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Review why a revived and reinvented Marshall Field's make more sense than ever today and in the century to come..

Our latest survey shows 78% want Marshall Field's--14% prefer Macy's.

See our 2012 Survey Page for complete details including survey results.

Date: Thurs, December 08, 2016, 00:17
Posted by: David,

The recent news of the Meier and Frank Building closing in Portland, which I just go to see for the first time in October, and the Dayton's building in Minneapolis is just so sad. I was able to visit that store a few years ago, and who can forget seeing it every week when we watched the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Of course this is the Fields blog, and Fields was my favorite, was in Chicago a few weeks ago, and went to Oakbrook and Woodfield, I did buy some Frango's couldn't help myself in the Woodfield "Marketplace" at least it was still there for the moment, although no wine shop, and no green stripes.

Being in retail, the traffic is just not coming, the migration to online is shocking this season.....

I honestly totally believe that if they took State Street and Water Tower and rebranded them Field's again, it would really help, maybe i'm being optimistic, but I think with the retro trends everywhere, they would get some great press out of it...

Wish we were all carrying green bags this season.....

Merry Christmas

Date: Sat, December 03, 2016, 12:22
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Please join us at State and Washington Streets under the great clock TODAY FROM 11:50 a.m.1:15 p.m. (and beyond?). Sorry this is late notice--weren't sure that would be able to do it today. Please be so kind to hold nostalgic photos another similar posts until after 6 pm today so that we can generate attention on our activities today. Thank you

You can join us in distributing some pin-on buttons and bookmark flyers in support of our case. There will also be a few protest signs with which people can pose, continuing our Selfies Protest Rally from last years holiday season and this past September.

PLEASE NOTE: please do not post any "regrets" about being unable to attend i.e. "wish I could but" type comments until after the event occurs. Such comments before the event will be removed and posted at a later date.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to make our case for Marshall Field's return in front of the media who may stop by, as they did last year.

Your presence would be an immense help as we hope and work, little by little, to have Marshall Field's restored to State Street in name, ethos, and style.

While its not required, it is recommended that if you plan to come, please RSVP. Sometimes weather or unforeseen activities on State Street mean we have to relocate nearby where we make our stand for Fields. If we know that you are coming and we have contact info, we can forward any unlikely last minute changes to you. If you have further questions either in advance or even during the 90 minutes we will be on State Street, please respond to this email, or call AREA CODE THREE ONE TWO dash 927 dash 4424.

Photos from our previous activities on Saturday, November 5, 2016 can be found by scrolling down our blog at Thank you to all who helped make it a success, and especially Lucie and Gloria.

We are also especially thankful for the support of Gail, Gayle, John and Alfred in providing the pin-on buttons that we distribute on State Street. Thank you so very much.

We expect that we will repeat these activities at the time, at least 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. on the first three Saturdays of December, December 10, and 17, 2016, Check out social media outlets (below) for confirmation.

Web Blog/Guestbook:


Twitter: @fieldsfanschgo or

Instagram: Fields Fans Chicago

Best regards and many, many thanks,

Jim McKay

Co-Organizer & Webmaster

AREA CODE THREE ONE TWO dash 927 dash 4424

jjmckay AT me dot com

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 17:24
Posted by: dave andrews,

"The Magic of macy" makes another iconic flagship disappear:

Beware, Chicago! Notice the list of flagship locations that have closed since macy took over. Shoppers aren't buying what they're selling, so now they liquidate the assets. This scenario is reminiscent of what has happened at Sears. The downward spiral continues.

Date: Fri, December 02, 2016, 17:11
Posted by: dave andrews,

Evidently the developers of the shuttered macy in downtown Pittsburgh realize the value of the building's heritage:

Kaufmann's and other regional department stores were part of the fabric of their communities; macy, not so much. If these developers understand the Kaufmann's name still has cachet, why can't the board of directors and executives at Herald Square realize that Marshall Field's would be massively successful even after all these years?

Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 23:35
Posted by: Katie L,

WTTW reminisces about Marshall Field's:

Date: Tues, November 22, 2016, 17:22
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Please join us at State and Washington Streets under the great clock from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. (and beyond?) this Friday AND Saturday, November 25 & 26, 2016, Black Friday and Saturday". You can join us in distributing some pin-on buttons and bookmark flyers in support of our case. There will also be a few protest signs with which people can pose, continuing our Selfies Protest Rally from last years holiday season and this past September.

PLEASE NOTE: please do not post any "regrets" about being unable to attend i.e. "wish I could but" type comments until after the event occurs. Such comments before the event will be removed and posted at a later date.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to make our case for Marshall Field's return in front of the media who may stop by, as they did last year.

Your presence would be an immense help as we hope and work, little by little, to have Marshall Field's restored to State Street in name, ethos, and style.

While its not required, it is recommended that if you plan to come, please RSVP. Sometimes weather or unforeseen activities on State Street mean we have to relocate nearby where we make our stand for Fields. If we know that you are coming and we have contact info, we can forward any unlikely last minute changes to you. If you have further questions either in advance or even during the 90 minutes we will be on State Street, please respond to this email, or call area code THREE ONE TWO DASH 927 dash 4424.

Photos from our previous activities on Saturday, November 5, 2016 can be found by scrolling down our blog at Thank you to all who helped make it a success, and especially Lucie and Gloria.

We are also especially thankful for the support of Gail, Gayle, and Alfred in providing the pin-on buttons that we distribute on State Street. Thank you so very much.

If you would like to contribute money to help us continue our pin-on buttons this holiday season, please also respond to this email or call AREA CODE THREE ONE TWO dash 927 dash 4424 for details. If we cannot take your call, please leave a message and someone will return your call ASAP.

We expect that we will repeat these activities at the time, at least 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. on the first three Saturdays of December, December 3, 10, and 17, 2016, Check out social media outlets (below) for confirmation.

Web Blog/Guestbook:


Twitter: @fieldsfanschgo or

Instagram: Fields Fans Chicago

Best regards and many, many thanks,

Jim McKay

Co-Organizer & Webmaster

AREA CODE THREE ONE TWO dash 927 dash 4424

jjmckay AT me DOT com

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 23:52
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Just read Jim's link to the article about the holiday windows. How amazing that macy started this tradition in Chicago over 100 years ago!

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 23:47
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Another "expert analysis" on what's wrong at macy:

The big problem is the CEO didn't listen to what the customers wanted--and his arrogance has come back to bite the company where it hurts the most. Wonder if all the "experts" who were so excited that macy*fication could save a few dollars on shopping bags and advertising are now so thrilled that millions have been lost by dwindling sales and profits. How much have sales and stock prices fallen the past few years?

There are macy stores in almost every mall everywhere; the stores truly are nothing special and offer no compelling reason for shoppers to visit.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 11:46 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

John Wilkinson: Thanks for your post. Two comments. One, Thanksgiving is just one week away--times flies, doesn't it? Two, Macy's says that working on Thanksgiving is voluntary.

Date: Thurs, November 17, 2016, 12:14
Posted by: John Wilkinson ,

The third quarter numbers are in, and they are not encouraging: Macys sales and profits both slid.

Its sales were off 4.2 percent, marking the seventh straight quarterly decline. Its profit of $17 million sounds impressive until we learn that it was $118 million a year ago; shares dropped from 36 cents to a nickel.

The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade is two weeks from today

Macys is making its workers show up on Thanksgiving. It did so last yearfor the first timebut this year it is opening two hours earlier. This is yet another sign that it is both ethically and financially challenged.

Date: Tues, November 15, 2016, 10:34 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

NBC also reports on the Cubs logo and lighting the Walnut Room Tree in "Cubs blue."

Date: Mon, November 14, 2016, 9:23 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Macy's puts what looks like a Cubs sticker on the replica of the Navy Pier Ferries wheel in it's Holiday store window. This is a news story?

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 9:59 pm CT
Posted by: dave andrews,

Not a very positive perspective on the future of macy:

Perhaps--just perhaps--if the CEO of macy had listened to what customers wanted, the company wouldn't be in this predicament. This analysis suggests bringing back much of what has been taken away and which made the regional department stores unique. A cookie cutter store is fine if one is looking for basic items, like towels or socks, and discount prices; this model works for Kohl's and Target but not so much for macy.

We can only hope that common sense prevails and the incoming CEO gives shoppers what they want.

Date: Fri, November 11, 2016, 6:41 am CT
Posted by: Alan W,

[ Macy's is closing the former Meier and Frank flagship that was massively remodeled into a smaller store and hotel complex not too many years ago. May point to reconsideration of the Minneapolis flagship and others.]

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 10:18 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Some notes from the Macy's Inc. conference call; check later today to listen to the actual call and develop your own impressions.

- Despite a drop in sales, it sounds like Macy's, Inc is holding its own, overall. With Marshall Field's State Street in mind, Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores that are geared to tourism performed as well as typical stores. In previous quarters, there were problems due reduced exchange rates with the dollar reducing sales to tourists from international destinations.

- Portland, OR (former Meier and Frank flagship) to close after Christmas.

- Three categories of stores for leveraging real estate value:

1) FLAGSHIPS Specifically, a. NYC Herald Square/34th Street, 2. Union Square (where Mens Store across the street/former Liberty House) will be merged into main flagship; 3. State Street; 4. Minneapolis. They expect to have plans for all four in the coming two years, but 34th Street will take the longest because it is the most complicated.


3) NEW ALLIANCE with Brookfield Properties. Look at using parts or all of current Macy's stores. An example they used is taking a Macy's Furniture store and consolidating it back into a nearby Macy's and redeveloping the furniture store. (Woodfield and Oak Brook in Chicagoland, as well as others, fit this description. They never specifically mentioned Chicagoland stores in this regard.)

During one of the questions, an analyst asked if the Michigan Avenue store might be remodeled to match performance of other Michigan Avenue competitors. Macy's, Inc. CFO Karen Hoguet asked to clarify if he meant State Street because Michigan Avenue already had some remodeling relatively recently. He confirmed Michigan Avenue. Hoguet responded that Michigan Avenue was doing fine. She understandably had a touch of incredulity in her tone and I agree with her. Yes, I think it would be doing better as Field's, but Water Tower performs well, in my humble opinion, better than State Street. It's always busy, closer to hotels, and since the store is only 40 years old, it's a much more efficient building.


To me this makes it more probable that Downtown Minneapolis will close:

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 8:43 am CT
Posted by: mikea,

I was at State Street last week after the Cubs celebration. The store was actually busy, but that was about it . This years decorations keep getting worse and worse. The wonderful Tiffany dome atrium =has cardboard ornaments hanging like K Mart and target would do. The first floor main aisle always with excellent decorations even for 8 years under Macy's are stark and void and just down tight ugly.

They keep cost cutting more and more. They are selling now the nice downtown Portland store that was downsized and renovated. They continue to sell and close profitable stores. They are retreating like Sears, and yet they still continue to make profits.

The only way now to save this great company is for them to be sold or go private. These investor activists all they want is a short term profit and if it means the eventual end of the company so be it.

Don't look for Macy's to spend any money rebranding stores to Field's The only hope for this company is for it to be sold, go private and then focus on its business of retail and not a real estate company.

Date: Thurs, November 10, 2016, 7:27 am CT
Posted by: Dave,

Despite the former Kaufmann's/Macy's in downtown Pittsburgh having closed, civic organizations are trying to keep the store windows and visits with Santa going. Some of the windows will even extend beyond the former department store. Meanwhile, I heard that some of the store plaques from the former Famous-Barr & May Department Stores HQ in St Louis have stolen. The remainder have been removed by the owner to protect them for the time being. When Macy's occupied the store, they covered up the Famous-Barr plaques with Macy's plaques. The Macy's plaques were removed when they left, again exposing the Famous-Barr plaques. Just posting all this here because perhaps it's a suggestion of what could happen if Macy's closes any former Marshall Field and Company stores.

Date: Wed, November 09, 2016, 19:34
Posted by: Jim,

Macy's, Inc will release its 3rd Quarter results tomorrow morning. A conference call will be streamed over the web beginning at 9:00 am Chicago Time. Just follow the links from

There could be some information about the future of the State Street store and others. So stay tuned.

Date: Mon, November 07, 2016, 6:54 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

I was encouraged by all the passersby (including the many Cubs fans) on Saturday who want to see Marshall Field's return to State Street. Those are great selfies!

Date: Sun, November 6, 2016, 5:12 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thanks to all who made our "Selfies Rally" a success yesterday. We especially thank Gloria, and Lucie for making it all happen!

We were out for about 80 minutes yesterday. the day that the holiday windows and the Great Tree wer unveiled at State Street. We distributed close to 200 bookmark flyers and a few dozen pin-on buttons. About three dozen posed for photos, some of which are posted below.

We look forward to similar activities on on Black Friday as well as on Saturdays after Thanksgiving through December 17, 2016. Please keep in touch with this web site for more details on exact times as they become available.

Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

All photos 2016 FieldsFansChicago & Jim McKay Permission for publication granted as long as there is a photo credit.

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Date: Thurs, November 03, 2016, 19:48
Posted by: gle,



GO CUBS! GO FIELD'S! GO CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 11:47 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay ,

Apparently activist investor Starboard thinks that they bought into Macy's too soon. This is the group that wanted Macy's to parts of and re-organize its real estate portfolio to make more money for stockholders. Possibilities were and are being considered for a number of stores including Chicago's State Street store.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 11:43 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay ,

Macy's announces three of the upcoming store closures part of a sale or five stores to General Growth. One is a former Dayton's they operated for four years as Marshall Field's in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 9:59 am CT
Posted by: Michael,

i definately dont like Macys,..I miss Marshall fields so so much

Date: Wed, November 02, 2016, 1:02 am CT
Posted by: Mommy Doggy,

I hope Field's comes back too...just saw my last (and sad) Marshall F's shopping bag in a stack of gift bags

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 7:18 pm CT
Posted by: Judy D,

I live in California....would be there if I could. Wishing for two things......Marshall Field's back on State Street and the Cubbies winnning the World Series.

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 6:31 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

Thank you! I look forward to being there this Saturday!

Date: Tues, November 01, 2016, 6:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Dear Field's Fans Chicago and other Friends supporting the return of Marshall Fields to State Street.

At noon, this Saturday, November 5, 2016, Macys will unveil the Great Tree in the Walnut Room, the holiday windows, and in-store decor at the State Street store that once was and we hope again will be Marshall Fields.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to make our case for Marshall Field's return in front of the media who may stop by, as they did last year..

Please join us at State and Washington Streets under the great clock from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. (and beyond?) this Saturday, November 5, 2016. You can join us in distributing some pin-on buttons and bookmark flyers in support of our case. There will also be a few protest signs with which people can pose, continuing our Selfies Protest Rally from last years holiday season and this past September.

Your presence would be an immense help as we hope and work, little by little, to have Marshall Field's restored to State Street in name, ethos, and style.

While its not required, it is recommended that if you plan to come, please RSVP. Sometimes weather or unforeseen activities on State Street mean we have to relocate nearby where we make our stand for Fields. If we know that you are coming and we have contact info, we can forward any unlikely last minute changes to you. If you have further questions either in advance or even during the 90 minutes we will be on State Street, please email jjmckay (AT) me (DOT) com, or call 312.927.4424.

If you would like to contribute money to help us continue our pin-on buttons this holiday season, please also email jjmckay (AT) me (DOT) com or call 312.927.4424 for details. If we cannot take your call, please leave a message and someone will return your call ASAP.

Next week, there will be more details about how you can help bring back Marshall Fields during similar events this holiday season. As always, we ask you that participate at our following social media outlets:

This Web Blog/Guestbook that you are reading:


Twitter: @fieldsfanschgo or

Instagram: Fields Fans Chicago

Best regards and many, many thanks,

Jim McKay

Co-Organizer & Webmaster

jjmckay (AT) me (DOT) com


Date: Sun, October 30, 2016, 8:09 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

I agree with you, Phil. I don't think State Street will close. However, I do think, based on comments made by Alderman Riley last November in the Chicago Sun-Times, that there's the possibility that the store could shrink with even some of the rooms on the first floor of Wabash being repurposed as lobbies or something similar for access to spaces on other floors. Or, as Riley said, it's possible some street level spaces could go to other tenants. Whatever Macy's does, it would have to some degree involve Alderman Riley for his approval and he said he was open.

Date: Fri, October 28, 2016, 02:48
Posted by: Phil Eichler,

I'm still not worried about state street. When Macy's just published their top doors, there was Herald square then state street and then water tower. MINNEAPOLIS store should be really worried. Plus Minneapolis is a crappy market, ralph lauren opened and closed Bloomingdale's, Saks, Neiman's all closed. However, Saks and Neiman's were in that horrid gavidea commons, possibly the dumbest mall ever after chicago place.

Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 6:06 pm CT
Posted by: Michael D,

From Business insider:

"REI CEO Jerry Stritzke says Macy's decision to open earlier than ever on Thanksgiving reflects poorly on the entire retail industry.

Macy's is one of a few retailers that have revealed their opening hours during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The department-store chain will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to kick off its Black Friday sales.

In an interview with Business Insider, Stritzke called Macy's decision "very disappointing" and said it "misses the point of what Thanksgiving is about."


Date: Tues, October 25, 2016, 3:46 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

The article talks about turning the State Street store into a "mixed use" building.

From Chicago Business Journal, by Lewis Lazare

Macy's on State getting a headstart on annual holiday celebration - Chicago Business Journal

And why shouldn't it? The giant department store chain will begin shuttering scores of stores early next year...

Date: Mon, October 24, 2016, 20:39
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Looks like the 'magic' continues as macy moves to sell its downtown Minneapolis location. Don't believe for a minute that they are going to operate a smaller store. The exact same scenario played out in Pittsburgh. They took what was Kaufmann's most profitable store and ran it into the ground by doing nothing to attract shoppers. Stocking poor quality, overpriced merchandise while cutting staff and building maintenance isn't going draw customers. If Minneapolis is one of their 'flagship' stores, what does the future hold for the Chicago landmark?

Date: Sun, October 23, 2016, 15:20
Posted by: gle,

The Chicago Cubs are headed for the World Series!

Marshall Field's can come back. We hope it won't take as long, but things do come back. GO CUBS! GO FIELD'S! GO CHICAGO!

Date: Sat, October 22, 2016, 02:53
Posted by: Phil Eichlerch,

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Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 6:52 pm CT
Posted by: Michael D.,

An update to an old story in the LA Times on former Macy brands:

Miss May Co. and I. Magnin? Newport businessman plans to bring them back

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016, 17:23
Posted by: Jim,

Macy's considers closing downtown Minneapolis store, a Minnesota retail landmark

Macy's is negotiating a sale of its 1-million-square foot complex on Nicollet Mall and its store is in limbo.

Macy's closed similar flagships in Atlanta (two of them, Davisons and Rich's), Pittsburgh, Houston, Filene's in Boston, St Louis, and of course St Paul. No surprise...I suspect that it will likely happen in Minneapolis as well.

Thiis is how the end progresses. Note the comments that incorrectly say that Marshall Field's took over Dayton's. it was the opposite, of course, but then Dayton's converted to the Marshall Field's name.

Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 9:51 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

The inside cover of the November 2016 Chicago Magazine (a tronc publication) has a full page ad for this year's unveiling of the Great Treen in the Walnut Room at Macy's on State Street. The date will be Saturday, November 5 at noon. That's the Saturday after Halloween, which has been typical in recent years. The ad says that the event will be "starring Aloe Blacc."

Presumably this year's windows will also be unveiled. After the decent job they did on teh flower show last spring, one of their better efforts, I wonder if they will also do a better job on the windows and other in-store decorations as well.

Yes, We will be out there on State Street under the clock from at least 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. More details to follow.

Best regards,


Date: Wed, October 19, 2016, 9:39 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

Chicago Tribune (A tronc publication) article:

Macy's to open an hour earlier on Thanksgiving Day

"Macy's is staying committed to Thanksgiving Day shopping, saying it'll open an hour earlier this year.

The company plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with most Macy's stores closing at 2 a.m., and then reopening at 5 a.m. Friday. It cited "ongoing customer interest in shopping on Thanksgiving, both at Macy's and at many other retailers."

The department store chain has been open on Thanksgiving evening since 2013, but had remained open through the night."

The Field's Fans Blog has been on hiatus for four weeks, from Wednesday, September 21--Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Thank you for your support and well wishes. You will see some items from this period that were submitted via email or Facebook. Postings during this time period did not appear until about 9:30 am, Chicago Time on Wedneday, October 19, 2016.

