the day there. It was the best ever. Sorry Macy's but I actually hate shopping in your stores. Merchandise is junk, stores are dirty and run down, clerks are rude, all the amenities of Marshall Fields have left the building. There was nothing like the feeling of shopping at Marshall Field and Company, the quality merchandise, the wealth of selection, the beautiful, well kept, clean stores, and the marvelous clerks that made you feel like family as they carefully wrapped your purchases and loaded them in the iconic green shopping bags. I love you Marshall Field and Company and am deeply saddened by your demise.

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  38. I am doing some research on a Marshall Fields bag that is part of the Benz Gallary of Floral Art collection at Texas A&M University. We have a crocheted MF bag, in nearly excellent condition, and would like to know more about its history/dates/what departments used it. Thanks for any info you might have.
    Nicole

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  39. Hello, I enjoy reading your site. Brings back memories. I wanted to know if you know more about the art gallery at the downtown Chicago location. I have acquired a very large oil enchanced chromolithograph of an E.I.Couse framed print. The dust cover was intact, except for one end. I took it apart to clean it. the verso of the dust cover had Marshall Field & Co. printed on it. My question is,would you know where I can find more information about the art gallery at Marshall field & Co. circa 1920's-1930's. I'm trying to find out if they ever hosted artists, such as Couse,in an exhibit of their works,which would be for sale.
    Thanks,
    Susan

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  40. About the only specific I could offer is to check The Chicago Tribune via ProQuest Historical Newspapers - available through many libraries and search for the information during the desired period.

    Bruce

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  41. Thanks so much for the advice! Keep up the good work.
    Susan

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  42. Hello everyone, I was hoping someone somewhere might be able to give me some ideas on how to find out the approximate age of my vintage Marshall Field & Company handbag. It's a tan snakeskin (although I don't know if it's real snakeskin or not)and on the inside on the front of a pocket it has a name on it that looks like Sellestons and there's a bell behind it. I would really like to find out how old this bag is and if anyone has any ideas or suggestions let me know I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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  43. I'm so glad I stumbled across this site. I grew up in Marshall Fields...from visiting the christmas windows as a little girl wearing my white gloves, to learning to sew and then turning myself loose in MF's sewing department with the rich fabrics and amazing trims and buttons, dreaming of the many things i would make, and of course visiting the walnut room for lunch. i'd stop in on the 7th floor on my way home from work to buy a frango mint pie. it was carefully enclosed in a padded bag with dry ice to keep it frozen. i was always warned by the clerks not to touch the ice when i got home, a touch very much appreciated. i was there a few years ago and while the walnut room menu had some of the old items on there, it wasn't the same. the building remains beautiful, but not well maintained like it used to be. back in the day, it was a refuge from the grind of daily life. walk into marshall field and company and you were transformed into all that was clean,shining, fresh and lovely, if only for a little while. macys - shame on you.

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  44. You list the snack shop in the basement of the State Street store, So. State. I wonder if it was named Snack Shop, or was it named at all? Everyone I knew called it the Budget Counter, with a tongue in cheek pronunciation of Le Budgette Countaire. My aunt and I always started a shopping trip by meeting there in the morning, and ended it there with a cup of coffee and a piece of pie, to compare purchases.
    A few thoughts (still more!) regarding the name change, eventually to Macy's:
    I remember a very brief period after it was changed to Marshall Field's, when the sides of the white boxes said "A Division of Marshall Field & Company." It didn't last long.
    It isn't so easy to figure out anymore who was born and raised in Chicago, from who might have moved here as an adult, for a career or for college. If you were from Chicago, you said, "Field's," but never "Marshall Field's" or "Marshall Field & Company." Just a thought, maybe just my own.
    Last, while a name is just a name, we did love our home town store with its own name. Did someone think Chicagoans wouldn't mind losing it, even welcome it? Possibly the opportunity to finally squelch a great name that wasn't its own, was too great a tempation? Whatever the reason, I find the decision, made elsewhere, to change it to Macy's exposed a New York provincialism that could never be matched.

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  45. I understand that furniture was manufactured in Oak Park, but not sure what years. When I lived in Oak Park, 1976 to 1988, I was given a used desk that became my son's school desk at home - and only recently, as I was moving to CA discovered a metal plate inside the skinny drawer that one's knees fit under reading, "Marshall Fields". The name is gold, like the metal, and the green background is painted onto the plate.

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  46. "One can certainly see how a Chicagoan could become obsessed with Field's. They carried so many different things of value, and their house brands, at least during the '70s, were of a high order. They used to send me their catalogs, and twice a year, I got one called "Stock Up Selling" or something similar, with staples, even including Marshall Field & Company detergent, paper plates, and even toilet paper!"

    I remember the newspaper insert/catalogue that had Toilet paper etc. I wish I could find a copy of that! I believe most of there house hold products were known as the 333 Marshall Field & Company brand. What the 333 stood for I have no idea.

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  47. I also remember when store restaurants had the famous Field’s monogram engraved on all the silverware. Vey nice touch but one has to wonder how much of that silverware “magical” jumped in the more then a few purses.. lol!

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  48. Thanks, Mike for all of your interesting comments. It is clear that you knew the Field's I did, when I visited Chicago in the 1970s.

    I will admit that I had one of those spoons at one time!

    Looking at your name, I have to wonder, are you related?

    Also, I have some photos of the store as it was remodeled in the 1970s, which were once posted here, but have been removed. I will bring them back soon. They represent, in retrospect, not the best idea for the State Street Store, but even so, it was done with a taste and style that were uniquely Field's.

    Bruce Kopytek

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  49. What ever happened to the giant American Flag(95 feet long & 50 feet wide)that was made in Manchester N.H. at the Amoskege mills that was sent to Marshall Field & Co. Chigago.

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  50. To BAK : regarding comment on 4/12. Interesting observation that once a retailer deleted the "...and Company" most of them saw a decline in their standards. I never thought of it that way, but it is an accurate statement.

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  51. Hello, Tom!

    That seemed like a big deal at the time, and as I said, the logo looked terrible and unbalanced asfter they changed it from Marshall Field & Company. The change indicated that the store was no longer unique and just like others, in my opinion. I wonder what the rationale was at the time - was it to make the store better match a dumbed-down prospective customer base who had trouble pronouncing more than three words in a row, or one which couldn't distinguish between the formal name of the company and it's popular diminutive of "Field's?"

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  52. @ BAK....God, I hope the original Marshall Fields and Company customer was not that "dumbed down". Most retailers as you may remember had the "...and Company" after their names. Even the evil Macy's was once known as "R.H. Macy and Company" (although in all honesty, the "and company" was gone by the turn of the 20th Century). so, I guess the rationale is Macy's began the dumbing down of the American Department store. Prior to its purchase of my beloved "Bamberger's" , the company was known as L. Bamberger and Company. Once Macy's purchased it in 1929, it became "Bambger's", even the "L" was gone. I think we just found the missing link, my friend :-)

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  53. Hello, just to clarify the Field's brand name for its household product line, it was "Field's Two Twenty Two." It often had the number "222" super-imposed over the written brand name. I don't know for sure what the brand name meant, although the Merchandise Mart, which is a wholesaler's mart envisioned and built by Marshall Field, had the original address of 222 North Bank Street (Its address now is 222 Merchandise Plaza). I don't think 222 was the address for the old Field's Wharehouse store on West Adams Street, but I could be wrong about that. Maybe its address was 222 South Wells Street? Possibly the stock up catalog came from one of the wholesale buildings.
    Yes, the 222 line had just about everything, including trash can liners and "Vapor Mist" oven cleaner.

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  54. Oh my- so glad to find you. This has hit a nerve- worked there (Section 70, folks!) in the 60s as I made my way through the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). I will never forgive a) the substitution of metal ones for the original counters on the first floor and b) the introduction of impersonal chaos after that. It was always so beautiful and perfect. They had already started messing with the Walnut Room and even then I prayed they would cause no further damage EVER. I love new as much as anyone but some things were right the first time.

    There are so many happy memories associated with the place, yes- I guess I did not have the white glove experience going downtown as a little girl but I did go downtown as a little barehanded girl and I was not too small to have my junior sensibilities piqued by the architecture and all the rest of it. Never underestimate what a kid takes in. So I bear the Field's imprint as so many of us do.

    Also I agree about the name changes- it's always been Field's to me, and Marshall Field & Co. if feeling formal. I have scavenged the house (I have lived in western NYS for over 40 years now) and pulled together all my Field's boxes and trivia into a sad treasure trove/memorial. I even found one of my baby teeth in a Field's gift envelope. Yes, Field's surrounded me all these years in every corner of the house.

    There is nothing like Field's back home, for sure. Thanks for the web site. I am always amazed to see how profoundly a mere store could affect people of all ages. Macy's has no clue except the ability to recognize a mountain it cannot climb, so it has tunneled, chipped and chopped away trying to bring Field's down to size. Can't happen- we all still own it.

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  55. Bruce: Just bought a lithograph titled The Quiver Maker by E. I. Couse with a Marshall Fields' tag on the back. I found that the image is painted in several areas and I can envision Marshall Fields having Couse make an appearance at the store and he embellished the art to promote sales. Have you discovered anything that suggests that Couse or other artists made personal appearances at the store. Thanks for the help. Rick

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  56. Hi, Great site! I did not see mention of the fact that the "L" train actually stopped inside Marshall Fields downtown starting in the late 50s. You can read more about it here: http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/randolph-wabash.html
    Having grown up in Oak Park during that bygone era my mother with us young children in tow would on occassion ride the "L" literally into the downtown Field's store then liesurely select wardrobe and household items (that were typically not available in Oak Park). We lunched in the Walnut room then boarded the "L" train inside the store and returned home. My mother did not have to carry bags or packages at all since Marshall Field's would deliver all her selections to the home promptly the next morning. A Field's truck would arrive and the driver would bring everything into the home while a lady would help my mother deploy and arrange everything while checking items, etc. Fields was known for hands-on service at the store and in a customer's home. Just like Doctors making house calls customer service unfortunately is almost non-existent today!