Thank you patience!

Date: Wed, October 12, 2016, 
Posted by: gle,




Date: Sun, October 9, 2016, 
Posted by: Judy E,

I MISS Marshall Fields. Every year we say we're going Christmas shopping at Marshall Field's State Street store (just can't bring myself to call is Macy's). Back in 1970 was my first trip to the store where my boyfriends Mom bought my gloves and purse for the prom. And I still have them. The Walnut Room may look the same but is just not the same at Christmas.

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:29 am CT
Posted to Facebook in September by: Aaron M,

From a link about Field's history, :


Field's retail store opens its bargain basement area.

[<i>While not answered directly, the page further suggests that the bargain basement disappeared in the 1980s, perhaps when the atrium connecting the State Street and Wabash sides was built.</i>]

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:19 pm CT
Posted by: Timothy E,

As best I recall, Field's basement was renovated and 're-imagined' as a new home for housewares (from 9), gourmet foods (from 7), and books, stationery, and luggage (3 or 4?) in about 1982.

Date: Monday, September 26, 2016, 9:26 pm CT
Posted by: Vicki B. R.,

I remember it being known as the 'Bargain Basement' in the early 70's.

Date: Monday, September 26, 2016, 3:03 pm CT
Posted by: Michael D.,

When did Marshall Field's open and close it budget store on State Street?

If memory serves me Henry Selfridge came up with the concept and Marshall Field's had the first budget floor. I believe for a time it was called the downstairs store. If I recall correctly it was turned into a housewares floor in the 80s prior to the major renovation in the 90s of the whole store including the enclosure of the atrium. Anyone have any additional information or pictures?

Date: Wed, September 21, 2016, 18:18
Posted by: Pete,

Glad to see the Field's supporters out in full force! AWESOME!

Date: Tues, September 20, 2016, 19:37
Posted by: gle,


Date: Mon, September 19, 2016, 8:12 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,


Friday & Saturday, September 9 & 10, 2016

Marking ten years since that very sad day in Chicago and world history alike, when Marshall Field's was officially converted to Macy's.

Although on short notice, we decided to conduct one of our "Selfie Rallies" as we did last holiday season so as to allow supporters to show up (on very short notice, if at all planned) on a flexible schedule. We all thank Tim, Aaron, Gloria, and Lucie for making it all happen!

We were out for about two hours on Friday and distributed close to 200 bookmark flyers and a few dozen pin-on buttons. While Saturday afternoons in September rarely come close to matching the number of people out on State Street that you find during the holiday season, we did speak with over 250 who received our bookmark flyers. Close to 100 pin-on buttons were also distributed. About three dozen posed for photos, some of which are posted below.

We look forward to similar activities on Saturday afternoons in November and December during the holiday season. Please keep in touch with this web site for more details on exact times as they become available.

Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

All photos 2016 FieldsFansChicago & Jim McKay Permission for publication granted as long as there is a photo credit.

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Date: Mon, September 19, 2016, 7:56 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

From a month ago...story speculating what might happen if the River Oak's Macy's (built as Marshall Field's) closes. This is something that myself, "mikea" and others have discussed in the past, along with the likes of Louis Joliet, Stratford, Spring Hill, and Northbrook and/or Hawthorn.

Date: Fri, September 16, 2016, 10:07 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay ,

Chicagist story that only considers the naming aspect of Field's:

Includes Photos of several Field'sFans.

Date: Wed, September 14, 2016, 6:44 pm CT
Posted by: Tony, Hollywood, California,

Regarding the September 8 Press Release and all the activities:

Keep going James! One day it will return!

Date: Tues, September 13, 2016, 11:30 am CT
Posted by: mikea,

It seems the problems the Macy's is going through will really not end until it is either bought up by another company or goes private.

Investment and wall street analysts keep pushing the company to increase profits even though it is profitable. They want higher profits every quarter . If that means selling and closing stores until Macy's is a online only company than that is what they want. Target was forced to sell their department stores to satisfy investors and wall street analysts.

Right now converting back to regional stores would cost the company millions in new investment in rebranding and hiring more associates, along with increased cost of operations. Theses wall street and investor groups would not tolerate this added expense.

They have some problems that are out of their control

1) weather the last year has not been normal for winter and fall and pring

2) International tourism down due to the dollar

3) The new millennial generation does not shop for clothes and fashion as earlier generations did

4) The rise of outlet /offprice stores and the internet sales

5) Macy's reluctance to change to more different merchandise and localize the stores more to local tastes

The biggest though is the hard push by investor activist groups and wall street for higher profits and lower costs at any cost to the customer/and the overall long term health of the company.

Date: Mon, September 12, 2016, 10:04 pm CT
Posted by: Sara,

Sorry!!!!! The guy just sounds too phony to me. Emotional breakdown? I think he's making it up or exaggerating.

Date: Sun, September 11, 2016, 8:44 am CT
Posted by: gle,

WBBM radio gave Field's Fans some good coverage Saturday September 10, and said our selfies would be posted worldwide. They rebroadcasted a short interview about every hour throughout the night.

Date: Sat, September 10, 2016, 15:00
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

I enjoyed meeting Field's Fans under the clock yesterday evening to once again rally for the return of Chicago's favorite store. The continued support and comments of passers-by is always encouraging and hits home a point--CUSTOMERS STILL MISS MARSHALL FIELD'S AFTER TEN YEARS! I didn't get any comments like, "Why don't you give if up after all this time?" In fact, a few people who never saw us before told me, "How come it took you ten years to get out here? You should have done it long ago!"

Date: Fri, September 09, 2016, 10:40 pm CT
Posted by: DepartmentStoreTime,

Dear Department Store Lovers: The following words are general thoughts and observations offered with great respect for all people concerned including present Macys management. It is our hope and strong desire that there be a sense of encouragement for everyone involved with shopping and managing these great stores we love including the world class Marshall Field & Company ! We respectfully thank you for reading.

First of all, many thanks to all of the people who have offered respectful and insightful suggestions. The warm,caring ,supportive and graceful expressions of desire to make the full-service department store shine include many great accomplishments put forth thanks to this site. From the foundations of Mr.McKays work to manage this site in a classy way, to the creation of Ms.Gayles beautiful book, to the costume displays and all the goodness put forth in honorable ways that make this site so wonderful. Lets hope that the pathway of this site continues in the classy and warm ways always associated with the shoppers,management and staff that continue to try to keep the great spirit of service,style and sophistication of nameplates alive everywhere ! Thanks to family for keeping up with what news there is here. Respectfully,thank you again.

Today,we mark the tenth anniversary of the merger that created the loss of Marshall Fields and many of the other beloved May Department Stores Company department stores around our nation . We are also noting the THIRTIETH anniversary (the year,not the exact day), of the loss of Bamberger's,as we understand it,one of the most successful divisions of the original R.H.Macy & Company !

We dearly miss the full service department store experience of the fabulous in-store restaurants,and the full compliment of in-store services and departments that we could depend every day. We also remember the time when we could be assisted by merchants, rather than cashiers in-store. It was great to see happy co-workers that approached our sales with a team approach. It was nice to not be hounded about signing up for the an in-store credit card multiple times in a day. In addition, we felt comfortable knowing that the stores were clean,comfortable and most certainly very much an inclusive part of the community.

Incidentally, we saw the loss of Bambergers back then as much more than a nameplate change thirty years ago and thats why we were concerned when the name changes occurred ten years ago today! We were worried that a major change of these stores would lead to the kind of things guests encountered during the Bambergers to Macys change. We experienced the loss of many of the different departments, beloved department store restaurants and most of all, the specialized way of doing business and offering service the Bambergers way had changed. We had always cherished the many co-worker merchants that we knew by name.After Bamberger's,they had to handle the service process differently... In fact, it just seemed that the stores we loved that were known to us as Bambergers were close to our hearts because they offered personalized service and the people worked as a team,like family. We loved the localized management and buying and service offerings. After all, the name Bambergers, although owned by Macys was NOT Macys. It was Bambergers ! We have many specific types of examples but again, our aim is to encourage and show respect to all concerned.

We thought it was amazing that the Bambergers stores that we dearly loved were actually owned (since around 1930 incidentally by MACYS !) Bambergers management were allegedly allowed to run their stores as a subsidiary with offices in the Newark,New Jersey flagship store.The store that began WOR radio by the way !

REGARDING MACYS (pre-1995) We loved the traditions of the downtown store although we did not have a wonderful restaurant like the Marshall Fields Walnut Room, Strawbridge & Clothiers Corinthian Room or the John Wanamaker Crystal Tea Room, we did have restaurants to go to throughout the main store. We also enjoyed the other department such as the leased piano department, culinary department including a butcher shop,bakery and gourmet deparment and while very busy,we were thankful for the traditions !

Essentially, what we are marking here is the tenth anniversary of much more than just a name change. After all what is in a name ? We are marking the change in the very fabric of what these once proud nameplates stood for. It just seemed like we were finding more and more reasons not to shop the stores the way we once did because these stores were not and are not the same stores that promised what so many of us took for granted in a department store. Now, ten years later,further complicating some of our stores on the East Coast possibly throughout the country are having their square footage reduced by the addition of Macys discounting concept called Macys Backstage. Considering that there was a fabulous store in the New York/New Jersey area called Sterns,the discount department store with a family flavor and allegedly Federateds division of the year just before it was closed, we cant understand it and would love to better understand what happened considering that Century 21 is in the former flagship of Sterns in New Jersey. What do you think of this development?

Now the positive: We believe in this day of shopping changes and the millennial desire for experiences that Macys Inc. is ahead of the game when it comes to bringing these back into the store. While we know that this department store group offers the kind of things like fireworks,restaurants in some stores ,flower shows and other types of promotions, isnt it true that the biggest thing that these stores have going for them are the multi-generational respected nameplates and their traditions that were a beloved part of their cities. Macys Inc. should be applauded for maintaining the Walnut Room in Chicago, Oak Room in Minneapolis, and most certainly the Wanamaker organ & the light show in Philadelphia. We believe that the restaurant across from the pipe organ should be reopened along with many other full-service restaurants throughout the country be re-opened !

Here is a question.Thinking back,it looked like more people were not marking time with a tap dance or a box step when watching the coverage on the news on this day 10 years ago.Were they ? Let's hope that will be the year of re-dedication to the local department store traditions of America starting with one of the greatest known throughout the world...the amazing and legendary Marshall Field's !

By the way, although Macys has embraced the Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is actually a Bambergers innovation.

We find it interesting that people may not know that it was actually Bamberger's that started the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Newark,New Jersey ! (Source:

The legacy of the local department stores that mean so much to multiple generations of families EXPERIENCES & TRADITIONS that are valued not only in the pocketbook but in the heart ! We hope that the future brings great excitement and experiences to look forward to.Cordially,with respect,we thank you.

Date: Fri, September 09, 2016, 3:18 pm CT
Posted by: Field's Fan,

Mentions Field's Fans.

Marshall Field's Lives On At Macy's, 10 Years After The Big Name Change

Date: Fri, September 09, 2016, 00:27
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

The incoming macy CEO has a challenging task ahead of him:

Mr Gennette would be wise to undo some of the changes made by his arrogant predecessor. Bringing in Starbucks isn't going to help. Perhaps restoring some of the beloved regional stores with their traditions, marketing and merchandising. Do what department stores did back in the day to attract customers--make themselves a destination. The ill-conceived plan to force a coast-to-coast cookie cutter store into numerous regions has been an abject failure. Here's a suggestion, Mr Gennette--give the customers what THEY want, and it's painfully obvious they DON'T want macy!

Perhaps someone could write a book on "The Misadventures of Macy" which would document how one person could be the single handed cause of the closure of hundreds of department stores, the loss of thousands of jobs, the cost of millions of dollars in tax revenue, and the destruction of popular shopping venues. In retrospect, his legacy will be the massive destruction of iconic department stores across the nation. In so many cities, the local stores were part of the history and culture. Looking at recent news articles and reader comments, the New York store featured in a vintage holiday movie hasn't been a success in other markets as attested by its continuing decline in market share. His grand vision of saving a few dollars on shopping bags has been decimated by losing billions in sales and in falling stock prices.

Good luck and best wishes to Mr Gennette! If he truly wants to "save the company," he should restore what was so callously thrown away.

Date: Fri, September 8, 2016, 11:05 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Although the list of store closings has not been announced, this mall operator is seeking replacements for macy locations:

Online shopping has hurt traditional retailers, but macy does nothing to attract shoppers. One wonders if the "genius" hadn't converted all the popular regional stores (including those owned by Federated) into macy if so many store closings and major job losses would have been necessary.

Date: Thurs, September 08, 2016, 11:33 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

(See you Friday after work or Saturday Noon/Early Afternoon)


(CHICAGO-September 8, 2016)

Fields Fans Chicago Mark 10 Years Since Marshall Fields Became Macys With Selfies Rally Supporting Fields Return

When: Fri, 9.9.2016, 46 pm AND
Sat, 9.10.2016, Noon2:30 pm

Where: Under the Great Marshall Field Clock, State & Washington Streets.

For more information:
Phone: Jim McKay, (Area Code Three One Two) Nine Two Seven -Four Four Two Four
Email: jjmckay AT
Instagram: FieldsFansChicago
Twitter: @FieldsFansChgo


WHAT: The grass roots group, FieldsFansChicago will mark the 10th anniversary of the loss of Chicagos Marshall Fields with a Selfies Rally to support the return of the internationally renowned emporium experience.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN: All who support the return of Marshall Field and Company are encouraged to stop by under the Great Marshall Fields Clock at State and Washington and pose for a selfie holding a protest sign supporting Fields return. These selfies will be posted to our world-wide social media channels.

Past Selfies Rallies supporting the return of Marshall Fields featured hundreds underneath the Great Clock at State and Washington at holidays and also at civic events such as the Chicago St Patricks Day Parades and Chicago Pride Parade. Last holidays Selfies Rally for Fields featured over 120 selfies featuring over 200 participants and received global response. Please see

WHO IS FIELD'S FANS CHICAGO? Fields Fans Chicago is a grass roots organization supporting the return of Marshall Field and Company to Chicagos State Street. Just some of its activities include

- SPEAK AT MACYS MEETINGS: Since 2008, making the case for Marshall Fields Return to Macys stockholders, directors, CEO, and senior execs in Cincinnati at the conclusion of each annual meeting.

- FLYER & BUTTON DISTRIBUTION: Since 2006, distribution of over 175,000 bookmark flyers and 145,000 pin on buttons supporter the return of Marshall Fields to State Street.

- RALLIES featuring up to 400 participants on State Street.

MEDIA COVERAGE REPRESENTING TOURISTS, SHOPPERS featured in over 1,000 publications--BBC World Service, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, US Network News Coverage on CBS News, ABC News, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, all Chicago local news shows, and many others world-wide.

2,000 SURVEYED on the street from 2009-2012. 4 of 5 prefer Marshall Field's.

Jim McKay is the primary spokesperson for Fields Fans Chicago and an expert on the switch from Marshall Field's to Macy. McKay has over 25 years experience in Design, Architectural, Community Affairs, branding, and retail consulting. He has taught at major universities including University of Illinois, UIC, and Illinois Institute of Technology.

FieldsFansChicago is solely responsible for the content of this press release. It is not connected with nor endorsed by Marshall Fields, Macy's, Inc., or others.



Date: Mon, September 05, 2016, 10:45 pm CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler,

We can all speculate which stores Macy's will close. I doubt many if any wI'll be former Field's locations. Field's owned all their stores except Mayfair, river oaks and water tower. That counts for alot. If you own the real estate, stores think twice before closing. Even laggard stores like spring hill are owned and that mall is under a 45 million dollar rehab.

Field's was Co developer of water tower, so they probably hAve a gazillion lease.

Date: Thurs, September 01, 2016, 2:25 pm CT
Posted by: inetryconydot,

Hi to all visitors forum. I want to share with you the latest news about MTV Video Music Awards.

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Thats partly because of their ages: Like MTV, Ms. Spears, Mr. Timberlake and Beyonce were born in 1981, and Mr. West was born in 1977. Theyre old enough to have lived through the era in which MTV dominance was integral to a pop stars ascendance. Even if the channels relationship with music was in decline during the peak of their own careers, they understood its legacy, and executed top-notch videos accordingly.

Please move topic if forums this was not chosen correctly.

Date: Tues, August 30, 2016, 5:57 pm CT
Posted by: Ken A,

short, but interesting story about Macy's, and it's market share in the St. Louis Metro area. What's noteworthy here is he fact that the article reports that Dillard's and Nordstrom gained in this market while Macy's has lost share. I say this as back in 1984 one of they key reasons why ADG sold Stix,Baer and Fuller, to Dillards was their loss of market share to Famous-Barr.

Date: Tues, August 30, 2016, 5:54 pm CT
Posted by: A Few Links,'s original report:

Macys recently announced its decision to close nearly 100 stores across the United States, suggesting that the still-growing influence of e-commerce is lessening the need for a strong brick and mortar presence. The company did not indicate which stores it would be closing, stating that the company would announce its decisions at a later date. We at 1010data didnt want to wait so, using our Local Market Intelligence (LMI) product, we examined where Macys business has declined the most and, if possible, attempted to understand some of the drivers behind their decline.


More stories


Here's when we'll know which Macy's stores are closing

Aug 30, 2016, 3:01pm EDT

Andy Brownfield


Cincinnati Business Courier


Shoppers, investors and people who follow the Cincinnati-based retail giant Macy's Inc. will have to wait until after the 2016 holiday shopping season to find out if their local stores are closing.


Are these the cities where Macy's is closing stores?

Aug 25, 2016, 12:58pm EDT

Andy Brownfield


Cincinnati Business Courier


Full Article


Macys is closing 100 stores: Does yours stand a chance?


Macy's stores near Detroit: Are they among most likely to close in U.S.?

Date: Sat, August 27, 2016, 10:12 pm CT
Posted by: John Brocato,

I am not surprised about the sales decline in St. Louis. At first I was impressed with Macy's when they took over from Famous-Barr. However, they have let their stores go downhill the past five years, most notably downsizing and then closing the downtown store. Macy's has also closed three other stores in the St. Louis suburbs.

Last Christmas season the Macy's stores did not feel festive. They have overdone the "Letters to Santa" campaign and need a fresh theme.

I really hope Chicago finds a way to get Marshall Field's back. Well-run downtown department stores are a treasure.

Date: Sat, August 27, 2016, 7:47 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Simply closing stores isn't going to solve all the problems at macy.

Date: Sat, August 27, 2016, 16:32
Posted by: Jim McKay ,


The Nordstrom opening does not figure into the report that said Macy's sales drop 14%. 14% is between 2014 and 2015. Nordstrom did not open until last fall 2015.

Date: Sat, August 27, 2016, 2:55 pm
Posted by: Mary,

Macy's opened a second Milwaukee store over four years ago at Southdale. Mayfair Macy's is no doubt impacted by Nordstrom which is actually already open, not under construction as Phil indicated. As in Chicago, a certain segment of Marshall Field shoppers, not to mention staff, have moved to Nordstrom. On top of that, both Macy's competes with Boston Store locations that were recently remodeled. Boston Store is the brand Carson's parent Bon Ton used in Milwaukee. Bon Ton is co-headquartered in Milwaukee. Hometown store. I'm sure those two competitors have taken market from Macy's, but if any store closes, I would expect the new one and not Mayfair to close.

Date: Fri, August 26, 2016, 11:48 pm Ct
Posted by: Phil Eichler,

Biggest Macy's decrease is milwaukee, that would be Field's at Mayfair, Field's did not have any other stores there. Ma fair was one of Field's top doors. Nordstrom is now building a huge store there. Macy's junk doesn't cut it.

Date: Thurs, August 25, 2016, 4:36 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Shopping at macy is likely to get more confusing and frustrating:

I just dont understand this at all. So Backstage is part of a macy store but has its own entrance doors and buying team. Last Act is located in a macy store but is just marked down regular merchandise from the store, different than regular "clearance" merchandise but adjacent to it. Will their numerous coupons be accepted at Backstage, or will they provide different promotions? Shoppers are already upset that coupons are accepted on clearance items but not on Last Act. To make room for Backstage, macy will have to cut back on its regular stock items. With all the discount and clearance sections, how does macy think it's going to promote itself as a "premium" department store? Will better merchandise lines want to be associated with a discounter?

Somehow this will play out like the fiasco at JCPenney where the store lost its way and shoppers moved on. The complex pricing games and unfamiliar merchandise pushed JCP toward bankruptcy. I also think it's insulting to other regions of the country when macy picked the names "Last Act" and "Backstage" which are clearly references to New York.

Memo to macy: Clearly your grand plan to bring convert all the regional department stores to an outpost of New York has been an epic fail. The rest of the nation is NOT in love with or impressed by your New York "magic." Give the shoppers what THEY want!

Date: Wed, August 24, 2016, 6:56 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Another analyst has its own study on where Macy's may be closing.

Macy's is closing 100 stores here's where they will likely shut down

Milwaukee, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis are among those with the steepest decline in sales in the past couple years. There's a map. The green areas seem to be doing best if I'm reading that right. Chicago was yellow which I think means so so.

Date: Tues, August 23, 2016, 6:07 pm CT
Posted by: jai skot,

here's a thought -

perhaps an appeal to "raised in Evanston" Jeremy Piven to consider reviving his PBS 'Mister Selfridge' in a PREquel, going back to the Marshall Field 'roots', which then might in turn garner enough interest that the Weston Family Group that restored Selfridges might be enticed to do the same for Field's

Date: Tues, August 23, 2016, 5:21 pm CT
Posted by: jai skot,

went on line to do my periodic search trying to track down any lead that might take me to a magic place where some possible substitute for any of what were Marshall Field's unique comestibles available on the 7th floor Food Court - might yet be found.

and happened to come across this web-site.

spent more time than I had reading posts triggering a plethora of fond memories.

not one to usually succumb to such nostalgia, but as most here would no doubt agree, Marshall Fields 'the special exception' to most rules.

Already a loyal Fields advocate for years, was so taken aback my first trip to London, and stepping into Selfridges, the imposing columns so familiar, as was so much else; my initial reaction having been one of: 'oh, THIS must be where Field's got it's ideas and inspiration,' that is until the greater shock reading on one of the larger posters in their own restaurant area, that it had been the other way round, and Harry Selfridges had been a Marshall Field's man first.

so many posts here with individuals waxing nostalgic about the 'bygone days' harking back to the '60s but not even including THE FAIR, or mention of STOP&SHOP, the up-scale neighbour of HILMANS, the former having the most exotic items that one would have had to go to London or Paris to find.

... the bygone era when Field's still had their 3rd floor "waiting room",

where among other long since obsolete services, one could find BLANK checks from ANY of the cities banks, 'just in case' one had run out or left their own at home ... this was also a period when even I thought a favourite high school teacher unbelievably 'old fashioned' when she declined an invitation to join my friends & I for lunch at the Walnut Room because [ wait for it ] she had not brought a pair of gloves with her that day ... we might not be flying round in Jetson space-mobiles, but could we possibly be anymore removed from a past which this old man's mind still is not THAT long ago.

Date: Thurs, August 18, 2016, 10:49 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

What's fascinating about Macy's top 150 doors list is, according to this document, these 150 stores account for about 50% of all of Macy's sales.

James McKay Ernesto: Regarding Northbrook vs Hawthorn or any stores, there's also the consideration of the terms of the leases. In general, one store might be busier but the other may sell fewer but more expensive items. Generally, I hear Northbrook is a more prestigious "A-list" mall while Hawthorne is viewed as "B-tier." More complicated is that Field's fit in well with the class of other stores at Northbrook while Macy's is more in line with the class of stores at Hawthorn. That's a factor why JCP didn't do so well and moved out of Northbrook. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the Macy's closes. That said, I would say that River Oaks, Joliet, Stratford, Spring HIll and the furniture stores near Oak Brook and Woodfield are most vulnerable to closing. Then again, the two furniture stores could be viewed like mattress stores--and heaven knows how all those Mattress Firms co-exist successfully, yet Mattress Firm recently said in the Tribune recently that they do.

Date: Thurs, August 18, 2016, 10:09 am CT
Posted by: Ernesto C.,

It's also good to take a look at stores where Macy's has just given up, stores either slated by corporate for an upcoming closure or lease to expire or just not maintained well.... The 2 stores that come to mind are Stratford and Northbrook. If you go to these locations compared to other better kept stores like Hawthorn or Orland, I think the writing's on the wall for some of these stores, not to mention being in malls that are struggling doesn't help. Sad to see Northbrook in the condition it's in, it was a beautiful store when it opened.

Date: Wed, August 17, 2016, 11:44 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,


Back in May 2015, after some announcements by Macy's, Inc., myself and others discussed their new concept of "top 150 doors"

Thanks to Ken Allen [ on one of Facebook's historic department stores groups ] who unearthed amongst all the material on Macy's website a list of what these "top 150 doors" are. You will note of former Chicagoland Marshall Fields locations that State Street and Water Tower are in the top tier of the top 150, or "Platinun". Platinum doors are there most profitable stores. Oak Brook is a "Market Leader" which is the next tier of the 150. Then under the category of "other top doors" are Old Orchard and Woodfield. The PDF that is linked below describes the categories a better than I informally have. As I noted last week after the conference calls, these are among the stores I would be shocked if they closed. (Of course, some of you know that I once worked for a discount department store chain and one of their top 10 stores--one of my stores--had to close for very unusual reasons.).

Date: Wed, August 17, 2016, 6:21 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

PBS "Chicago Tonight" discussed Macy's possible store closings on August 16. Neil Stern from the retail consulting firm of McMillan Doolittle said likely Macy's will want to get through the holidays and then announce which stores will close. Host Eddie Arruza asked if it was a mistake for Macy's to overtake some of the very legendary department stores. Stern replied that Macy's was growing, but "Now I think they are stuck with a bland sort of centralized kind of store at a time when you want to be more unique." He added, "So that Marshall Field's asset probably would be very valuable to them now to bring back some of the things that Marshall Field's did well, which was a unique store, unique experience, great customer service. I think Macy's has lost that along the way." Stern pointed out that his firm has worked with Mariano's, which has added piano bars etc. in an effort to get people to leave their computers and come into the store.

It seems like people are noticing what customers have been trying to say for 10 years.

Date: Tue, August 16, 2016, 9:09 pm CT
Posted by: Sara B.,

This guy always seems to have an excuse. That probably goes for bringing back Marshall Field and Company.
The Eternal Optimism of Macy's CEO, Year After Year, Is Really Hard to Watch

Date: Sun, August 14, 2016, 7:30 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Here's what Macy's has to do with the stores it isn't closing

Rosenthal seems cautious in mentioning Field's, but good article. Please leave comments afterwards if you have the Tribune login. It helps our cause.

Date: Sun, August 14, 2016, 7:16 am CT
Posted by: David D.,

It is fascinating to watch Macy's most recent announcement about store closings and the strong reaction in the media to them. Focusing on cutting costs through store closings will leave a structure of fixed costs spread across less stores overall.

In other news my tribute page to Marshall Field is now up and running!

Date: Sun, August 14, 2016, 10:33 am CT
Posted by: Michael R.,

Interesting read.
Store Wars
Over the next three years, New York City’s vaunted department stores are reimagining themselves for the future of luxury shopping—and will soon face stiff competition from a couple of out-of-towners: Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom WSJ.COM|BY CHRISTINA BINKLEY

Date: Sat, August 13, 2016, 12:03 pm CT
Posted by: Steve Ginardi,

Below was my comment on the CNBC site regarding the closing of the 100 Macy's stores.

"Keeping local department store brands along with their quality service and merchandise (eg. Marshall Fields in Chicago) instead of re-branding and dumbing down everything to Macy's, would have averted much of the damage that has occurred to Macy's over the past 10 years! A Macy's "everywhere" does not make for a unique shopping experience!"

You can help Field's return by leaving your own comments after the article,

Date: Fri, August 12, 2016, 12:42 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Glenn H.

Thanks for the correction. I did a little digging and found that that the building that currently houses the Macy's Men's Store was constructed in 1974 as the San Francisco flagship of Hawaii-based Liberty House. Liberty House had previously acquired J. Magnin. Perhaps you are saying that the site was previously a J. Magnin store. In 1984, Liberty House closed the store as it retreated from the West Coast to concentrate on the Pacific. Macy's ended up purchasing it and putting the men's departments there, much in the same way as Field's had moved its men's departments to the southwest corner of Washington and Wabash. Now, as Field's had done several decades ago, Macy's is bringing the Men's departments back into the main Union Square store which incorporates I. Magnin's 1940's flagship. Here's a link to a photo of when the Macy's Mens Store at Union Square was Liberty House and another as it is recently.



Again, thank you.

Date: Fri, August 12, 2016, 11:56 am CT
Posted by: GlennH,

Jim, slight correction regarding your Aug 11th post. The SF Union Square stand-alone Men's Store in negotiation for sale is not the former I Magnin flagship, but rather the former Joseph Magnin store (easily confused, but different establishments).

The former Joseph Magnin (currently Macy's Men's Store annex) is at 120 Stockton---across the street eastward from the main store. The former I Magnin flagship is north of the main store, at the corner of Stockton & Geary--facing Union Square. There is no space between the latter two structures, and I believe when Macy's purchased I Magnin, they installed doorways between the two.

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 4:52 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Latest Tribune article with comments by Macy's Andrea Schwartz. Be sure to leave comments after the article if you are able. It helps.
Macy's to Close 100 Stores

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 3:47 pm CT
Posted by: Paully,

Extensive story on Field's Fans the stores closures at Chicagoist website. We represent our cause well!
Macy's Is Closing 100 Stores. Where Does That Leave Marshall Field's Loyalists?

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 12:40 pm CT
Posted by: Erick Johnson,

Lundgren's retail philosphy of bigger is better is shrinking and failing. I miss Marshall Fields. I'm crossing my fingers that Macy's new CEO will reverse Lundgren's decision and bring back this retail icon.

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 12:00
Posted by: John,

It even made the news in England. I am disgusted this man has lasted so long in retail. I think what he did was just as stupid as the marriage between Sears and Kmart. His arrogance, which you can tell he has a great deal of even from pictures, shows he should have been put out to pasture a while ago. Something tells me the board at Macy's is terrified of him.

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 11:08
Posted by: Mikea,

Heard the news about the store closings. The main problem is what this will do to the malls, the communities where these stores are located. I know especially in CA there are way to many stores close together. I expect a number of Bloomingdales will close too.

I expect Spring Hill, Stratford River Oaks and maybe Joliet will close in this area. Spring Hill Stratford, and River Oaks have been loosing tenents and those malls are going down fast. I would not be surprised if the Bloomingdale's at Medinah and Old Orchard close too.

The rise of Amazon and the less shopping mentality of the younger generation is to blame. I expect more store closing s from Bon-Ton, Nordstrom, Kohls, Dillards, Sears and JC Penney. I just don't know what to expect in the future , if we are going to be a generation that justs sits at home ordering everything online from our computers. The job losses is my biggest concern along with the loss of sales tax revenue for the cities and the states.

Companies have a responsibility to the communitites they serve and I guess Macy's justs does not care at all.

Date: Thurs, August 11, 2016, 8:19 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Be sure to comment after ALL of the articles that you will see today before your comment here by mentioning Marshall Field's. Here you preach to the choir.
Macy's to Close About 15% of Stores, Cut Jobs
Macy's also intends to sell the Union Sqaure Men's Store. The Men's Store at Union Square is adjacent to the San Francisco flagship that once was the I. Magnin flagship. It's sort of like the separate Marshall Field's Mens Store at Washington and Wabash.

Closing 10-20 stores after Christmas is no big deal; closing 100 or 15% of their stores is a big deal. No specific locations yet but I'd expect that Louis Joliet, Spring Hill, Stratford, and Hawthorn, along with Oak Brook Furniture and Woodfield Furniture are among those vulnerable.

Nothing about State Street was mentioned but they will have their conference call at 9 am Chicago time, accessible at under the ivestors relations section.

Jim McKay


jjmckay AT me DOT com

Date: Wed, August 03, 2016, 5:31 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy's will have a new Chief Legal Officier, Elisa Garcia. She replaces legal officier Dennis Broderick who was with Federated since 1990. Broderick was CLO for Federated's acquisition of R.H. Macy and Co. in 1994 as well as when May Department Stores and Marshall Field's were acquired 11 years ago. So it's a change of the guard.

Garcia comes from Office Depot where she has been since 2007. Before that, she was with Domino's Pizza for seven years.

The official press release can be found at:

Date: Wed, August 03, 2016, 11:04 am CT
Posted by: Mike R., Macy's, Kohl's, Nordstrom shares fall
Shares of Macy's Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Kohl's Corp. fell on Tuesday after reports about weak summer sales reignited fears of a department-store slump.

Macy’s, the biggest department-store company, suffered a sales downturn in July, following improving trends in late May and June, Cleveland Research said in a note.


Date: Tues, August 02, 2016, 11:29 pm CT
Posted by: Anna P,

I guess Macy's no longer has Glamorama. Instead it seems they have something called Fashion's Front Row, now based in NYC. Glamorama used to be a lot of fun in the Twin Cities and in Chicago. Too bad. Remember when the B-52s headlined?

Date: Sun, July 31, 2016,  9:03 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Mark M.: just do a search for branded items at macys . com if you're interested in seeing certain store names--but of course I do not endorse buying them. I believe that you are a fan of Hudson's. Remember that Hudson's, and Dayton's, and certain related intellectual property including branding associated with those two still belong to Target Corporation. That's why and still take you to For reasons that I won't go into, there's other store names that are also not owned by Macy's even though one would think they would be. So except for discussing the fate of the Hudson's Veterans plaque that Macy's inherited when they acquired Northland, I don't think Macy's mentions Hudsons at all. Target remains the curator of Hudson's history.

Date: Sun, July 31, 2016,  2:11 am CT
Posted by: Mark M.,

Jim McKay: I can't find the Heritage brands section on

Date: Sat, July 30, 2016, 7:23 am CT
Posted by: Field's Watcher,

Hedge fund takes loss by exiting Macy's after 2016 guidance aka projections of success are reduced.

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 6:18 pm CT
Posted by: Gabriel M.,

[Regarding Jim McKay's post about Retro Department Stores/Strategic Marks and Macy's:]

This is one of the greatest events in recent American retail history. I was very happy that day.

It will never be the same without the original, historic downtown stores. Unfortunately, unlike State Street, they can't be brought back. The flagships of these chains have now been repurposed.

Mall stores aren't special in any sense.

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 6:16 pm CT
Posted by: Gabriel M.,

Regarding Retro Department Stores, it will never be the same without the original, historic downtown stores. Unfortunately, unlike State Street, they can't be brought back. The flagships of these chains have now been repurposed.

Mall stores aren't special in any sense.

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 5:57 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

As proud curators of the Marshall Field's legacy they outsourced the MF&Co archives to the Chicago History Museum--that's what proud curators do?

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 5:53 pm CT
Posted by: Michael D.,

In the Pedway, [there's an exhibit of American Victorial Stained Glass co-spoonsored by the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago Cultural Mile Association.] Information posters say, "A proud curator of Marshall Field's legacy, Macy's..."

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 5:50 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Regarding the settlement between Macy's, Inc. and Strategic Marks, it looks like things are now final and in full gear.

Strategic Marks’ now only shows the names as agreed in the settlement: Jordan Marsh, Bullock's, Robinsons, I. Magnin & Co., Joseph Magnin, Bamberger's, Foley's, and May Company. They are selling T-shirts with logos for these stores. They have also removed some other names that they used to show on the site but apparently are with Macy's.

Meanwhile, it appears that the "Heritage Brands" section of no longer offers the t-shirts and bags that they used to offer for these names. However, they still have the t-shirts, names and bags for Marshall Field's, Filene's, etc. that they have had going back for at least four years.

Date: Thurs, July 28, 2016, 5:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

It's been a few months since I last looked at Macy's site for its tourist stores, but it seems to have some updates. They now do mention Marshal Field's in at least three places but they still seem overall to be reluctant to mention Marshall Field's. The three places they mention Field's is including the "Marshall Field and Company" plaque with the exterior great columns on State Street; a claim that at State Street, some harken back to Marshall Field's days by calling Macy's "Santaland" "Cozy Cloud" (they left out "cottage"; and they tell how Marshall Field commissioned the clocks because people were leaving notes in the cracks of the windows, I assume to confirm meeting up. (I wonder if who ever wrote this realizes that the clock Marshall Field commissioned is not the two that have been there the past hundred years.)

Macy's Chicago State Street Visitors Site

On the one hand, it's a touch better than a few years ago when about the only time they mentioned Marshall Field's was to say that the founder didn't want to build the Burnham Fountain that was eventually added in the 1990s.

The description also drops a line that there is also another Macy's on Michigan Avenue. (Since anyone I know who still shops Macy's just goes there for stuff rather than experience, I guess that it's State Street and the birthplace of the modern department store doesn't really matter since those types just want "stuff"!

On the other hand, the descriptions of other tourist Macy's stores aren’t afraid to mention predecessors. Philadelphia Center City isn't shy at all about mentioning Wanamaker's and discussing it's history, although it's worded such that you would think the store's design by Daniel Turnham was the first of its kind when in fact, it's mostly a clone of Burnham's design originated at Marshall Field's on State Street.

For Boston, they mention that the store used to be the Jordan Marsh flagship.

For Union Square (San Francisco) they mention how the store originated for just 19 years as O'Connor, Moffat, and Company and was converted to Macy's. They also discuss how it expanded in the former I.Magnin flagship, a brand which R.H. Macy & Co. folded.

Again, the bottom line is that on State Street is so much more valuable when it's run as Marshall Field's to the point it's an international destination. What a shame. Perhaps, though, it's not treated as badly as downtown Minneapolis. The former Dayton's flagship isn’t even listed on Macy's tourist page.

Date: Wed, July 27, 2016, 8:01 pm CT
Posted by: Marcia Long,

It's been a few years but I wanted to see if you all were still here. Keep it up!

Date: Mon, July 25, 2016, 9:03 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

A co-worker and some of her friends recently vacationed in New York City. They saw some Broadway shows, did some sightseeing and spend some time shopping. I asked her if they visited the flagship Herald Square macy. She replied, "Of course NOT. Nobody wanted to go to macy. That store is nothing special any more since it's everywhere."

This is just an example of six women tourists who had no interest in what was once a NYC icon. How many THOUSANDS of tourists have no interest in visiting other department stores that were once destinations in their respective cities? Clearly macy is no longer an attraction to domestic or international tourists; in addition to destroying the value of beloved regional stores, macy diluted its own reputation.

Date: Sun, July 24, 2016, 12:40 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I loved the experience of Marshall Field's, and I'm not Millennial. I always walked through the store, just to be there, even if I didn't think I needed something at the time. Field's was an experience, Selfridge's is an experience and now Mariano's is an experience. Hey, bring on the experience. Bring back Field's!

Date: Sat, July 23, 2016, 12:21 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Millennials only want to spend money on one thing — and it's killing Macy's

"Macy's has a problem: It's not a laser-tag center or a Cheesecake Factory.Millennials prefer to spend their money on experiences, not the apparel that is Macy's bread and butter. "


Millennials will spend money on an experience? Golly! That's what Marshall Field's was know for world-wide--being Chicgao's number three destination and a world-class experiential emporium. Moreover, look at all of our many, many photos and you see Millennials who are holding signs to bring back Marshall Field's. What a waste not restore such a unique experience that only Macy's or someone who knew what they were doing with a top stochholder asset could have. Screams "Exclusive experience that Millennials want!"

Date: Fri, July 22, 2016, 8:29 am CT
Posted by: Holly J.,

Macy's is now hoping artificial intelligence and talking to one's smartphone will revive sales. Hey! How about bringing back Marshall Field's!? That would be so easy and so successful! Apparently ten locations are part of the trial. None are former Marshall Field's.

Macy's New Answers App Powered by IBM's Watson

The Macy's (NYSE: M) customer service person who answers your next question for the retailer may not in fact be human. The company has begun testing "Macy's On Call," a tool that allows customers ...

Macy's to offer customers artificial intelligence-powered help at Mall of Georgia, Lenox Square

Date: Wed, July 20, 2016, 8:01 pm CT
Posted by: Field's Watcher,

Macy's will announce its 2nd quarter 2016 results on Thursday, August 11th at 9 a.m. Chicago time. There is a web cast where you can listen for free. Follow the links to the "Investors" section at the black-colored navigation at Macy's corporate site at, not

Macy's, Inc. is formerly Federated Department Stores, founded in the late 1920s. Bloomingdale's is its oldest current brand dating almost back to the founding. Macy's, Inc., nee Federated, has only owned Macy's brand since 1994.