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  57. Do you know what happened to the State Street store's company archives ?
    I've tried to find out where they're now housed, but have come up with nothing.
    I'm interested in finding photographs of their window displays from the early part of the 20th century.

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  58. I would check on the Seventh Floor, Middle Wabash, where there is a museum and the store's archives.

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  59. Thank you for your suggestion.
    I stopped by the State Street store and learned that the Marshall Field's archives are now housed in the Chicago History Museum.

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  60. Terrific! Thank you, and now I know, too!

    Bruce

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  61. Does anyone have pictures of the cozy cottage when Mrs.Clause, Uncle Misiltoe, and Aunt Holly were with the real Santa? My Grandmother worked in the foundation dept in the 40's and 50s.Every year we would go to the employee Christmas party.What an experience and what great memories I have of those spectacular parties.

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  62. My Grandmother was an employee of Marshall Field and Co during the 1940's and 50's. One of the best perks she had, in my opinion, was the employee Christmas party for their family. I have very vivid memories of those events.

    The Party was usually the first Sunday of December, which was always near my birthday, so this became a double special event. I would put on my new holiday dress, the new holy trimmed anklets, and my shiny black patten-leather shoes. My Mother and Grandmother would have their best on, which always included hat and gloves. We would all board the South Shore and go the end of the line at Randolph. We came early so we could see the windows and waited for the doors to open for the quests.

    When the doors opened only the special people were allowed into the store. We would all start up the escalator to the Walnut Room. No one else was in the store and I felt that we were privilege to be there. On the 7th floor you walked into a magical world. The TREE. It was all the way to the sky and Uncle Mistletoe was looking down from heaven. The room was full of different stages, where jugglers, magician, clowns, and more were performing non stop. The Dickens Carolers were singing and the Fairy Queen was spreading her magic dust to every child. The tables were full of Christmas cookies, candies and hot cocoa with the biggest marshmallow in the world. There were no adults stopping you from grogging yourself, so we did.

    After a while my Mother would appear and tell me it was time to see Santa. Now I knew we were going to see the real Santa. All the other men in red suits and fake beards were just his helpers, but at Marshall Field the real Santa came to talk to us. We would take the escalator to the toy floor and stood in line. The time went by because we had miles and miles, or it seemed to me, of winter scenes and animated figures to keep a sugar high child busy for hours. We finally made our destination to the Cozy Cloud Cottage and were greeted by Aunt Holly and Uncle Mistletoe. Our next stop was to Mrs. Clause, who kept us busy until it was our turn to see Santa. No one had to force me to his lap. I was not a very outgoing little girl, but I had no fear to tell Santa what my wishes were for Christmas.

    When I finished talking to Santa, we headed for the South Shore station and home. I sank into the red velvet chair and waited for the train to start rocking be to sleep. I had about 5 of these glorious days. My Grandmother retired from Fields and by the time my children were born the Parties had stopped. We still had our lunch under the sky high Tree, but I only had those special memories.



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  63. I have a copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice which has printed in gold on the inside of the blue leather cover that it was for Marshall Field Company - probably bound in 1901. Does anyone know more about this book? Thank you.

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  64. I am researching an early copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which is a beautiful blue leather book with gold print and gilted gold edges on all sides of the pages. On the top edge of the inside cover printed in gold it states: Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, England.On the bottom of the inside cover printed in gold it states: For Marshall Field and Company. Would you have any information on this book? From what I could find it was a first edition trade book - and had plain hardboard covers that others would then have rebound. Since this states it was Marshall Field and Company I am very curious why and when would the store have done this. Many thanks.

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  65. What a fantastic memory Jeannine. Thank you, so much, for sharing it. Just lovely.

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  66. That's a fantastic memory and you are so lucky to have experienced what no longer seems to exist these days.

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  67. Hi, could you tell me anything about a Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice that was bound for Marshall Field & Company circa 1900? Thank you.

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  68. hi, i was hopeing someone can direct me to someone who might help me find out who to sell or find out more information on a piano i have been given 20 years ago it has the marshall fields and co. gold stamp on the front. it was my girfriends grandmothers who passed away . i no longer have room for it and would like to part ways with it.

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  69. When you allow uneducated people to come into our country with 3rd world values who don't think standards matter; when you allow schools not to do their jobs to teach the importance of citizenship in a free society; when you allow ignorance to prevail and not hold people accountable; the loss of these great institutions is what will result. I love the old department stores. People mattered in the old department stores that were great! They don't matter anymore :( (I THINK THEY DO BUT THE PEOPLE RUNNING The Big BOX RETAILERS THINK PEOPLE ARE EXPENDABLE). I wish I could have seen all these great department stores in their glory days :).

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  70. I grew up in downstate Illinois and remember taking the train with my Mom and Grandmother to State Street. Marshall Fields was always tops and first on the list, next to Carson's. I, too remember eating in the Walnut Room with a million other Mothers and Grandmothers. I'd give anything to have those moments back to tell my Grandmother what great memories I would have of our travels together. For a period of time I worked at Monroe and State and visited Marshall Fields or Carson's when I got paid.

    I live in St Louis now and only get to Chicago on occassion. I miss those sights and sounds from my childhood. Nothing will ever replace Marshall Fields.

    R. Rybarczyk

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  71. Dear Bruce, what a wonderful tribute your blog gives to what was once the finest store in the United States...Marshall Fields & Company. I live in Texas, and I was fortunate enough to run across an original watercolor by E. I. Couse, with a Marshall Field & Company price tag on the back. I have visions of the original purchaser strolling the Second Floor South Wabash section of Marshall Fields, State Street, and he/she falling in love with this beautiful work of art. How in the world this work found its way to the southern most tip of Texas is a question that will never be answered, but I am so happy that I found it in an antique shop the other day. The subject matter is of the Art Institute of Chicago building, with 1930's model autos in front of the building. As a fine art consultant, it is now one of the most treasured paintings in my art collection...not one of the most expensive, but certainly one of the most treasured works. I would be happy to send you images of this very special work of art if you will send an e-mail to premieragi@aol.com. I sincerely appreciate the effort that you have made in keeping alive the memory of this historic institution! Best regards. Frank

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  72. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could give me the archival information for your images?

    Thank you,

    Mattea

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  73. Hi, Mattea. If you'll send an e-mail to premieragi@aol.com, I'll send you images of the watercolor. I'm having doubts that the work is by E. I. Couse, due to the subject matter, but it is a sensational painting nonetheless. I have contacted the Chicago History Museum and requested that they help me identify the artist via the Marshall Field & Company archives that they now possess...will let you know if they are able to help me identify the artist. Take care.
    Frank

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  74. I am looking for the menu or anyone that remembers what the tea time plate in the Walnut room had on it. It was served at like 2-4pm. Had finger sandwiches with petit fours and gum drops and Constant Comment tea.

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  75. Found this site, after much research. We lived in the country in a small town in Ohio, so we didn't have the money to make a trip to the city "Chicago", so we ordered our "dress" clothes from the catalog. We had to wait until the "grown-ups" looked at all the clothes before we could look. Now this was back in the 40's. I remember my brothers saving their money to buy the serge suits. Couldn't wait til I got old enough to pick out some clothing. Ah! those were the days.

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  76. Could you please tell me if marshall fields products were ever sold in the UK MY dad seems to remember using soap and mens hair cream. Iknow they had buying offices here in the Uk could you give me any info onthe Uk side pleas
    Regards DebbI (uk

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  77. When I was a very little girl, my parents took me downtown to see Santa. When I asked my mother about all the other Santas on the street corners ringing bells, she replied: "Those are Santa's helpers, collecting coins for the Salvation Army. There is only one real Santa, and he is at Marshall Field's."
    --Gale (Chicago, now Irvine CA)

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  78. HELLO, I WILL FOREVER MISS MARSHALL FIELDS. I LOVED IT. I LIVE IN NYC NOW. AS I REFLECT, NYC, WOULD HAVE NEVER ALLOWED THAT STORE TO CLOSE, OR THE NAME TO BE CHANGED. IT WAS A GREAT INSTITUTION TO CHICAGO. CHICAGOE LOST IT'S CHARACTER , WITH THE CLOSING OF MARSHALL FIELDS. THE BAKERY WILL FOREVER EXIST IN MIY DREAMES. LOVE YOU CHICAGO AND FIELDS.

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  79. Oh my - what fun to find this blog. Finding my old Marshall Field & Company charge plate is what sent me to the internet. I showed it to a salesperson at Macy's last night and she stared and stared at it and said, "It's an antique!" Well, not quite...it's from the 70s. Don't know what to do with it - seems a shame to toss it. I guess I'll hang onto it.

    One thing I did not see mentioned yet is the College Board. This was a group of college girls that were hired to work at Field's for the summer. My dad was a pastor in Chicago and one of his parishioners worked in the 28 Shop and helped me get the College Board job for the summer of 1970. Each year an outfit was especially designed for the College Board. I'll never forget how expertly the outfits were tailored to fit each girl. I felt like a million bucks when I went outside on my lunch hour (sometimes over to the Picasso statue). Lunch was often a hot dog from the basement snack bar.