Date: Wed, July 20, 2016, 3:07 am CT
Posted by: Karen Thompson,

We miss Marshall Field's. It's sad to see the home of such a beautiful, amazing place filled by a vanilla store. What a mistake!!!

Date: Mon, July 18, 2016, 1:43 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Oh, seems that macy is looking to create more "shareholder value" by selling off yet another iconic downtown location:

Is The Downtown Macy's Building Portland's Next?

Consumers are abandoning shopping malls and there is a trend toward invigorating downtown areas, yet macy isn't capitalizing on this trend by making their downtown stores a destination for millenials who are bored with malls. The old school merchants realized that shopping had to be entertainment to draw consumers; macy offers mostly acres of women's apparel which can be found anywhere. Sales and stock values decline because macy is not an attraction.

Watch out, Chicago! macy knows they can "increase shareholder value" by selling off prime real estate, and they have a track record of running a store into the ground, declaring it unprofitable then making a nice profit from its closure and sale.

Date: Thurs, July 14, 2016, 3:50 am CT
Posted by: Gail White,

That is a good article, Dave.

I fear that Macy's will do the same eventually with State St. Marshall Field's. I think The current CEO doesn't want to change the store because any big shift looks like he failed. Of course, he did. But I worry once there is the new CEO in place in the next year, he won't care what happens because the massive screwup won't be blamed on him but the CEO of the past 10 years.

I also think that guy from Target who then went to Apple stores and then to JCPenney was unfairly derided. He was right about all the stupid business with couponing and never ending sales. In fact, I recall that Macy's tried to do the same thing about nine years ago, but people wouldn't listen. The JCPenney guy should have done it much, much, much more slowly. The problem with department stores right now is that they've cut back their service so much that they have effectively become not much more than a discount store with a few shops you would find at the mall like LensCrafters at Macy's.

I also disagree with Phillip. There are contemporary businesses do well and are consistent with Marshall Field's because they offer good service. Mariano's is indeed a good example. So is Wegman's on the East Coast. I had put Von Maur also in the same category. I don't think everybody who was working at State street 25 to 30 years ago needs to come back. Just a handful. That's very realistic. I also get tired of Pondens saying that Marshall Field can't come back. It's a great, world-class brand. The scenario that MikeA describes, his point of view, is that of a Macy's bean counter. The bean counter mentality is what is killing department stores.


Date: Wed, July 13, 2016, 10:01 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Another analysis on how macy has lost its "magic":

Let's all hope the new executive will realize that macy*fication of the nation's department stores was an ill-advised, irreversible mistake and that the ONLY way the company will survive is to GIVE THE SHOPPERS WHAT THEY WANT--and it ISN'T macy!

Date: Wed, July 13, 2016, 9:51 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

To mikea:

The downtown Pittsburgh macy store was the top moneymaker in the Kaufmann's chain; macy deliberately ran the store into the ground then sold the building off because they claimed the store wasn't profitable.

Downtown is growing with new apartment buildings and offices under construction. The city is sponsoring numerous activities to attract people and a well managed department store, stocked with merchandise to meet the needs of downtown workers and residents, would be very successful. macy had no interest in making the store successful. Truth be told, macy isn't very popular in Pittsburgh because the market already has much better discount and clearance stores.

Date: Wed, July 13, 2016, 9:36 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

The constant discounting and continuous sales at macy have hurt sales at better department stores like Nordstrom:

Because of all the discounts, many premium brands have lost their status appeal and shoppers are not willing to pay full price. Michael Kors is one brand that has been hurt because macy discounts have cheapened its image.

The macy*fication has been a epic fail. The initial profitability was based on cutbacks in staffing and services, was later sustained by substitution of lower quality merchandise then was followed by extreme discounting. Sales and stock prices continue to plummet as macy fails to draw any interest from consumers. Their weekly One Day Sales and TV ads screaming out prices aren't working.

Date: Wed, July 13, 2016, 9:34 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

The constant discounting and continuous sales at macy have hurt sales at better department stores like Nordstrom:

Because of all the discounts, many premium brands have lost their status appeal and shoppers are not willing to pay full price. Michael Kors is one brand that has been hurt because macy discounts have cheapened its image.

The macy*fication has been a epic fail. The initial profitability was based on cutbacks in staffing and services, was later sustained by substitution of lower quality merchandise then was followed by extreme discounting. Sales and stock prices continue to plummet as macy fails to draw any interest from consumers. Their weekly One Day Sales and TV ads screaming out prices aren't working.

Date: Mon, July 11, 2016, 1:16 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

Just got back from a CUbs weekend in Pittsburgh. They had their bicentennial going on with great fireworks. Downtown was lively and full. It is horrible how Macy's for a one time short term profit closed the entire downtown store and thumbing their nose on the city of Pittsburgh.

Most locals are not happy with what they did. Reading that analysts want Macy's to sell and lease back their stores which would prompt many more closings and job losses.

Also the story of the Muslim woman detained and charged $500.00 to go home for doing nothing wrong is criminal. Macy's security staff should be prosecuted for these false arrests and detentions.

Profiling innocent people is really good PR. Maybe the new chief will shake things up!!!

Date: Sun, July 10, 2016, 11:41 pm CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler,

Jim and others

There are so many things that you have taken out of context or mistated. However, you do not understand fields had rafts of buyers beyond modern standards. They had women with mild mental issues knitting zandra Rhodes sweaters, buckets of women k nitting for the country shop. I'm not wishing the buyers come back to 30 years ago, just that fields had buyers that would be really hard to duplicate. That said, without the continued tradition,it will go away

I guess I'm stupid, but I don't get your nasty comments Pete, I'm just a fourth generation fields shopper, not a bitter employee.

Date: Sat, July 09, 2016, 6:56 pm CT
Posted by: Paula ,

I've driven by several shopping centers recently noticed that both TJ Maxx and Marshalls are right nearby or even across the street from each other. Why couldn't have Macy's existed with Marshall Field and Company?

Date: Fri, July 08, 2016, 6:51 pm CT
Posted by: An observant shopper,

In response to Jim's July 4 comments about Mariano's newer employees: I live around the corner from the Ravenswood Mariano's. Many of its employees are so young they could never have worked at Dominick's, but do a bang-up good job. Someone has trained them well. That store is THE place to be in the neighborhood, and I believe that could still happen with Field's on State Street.

Date: Fri, July 08, 2016, 6:38 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I am shocked by the "Cincinnati Business Courier" article mentioned in the July 1 post by Joan S. about Macy's detaining and fining suspected shoplifters. We all know Macy's is hard up for cash, but this is so disgusting I wouldn't even imagine it of them if the facts weren't right there for all to read.

Date: Tues, July 05, 2016, 1:11 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

To Pete and Phil's comments. Yes the Fields that most want here comes from the Batus era, which is like a Bloomingdale's. Maybe Macy's could convert the Bloomingdale's' stores to the Field's name and have Bloomingdale's run those stores.

It would be extremely expensive to start a whole new division with merchandising, advertising. The problem that people here are not addressing is the changing retail climate especially with the millenials.

Not only is Macy's Inc having a slowdown in sales, but Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Bon-Ton. Millenials don't shop as previous generations did. They want experiences not fashion and style. Also the rise of online Amazon and now Jet is taking away from brick and mortar stores in all sectors. A sad reality the great stores and shopping experiences of the past is becoming harder to duplicate and run in this ever changing environment.

Date: Monday, July 04, 2016, 12:57 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Phillip and Pete: Yes, some contingency of former Field's staff returning is essential to the success to reborn Field's, and yes, Phillip, I'm not only well aware of that, I've heard from more than a few who have retired from Field's, perhaps under Dayton-Hudson, Target, May or Federated. They are at our events and volunteer to me that they would be back in a second. (Not that each and everyone will actually come back.) But certainly DO hope that all the staff from Field's circa 1989 DO NOT return. I would hate to walk into State Street after a return and find it was stuck in a past time warp. Field's at it's best has a good dose of the "next up and coming thing." Yes, some institutional history is needed but there's also new blood that's needed. And I'm sure those who left would come back with new experiences to contribute. One weakness about Field's is that many of their employees are so perfectionistic that they are cynical to the point that they don't see how even Field's on a bad or mediocre day was still in many ways better than Macy's.

Back to my precedence with Mariano's, which is basically Dominick's reincarnated 12-17 years later. Yes, there are some former Dominick's people in key positions who've helped revive what was lost. But the success is also due to new people as well.

Like Pete, I felt offended with the suggestion that myself and others are naive. Not so.

Best, Jim

Date: Monday, July 4, 2016  CT
Posted by:

Happy Fourth of July!

Date: Sun, July 2, 2016, 10:28 pm CT
Posted by: Gail White,

Story says clutter a reason people are staying away from Macy's and some others. Uses Herald Square as an example.

Date: Sat, July 01, 2016, 10:26 pm CT
Posted by: Joan S.,

Scary Stuff! Who knew this could happen when I went in Macy's, although I guess I'm reading this as only happening in NY. Did Field's ever do this? Does any Chicagoland retailer do this?

Judge: Macy's must stop jailing shoplifters

Date: Fri, July 01, 2016, 12:22 am ET
Posted by: Pete,

Phillip I'm not sure who to think is clueless, but I think the talent is out there. For starters, Selfridge's and Hudson Bay have been mentioned as potential stewards of Marshall Field and Company. I can't believe they wouldn't have talent to select some of the unique things. I also know that there are other retired former buyers we would love to come back for a second stint, perhaps as a late career capstone or encore after moving on after the Dayton's-Target and Macy's take over. I know my neighbor is one of those former buyers who used to be at State Street and would love to come out of retirement. To say nobody in Chicago has that sort of talent is quite insulting, although I hope they would have some in touch with current Chicago tastes rather than the tastes that prevailed under BATUS ownership. You sound perhaps as if you either work for Macy's or are a bitter Field's employee let go by Target. Sure, there will be challenges but I think so many talented people including buyers would want to see Field's come back and would except the challenge. Your comments are harsh and rude so you must not be one of them.

Date: Thurs, June 30, 2016, 8:30 pm CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler,

While Staff Is One issue, MoSt Of YOU are clueless that fields had massive buying groups to bring really unique products into the stores. Target killed that. The fields most of you remember is a shadow of fields under Phil Miller and batus . That will be really hard to bring back, if ever.

Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 19:12
Posted by: gle,


Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 11:04 am CT
Posted by: Sara ,

Thank you for representing us. I especially love the photos of the couples.


Date: Wed, June 29, 2016, 9:56 am CT
Posted by: Gina,

What a great show of support for Marshall Field's to come back. I know of no one who like's Macy's better. Ditto for Bloomingdale's.


Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 6:31 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Thanks to all who offered support, took photos and posed for photos at Sunday's Chicago Pride Parade. We were positively received. I didn't hear a negative word from the crowd. The photos below or ones similar to them were also posted to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Keep in mind that those who posed for the photos approached us about taking a photo. Because of different security blockages, we were only able to walk about 60% of the route, from Montrose to Belmont/Halsted with a couple of drop-in points beyond. We also walked on the sidewalk BEHIND the crowd--so 90% of the attendees were looking at parade and away from us. With those disadvantages, about 40 people approached us to be photographed for the photos you see below.

Also: About 30 Bloomingdale's employees did walk in the parade. We didn't see them last year. They all wore very tasteful black t-shirts with a rainbow "pride" logos. Unlike some previous years (like 2008) where it seemed in our opinion to be a Macy's ad first, this seemed to be more about Bloomingdale's letting their employees show their pride. That we can respect. So we did not walk the route with them as we did with Macy's like in 2008 or other years. (Again, for those who don't know, Bloomingdale's is part of Macy's and, as historically a competitor to Field's, some experts think that Field's was discontinued to help Bloomingdale's.)

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Signs calling for the restoration of Marshall Field's were walked up and down the 2.5 mile parade route. While there were thousands of cheers, the following are among those who called us back to have their pic taken with our sign and say, more than ever, Chicago wants its Marshall Field's!

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Date: Tues, June 28, 2016, 5:36 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

In response to Mark and James K's conversation from Saturday asking is it too late to get back Field's-quality assistance? Thanks for your patience. There are several examples but the two that stand out as having significant parallels are Seflridges and Dominick's/Safeway/Mariano's.

But first, don't you think there would be so much buzz about Field's return that some of the best would want to come and work there?

In the case of Selfridges, a little over 20 years ago, it was moribund and dowdy. No pizzazz and considered not unlike some of the middle of the road stores run by BONT or perhaps today's Lord and Taylor. Selfridges changed hands twice in the past 20 or so years but especially under Toronoto's Weston family, it's become the premier department store in the world--voted as such even by its peers. And this forum, we've beaten to death the historic connections between Selfridges and Marshall Field's, as well as Chicago and the Westons.

Dominick's never had the world-class rep, history and impact of Field's, but it was a beloved grocery store of loyal Chicagoland shoppers. When it was purchased by Safeway in 1998, it had almost the same market share as Jewel (28% vs 32%) with only two-thirds the stores of Jewel-Osco. Dominick DiMateo, Jr. died and eventually they sold out to Safeway who in turn fired the Dominick's management. The stores were converted in Safeway in virtually every way EXCEPT name. The stores fell to 10% market share. (This is why I'm glad that Macy's did change the name--can you imagine if they changed everything to the way it is but left the Marshall Field's name? Exiled to a Wisconsin grocer for several years because of non-compete agreements, the former Dominick's management started a new chain in 2010. No, they weren't able to use the Dominick's name, but in most every other way, the stores--named Mariano's for the former Dominick DiMateo, Jr. President who started it--were a 2010s version of what Dominick's would have been had it not become Safeway. Mariano's rise is considered a reason for at least half of Safeway's/Dominick's slip to 10%. Today, Mariano's is nationally recognized in the industry as a peer of Wegmann's and Harris Teeter. Yes, there have been a couple of hiccups--but none that are comparable to being reasons for not bringing back Field's. One is that Mariano's was only 20% of the it's parent company's stores. The other 80% of the stores, located in Wisconsin and Minnesota had a long history of problems. So the parent company, Roundy's, was bought out by Kroger. Kroger is pretty much leaving the Mariano's stores alone while providing the capital to convert 12 former Dominick's fully into Mariano's. (They are starting with the Park Ridge store.) So yes, the parent company did get bought out; however, had Mariano's not been created, Roundy's would have gone out of business rather than be sold. Related to this is a few growing pains Mariano's had when it suddenly was able to purchase a dozen former Dominick's stores, almost doubling the size of the chain. I understand that the problem is they had to hire hundreds of new employees--Mariano's isn't staffed by the same union while Jewel and Dominick's were. So it's taken time to get the employees up to speed to provide quality help.

Staffing could be a real problem at reborn Field's if they brought it back to all 60+ locations nor should it. But I don't see that. What I do see is it at least returning to State Street. Beyond that and less likely, it would be great if they could return to a handful of classic, A-list mall locations like Old Orchard, Oak Brook and Mayfair. Personally, I think Macy's should fold Bloomingdale's in Chicagoland and convert the Michigan Avenue store to Macy's while restoring Field's to Water Tower Place. It's amazing that Macy's spends so much in news advertising on Bloomingdale's in Chicago for what are basically two locations -- Old Orchard and Michigan Avenue/Medinah.

Date: Sun, June 26, 2016, 4:066 pm CT
Posted by: Lucie D.,

Commenting on the many photos posted to Field's social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from the Chicago Pride Parade:

Thanks to everyone of you who stopped by and had a photo taken, thanks Jim for your hard work. ." where there is a will" (many wills) "there will be a way"...........

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 11:01 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

We'll be out along the Chicago Pride Parade route tomorrow. Look for us and our signs if you want a "Time to Bring Back Marshall Field's", "Selfridges Come Home To Chicago: The DNA of Marshall Field's" or both.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 9:07 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

James McKay Mark M., James K.: good points about staffing--those are the kind of questions to ask. There's actually current precedence of retailers that basically went away and is now being reincarnated with overwhelming success acclaim: they are doing tremendously (Selfridges and Mariano's). (More explained above on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.)

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 2:54 am CT
Posted by: Mark K.,

I think the answer is— you go back to a very old fashioned concept and train them. It’s like the front of the house staff in a fine restaurant— they are knowledgable, skilled, and choreographed. And it doesn’t happen by accident. But a return to that kind of service might just catch on.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 1:27 am CT
Posted by: Mark M.,

Much as I hope for a new Fields, how do you staff it? It's not just the building or even the merchandise, it's the people. It's that "How may I help you?" attitude AND the ability to actually help. There was a time, when other old-line retailers were closing, that you could have hired 30 year veterans of Magnin's or Bonwit's or specialty retailers like Mark Cross, but those people are retired now. You can poach a few from Tiffany and Saks....maybe Nordstrom and a few Oak St. stores, but those won't even give you department heads. I'm just terrified that it's too late.......and that makes me very sad.

(See above for Jim McKay response on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.)

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016, 6:40 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

Lundgren's pending departure is a LONG OVERDUE relief, but I wonder what the next one will be like and what he's been trained to do. I can't picture Lundgren letting go without somehow making sure things remain his way. I would rather see Selfridge's take the helm. The Galen Weston family has a better track record.

I do love the "Tribune" headline, "MACY'S CEO WHO KILLED MARSHALL FIELD'S TO STEP DOWN NEXT YEAR." I guess the newspapers don't have to be nice to him any more.

Date: Sat, June 25, 2016, 11:24 am CT
Posted by: James K.,

Life is all about embracing heritage and identity at one and the same time as "re-inventing" oneself. It would seem like now is the time to stir things up and make things interesting with a return of Fields that signifies identity, heritage, and reinventing! Jeff Gennette-- just think-- you could start off as a hero. Picturing it now-- "Excuse me-- could you direct me to the department that carries cajones!?"

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016,  11:12 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy's New Chief Aims to Liven Up Department-Store Chain
Company veteran Jeff Gennette to draw on Macy's heritage as "entertainment brand" amid retailing upheaval
As a WSJ subscriber, I was able to comment as follows at the end of the article.
Marshall Field's was a world-wide attraction when it was Marshall Field's. Now not so much. He could score a bases-loaded home run if he brought back Marshall Field's. People overwhelmingly want it back and it was a trade name that SEC 10 K filings at the time of the merger showed was valued as the same or even more than Macy's/Bloomingdale's and more than all the rest of May Dept Stores' tradenames combined.

In these joint interviews of the past 24-hours, Terry Lundgren comes off like a helicopter parent. He needs to give Gennette his space to be his own guy. I understand an orderly transition but this transition is so slo mo (started in 2014, complete in 2017-18?) that it comes off as if Gennette can't be trusted. Then again, Terry Lundgren designed his wife's wedding dress and set up much of the rest without letting her see much of anything until the wedding. (See WSJ, 7/17/2006.)

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016,  10:20 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

New Macy's CEO: Here Is My Vision

Some quotes:
Lundgren: I have been the CEO for 13 years, by the time I turn it over to Jeff next year it will be 14 years and I will be 65 years old. How many CEOs of Fortune 500 companies do you know that have been around as long as I have? I would say very, very few. I have had a phenomenal experience and run here, in particular the five years prior to this past one, but really all throughout my career.

I'm feeling great about my ability right now to hand over the reins to Jeff in the first quarter. It honestly will go down as one of my greatest accomplishments in being able to give the CEO title to Jeff and do it in such an orderly way.

We planned this for two years when we made Jeff the president of the company. It was all part of our succession plan.


Gennette: We are philosophically very similar, which serves us well. Whatever gaps Terry and I have in our individual portfolios we surround ourselves with talent to cover that. Neither Terry nor I operate from a position of arrogant thinking. So, I know what my shortfalls are, and I have a deep respect for the talent that I can assemble.

I have had the pleasure of serving with Terry and the talent he has assembled. So I look at him as a role model.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016,  9:02 am CT
Posted by: M.N.,

Hate Lundgren. What he did to Marshall Field's will go down in retailing history as arrogant and stupid.

Date: Fri, June 24, 2016,  3:52 am CT
Posted by: Susan C.,

Regarding the post on the former Marshall Field's locations in Evanston and Oak Park, I go to the Evanston Panera Bread in the former Field's all the time. I told the employee's once I worked there when it was Marshall Field's. The employee's wanted to know a few things about the building and what departments were in the location the bread shop[ is. they said the City of Evanston would not let them make changes to some of the inside of the building because of the landmark status.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 10:54 pm CT
Posted by: Susan B., Atlanta,

Regarding Tribune article, Wow... what a dweeb
Nasty, Brutish & Short: Federated C.E.O. Has Carefully Cultivated Image As...
Or is he just an ass, because that's what he sounds like to us. Thank God The Post has reprinted this article, which first appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal. When we saw it then, we could not believe it--or that it profiles the C.E.O. of a company based in Cincinnati.


Okay. We don't care if you are the C.E.O. of a department store, anal-retentive, and a clothes horse. The groom does not get to pick what the bride gets to wear, and have it be a surprise. It just doesn't work that way. And what kind of self-respecting woman would farm out ALL of the wedding planning--even down to the design of the wedding dress--to her fiance? Can't she figure out how to dress herself?

The whole piece is lengthy, and the entire thing is worth reading. Throughout it, though, we are struck by one thought: He probably thinks this is really good PR! How could he have no idea how awful this makes him sound? (Continues at link above)

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 10:27 pm CT
Posted by: Marty B.,

Re: Tribune Article, Terry Lundgren destroyed two brands.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 6:01 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Dead on headline: if you can, please go to the Chicago Tribune website and leave comments after the article.

Chicago Tribune

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 4:30 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Story about the new CEOs plans. Nothing specific about Marshall Field and company.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 4:10 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Bank of America aims to open in Marshall Field's building

Water Tower Realty, owner of the historic Marshall Field's building at 1144 Lake St., was recently given a variance from Oak Park's zoning code to lease the rear half to...
The building's near-twin in Evanston currently features a similar bank operated by Citibank as well as a Panera bread store and restaurant. When I drive by, I often fantasize how cool it would be for Marshall Field and Company to return and open a holiday pop up in the store. I still miss it as borders books. In reality, this is a much better proposal then the Sleepys mattress store that was proposed and rejected two or three years ago.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 1:47 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Perhaps this long overdue departure will be the turning point in giving shoppers what they want.

Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 10:53 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Thanks Phil...Amazing the amount of retweets and other media attention. Showed up as an urgent alert from on my smartphone, on par with supreme court decisions announced today.

As mentioned, Terry Lundgren will still be Executive Chairman which I don't think they previously have had. I'm not sure how independent Gennette is from Mr, Lundgren but I think he must be pretty well connected else he wouldn't have been groomed for the job.

Here are a few more links. Please add your own reader comments if you can.


Wall Street Journal

American Business Journals

Forbes (by former Macy's exec Walter Loeb)

Walter Loeb writes:

"Jeff Gennette will succeed Terry Lundgren as CEO of Macy's M +3.23% in the first quarter of 2017, the retailer announced Thursday morning. It will be a seamless transition. The move has been widely expected since Gennette’s appointment as president of Macy’s in 2014. The 64-year-old Lundgren will continue as executive chairman of the company."

"Gennnette, 55, who will join the board of Macy’s today, is a consummate merchant who will undoubtedly add his vision for growth to the enterprise. Over the past two years, he has developed as a skilled retail operator, rounding out his experience to service customers. He has been with Macy’s for 33 years and grew through the ranks in several key areas."

"I expect changes after Gennette takes over. They will not be sudden, but evolutionary as new ideas to stimulate growth will be developed. Current efforts to reduce costs and make the company leaner are likely to pay off in better earnings next year. However, I expect merchandise innovation and a clear vision for growth through strategic acquisitions. Some real estate is likely to be divested and more stores are likely to be closed."


Date: Thurs, June 23, 2016, 8:41 am CT
Posted by: Philip Eichler ,

Macy's announced this morning that Terry Lundgren will step down in 2017, but will remain with the company.

Date: Mon, June 18, 2016, 2:01 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Bloomingdale's/Macy's will again be in this year's Pride Parade. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THIS SUNDAY'S CHICAGO PRIDE PARADE! WILL YOU HELP FIELD'S? AS USUAL PLEASE DO NOT POST REGRETS UNTIL AFTER THE EVENT (ie please do not post "I can't come because...") Such comments will be removed. Here are some shots of FieldsFansChicago at Chicago Pride Parades past including last year, our signs, 2008 (Macy's float behind the sign) 2010 and 2011. One year, Gail H. flew in from far away to help.

Macy's has skipped some years while others they have sponsored others' floats. A couple of years ago Bloomingdale's was in the parade. Last year Bloomingdale's was listed but apparently did not participate. This year, Macy's/Bloomingdale's will have their float under the Bloomingdale's banner. We have signs, fliers, buttons to pass out--ever -- Please contact me via email jjmckay -AT- or by leaving a message at 312.662.8980 if you can help get the message about Marshall Field's out. Thanks!
2008 Chicago Pride Parade ©2008
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2011 Chicago Pride Parade ©2011

Scenes from the 2015
Chicago Pride Parade

Signs calling for the restoration of Marshall Field's were walked up and down the 2.5 mile parade route. While there were thousands of cheers, the following are among those who called us back to have their pic taken with our sign and say, more than ever, Chicago wants its Marshall Field's!

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Date: Mon, June 18, 2016, 11:58 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

As its sales continue to plummet, macy can please its shareholders by selling off valuable real estate:
During the past few months, macy has been shuttering desirable downtown store locations and selling the buildings. In the case of Pittsburgh, the most profitable department store in the Kaufmann's chain was allowed to deteriorate and was not marketed to attract customers; macy had no desire for the store to succeed. Money from the sale of the property could compensate for declining sales.

Note the list of their most valuable, desirable properties. The former Marshall Field's building would certainly be attractive to developers! The current store could be downsized (like Brooklyn) or sold off. The executives at macy clearly don't show much interest in providing a dynamic retail environment, and the situation is very similar to what has happened at Sears.

Date: Mon, June 18, 2016, 11:36 am CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

The lack of customer "experience" and bargain store atmosphere is causing macy to lose its once lucrative cosmetics business:
Recent articles have noted that better brands like Michael Kors and Coach plan to discontinue selling their wares at macy because their image is destroyed by the store's constant discounting.

Shoppers are looking for something other than One Day Sales and multiple coupons. There are plenty of stores like TJMaxx, Marshall's and Ross that do a great job as clearance/discount shopping venues. Shoppers did NOT need another bargain bin!

Maybe, just maybe, if macy would give customers what they want...

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016  CT
Posted by: gle,


Date: Sat, June 18, 2016, 8:29 pm CT
Posted by: Sara G.,

Walked through the store that used to be the great Marshall Field and Company on State Street a few days ago.

The store looks so tired. So sad that Macy's doesn't see the jewel they have in Marshall Field's.

Date: Fri, June 17, 2016, 9:17 pm CT
Posted by: Kathryn S.,

Field's return would mean enjoying a nice drink in the tea room! :) Ahhh

Date: Wed, June 15, 2016, 9:19 am CT
Posted by: Anna N.,

Field's was more than just a store. It was part of Chicago's history, a part of the city's spirit. A major piece of Christmas magic was staring wide eyed at the beautiful displays and lights, the music of the season in the store, and a MF Christmas bear under the tree. Christmas was never the same without Field's. My hope is that someday my children will know the magic and spirit that was and is Marshall Field's. -A.N.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 12:33 pm CT
Posted by: Patt P,

Field's on state street was such a special place for our family. We were farmers from Alpha and Galesburg Illinois and every year, we would take the train to Chicago the day after Thanksgiving to look at the windows at Field's, shop at Field's and have tea in the walnut room. Gramma Beulah, our mother, Agnes, and my two sister and I. It was a long day, we left around 6 in the morning and didn't get back on until very late. We would spend all day there. We looked at everything, and mother let us each buy a few things. We got to pick out an ornament for the Christmas tree. I still have the ornaments, and until a few years ago, some red stretch pants I got in 1963. We would eat supper in the cafeteria, and buy chocolate, Frangos, of course.

I loved the huge rest room on the 7th floor, all the wood doors, and I swear it had a bathtub in it. It was towards the front of the rest room and I always wondered about it. I never saw anyone use it, but it fascinated me. The room has been updated now, of course.

Date: Tues, June 14, 2016, 11:52 pm CT
Posted by: A.M.P.,


Today I saw a lady with a Forever Fields button on her jacket. I loved Marshall Fields from the time I was a little girl. It was always a special trip to go downtown (from Beverly on the southside) to Marshall Fields, but it was magical at Christmas time.

Every year we went to see the windows and my dad would read aloud the narrative at each window--long after we could all read ourselves--it was a tradition. They were always beautiful. We have noted that Macy's is more of an advertisement.

Then we would go see the tree with Mr. Mistletoe (I'm not sure I remember his name) on the top. We didn't usually eat in the Walnut room because there were too many very hungry boys in my family. They would have needed two Walnut Room meals! In college I worked on State Street and frequently spent my paychecks at Field's on my lunch hour.

Date: Mon, June 13, 2016, 7:02 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I watched the final episode of PBS' "Mr. Selfridge" with trepidation. I had already read Lindy Woodhead's and Gayle Soucek's bios of Selfridge and knew full well how it ended. I was relieved that the show handled things gracefully, and only took the drama to the point where Mr. Selfridge left the store for the last time. The employees, who knew he had been sacked, applauded and thanked him for all he had done for the store and for their careers. He thanked them for their part in building Selfridge's and told them to hang in there and keep up the good work. He sadly said he wished he could not be there to share it with them in the future. (The story also hinted that he and Mae would be married. Mae did not exist in real life.)

In spite of personal difficulties, Selfridge did accomplish much that lasts today. I am glad the series treated him well and emphasized the success.

I did not like the "Tribune" article and wrote to tell them. I don't think they know as much of the subject matter as they claim.

Date: Sun, June 12, 2016, 9:10 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

Chicago Tribune's Sunday flashback section page has awful story of Mr. Selfridge's years in Chicago.
Please leave comments after the stories--the "comments" button is towards the bottom of the piece. Furthermore, you can help by sending letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."

[Thanks to those who reported the problem with posting and the Greek text while the blog was unavailable.]

Date: Fri, May 27, 2016, 5:39 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

GOOD WORK AND THANKS JIM AND OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 5:38 pm CT
Posted by: James K.,

Bravo James McKay (and comrades) and thank you! Just a thought-- would there be any structure through which to purchase stock in the new Field's. Could there be some sort of stock offering contingent on the restoration of the Fields name, brand, image. They might be surprised at how many would buy in. This is also such an opportune time to harken all the way back to Selfridge's-- there is a window of opportunity with the conclusion of the PBS Masterpiece Theater series.

Date: Wed, May 25, 2016, 12:28 am CT
Posted by: M.N.,

Re Stockholders Meeting: You represent the thousands who want Field's to return. Well done!

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 9:34 pm CT
Posted by: Jim H.,

The Business Insider article posted 3 hours ago misses mark. The lack of shoppers is not about "price." It is also not about "presentation." Those factors may be necessary in retail, but if exceptional product quality and the customer service are absent, why bother at all. If I want TJ MAXX bargain bin garbage, I will go there instead of Macy's. I used to have wonderful Field Gear clothes and a corresponding fashion adviser. I want them back, Macy's.

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 6:47 pm CT
Posted by: Hector M. via Michael R.,

Business Insider:
"We went to Macy's and saw why the brand is a disaster
Macy's sales have been plummeting. The company might blame the lack of seasonal weather, but that's clearly not the only reason."

Date: Tues, May 24, 2016, 6:56 am CT
Posted by: Ami M.,

Pray for Marshall Fields to return!

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 11:31 pm CT
Posted by: Tim E.,

Well done; very impressive.

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 8:50 pm CT
Posted by: Alfred I.,

BRAVO, James and companions!!!

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 6:57 pm CT
Posted by: Natalie T.,

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!!

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016, 5:55 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

And now here's the "More later..." in follow up to my photo post on Friday, May 20, 2016.

After the meeting (and talking with some stockholders and unidentified suits on the street in front of the headquarters) Frank said, ""Field's is coming back!" I wouldn't say it's a slam dunk, and since even Field's never remained the same, it would be different, but I came away from the annual meeting feeling more hopeful.

The stockholders meeting was filled to capacity with people standing, unlike some previous years when there were plenty of empty seats. Macy's, Inc. (Macy's/Bloomingdale's/Bluemercury) CEO and Chairman Terry Lundgen gave a presentation that seemed longer than usual. A lot of it reiterated the recent problems that have beset Macy's as well as other retailers as well as much of their recent plans for reviving business.

An exception was that three long-time directors are retiring including the chief legal officier as well as two directors who have been with Federated/Bloomingdale's before it acquired R.H. Macy & Co. out of bankruptcy. Is this a change of the old guard?

At the formal conclusion of the meeting, any stockholder can address the audience or ask questions for a couple of minutes. Interaction between myself and Mr. Lundgren was cordial. As proof of continued value of Field's brand, I announced how over 120 photos of about 200 supporters were taken over several hours on Saturday afternoons during the holidays and posted here and at our website. ( See ) I also pointed out how the value of the Field's tradenames were listed higher in SEC 10K forms than all other May Department Stores combined and the Field's tradename/brand is most valuable when attached to the State Street store. I also pointed out that while Macy's may be jumping on the TJ Maxx/off-price store bandwagon (a prominent part of Mr. Lundgren's presentation), the reality is that the off-price store as founded by a young Harry Selfridge in the basement of Marshall Field and Company is the original. (Isn't Bluemercury just a reincarnation of the comprehensive services offered by Marshall Fields back in the day?) If Macy's were to restore Field's and the "bargain basement," they could actually point out that THEY started the off-price movement--not the likes of TJ Maxx. There are a few other details, but I made a special point of addressing any activist investors who may have been in the audience that as real estate, the State Street store is still by far most valuable when it is operated in name and ethos as Field's.

Afterwards, in the meeting and on the street, there were those who were clearly more than customers or passersby on the street--who agreed with what I had said. One insisted on posing for a selfie outside with our signs. (Sorry, I don't feel comfortable getting too specific on social media.)

So I hope I represented our collective views as much as possible. Thank you for reading this and offering input. Private responses with suggestions can be sent to jjmckay AT

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 6:47 pm CT
Posted by: Alfred I.,

Thanks a zillion, James and all!

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 3:13 pm CT
Posted by: Gabriel M.,

Thank you so much for all you have done.

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 12.25 pm CT
Posted by: Jeane W.,

Thank you for taking your time to do this!

Date: Fri, May 20, 2016, 11:17 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Once again Marshall Field supporters attended the stockholders annual meeting in Cincinnati of Macy's/Bloomingdale's. Thanks to Frank who made it possible and a special thank you to Bernice (age 87) who came all the way from Chicago to support the return of Marshall Field's. More later…

Date: Thurs, May 19, 2016, 7:41 am CT
Posted by: gle,

Once again I voted against all of Macy's directors on the ballot for the annual shareholder meeting to be held Friday May 20. A BIG thanks to those able to attend these meetings in person and represent the Field's cause. The fact that we continue to have someone show up says a lot.

I read the headlines and would so much love to see the Selfridge's group acquire the State Street store. They seem to be the people who know how to turn a department store around in today's economy.

Date: Tues, May 17, 2016, 11:06
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Buckle Your Seatbelt: Macy's Is In For A Rough Ride
May 17, 2016 10:48 AM
My response:

A whole other angle on the real estate is in Chicago where the historic Marshall Field's Building could see immense value unlocked and MAXIMIZED if it were sold to likes of Canada/London's Selfridges Group or Canada's Hudson Bay. There's a grass roots campaign by customers.

Press Release

Photos of over 200 customers picketing for something like this to happen:

Date: Mon, May 16, 2016, 4:39 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

It's down to the final episodes of Mr. Selfridge. You can watch online at Everyone knows the man had a sad ending but the store went on to its future and current greatness!

Date: Sat, May 14, 2016, 12:01 pm CT
Posted by: Observer,

Macy's doesn't seem as busy as when it was Marshall Field's. So Sad.....:-(

Date: Fri, May 13, 2016, 9:22 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

We have several family weddings in the upcoming months and it's a problem WHERE to find special, unique gifts. Up until the macy*fication, there were stores which offered items sure to be appreciated and treasured.

My cousin and his fiancee were deciding on stores for their bridal registry. They went to macy and were not impressed with the home store merchandise; they found that macy carried much of the same goods found at JCPenney and Kohl's but macy goods were priced higher than their competitors. They felt that the macy "exclusive, celebrity" home wares were nothing they would want. Another relative is so upset at the loss of Hudson's/ Marshall Field's that she specifically stated she DID NOT want a gift or gift card from macy.

Memo to macy buyers-- there are millenials who value quality over "celebrity" names.

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 11:17 pm ET
Posted by: mikea,

It was a disappointing quarter for Macy's and Nordstrom, Kohl.s, Dillard's as of today.

Macy's does need to make their stores more special again. They need to capitalize more on special and unique departments especially in their large flagship and platinum stores. The old answer of selling soft goods where profit is high is not working in today's retail environment. Customers today are choosing internet shopping, and spending more of their income in other categories than shopping at the mall.

Auto sales, housing, home improvement, travel, and entertainment.

Look at how crowded airports, hotels and entertainment venues are.

It is becoming not only a problem for Macy's, but for all traditional brick and mortar department stores. Even Neiman Marcus had a bad quarter during the holiday season. Interesting to watch as Neimans and the other retailers report their quarterly earnings.

Hopefully the sad reality does not mean massive store and mall closings, leaving thousand unemployed and vacant buildings and lowered sales tax revenue for states and cities. Retailers like Amamzon not only hurt traditional stores, but cities and states, since they do not charge sales tax.

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 10:00 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've posted. The news these past few days is really something, isn't it?

I don't think department stores are dead like some supposed experts are saying. Rather, I think they're trying to be too much in the gutter with the likes of Walmart and Target, TJ Maxx, Ross, and so forth.

What needs to happen, is not what happened 10 years ago when all those stores became Macy's. Instead, they need to be special and unique. The State Street store will always be Marshall Field and Company. Macy's really needs to capitalize on a few very key stores. I read where they were talking about their top 150 stores. So maybe they keep 300 of them at most. But let the most special of these stores like State Street become special again. Right now there's no reason for people to make a special trip. That is why Selfridge's does so well in England. They only have four stores for the entire country! Macy's should do the same for a number of specialized chains. Let Marshall Field and Company be the first to come back in a couple of key locations.


Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 2:20 pm CT
Posted by: Kim Johnson,

We miss Marshall Field's A LOT!

Macy's, PLease bring it back!

Date: Thurs, May 12, 2016, 5:49 am CT
Posted by: Stephanie LaPierre,

It will be interesting to see what happens with Macy's in the next few months. If they have another bad quarter, I don't think one from his long for this world as Macy's head. But if he goes, I worry what will happen to Marshall Fields former stores. It could be even worse.

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 20:40
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Interesting analysis explaining how macy "is becoming the new Sears";_ylt=A0LEVy8tzzNXNyQA0J9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyaHZjYzhtBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjE4NzlfMQRzZWMDc2M-
All of the mistakes made by macy have been discussed in this fields fans blog, but evidently the powers that be at macy know better. Stock prices were propped up by cutting back on services, personnel and other expenditures. Now there is nothing left to cut. Many wonderful stores were run into the ground, shoppers have been disappointed and have moved on. Is macy a better store with high end merchandise, a mid level store with constant promotions, or a discount store? Confused customers don't know what a macy is.

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 7:28 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

More bad press for macy:
Bottom line --there is NO compelling reason to shop these stores. By taking over the regional department stores and reducing them to the lowest common denominator in merchandising, getting rid of special services, community events and popular restaurants, trying to be both upscale and discount, constantly running One Day Sales and flooding customers' mailboxes with coupons that don't work on anything, macy is desperately trying to find its niche.

Haven't they figured out that slapping red stars and pictures of the Herald Square flagship all over a store isn't going to attract customers? Not everyone is infatuated with "Noo Yawk" and "celebrity" merchandise. Quite frankly a clothing line associated with two somewhat past their prime musicians and home wares associated with a daytime gossip show hostess who has widely publicized personal relationship problems aren't all that much of an attraction.

Maybe try quality merchandise, good value and service, clean and attractive stores--just for starters.

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 6:40 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

There are hundreds of stories on Macy's shortcomings today, but this one stands out because the author sees Macy's as ripe for takeover. I responded--and hope you do too--by commenting that people in Chicago would love to see Macy's Marshall Field's assets taken over by Canada's Selfridges Group or Hudson Bay.