    After I was married and had a baby, as did my close friend, we started a tradition of going to Marshall Field's for a day during the Christmas season. Our day consisted of an "el" ride downtown, playing in the toy department, waiting in line to eat at the Walnut room (the mothers took turns shopping while the other stayed in the line with the kids), always ordering the Field's Special, getting fairy dust sprinkled on us, ordering drinks so we could take home the year's decorated glass mug, listening to the elves sing around the store, peeking in on Santa, looking at the windows, and then another el ride home. What great memories. We kept up this tradition with my 2 children and my friend's 4 until some of them were in college!

    Thanks so much for this blog and to everyone for stirring up Field's memories.



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  80. Dear BAK -- First, thanks for the terrific website. It's a joy to peruse and makes me extremely nostalgic. Second, I couldn't get through all the comments above, but scanned many of them, so forgive me if I repeat anything already written.
    As a native (almost 60) Field's was my second home. (Note: please either call it Field's or MF&Co. Calling it Marshall Field's endorses their company name change, but more on that below). I had such chauvinism for this store, I took it personally if someone said something disparaging. I knew the store inside and out. As a northsider, I also was well acquainted with the Evanston and Old Orchard stores. However, there was no store like the loop store. Nowhere.
    In 1974 and 1975 I worked summers at the Store for Men -- when it was across the street. (I worked for a very brief time in Evanston in 1972). In 1974 a week of employee training was MANDATORY. We were paid our minimum wage of $1.85/hour AND had to wear a suit and tie (not even a navy blazer/gray slacks was allowed). The Store for Men was the real McCoy: five floors of elegant fixtures and interiors, a PAJAMA shop, a hat shop the size of hotel lobby, salesmen and women who had been at that store for upwards of 25 years, floor walkers!
    But 1975 saw the beginning of the end ... I believe the first sign was installing a giant staircase on the first floor of the men's store that connected the men's budget store to the main store's budget floor. It completely ruined the elegance of that first floor. But worse was in sight. The coup de grace, I believe, was building the Water Tower Store. This was acknowledging the demise of the loop and the emergence of the "new" downtown, north of the river. This only underscored, and in a way endorsed, "white flight" from downtown to the new mall called North Michigan Avenue. (That development represents its own tragedy -- a sophisticated, refined, human-scaled de luxe shopping corridor became and remains an architectural waste land of flip flops and tights). Then, adding insult to injury, as you mention, they dropped the & Company. I was horrified. Tasteless, incorrect, tacky, wrong. Oddly, I am a person who thinks the world would be a better place without this current "branding" phenomenon ... that has completely extinguished the chic of a house brand ... but I guess there's no other explanation than removing the & Company is a textbook example of brand devaluation.
    Everyone was head over heels with Phil Miller. Certainly he had style and credentials -- but he wasn't Field's. (In those days something was or was not "Field's.") After that, things were out of control. Didn't Target then acquire the store? It just began the long, painful process of circling the drain, so that, frankly, when it closed, I said good riddance. It was no longer Field's, it didn't look like Field's, Uncle Mistletoe and Aunt Holly were sent to the graveyard, Frango mints were no longer being made in the store, horrific remodeling occurred (including the removal of the 28 Shop elevator!) ... everything in order to win the unbeatable race of moving with the times, catering to American's never ending desire for cheaper and cheaper merchandise and the downgrading of one-time luxury brands (Louis Vuitton, Lalique et al.), right down to the present world in which we now live of make believe "bling." Disgusting.
    I'll never forget Field's, but holding on to the hope it will come back is ludicrous and fruitless. I say to all those people still "sitting shiva" for Field's, get real. It wasn't Field's when it closed and it won't be if it reopens. If it looks like Macy's, smells like Macy's etc. It's over and never to come back. And if you think what happened to Field's is a travesty -- look down the street at what became of the wonderful, innovative store that was Carson's!
    Thanks for letting me rant. Bruce

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  81. This is a great site. It has brought back so many wonderful memories for me.

    As a child, my Mom and Dad would always take me downtown to see the windows at Christmas. I have great memories of eating with my Mom at the Veranda Room after an eye doctor's appt.

    My Dad and I would always eat at the Walnut Room at Christmas time after we had selected a very nice present for Mom. We always got the Chicken Pot Pie and a piece for Frango Mint Ice Cream Pie for desert. Yum!!!!

    Who knew I would be lucky enough to work for them while I went to college. I worked in Fine and Fashion Jewelry in the 1970's.

    I remember receiving a very extensive training course, before you got to work on the sales floor. You had to learn not only how to operate their cash register and learn to ring up cash and credit card sales but how to wrap gifts, fill out very specific forms for delivery of packages. Local delivery verses delivery across country. How to pack small items so they did not get damaged in transit.

    I was able to work with the Antique Jewelry buyer on a trunk show. She would buy specific pieces on consignment with certain customers in mind. Usually she was spot on, the customers purchased the pieces. (Some of the items were quite expensive) Now that is the customer service that gave Field's their name and reputation. I remember handwriting invitations to customers to come to the show. It was very successful.

    I read the above comment with reference to the employee dress code. I still have my book. The code was very specfic and strict. Women had to wear hose at all times, no open toed shoes, appropriate hemline. Dresses could only be so many inches above the knee, too short and an employee would be sent home. Hair had to be neat. For men, beards were to kept neat and trimmed. No long hair. Suits and ties were required. No casual clothes. No one really complained it was what added to the Marshall Field atmosphere and the privledge of working for Marshall Field's.

    I remember learning to wrap packages and providing the complimenary gift card. In Fashion Jewelry, items were place in the sturdy white box with the gold Marshall Field and Co. Logo, then it was wrapped in gold cord and after the customer had written a personal note on a gold gift card it was attached to package with the same gold cord.

    I remember in Fine Jewelry, items were placed in the appropriate green leather gift box. The leather box was put in a white MF & Co. box and then complimentary wrapping was offered to the customer. Lovely heavy white wrapping paper again with the gold MF & Co. logo, and white ribbon. The gift card was a little nicer, it came in its own little envelope. I remember practicing making the white bows. As if that was not enough, the customer could get it delivered locally the next day. No charge for shipping. All arriving neat and tidy on the Marshall Field and Co. small green delivery truck, with a uniformed guy bringing it to your door with a smile on his face.

    Now that is the customer service, that kept people loyal to Marshall Field's.

    They also provided free seminars to employee's about the items they were selling so they were knowledgeable about the merchandise they were selling and could provide that knowledge to their customers.

    All in all great memories and lovely people to work with. Great customers too!!!!!

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  82. Selfridges is a high end English department store. It was founded in the early 1900's by Harry Selfridge. He had worked for Fields and based his business model on what he had learned in Chicago. He married one of the Buckingham girls.

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  83. my mother and her family were from Chicago, she grew up on Elmdale ave, went to Senn, grad in 1938. She absolutely adored Chicago, and along with that was Marsshall Field's!When we lived in Ohio and other places, but Grandma and my cousins
    still lived in Chicago, we always got our gifts from Fields, loved opening the boxes to see what treasure we received!In the 80's ,from Michigan' I took my daughter on a bus trip to Chicago, to spend a day downtown, and we spent most of the day at Marshall Fields, where I was just amazed at the architecture, history, g oods, and the old clock outside. I have studied the Chicago architecture, and know some of the history of the Fields, and of Mrs. Fields, and their fabulour mansion in the late 1800's, and the whole story of the family, architecture, history of the merchandising kings, just keeps me searching for more info.I am glad I was able to shop there a few times before it closed, and that is such a shame. I am glad my mom and grandmother are not here to see that-

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  84. In 1963, when I was 16 years old, I applied for and got a job as a sale's associate for Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago. I worked weekends and summers all though high school and college. I really enjoyed working (and shopping) at Field's. I bought a Singer sewing machine with my first money and still use that machine today. I have NEVER stepped a foot into Macy's.

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  85. In 1963, at the age of 16, I applied for a got a job as a sales associate at Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago. I worked weekends and summers throughout high school and collage. I bought a Singer sewing machine there with my first paychecks. I still use that machine to this day. Field's was a very classy operation and I was proud to work there. I have never stepped into Macy's to this day.

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  86. marshall fields dropped the company when bactus bought them.......they were no longer their own company..............they were by the british at that time which also owned gimbels and saks
    fifth avenue

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  87. I'm curious about how the store's layout changed in 1982 when they moved the Store for Men into the main store. Anybody know?

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  88. It was not a change for the better, in my opinion.

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  89. Thank you for this great website, and the work that you've put into it. I'm a native Chicagoan (From the city, not the suburbs!) who studied in New York City in the early '70's. When I went back home for the holidays and vacations, I always bought a few presents from Marshall Field's for my New York friends. Even the most jaded New Yorkers would be deeply impressed with something for them in the tastefully elegant store wrappings from Marshall Field's! The store advertised quite rightly in "The New Yorker" back then: "There's nothing like it back home!" Oh well, "Sic transit Gloria Swanson!"

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  90. Thank you for your wonderful site! I will have to come back later when I have time to read and enjoy the beautiful photography. My Grandmother, Margaret Lustfield, worked at the Marshall Field's on State Street. Both of my parents were from Chicago. My Uncle Danny was a Chicago Police officer and took us sailing often in the Summer on his sailboat that he kept in Montrose Harbor. Love Chicago! Thanks again!!

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  91. The store for men was built just before WW1. It was originally built to be a home store but a Field executive encountered a man smoking a cigar in the main store elevator and it was decided to keep the men out of the store as not to offend women. In the early 80s they moved menswear to South/middle Wabash 1 st and 2nd floors. In it first incarnation it was very nice but is now a maze. Although they do have a good mens cologne dept and nice shirts and ties.
    Before the GAP you could buy a nice pair of cord Levis for about eight bucks(1966) In those days you bought it from Fields and that made it special not that it was a fancy designer. Fields was the best brand. Great book department and Krochs was right across the street!