Macy's posted terrible results this morning, lowering FY2016 forecasts.Everything thinks nothing can get better for the retail space.We're buyers on this dip.
There are so many other articles on this. Here's a page from Yahoo! Business that has links to the latest headlines about Macy's problems. I've been responding to as many of these as possible in the same vein as my response to the WSJ story from yesterday that I posted below. Please do the same and respond in the comments section as well. It helps our cause. Many of the people who read these mainstream news articles erroneously think Marshall Field's went Chapter 7 bankrupt and Macy's saved it.
M Headlines | Macy's Inc Common Stock Stock - Yahoo! Finance
Find out the latest news headlines for Macy's Inc Common Stock (M).

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 11:38 am CT
Posted by: Steve G,

Macy's dismal results bring back memories of the financial crisis
During the first quarter, Macy's comparable sales fell 5.6 percent. That represents…

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 11:31 am CT
Posted by:
Michael R.,

In the article it says "The blunt truth is that Macy’s does not give consumers a reason to visit its stores," Neil Saunders, CEO of retail consulting firm Conlumino, wrote in a note to clients Wednesday. "In many locations shops are simply not up to par: they are poorly merchandised, hard to shop, lack any inspiration, and have fairly mediocre customer service. Some of this is about a lack of capital investment, but some is about a lack of basic shop-keeping standards." They have let the stores go right down the tank like Sears did.
Macy's is officially becoming the new Sears
The issues plaguing Macy's are the same ones that have brought Sears close to extinction.

Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 9:13 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Some notes from this morning's Macy's Q1 2016 Conference Call with Macy's CFO Karen Hoguet: Click here to see full transcripts available from Seeking Alpha Note their terms etc.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016,  4:50 pm CT
Posted by: Lucie,

Regarding Jim's post of photos from the holiday season, darn nice looking bunch of people in that picture - we are going to keep trying, thanks to all who participated.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 3:37 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Jake: I hear it all the time and I'm sure they do mourn as does Atlanta, Boston, L.A., D.C., St Louis, Houston, Dallas,... I could go and on...but the thing is, according to Macy's/Federated's/MayCo's own SEC 10 K Filings showed that FIeld's was worth more than all the other MayCo brands ( Kaufmann's, Lord & Taylor, ten more...) COMBINED! when it was taken over. It was even worth more than Federated's brands at the time. That's why there is so much more attention to Field's. It was more than regional--it was an international store and Chicago's best brand. Period.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 3:26 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

This is how it was last holiday season. Macy's won't listen. So we're hoping Selfridges will find a way...

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 3:19 pm CT
Posted by: Jake Stewart,

Don't think for minute that Pittsburghers don't mourn for their Kaufmann's every time they're forced to step into a Macy's. The Big Store downtown ran itself. It's only through Macy's mismanagement that it turned into a shell of its former self before being closed and sold.

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 3:13 pm CT
Posted by: M.N.,

Jim, I could not agree more. Some have stopped going to the protests because it's like screaming down an empty canyon; but if you ask any Chicagoan, they want their Marshall Field's back. Field's was an icon, and it was born in our city. If you were born in Chicago, it was part of your heritage - every birthday, every holiday, and everyone's go-to for everyday. Other department stores in other cities paled in comparison because of its high standards and overall excellence. You'd have to be crazy to not want to get that back!

Date: Tues, May 10, 2016, 3:04 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy’s Stock Is Cheap for a Reason

Macy’s fiscal first-quarter results will likely reflect the difficult environment facing traditional department-store operators

My response:

"Customers steadily continue to plead and picket--yes, picket as recently as last holiday season--for Macy's to restore Marshall Field's as a brand and ethos at its State Street Chicago flagship. Here's something customers overwhelmingly want and Macy's remains steadfast in not giving it to them. No one's been asking for all the Dayton's and Hudson's stores to become Field's again, just State Street, maybe a few other key locations. When they had Marshall Field's, they had something more than a store--a cultural institution and emporium with the fierce loyalty of an international customer base, amazingly unique compared to the many Macy's and worth the trip instead of going to Amazon. The Field's tradename was worth more than all the other May Dept. Store Co. tradenames combined. By not giving customers what they want, it's no wonder Macy's is troubled and that can be attributed to its long entrenched management."

Date: Mon, May 09, 2016, 5:08 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy's, Inc., parent of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Bluemercury, will have its first quarter conference call this Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., Chicago time.

This may be interesting because Macy's will announce other initiatives which could range to special sales or even redevelopment plans for the State Street store. Macy's, Inc. stock has again dropped below $40, significantly less than it was 9-12 months ago, when it peaked at over $70 per share.

Even if you can't listen, be sure to check back here on developments and opportunities to comment on any news that they might have.

To listen to the conference call, follow the links from the Macy's, Inc. corporate page to the special link at investor relations.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 6:56 pm CT
Posted by: Rory S.,

It's Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day! Missing Marshall Field's because it reminded me of my mother. Still devastating that it is gone.

Date: Sun, May 08, 2016, 6:39 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Congratulations to Ralph Hughes who has retired from Macy's as the vice president of government and public relations for Macy's. Mr. Hughes has had many roles at Marshall Field's, most notably at the State Street store, and then stayed on when it became Macy's. Before Marshall Field's, Mr. Hughes was an executive with Atlanta-based Rich's before Federated/Macy's converted it to Macy's.

Mr. Hughes was honored at the 100 Black Men Gala last night. Mr. Hughes has been a dedicated force behind that non-for-profit mentorship organization for many years.

Here's one media preview of the event which was also mentioned on one of the local newscasts:

Date: Fri, May 06, 2016, 7:59 pm CT
Posted by: Long Time Shopper, NYC,

Terry Lundgren's mentor recently spoke his mind about retail at a NYC gathering and people listened. Allen Questrom led Federated out of bankruptcy and then acquired Macy's out of bankruptcy in the 1990s. Then he rescued J.C.Penney in 2000s before it fell apart again five years ago. While I don't think Questrom would ever say anything bad about Lundgren, he had an awful lot to say about department stores. Some of his talk piqued me to think of how Field's return would fit his bill.

Date: Thurs, May 05, 2016, 6:39 pm CT
Posted by: Ann K.,

Hi Field's Fans! Still hopeful for Field's!?

At first a new Harris Poll Rankings makes it look like Macy's is leading the pack of department store brands.. It ranks above Kohl's and Penney's. Then look closer. Nordstrom and higher-end department stores are ranked separately. Field's would never be in the mid-range group. It would be in the better tier with Nordstrom.

Sad about Field's.

Date: Tues, May 03, 2016, 8:26 pm CT
Posted by: Karen I.,

I pass through State Street often. While I don't buy, it's shocking how dead the store is. I don't think the store is long for this world. Very sad. It could be an international destination as Marshall Field's. Would Macy's even let it return?

Date: Mon, May 02, 2016, 10:34 pm CT
Posted by: Lisa Matthews,

We miss Marshall Field's and hope that one day it will come back. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Please keep trying.

Lisa Matthews

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 12:09 pm CT
Posted by: Eric B.,

Below is a link to some photos I took of the State Street store and the flower show last month.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 9:49 pm CT
Posted by: Rosemary,

Jeremy Pven is on WTTW channel 11 right now talking about the background of the Mr. Selfridge show. He says that the series is an homage to Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago where he shopped as a boy. It's very clear he's very appreciative of Marshall Field and Company.

Date: Sun, May 01, 2016, 12:13 am CT
Posted by: Marty B,

Just finishing up a week in Paris, where the department stores are packed. Excitement from basement to the top floor. Oh, how I miss Marshall Field's!

Date: Sat, April 30, 2016, 11:16 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Story on Macy's Terry Lundgren

Date: Thurs, April 28, 2016, 7:16 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Webwatcher,

I am glad to see this website back up again! Keep up the good work for Field's!

Date: Tues, April 26, 2016, 10:47 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Coach, the purveyor of luxury handbags and shoes, plans to discontinue selling its goods at certain department stores because excessive discounting and promotions:
Clearly the misadventures into the land of discounting have been an epic fail for macy. The constant barrage of coupons, the weekly One Day Sale with the lowest price of the day, and the gaudy TV commercials screaming out discount prices evidently haven't been a successful strategy as macy sales and stock prices continue to plummet.

Wonder if the money macy saved on purchasing shopping bags has been enough to compensate for lost sales? It would be interesting to compare sales at stores before and after they were macy*fied. How about a comparison of top tier credit card holders before and after? Many of the better brands fled the former Marshall Field's and other regional stores when they were converted to macy; we can safely assume many remaining quality brands will soon be departing macy.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 5:56 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Thank you for your patience. The ability to post new items to this blog has been out of service over the past couple of weeks. It is now functioning again. Below, you will find a few highlights selected from recent posts to our Facebook page.

Thank you to those who brought the matter to my attention, and, most of all, thanks to all for the mutual support in our case. Looking forward to what you have to say.

Best regards,

Jim McKay

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:35 pm CT
Posted to Facebook by: Jim McKay,

Macy's, Inc.'s (formerly Federated Department Stores) annual stock holders meeting will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Macy's, Inc. headquarters in Cincinnati. Anyone who owns a share of Macy's, Inc. stock as of the close of business on March 24, 2016 is eligible to attend. Stockholders who have represented the views of FieldsFansChicago have attended every year beginning in 2008. Upon conclusion of the meeting, stockholders have an opportunity to briefly address the Chairman and CEO, Terry J. Lundgren, board of directors, senior management, media guests, and fellow stockholders in attendance.

More than simply stating a desire for FIeld's return, each year since 2008, facts and hard numbers, along with pointed questions have made the case for Field's return. This year may be very heated because of the dramatic drop in Macy's, Inc. stock and the activist stockholders. Please contact me if you plan to go and make the case for Marshall Field's .[ The latest SEC 10K filing, along with other supplementary materials, can be found at Macy's, Inc.'s Investor Relations web pages at You need to prove that you are a stockholder before you are allowed entry by providing a government-issued ID and proof of stock ownership, such as the original ballot, stock statements showing ownership as of March 24, 2016, etc.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:11 pm CT
Posted to Facebook by: Jim McKay,

[ A recent post to a web site featuring historical Chicago photos reminded me of a lesser known, temporary location of Field & Leiter at Adams and Michigan, currently site of the Art Institute of Chicago.]

After Field and Leiter rebuilt as a result of the great Chicago Fire of 1871, their store burned again in 1873. For Christmas that year, Field's reopened in the Interstate Exposition Building [on the east side of Michigan at Adams]. Later Field's had a location on Wabash, about where Carson's used to be until 2007. [Obviously,] Field and Leiter returned to State and Washington.

Date: Monday, April 18, 2016, 5:56 pm CT
Posted to Facebook by: Barbara J.,

As a former Field's salesgirl in the 70's, I still have a hole in my heart from the loss of this store.

Date: Sat, April 09, 2016, 6:54 pm
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Interesting that Mr Lundgren was one of TWO CEOs singled out because job performance did not justify lavish compensation:
Although stock prices and sales continue to plummet, the CEO slashes thousands of jobs to keep his own outrageous salary intact; fewer employees result in reduced customer services; customers who can't find what they want are going elsewhere, resulting in even lower sales. Mr Lundgren's grand plan to save a few bucks on shopping bags and localized merchandising has been a dismal failure.

There is no "excitement" about shopping because there is a macy everywhere. Having a nationwide chain works for CVS, JCPenney or Walgreens because those are more utilitarian stores and shoppers go there mostly for practical items. Instead of generating a "WOW!" macy generates a "meh." Totally agree with suggestions by mikea and that changes must be made.

Date: Wed, April 06, 2016, 12:08 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

Macy's dismal results last year and continued cost cutting reflects more on the nature of retail in the last year than anything else.

Their their quality over the last five years has gone down and they need to make their better stores more special returning in store resteraunts more special events, more merchandise categories to include larger home stores electronics departments from outside vendors and even in store grocery. Their focusing on clothing is not working.

Customers today are not shopping for apparel as much as they did years ago. People are spending more on home, travel dining and entertainment along with autos.

Their competitors also had a bad year. Neiman's lost money in the last quarter, Nordstrom, down, Dillard's and bon-Ton down. In Fact Bon_ton is in such bad shape they have a freeze on wages and are not even contributing to retirement accounts this year. Jc Penney did better, but they are still rebounding from almost on the road to closure. Off price continues to do well as customers look for more value then ever before.

Date: Tues, April 05, 2016, 7:36 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Two articles in the past few days about Field's.

One article in the Chicago Tribune is by Rick Kogan, who like me, did think this year's Macy's flower show at State Street was really good. IMHO, the best since the store became Macy's.

He did mention us in negative way. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Kogan and hope someday he interviews myself or one of our regulars. (Mr. Kogan's father was co-author of "Give The Lady What She Wants" which was published in the early 1950s when Kogan was a lad.

The story is at

In another story featured in The Daily Herald, Author Leslie Goddard discussed her book on Marshall Field's at the Bartlett Library. That story related why so many miss Marshall Field's.

It can be found at

Please leave comments after both stories--the "comments" button is really buried towards the bottom of the Kogan piece. urthermore, letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."

Date: Sat, April 02, 2016, 12:38 am ET
Posted by: Eric Bronsky,

While downtown this past week, I took a deep breath and scooted up to the 9th floor to view Macy’s Flower Show. Afterwards, searching online, I found this site:

This is a wonderful behind-the-scenes account of Marshall Field’s 2001 Flower Show at both the Water Tower and State Street stores. The color photography is excellent. Macy’s 2016 Flower Show was surely a commendable effort … but these photos and the accompanying story suggest that more time, effort, care, and creativity went into Field’s flower shows.

-- Eric

Date: Fri, April 01, 2016, 8:15 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Evidently Mr Lundgren's brilliant "strategy" of reducing quality department stores to the lowest common denominator has proven to be a dismal failure as sales and stock prices continue to plummet. The macy management was able to show a profit for many years by steadily cutting back staffing, services, quality, assortments and other amenities. The management was not growing the business, just cutting expenses. It reached the tipping point when macy cut so much, there was no reason for shoppers to even bother going there.

Sadly macy is following the same destructive path taken by the CEO of Sears. Take a solid, profitable business, invest no money in upgrading or innovating, don't listen to what the customers want, get rid of popular brand names, cut back on staff who know the business, sell off assets to keep afloat. Then muddle the vision of who you are--better quality store or discounter or whatever.

JCPenney has been doing better once the management focused on who they are--a mid market, family oriented, value priced department store. The previous CEO tried to make them something they weren't, and almost forced the company into bankruptcy.

The venture into discounting will be another epic fail. Why is this macy filled with brand name, full price merchandise while their other store is a big clearance center? They can't be both without further diluting their brand name and alienating customers.

Date: Fri, April 1, 2016, 1:55 pm CT
FB Posted by: M.N.,

[Macy's is] Deservedly doomed!

Date: Fri, April 1, 2016, 8:48 am CT
FB Posted by: Mike W.,

[Macy's is] non-responsive to their markets. Doomed !

Date: Thurs, March 31, 2016, 4:44 pm CT
FB Posted by: Aaron M.,

Stock dropped 47%!? They are ripe for takeover.

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016, 8:39 pm CT
FB Posted by: Marissa P.,

If they would have kept all of the Marshall Field's they probably would have been better off. As a Michigander, when Hudson's became Marshall Field's it was okay because the quality, service, etc. was very similar. When they became Macy's it was horrible! I miss those stores terribly.

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016, 7:47 pm CT
FB Posted by: M.Z.,

Let's take a moment to consider the fact that Macy's has failed. Whatever move they make next can't change that. They thought they would come in, take over an iconic department store and grow their dowdy empire, and it didn't work. And it is my strong conviction that they would be in a far different place in Chicago if they had kept the Marshall Field's brand and standards. I hope they regret all the stupid, egotistical, short-sighted decisions they made.

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016, 4:02 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jeanie W.,

True. Would like to be a fly on the wall in the next board meeting. This can't go unanswered.
According to at least one analyst report, April - July is the optimum time for Macy's be acquired or merged--not that it is required to happen. New owners could mean not only no Lundgren, nor anyone groomed to follow in his footsteps of not bringing back Field's. However, a new owner could be worse.

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016, 3:39 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jeanie W.,

Interesting. I wonder what their next move will be...

Date: Wed, March 30, 2016, 3:19 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Quite a few stories about this today. The stockholders meeting is Friday, May 20, 2016 in Cinci.
Macy's brass sees incentive bonuses cut to zero after weak year

The largest U.S. department store company made the move after missing revenue and expense targets in 2015.

Date: Tues, March 29, 2016, 10:46 pm CT
Posted by: M.N.,

Big congratulations to the amazing Gayle.

Date: Tues, March 29, 2016, 6:37 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Thursday, April 7, 2016. This will be somewhat similar to our talk from October 30, 2014 in case you missed it.

Author Gayle Soucek discusses "Mr. Selfridge in Chicago: Marshall Field's, the Windy City & the...

Join us as author Gayle Soucek discusses her new book titled Mr. Selfridge in Chicago¦


Date: Sun, March 27, 2016, 8:23 pm CT
Posted by: Correction,

Actually, Mr Selfridge starts at 9 pm on channel 11.

Date: Sun, March 27, 2016, 6:43 pm CY
Posted by: State Street Watcher,

Don't forget that the fourth and final season of Masterpiece Classic: Mr Selfridge begins tonight at 8 pm on Chicago's WTTW Channel 11 prime.

Date: Sun, March 27, 2016, 4:22 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,


It seems that the flower show on 9 has caused some problems for Macys. Watering the flowers last Sunday night, some large mistake was made that the area on 9 flooded. The water seeped into the Wabash elevators shutting them down. Also the water damaged about 60,000 worth of fine rugs on 8.

In another note the mens store will be taking over the entire 2nd floor as M style lab will be moving upstairs. Interesting to see if they open a backstage store on State Street.

Date: Sat, March 26, 2016, 5:06 pm CT
FB Posted by: Charles S.,

Re: Macy's Flower Show at State Street: So the flower show is held where the housewares department used to be?

Date: Wed, March 23, 2016, 12:50 pm CT
Posted by: kitty,

Hi All,

I have three beautiful mid-century coats that were custom made at Marshall Field. I tried to donate them to the Chicago History Museum, but they do not need more clothes. I was referred to Columbia School of Fashion, but they have never returned my calls.

I am relocating to Florida in a couple of weeks and want to ensure that my Nana's coats find a place of honor, representing both Marshall Field and Chicago. Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations I can effect before my early April departure?

Thank you!


Kitty Shelley
PHONE: 773-844-1111
EMAIL: kitty AT kspartnerships DOT com

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 11:09 pm CT
FB Posted by: Tina T.,

Re: Macy's Flower Show at State Street: Beautiful but they could have put more effort into the Walnut Room.

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 10:36 pm CT
FB Posted by: Ruth W.,

Re: Macy's Flower Show at State Street: I agree , a worthy effort this year!

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 8:56 pm CT
FB Posted by: Ruth W.,

Re: Macy's Flower Show at State Street:

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 8:56 pm CT
FB Posted by: Ruth W.,

Re: Macy's Flower Show at State Street: I will NEVER shop at Macys

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 8:25 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim H.,

Nice flowers [in this year's Macy's Flower Show at State Street]. How do Macy's executives feel given that so many tens of thousands of people remained turned off by Macy's getting rid of Marshall Field's - Even after all these years.

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 8:18 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

I checked out this year's Macy's flower show. For those who are not familiar, it's different from the days when Marshall Field's and Dayton's had them. They no longer have flowers throughout the store but instead they concentrate them in one area. In doing this, they no longer have to keep the store very cold. I suppose there's conflicting opinions as to whether the flowers all around the store or concentrated is better, but that's how it is now. In the case of State Street, the show is located on 9 at Randolph/Wabash. In recent years, I've been disappointed in the Macy's flower show. It was maybe a couple of years ago when I thought the flower show was typical of nothing more than a very large Jewel-Osco floral department. Nothing too unusual--some tulips, azaleas, and other flowers one might see for sale at Jewel-Osco at Easter time. This year they went all out and did a great job in my opinion. I have also attended this year's Chicago Flower and Garden show and it was comparable in quality. My understanding is that very similar shows are being offered also at other Macy's stores including Herald Square in New York City, City Centre in Philadelphia, the former Dayton's flagship in Minneapolis, and at Union Square in San Francisco. So I have to give credit where credit is due--and I have to say they did a good job this year. That said, I can't help but wonder how many tens or hundreds of thousands are so turned off by Macy's getting rid of Marshall Field's, that they won't even give chance to this rare time when does something well.

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 6:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Thanks, Field's Watcher. Also a story from
Macy's Is Getting Serious About Making Money Off Its Real Estate

Date: Tues, March 22, 2016, 10:01 am CT
Posted by: Field's Watcher,

Story about Macy's adding a successful, relatively young real estate expert to its board of directors to assist with monetizing the real estate at flasghip stores like State Street.