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  92. I love this blog! It's so interesting reading about Field's and all the other iconic department stores in the country.

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  93. This is a fantastic site. I have to be careful or I will spend hours here. I grew up just a bit too late to really enjoy the grand department stores, but MF&Co. was indeed special. I can not stand Macy's anyway and really dislike them for taking this away from Chicago for no good reason. I hope that Hudson's Bay Co. gets a hold of it someday, I think they have done a great job as owner's of Lord and Taylor and now Saks in walking the like between tradition and surviving in this day of cutthroat retail competition. I have been to the Bay story in Vancouver BC a couple time and you can get that feeling of the old full-service department store with some great merchandise too. Thanks again and keep up the great work here!

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  94. Looking at the state street store directory I was wondering if any veteran Field employees or long time customers could tell me what the four shops listed below sold?


    The Williamsburg Shop and The Gazebo Shop were both located on the Third Floor Middle Wabash.


    Sunningdale Shop was located on the Sixth Floor North Holden Court.

    The Pilgrim Shop was located Eighth Floor South Wabash.



    My guesses are:

    The Williamsburg Shop sold pewter ware?

    The Gazebo Shop sold updated outdoor furniture and décor?

    The Sunningdale Shop I am assuming would have sold lines of “Better” ladies apparel that would bridge budget lines to the luxury lines ladies apparel?


    The Pilgrim Shop I can only assume with its location close to the bedroom furniture section would be reproductions of VERY early American furniture? Lol!

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  95. Hello, Mike!
    I am really glad someone appreciates the directories . . . they took forever to compile.

    The Williamsburg Shop sold licensed home decorative items from Williamsburg, Virginia. Only a few department stores in the U.S. had such shops - also B. Altman & Joseph Horne.

    The Gazebo sold decorative home accessories, and I believe it was written up in the fall 1976 or 77 Chicago Tribune.

    The Sunningdale shop was named after a village in Berkshire, England and sold higher end classic clothing. You can look at the ads in the Chicago Tribune and see what was sold there. The "posthorn" in the logo is a key to the classic nature of the boutique.

    The Pilgrim shop, as you could expect, sold Colonial-style furniture.

    Bruce

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  96. P.S. it's too bad that today's department store(s?) don't have the store-in-a-store concept that was popular in the 1960s and 1970s - Just too creative and charming for our age . . .

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  97. Well very much enjoyed reading thru the store directory! It shows a great deal of attention to detail! I have no wish to see Marshall Field & Company go the way of Nonsuch palace and disappear from history.


    I would be very interested in hearing what factors caused the down fall of Marshall Field & Company and other great department stores.

    Here are some causes I believe might have played a part:

    Overzealous bean counter management. More profit at any cost.

    The retail merger mania of the 1980’s & 1990’s i.e. Robert Campeau

    Uninspired upper managements not able to keep up with the times and not being able to keep what is good about the old. Please the older generation of shoppers and excite the younger generation of shoppers as well.

    The over used excuse by management was: “The new women does not like or have the time to shop like her mother did. She’s too busy for that!”

    What do think women were doing in the 50’s 60’s & 70’s? They were busy then too if not more so!

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  98. Can you tell me anything about the Cochio line of fine leather furniture sold by Field's in the 70's and 80's?

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  99. Researching my family genealogy, I discovered a relative who worked for Marshall Fields in 1918, so I was delighted to find your website! His 1918 draft card listed "Merchandising" as his occupation, and MF&Co as his employer. I don't suppose any employee records would still survive?

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  100. You might try the Chicago Historical Society museum. I understand they house the Field's archives.

    Bruce

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  101. Ah, such wonderful memories! We lived in the southwest suburbs, but my mother would plan an all day outing "downtown" several times a year to shop at Field's. I can recall the delight of reaching the "shoes floor" and spending an hour looking at books. Every Christmas meant a trip to dine under the tree and select one special early gift from the toy department.
    As we grew up, shopping was primarily in the 'burbs, but Field's was a staple. My sister was a member of the College Board at the Oakbrook stare, and, yes, that was quite prestigious Today's shoppers have no idea what the Field's experience was like: knowledgeable help, wonderful variety, items you couldn't find anywhere else, and service, service, service!
    I seem to recall purchasing a computer from Field's from an electronics department which, if I remember correctly, was outsourced to some other vendor but sold in Field's stores in the 90's. Might you remember what they called that department?
    Thanks for the delightful walk down Memory Lane!
    Shirley

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  102. This was a treat to find! Growing up in Cleveland I too remember Halle's (mentioned above) but my best memory was visiting Grandma in Forest Park, Il. We would ride the el (I always made us ride backwards) to Marshal Field and Co, just the two of us. She would get me a hot fudge sundae at pink marble ice cream parlor. Your are right mary robak - they never tasted better!

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  103. hi there, I wonder if you can help me with a little mystery. I just found your blog and love it! I found this terrazzo style entryway in Logan Square (photo here - not mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mss2400/12855467813/) and wondered if you knew anything about it. It seems like it could be related to the Marshall Field's Young Chicagoan line but I don't know if they opened any offshoot shops like that. Any light you could shed on the matter? Thanks for a great blog!

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  104. Hello!

    The photo you sent to The Department Store Museum Blog is intriguing. In my opinion, it is probably not related to Field's Young Chicagoan shop in the Store for Men. As far as I know, they didn't have stand-alone shops like that. You might like to check the library for Chicago City directories for the 1940s or so, and see if there is an ad or reference to the shop on Logan Square. That would tell you what type of shop (Millinery, Children's shoes?) that it was. I do like the logo, too.
    Another place to check is the Chicago Tribune online - through ProQuest Historical Newspapers at a library. You might find something if you search "Young Chicagoan" AND "Logan Square" or similar.
    Thanks for your kind comments about my blog. I have been remiss in updating it because I am mired in a book project, but hopefully will be done soon.
    Kind regards:

    Bruce

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  105. Does anybody know some of the recipes from Field's before they started to outsource and traded hands. I know they have to exist in the memory of ex-employees or jotted down in family cookbooks. I am the child of a former exec and remember all the confections he would bring home and the wonderful food my Mother and I would have when we would meet him for lunch. Does anybody else remember the bulk bags of Frango rejects sold in the employee store? Please don't let the foods and memory of them die out. We are all getting older... Thank You

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  106. My Grandmother was the secretary to the President in the 50s and 60s. When she came to visit us she would bring us wax figures filled with chocolate. The one I really remember was a gray mouse. Do you possibly remember these or have a photo of them? We really looked forward to getting these.

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  107. I worked at both the State Street and Park Forest stores. They were my first job. I loved the upscale (not a term in use then) atmospheres and the people I worked with were great. In the late 1990's I was visiting my mom in the Chicago area. We went to the Park Forest store to have lunch in the Trail Room only to find out the restaurant had closed the week before. It was not long before the whole store closed. Now it is even torn down. How sad. I am glad for the memories I have of Fields.

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  108. Hello BAK, I've been trying to do some research on some old Marshall Fields memorabilia we have, including a catalog from the opening of the State street store in Chicago detailing all the different departments, pretty cool stuff. I was wondering if you could help me out, what's the best way I can contact you to discuss? - Cody L

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  109. Cody, you may use my public email address, bakgraphics@comcast.net
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    - Bruce

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  111. Does anyone have information about Marshall Fields having had a 'Fancy Costume" department. I would say in the 1930's, Maybe Cody L - could you check the directory you mentioned on May 14? Appreciate any information, memories...

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  112. Indeed, Macy's is nothing like Marshall Field's. Marshall Field's would be more competitive with Bloomingdale's. Macy's would be more competitive with Carson Pirie Scott's State Street store. I miss having both Marshall Field's and Carson Pirie Scott on State Street in Chicago, IL. Chicago lost both it's grand stores on State Street.

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  113. @ 9 February 2014. I remember purchasing a Sony Walkman during the 90's in the lower level at Field's on State Street. It was called "SILO" electronics department.

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  114. Hi. This site is exactly what I was looking for. Although I grew up at the Woodfield Marshall Field's. Downtown Field's so many memories especially from the holidays.

    I am looking for some help. My great grandfather W. Barnes designed jewelry for Fields, which I have slides of many of these gorgeous and vintage pieces. I would love to get in contact with anyone who is familiar with their antique jewelry. Thanks!

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  115. Hello! Today I found an old picture postcard of Marshall Field & Company's 100th anniversary birthday cake. The cake is huge!! Another card is of one of the gigantic twin clocks. They are not dated. Does anyone know when the 100th anniversary was? Found at an estate sale in Charlotte, NC.

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  116. Hello! I was looking at some postcards concerning the Marshall Fields Men's Store on east Washington and I saw some magnificent pictures of the Men's Grill at that location. It was a beautiful restaurant with a dome ceiling. Since the building is still in existence I was wondering if the room was still intact and if the building would allow you to visit it? Thanks, look forward to your answer.

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  117. I am not certain, but I don't think that the room exists. I was on that floor in the late 1970s or early 1980s and there was a streamlines lunch counter just off the elevators - I assume that at some point, quicker, cheaper, more casual lunches were the order of the day, and apparently that trumped the beautiful interior shown in the post-cards!
    - Bruce

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  118. Hello. I am teaching a college course on Chicago bookstores to a group of amazing seasoned learners, Several of them remember the bookstore that was part of fields (which may explain the earlier post about the copy of the Jane Austin book with Marshall Fields stamped on the inside. I have googled about every variation I can think of and the results keep talking about the Barbara's Bookstore branch which was added after Macy's took over. Does anyone out there (including BAK) know anything about the bookstore?

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  119. do you know anything about kitchen cabinets with the marshall field logo on front

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