Macy's appoints real estate expert to its board

Date: Mon, March 21, 2016, 4:42 pm CT
Posted by: Carol B.,

Just wanted you to know that I converted my "Forever Marshall Field" button into a Christmas ornament. It was the highlight of my Christmas party.

Carol B.

Date: Sun, March 20, 2016, 1:28 pm CT
Posted by: Anna H.,

Full page ads in today's newspapers for the Macy's flower show at State Street on the 9th floor. Apparently they are also giving bags away to shoppers. I'm not sure if it's the same Macy's bags that on 7 or if these are different. They need to do promotions to get people in the store. As Field's, Field's was the promotion!

Date: Fri, March 18, 2016, 6:07 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston,

I have been talking with the CEO of Strategic Marks for years and was very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations with Macy's since Foley's was part of the agreement. Houstonians, as well as those in other market's Foley's had expanded to in the Southwest, miss them terribly. They were much more than a store, just like the other regionals were to their communities. I did find it telling that Marshall Field's was brought up in much of the media when the announcement was made. It shows how they were indeed a nationally/internationally known brand with an exceptional reputation. My hope is that Selfridges will be the white knight (or Lundgren's successor) and bring Marshall Field's back to its rightful place in Chicago.

Date: Fri, March 18, 2016, 4:57 pm CT
Posted by: Field's Watcher,

Macy's hiring expert to deal with real estate

Date: Thurs, March 17, 2016, 7:24 pm CT
Posted by: gle,



Date: Tue, March 15, 2016, 12:11 am CT
FB Posted by: Michael D.,

40 years ago today, Field's opened at Orland Square. It became Macy's ten years ago.

Date: Mon, March 14, 2016, 7:15 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

I hate to say it, but "pretty much" is still not Field's....that's why it is so compelling to fight for it, whole-hog. As another post-er observed......corporate greed and general homogenization have drained away even the context in which Field's stood out. I suppose it will require a very courageous entrepreneur who knows what he is doing to make it work. Anyone out there with the brilliance Marshall Field had?

Date: Sun, March 13, 2016, 3:29 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Jim H: Exactly. As we've been saying, if Macy's won't restore Marshall Field's, then our plan B is to have Selfridges return to Chicago after 112 years, much as Mariano's is the reincarnation of Dominick's. At least we'd have a Marshall Field's-quality store with strong connections to the experience that Mr. Selfridge helped pioneer at Field's 120 years ago. Field's has rebuilt its flagship after other disasters. In such case, a "Selfridges Chicago" would be a spiritual resurrection of Field's, just as many agree that Mariano's is pretty much a spiritual resurrection of Dominick's.

Date: Sat, March 12, 2016, 2:37 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

This is from today St. Patrick's Day Parade I'm Columbus Drive in Grant Park. It was way too crowded and too loud for me to push buttons are leaflets, let alone hold one of our giant signs. Wall-to-wall people. Zero inches between people. So for the 30 minutes I was out there, I can promote, except to wear a button. Every single person in this photo approached me because I was wearing a Marshall Field button, because I approach them. Also keep in mind that I was about 30 feet BEHIND the center of attention, the parade. Imagine the response if there was something about Marshall Field's in the parade. The crowd would go nuts.

Date: Thurs, March 11, 2016, 7:21 am CT
FB Posted by: David P.,

I Loved Marshall Fields - Merchandise Quality - TOPS and it WAS Chicago!!

Date: Fri, March 11, 2016, 5:28 am CT
FB Posted by: Jim M.,

Patent expert Ira S. Sacks, @irassacsm, tweeted @FieldsFansChgo:
@FieldsFansChgo Macy's seeks sanctions, asserting Ds claim of victory violates conf provision of settlement K.
Just my take: As far as I know, Mr. Sacks has no partiality to liking either Field's, Macy's, or Bloomingdale's, nor Strategic Marks, for that matter. He just seems to be very interested for obvious professional reasons.

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 4:12 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim H.,

Jim McKay: [Regarding your post about Safeway, Dominick's, and Mariano's:] A business plan for Selfridges to pursue?

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 17:55
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

Mike: I agree with your implication that if Macy's had a better store than Marshall Field's, we wouldn't be out there protesting, attending stockholder meetings, having other events, etc. As a corollary, look how Safeway kept the Dominick's brand but otherwise converted the store to Safeway. The final nail in Safeway's coffin was when the Dominick's execs had their noncompete agreements expire and those executives opened stores under the Mariano's banner that are vastly superior to Safeway's version of Dominicks, and moreover, are a contemporary version of what Dominick's was before Safeway took over.

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 3:48 pm CT
FB Posted by: Mike S.,

Marshall Field's was the last full line, old fashioned dept. Store left in the US. I'll never get over this. I used to travel from NJ to Chicago at least once a year to shop there. I would have been able to give Macy's a pass on this if they filled the store with quality merchandise and actually cleaned and maintained the store. Just makes me sick to walk in there to know what it was like under Marshall Fields. All of the other stores that Macy's took over lost their identity years ago, but not Marshall Fields. Macy's Inc could be raking in the money with 3 separate divisions: Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Marshall Field's, but with everything else in this country it is all about the bottom line. Shame Target sold them in the first place. I'm just glad I got to experience it.

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

David P., Regarding your list of now non-extant State Street and Chicago stores: Marshall Field's is an exception to all the rest in many ways. For starters, unlike all the others, they didn't "go under" financially. Moreover, it defined State Street and was its most international destination. Save for CD Peacock, Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co., the Palmer House and one or two others, most all the other businesses were locally known but had relatively little international attention.

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 1:02 pm
FB Posted by: David P.,

remember when State Street was truly a Great Street - remembering Sears, Carson Pierre Scott, Lyttons, Goldblatt''s ( I occasionally worked there ) - and their bargain basement and Marshall Fields. The buildings were massive, and during the holidays it were magical with their animated figurines. The hustle and bustle of the city. I was born in 1960 - an era like no other: forgotten Chicago....How many locations from that era do you remember? Goldblatt's, I used to worker there ( many years) and during the holidays my grandparents used to buy their live Christmas trees there. Weibolts, Zayre ( Christmas eve shopping there ) , Community Department store - Clark and Belmont, AT&T Phone Center Stores - I worked there "for" years, Avondale Saving and Loan - Milwaukee and Avondale ( my mom used to work there) Montgomery Wards, Woolworths ( and eating at their diner), Aunt Jemima Restaurants, Lyttons - upscale clothing, and ........all just a memory, as through out the rest of USA, colors of individualism and mom and pa shops smothered by corporate greed - Just some kodachrome memories that have been muted in my today's bland existence.

Date: Thurs, March 10, 2016, 10:35 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

I had occasion to be in the store this morning. (I'm referring to the State Street Macy's that used to be Marshall Field and Company.) Again, they have the Easter candy displays in the usual spots, except Frango's, including Cheggs, have been given a more prominent spot on the first floor where the visitors center used to be. They've also added "R. H. Macy and Co."- branded fudge eggs that are not the same, but awfully similar looking to Frango Cheggs. Who knows if they plan to replace the Frango Cheggs or if Macy's just plans to supplement them with the R.H. Macy & Co. brand which is probably chainwide.

The "Macy's Chicago" and "Marshall Field and Company" handbags and similar items have been removed from the Choose Chicago visitor center on the lower level to the center of Seven and also Walbash/Washington, which I've started to refer to lately as the Selfridge part of the building. They have a lot more Macy's Chicago items then they do Marshall Field items.

Also: They have redone the Culinary Council wall on seven. It used to be a lot more in Marshall Field green. Now it's done in Macy's red with more Macy's-like graphics.

Date: Mon, March 07, 2016, 4:55 pm Ct
Posted by: Steve Henrichs,

Aside from Marshall Field's, I'd love to picket Macy's CEO for also helping Donald Trump build his image by selling his goods in Macy's stores as if Trump were amusing. Lundgren seems amoral. To me it's as if he will sell anything as long as it has basic legality and makes money. He could care if something hurts society by killing Marshall Field's or promoting The Donald.

Date: Mon, March 07, 2016, 14:50
Posted by: David, ,

Just read that Macy's head Terry Lundgren is in town for the International Home + Housewares show at Navy Pier. Lundgren is one of two honorees for their annual charity gala, It's Smart to Have a Heart. The other honoree is Lester Gribetz,president of Lenox and a former Bloomingdale's employee.

The gala is TONIGHT at Navy Pier starts at 6 pm. Marshall Field's fans should show up at the west entrance to the pier at 4/4:30 pm to protest for Marshall Field's. That's when everyone arrives and will see it. Short notice but if you are in the area, you should be able to make it.

Date: Sun, March 06, 2016, 1:55 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I saw all those beautiful "Selfies for Selfridge's" photos and am not surprised at the number of them. I still get comments on my Field's button and in some of the most unexpected places. I was trying to cross a street downtown in Chicago during one of our recent windstorms. A person noticed my button and asked about it. I did my best to explain to her while we were trying to make it though the intersection without being blown over.

I would love to see a white night come and grab the store away from Macy's, but don't know if Strategic Marks was really the best person for the job. The news articles sound like he is content to just move on without it. I would rather see Selfridge's get it.

Date: Fri, March 04, 2016, 11:23 am CT
Posted by: Sharon Hollinger,

Macy's did the wrong thing in taking out Marshall Field's. If they had bought Carson's and changed them to Macy's, I don't think people would have minded. Carson's was Bergner's since 1990s and their logos even look close enough. What a mistake by Macy's.

Date: Fri, March 04, 2016, 10:01 am CT
Posted by: Scot,

Hi! Another story and the name they focus on is Marshall Field's:

NEWS Macy's Keeps Marshall Field's, Loses Various Legacy Store Brands

Date: Wed, March 2, 2016, 6:39 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Referencing Dave Andrew's post from last night aboutthe Cincinnati Business Journal's coverage of the trademark case, it's interesting how all these out of town articles focus on how Macy's is keeping Marshall Field's. You'd expect St Louis Post DIspatch to feature Robinson-May's potential return since it was based there or Cincinnati would recall its stores lost to Macy's--but they headline Marshall Field's. Indeed, another example of how Field's was more valuable and stood out as a national (and international) brand.
Macy's loses legacy department store brands, keeps Marshall Field's, in settlement - Cincinnati Business Journal.
Cincinnati-based Macy's Inc. is losing some of its legacy department store brands but retaining some big names in a settlement with a California-based company.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 8:23 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Another article about the settlement between macy and Strategic Marks concerning legacy department store names:
The headline specifically states that macy "keeps Marshall Field's" while relinquishing other nameplates. Perhaps the implication is that macy realizes Field's is too valuable to give up; if that is indeed the case, then why aren't they bringing it back so they can reap some of the value? Also noted they are retaining Lazarus and Kaufmann's--could it be that macy is also a flop in Columbus and Pittsburgh.

bamberger*s was a very nice regional department store chain serving New Jersey with some stores in the Baltimore and Philly areas. It was a sister store to the "real" R.H. Macy and offered quality merchandise and good value. That being said, there probably hasn't been a groundswell of demand to bring back bamberger*s.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 6:18 pm CT
Posted by: Ami M.,

Keep the faith! Someday our Marshall Fields will come home.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 3:55 pm CT
Posted by: Natalie R.,

Just doesn't make sense! Almost mean!

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 3:47 pm CT
Posted by: Tamara M.,

In reply to Natalie's last post: So no one else can use [the Marshall Field's name] to compete with Macy's.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 3:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy's keeps Marshall Field's name in court settlement over dormant brands
"Macy's, which retired the Marshall Field's name a decade ago, will keep the rights to the beloved Chicago brand as part of a court settlement reached with a…"
Please contribute your own comments beneath the as you are moved and as you have content access. Furthermore, letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 3:23 pm CT
Posted by: Natalie R.,

Why [does Macy's] even want it?!

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 3:20 pm CT
Posted by: McKay,

Macy's keeps Marshall Field's name in fight over dormant brands
The California man wanted to revive name of defunct retailer
Field's is the headline even though the Robinson-May brand had a much, much more significant connection to St Louis.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 12:45 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Timothy: That's a good way to look at this. Moreover, I'm sure you are like me--you hope or and even feel confidence that Lundgren's successor already recognizes restoring Field's in ethos, culture and name, even before this. Before this suit arose, Macy's spokespeople have responded to our protest rallies in publications like the Chicago Tribune that Macy's had no plans to restore Marshall Field's.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 12:27 pm CT
Posted by: Timothy E.,

If these 're-launches' go well (and I pray that they do), then Lundgren's successor might - just might - see the wisdom in this, and seek to do something similar with the Field's name and concept.

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 11:26 am CT
Posted by: M.N.,

Wish we were in the "second lease" category. (sigh)

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 11:15 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

The New York Post
California company to revive shelved department stores

At least half a dozen defunct department stores will get a second lease on life. A six-year legal battle between Macy's -- which owns more than 20 trademarks for departed chains, including Marshall...

Date: Tues, March 1, 2016, 7:02 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

I think they are only imaginative enough to be dog-in-the-manger. They don't wannabe Marshall Field's and they don't want anyone else to go there either. At this point, they have a long track record of mediocrity— it would be a shame to spoil it now.

Date: Mon, February 29, 2016, 10:50 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

So macy must allow Strategic Marks to use SOME discontinued department store names. Interesting which iconic name is conspicuously missing from this list:
Why didn't macy release ALL the historic nameplates? Perhaps they are retaining the top tier names and are planning to bring them back. Could they have figured out that shoppers are bored with seeing the macy name everywhere and that the value of their own brand has been diluted. Did they finally realize travelers and tourists did NOT see macy as a destination since it's no longer unique to New York--and NO visitor to Chicago, Philly, Atlanta, Miami or other metro area will seek out a macy. Maybe they realize it was a poor business decision to homogenize the shopping experience by having a macy store at every shopping mall everywhere--and they finally see the value of giving the customers what they want.

Date: Sat, February 27, 2016, 8:50 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Newport man wins brands for 7 department stores
The long-disappeared Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins may be making a comeback. And customers could soon be shopping for apparel and goods from department stores such as Bullocks, I-Magnin’s and the May Co.

Date: Fri, February 26, 2016, 11:18 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

This says a lot about what is not any more, even if it never was, exactly, but almost....

Date: Tues, February 23, 2016, 9:55 pm CT
Posted by: Chris R.,

Macy's flower show is cosponsored by Krazy Glue? Seriously? And Macy's says they haven't taken what was once Marshall Field's down market.

The current flower show at State Street is an offshoot of what was at Minneapolis. However, Macy's has had flower shows at Union Square and Herald Square for years. Longer then Dayton's. Not that Marshall Field's hasn't had flower shows before Dayton's.

Date: Tues, February 23, 2016, 6:05 pm CT
Posted by: Susan C.,

The Flower Show actually started under the Dayton Hudson's era. this is something that was done at their stores first. correct me if I am wrong.

Date: Tues, February 23, 2016, 4:52 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Chicago Magazine has an ad for Macy's spring flower show. This year, it overlaps/competes one day with the Chicago flower and Garden show at Navy Pier, running from March 20 through April 3 on the 9th floor as in recent years.

Date: Tues, February 23, 2016, 8:12 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

This morning was Macy's Q4 2015 and year-end conference call with analyst questions. I was expecting something about State Street and the real estate monetization. However, Macy's, Inc's CFO, Karen Hoguet, just said that Macy's has received great interest redevelopment/real estate transactions for their flagship stores (like State Street), but it's still premature to announce things. Not good news, not had.

Date: Sat, February 20, 2016, 10:18 am CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Has anyone else noticed that macy is cutting back on the depth and breadth of merchandise? At a large former Lazarus in Columbus, the china and crystal selections have been drastically cut back. The linen department has shelving units filled with lots of the same items instead of a variety of merchandise. Display tables and racks have been moved farther apart.

Glass shelves covered in dust. Worn flooring and faded walls. So sad when one thinks of how well stocked and beautifully maintained the Lazarus stores always were. Kohl's and Meijer (a regional discount chain) have more attractive facilities.

Date: Sat, February 20, 2016, 9:05 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Again macy management has proven they don't know what they are doing. Sections of final clearance merchandise were labeled Backstage in January; these sections have now been re-labeled as Last Act! in their stores. Why the name change--and what about the expense to make this change?

Signs near the Last Act! sections carry the disclaimer "Extra Discounts Do Not Apply" in small print at the bottom. This system is going to be very confusing for all the bargain shoppers at macy, especially since the Last Act! sections are adjacent to "regular" clearance merchandise. This may play out like the pricing fiasco at JCPenney, which almost ran that company into bankruptcy. Regular clearance: coupons can be used. Final clearance: coupons cannot be used. Perhaps putting all the final clearance items into one section of the store (like the old fashion bargain basements) would have made more sense. This scenario is going to offer the full price items, sale items, regular clearance items and final clearance items in close proximity. Merchandise will be misplaced, customers will be confused, and pricing errors and disagreements will be commonplace.

They just don't get it.

Date: Wed, February 17, 2016, (;22 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Macy's, Inc., parent company of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Bluemercury stores and formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc., will have its Q4 2015 Macy's, Inc. Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8 am Chicago time. Assuming that there will be a link at

Date: Tues, February 16, 2016, 10:25 pm CT
Posted by: Edie Smith,

We miss Marshall Fields a great deal. We hope it comes back someday. We also have tried Macy's and it's not as good.

Date: Sun, February 14, 2016, 18:56
Posted by: Mary McCormack ,

I was thinking about Marshall Field's today and found this page. Our family just doesn't shop at Macy's. We tried to like it and we genuinely gave the brand a chance. It has been a disappointment from the beginning. We shopped at Field's a lot, furniture, clothes, housewares, gifts(bought nearly every shower present here!!!!). The Macy's service is poor and quality of products are questionable. The State St. store is a mess. My husband and I went to see the windows at Christmas and the grillwork above the doors is filthy and filled with trash and dust. It's so disheartening. Marshall Field's was probably considered a "tired" brand by the Macy's executives but this change has been a disaster for them and for the Marshall Field's customer. I know that keeping the name wouldn't change any of the "real" problems that department stores,in general, are facing. But that's what makes one wonder why they would take a terrific brand name like Marshall Field's and risk changing it to Macy's.

Date: Thurs, February 11, 2016, 7:32 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

The Wonder of It All:

Why does brilliant Macy's need a "lifeline" unless it made a relentless succession of what many consider mind-boggling, dreadful, foolish decisions where they had a Golden Opportunity?

What good is a "lifeline" to Macy's, dying of its own determined folly? Its track record suggests it undoubtedly will maintain its blockheaded-ness unaltered during a would-be recovery.

Why would anyone expect Macy's to get the restaurant part right anyway?

Besides, where Field's is concerned, there is a pronounced malevolent streak showing through: Macy's has been pleased to see Cinderella in rags and ashes. This self-indulgence has been paid for with mortal damage rippling through the entire Macy structure-- a lot needs fixing and an irresistible restaurant won't divert attention from the plywood and duct tape paving the way to fine dining.

Maybe it was not enough to declare the edifice at 111 N State a National Historic Landmark. The goings-on within the remarkable building were part of the deal, the two were yin and yang. Maybe it is time to formally acknowledge that the merchandising operation was a conceptual national historic landmark as well, given its great influence on retailing as a whole.

Poor, abused Cinderella did manage to escape the cinders.............

Date: Wed, February 10, 2016, 9:56 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Hello, State Street Sam

Your post is absolutely on point! Clearly the macy management personnel don't know what they are doing. On the same day they announce the closing of a long serving restaurant in suburban Detroit, they decide that food services will be a lifeline. A similar article appeared in Yahoo Finance:
I only visited Chicago once in the late 1980s but I did spend an entire day exploring Marshall Field's--and there was definitely enough to fill an entire day with shopping and snacking! I do have several Field's cookbooks and I often ordered Frango and other excellent food products. Field's was a destination for Chicago visitors and a source for unique items through their catalogs.

I visited the Herald Square macy several years ago and their food offerings featured a McDonald's! Some symbolism there perhaps.

Date: Wed, February 10, 2016, 6:43 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

The Wall Street Journal has a story about Barneys return to its Downtown Manhattan flagship after 22 years.

This demonstrates that a great emporium can come back. Barney's return after 22 years gives great hope to the multitudes who overwhelmingly want to see Chicago's international emporium Marshall Field's resurrected for the 21st century on State Street . In retail, anything can happen!


Barneys Returns Downtown
Once a hub for Manhattan luminaries like Iman and David Bowie, and a base for a generation of international designers, including Christian Louboutin and Giorgio Armani, the Barneys flagship reopens this month at its original Manhattan…


Date: Wed, February 10, 2016, 5:58 pm CT
Posted by: State Street Sam,

Dear Dave Andrews,

What irony! Your post reminded me of another story I just saw about how Macy's should be attracting customers by focusing on their restaurants. They help make the stores social destinations. The author cites the new 6th floor restaurant at 34th Street NYC. As far as I'm concerned, that is based on all the restaurants at Marshall Field's.

Headline: Could restaurants be Macy's lifeline?

Date: Wed, February 10, 2016, 3:03 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Seems like macy is doing its best to get rid of amenities which would attract customers:

Shoppers have increasingly FEWER reasons to even bother going there.

Date: Mon, February 08, 2016, 6:39 pm CT
Posted by: An Observer,


Date: Mon, February 08, 2016, 4:26 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

So why is macy fighting so hard to prevent another business from using the department store names it eliminated? Wasn't macy a more powerful name because of the vintage holiday movie? Weren't shoppers supposed to feel the "excitement" of having a New York name in their dismal lives?

I would venture to say if a retailer would operate JUST ONE store in each major market under the iconic names, stocked with quality merchandise and staffed by well-trained employees, shoppers would make the operation an unqualified success! Imagine ONE Burdine's, Filene's, The Broadway, Kaufmann's, Strawbridge's, Marshall Field's. Each would truly be a tourist destination since it was unique and special! There is only ONE Harrod's and it is a major attraction for visitors.

One reason cited by macy for poor sales was lack of tourist trade. Wonder if they are afraid that a one-of-a-kind department store in a major city (or suburb thereof) with a beloved name offering quality and service would further erode their sales?

Date: Sun, February 07, 2016, 1:52 pm CT
Posted by: Paula Wesson,

Ever since Macy's took over Marshall Field and Company, we now call the stores "Messy's."

And of course now we don't shop there.

Date: Thurs, February 04, 2016, 9:40 pm
Posted by: Jim McKay,

WTTW11's "Ask Geoffrey" feature covers Marshall Field's Cloud Room at Midway as well as sculpture that was there and where it went. A menu from the Cloud Room is displayed in the video.

Date: Thurs, February 04, 2016, 9:28 pm
Posted by: Jim McKay,

It gets more complicated. Apparently there's more to come...the reader comments after should also be considered. Please contribute your own comments as you are moved. Furthermore, letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."
Macy's protects Marshall Field's name in court

Macy's might have ditched the Marshall Field 's name a decade ago after it bought the storied Chicago department store chain, but that doesn't mean the retailer wants anyone else to use the moniker, either.

Consider this story and then think if instead Macy's focussed on keeping and building the Marshall Field's brand back ten years ago.

Date: Thurs, February 04, 2016,  7:58 pm
Posted by: gle,

A battle was lost but not the war.

Date: Thurs, February 04, 2016, 4:26 pm
Posted by: Dave Andrews ,

It seems macy is simply "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic" instead of addressing the real problems:
Macy's Management Shakeup
Clearly they still don't get it.

Date: Wed, February 3, 2016, 7:38 pm CT
FB Posted by: Joseph D.,


Date: Wed, February 3, 2016, 7:24 pm CT
FB Posted by: Alfred I.,

Re: "Macy's Gets Win on "Heritage" Department Store Names":

Not necessarily sad--food for thought, and further action. Macy's is wasting the goodwill value of these trademarks it does not use for actual stores.

Date: Wed, February 3, 2016, 7:20 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jeannie W.,

Re: "Macy's Gets Win on "Heritage" Department Store Names":

This is sad

Date: Wed, February 3, 2016, 7:16 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

"Macy's Gets Win on "Heritage" Department Store Names"

Date: Tues, February 2, 2016, 9:03 am CT
FB Posted by: Michael D.,

Found the Dillard's "heritage" tote bags on awebsite via Google!

Date: Tues, February 2, 2016, 7:02 am CT
FB Posted by: Gabriel M.,

Dillard's is now offering "Heritage" tote bags, just like Macy's. Apparently, they feel they also may need to offer something with the trademarks of the stores that they got rid of over the years. There are tote bags for Higbee's, Bacon's, D.H. Holmes, Gayfers, and Maison Blanche.

Date: Sun, January 31, 2016, 9:35 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan,

After decades of refusing, McDonald's reluctantly gives in to decades of overwhelming customer requests by offering breakfast items like Egg McMuffin throughout the day. The results after all that resistance from the CEOs? HUGE PROFITS! Field's is, of course, way better than McDonald's. But just like McDonald's, Macy's CEO is repressing profits because of stupidity by not bringing Marshall Field's back to State Street.

Date: Sat, January 30, 2016, 7:25 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Thank you, Anna R! At times I feel like a harpy insisting this debacle with Field's is a focal point of a larger picture of Americans becoming greedier and meaner, in the sense of a stingy spirit. Field's may be the canary in the mine. Seems as if the failure to get Field's back on track indicates we prefer a barren land or the city dump to the lively, teeming oasis. Certainly the treatment of 111 N State is vindictive and one would think, as you pointed out, that the stockholders watching the precious bottom line would be asking why the golden goose was being plucked and readied for dinner in the board room.

Date: Fri, January 29, 2016, 2:09 pm
Posted by: Chris R,

I'm not especially hopeful about Marshall Field's and Jerry Storch. When he was at Toys "R" Us, they acquired the historic, one of a kind FAO Schwartz. Then Toys R Us closed FAO. Storch would have had to have worked with Macy's at least when they implemented the Toys "R" Us mini-shops in some larger Macy's locations like State Street. Perhaps he also worked with Macy's when they had FAO shops about seven or eight years ago. Can't say that it especially demonstrates a loyalty to Marshall Field's. But, as someone else said, we can pray.

Date: Fri, January 29, 2016, 11:11
Posted by: Anna Rosenberg,

Stumbled upon this site. It's not very well publicized. I know so many people who want Marshall Field's back. Back at State Street at least would surely be profitable and please people.

It's my opinion that the head of Macy's had a personal vendetta against Marshall Field's and wanted to quash it as competition. His ego seems to have trumped the financial benefit of stockholders. Macy's truly represents what's wrong with society. We need more stores like Marshall Field's instead.

I hope good triumphs over evil and Marshall Field's is restored. It's was more than a department store, it was and still is a place of significance in our community, indeed the world.


Anna Rosenberg

Date: Thurs, January 28, 2016, 6:39 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

A couple of interesting stories in the news.

One just was published in Forbes where it says that Macy's doesn't have much time to decide if it should spin off one or two real estate investment trusts (REIT) because they are a big takeover target right now.
Another is the announcement of the honorees of the National Father's Day Council. One is Gerald "Jerry" Stortch, CEO of Hudson's Bay, the parent company of Saks and Lord and Taylor. (You all know that Macy's Terry Lundgren was honored in a previous year, but that's not why I'm writing .)

One honoree is Gerald "Jerry" Storch, CEO of Hudson's Bay, the parent company of Saks and Lord and Taylor. (You all know that Macy's Terry Lundgren was honored in a previous year, but that's not why I'm writing.)

The corporate governance of Canadian Hudson Bay is different from Macy's, Inc. and other US companies. I don't know that it is official, but Richard Baker, Hudson Bay's Governor and Executive Chairman, seems to be above CEO Storch in the leadership hierarchy. (Link to page about Hudson Bay's corporate governance:

While many of us here have been overtly supporting the idea of Selfridges Group somehow getting involved with restoring Marshall Field's to State Street, Hudson's Bay has also been named as a potentially interested buyer of all of Macy's/Bloomingdale's/Macy's, Inc. Hudson's Bay's namesake stores even sell Macy's and Bloomingdale's house brands in Canada where there are no Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores.

What's interesting about Jerry Storch is that he was senior management closely involved with Target's department store division (Dayton's/Hudson's/Marshall Field's) from the mid-1990s to 2005 when he left Target after the sale of Marshall Field's to May Department Stores.

Storch was no doubt a key person involved in the implementation of the very successful 2003 "Stores within a Store" concept at State Street that was inspired by Selfridges; he probably was also a key person instrumental in the switch of nameplates from Dayton's and Hudson's to Marshall Field's circa 2002 as well as the sale of Marshall Field's in 2004.

I'm not sure whether Storch's history with Marshall Field's bodes well if Hudson's Bay were to take over Macy's/Bloomingdale's (and thus Marshall Field's on State), but it is worth considering in the coming months.

Date: Wed, January 27, 2016, 2:10 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Been trying to reorganize my kitchen and finally got to clean out some cabinets. In the back of one shelf, I found four unopened bottles of spice from Field's Marketplace (Rosemary Citrus Sea Salt, Garlic Pepper Sea Salt, Lakeshore Grill Spices, and Peppercorn Blend).

I wonder if these spices can still be used?

Seems when shoppers walked through Marshall Field's, he or she would always find something they didn't know they wanted; when shoppers walk through the "Star Store," there's unusually nothing they would remotely want.

Date: Sun, January 24, 2016, 2:37 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

It is interesting to read the stories about experimental ideas and attempts of Macy's to find ways to keep the business going, and also read that Selfridges is booming. It's like something should be very clear someplace.

Date: Sun, January 24, 2016, 2:17 pm CT
Posted by: Marcus King,

I live in Virginia and never got a chance to visit the store, but did order online. Our local Macy's is closing. I worked in that store when it was Thalhimers and then Hechts. At the time it was a store with record sales and great customer service with people standing in line for hours for a job there. After Macy's converted Hechts into Macy's they did a beautiful remodel of the store, but then they cut back on staff, merchandise was blah, and the whole feel of the store was awful.i do encourage people going to NYC to visit Herald Square and see what a real Macy's looks like. I've heard that the stores in the DC area are getting just as bad. Bergdorf Goodman has only one store and they do a good job. Macy's should just do a quality job at Herald Square. Let companies that care operate stores. And why the CEO still has a job is beyond me.

Date: Sun, January 24, 2016, 8:49 am CT
Posted by: Pete,

This morning's Chicago Tribune has something that would be hilarious if it weren't so sad.

Macy's has on it's ad, "ONLY ONE STAR."

Agreed! Marshall Field's was a five-star store. Macy's is only one star.

I think the people at Macy's must live in their own little world of hubris.

Date: Sat, January 22, 2016, 12:01 am CT
FB Posted by: Joan C. ,

How Selfridges became the best department store in the world:

Date: Fri, January 22, 2016, 6:05 pm CT
FB Posted by: Denis C. ,

11 Secrets Of Selfridges

Find out why the US Army once took over the basement.

Date: Fri, January 22, 2016, 7:42 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Macy's does not comprehend what the shopper wants. It does not want to comprehend; it wants to dictate. We have been trying to say what the shopper wants.

Why do we have to be made over to fit the mold the stellar thinkers in NYC or LA think we should fit? (i.e. *everyone* "out there" being stupid and vain, will be pleased with a succession of shiny things or stuff that blows up) Witness, for example, the TV offerings now thought suitable for all of us. The more opportunity they have for outreach, the less they offer because we are all so cheap and dumb, and apparently easily led. Makes me wonder how our nation's youth can withstand the barrage of messages training them to think little and aspire to mediocrity or less-- with a mirror/smartphone in one hand.

In my youth the concern was about the deleterious effects of TV. Of course, looking back, that was tiddlywinks-- but maybe that explains today's problems. Thankfully we still have reflective, thoughtful, aware, responsible, caring, capable, energetic, imaginative, and creative youth. Maybe it's the same proportion we always have had. I hope so.

In the meantime there is Macy's in everyone's faces, congratulating itself for thinking upside down no matter what. As it sinks in the quagmire it created. Unfortunately its cleverness throws a dark shadow over a lot of lives.

Date: Thurs, January 21, 2016, 7:25 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

I think this plan will be an epic fail:

A hybrid department/discount store will only confuse shoppers. The full collection of regular merchandise placed next to an assortment of clearance items isn't going to help macy. TJMaxx, Ross and Marshall's fill a certain niche--you can go in looking for a black jacket and you may or may not find one in the desired style and size. You can go in looking for cookware or bedding and you may or may not find all the pieces of a set. But you go to these places knowing that! Yes, there are deep discounts but the trade off is the lack of complete assortments.

I can imagine shoppers wandering from the regular section into Backstage, finding something they like, then asking for it in a different size or color. No doubt customers will question WHY this would not be possible and sales clerks trying to explain. Picture angry and disappointed customers! Just my opinion, but I would say the better brands would not want their brands sold in a discount store environment. Thus the loss of even more business!

McDonald's has had a similar identity crisis which caused a steady drop in sales and profits. Their popular reputation was a family friendly, fast food burger place. Then they added higher priced items which confused their customer base. Nobody is going to McDonald's for a "premium" burger so the budget customer went elsewhere and they never attracted the Five Guys/Red Robin patron. Seems like macy is making the same mistake.

One would think that had macy given the shoppers what they wanted 10 years ago, their sales and stock prices would not have fallen so badly.

Date: Thurs, January 21, 2016, 10:49 am CT
FB Posted by: Aaron M. ,

Macy's is closing the Lakeshore Grill the former Saginaw Hudson's on January 29th.

Date: Tues, January 19, 2016, 9:35 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim McKay ,

Writing is something you can do to help our cause to bring back Marshall Field's. Please leave comments after the article in the comments section. Even more helpful: Letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:Macy's CEO says State Street store could be used to test 'new ideas'
Macy's Chief Executive Terry Lundgren said Tuesday that the State Street store in Chicago is one of his favorites and could be used as a testing ground for "new…

Date: Tues, January 19, 2016, 8:38 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

What so many have feared has come to pass!

Date: Tues, January 19, 2016, 3:43 pm CT
FB Posted by: Michael R. & Kevin C. , reports:

Einhorn's Greenlight buys Macy's shares as possible takeover target
Greenlight Capital, the hedge fund firm led by David Einhorn, made a new investment in Macy’s Inc. in the fourth quarter, arguing the retailer could become a… JSONLINE.COM|BY SIMONE FOXMAN

Date: Mon, January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm CT
Posted by: gl,


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 6:09 pm CT
FB Posted by: Michael S.,

To Michael C.: Exactly

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 6:09 pm CT
FB Posted by: Michael C.,

Very sad watching them destroy a business they don't understand.

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 5:58 pm CT
FB Posted by: Aaron M.,

They treated the Old Orchard folks a little better, at least keeping the full time staff [of Marketplace deli] for the duration of January, so they collected vacation and sick time from that fiscal year. Probably two or three years ago this month that they closed the Marketplace at Old Orchard. Candy Counter is still there as of a few months ago, though.

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 5:56 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jon R.,

remember in 2008 when Macy's goons walked into Hawthorn's deli, as food for the day was being prepped that morning; and without warning told all the employees "go home, you're closed", then started grabbing tables and chairs. All the food was tossed in the employee lounge, and as far as I know only one guy briefly kept his job. Within a month or two it was walled-off like it never existed - the menuboards and stuff are probably still mounted behind the locked door; it's a stockroom for housewares, now.

A dedicated candy department, which was next to the deli, only survived another couple years - I'm not sure what's down there, now. Vacuums, I think.

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 5:49 pm CT
FB Posted by: Aaron M.,

I worked at the Northbrook Court Marshall Field's from 1997-2000. Two of those years were spent in Candy, Wine, and Gourmet Foods. We ran a profitable business in these areas, as well as the Marketplace fresh foods (sort of a deli concept). When you took the escalator up to the third floor, you were within 20 feet of the coffee bar, and we had the entire retail space along the east side of the floor.

All of this has been reduced to a couple of nesting tables of Frango Mints, and two half-empty fixtures of Godiva (Godiva is to the left, not shown in the picture).

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 11:55 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

[There were over 70 posts on our Facebook page suggesting items that are gone from State Street. Below are about 30% of these posts.]

Thanks to all who also emailed responses priviately.

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 3:48 pm CT
FB Posted by: Kevin C.,

Do I remember that they had a French Market?

Daum (spelling?) Crystal from France.

Hermann Miller furniture, Pilgrim Glass, Thomas O'Brien bedding, Herald Toy Soldiers, Cowboys and Indians made in England. Steif of Germany, Timpo Toys made in England, Shemag furniture.

Stiffel lamps.


Shermag furniture from Canada

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 10:04 am CT
FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

Atlantis crystal was an awesome brand that Field's once carried. And of course Riedel - although that's a bit ubiquitous. But one of the things about Field's is that it carried ALL the better brands - even those that were a bit cliched (like Waterford, esp. the Lismore pattern - :-)

Something I REALLY miss is that Field's stocked (in-store!) a comprehensive offering of EVERY model of candle made by Colonial Candle: ALL the styles (columns, tapers, pillars, twists), in ALL the various sizes (6", 10", 12", etc...), and in ALL the colors (12-14 colors offered at any one time!). I know this, because at one time I was the person who took weekly inventory of the floor display, and filled in from the back stock room! And if there was a sku we were getting low on, I had to put those in a weekly report to the buying office at 111 N. State.

But to be fair, though, I can tell you one of two main reasons why the selection of fine china has been continually cut back over the years... Every piece and every pattern from every maker is available at a significantly lower price, now, via the internet. So what we had happening (and it's still happening...) is customers would come in to the department and take up our time, goin through all the various options.... and then leave without making a purchase. They used us as a 'show room', and then bought the product for less from any number of various online outlets. Department stored can't compete with those drastically discounted prices because they have associates to pay and a physical store to maintain - and to do that, they need to collect a healthy profit on each purchase. If Field's (or Macy's, or Bloomingdales, or whoever) cut their prices back to match the online competition, they have no profit margin left, and they'd go out of business. So the option of the internet has created a huge 'damned if you do, damned if you don't / catch-22' situation for ALL retailers.

There's two more brands for you, Jim: Haviland and Bernardaud - both top-end China manufacturers out of Limoges, France, that Field's used to stock. )

Royal Copenhagen (Denmark), Royal Worcester (UK), Royal Doulton (UK), Spode (UK), Coalport, (UK), Johnson Brothers (UK)....

Field's own '222' line of household cleaning products! ;-)

Crane's stationery!

Top end luggage: (Field's stocked French (brand) and Hartmann, as well as Tumi, Boyt, and several mid-range lines).

A whole section of globes - ! (Mostly Replogle brand).

The best silk flowers available - and a professional flower arranger on-hand to work with you in putting together a custom arrangement to your specifications.

An honest-to-goodness Barware department - that sold all manner of jiggers and shakers and coasters and double-old-fashioned glasses, etc, etc ,etc...

An Adult Games Department (toys for grown-ups - not kids - ! ) They sold high end playing cards, chess sets, backgammon, etc..

High-end men's shoes: Allen Edmonds, Cole-Haan, Santoni, Ferragamo, Gordon Rush, To Boot New York...

Frango Mint Ice Cream Pies (to go - ! ) grin emoticon :-)

Sterling silver flatware and hollow-ware.

Crystal chandeliers (!) Yes - they carried them!

A kitchen utensil section (in Housewares) that stocked more than Williams-Sonoma!

A deli department that was separate from the bakery department that was separate from the candy department....- that was separate from the liquor and fine wines department....!

See - the thing is, Fields had buyers for each of these departments, who had expertise in their respective areas. And who spent their careers gaining that knowledge and building relationships with a gazillion different vendors around the world... and who worked their tails off to keep Field's forever stocked with a fresh selection of the best and most wonderful items from around the world. But today - M@cy's brings in Fiestaware and a line of poor quality Martha Stewart stuff and they think that constitutes a Housewares Department! I suspect they could honestly care less about the actual quality of the items they carry.... all that matters is if it can turn a simple profit. But in the process, what they loose sight of is that they have lost the trust and confidence that their shoppers once had in the quality of M.F.&Co. merchandise.... and then they wonder why so few people feel a desire to enter their stores (let alone shop them regularly).

Burns of Boston picture frames.

Top quality cookware, such as Le Creuset and All-Clad.

Back in the day, Field's had a sewing and notions department, with a large selection of yard goods as well as sewing machines, etc.

In the 50's and on into the 80's there was the "Williamsburg Shop" that specialized in high quality reproduction furnishings of the Colonial era. Many of the items came from the Colonial Williamsburg craft shops, but some came from a variety of other vendors. I specifically recall Mottahedeh Pottery - a maker of fine quality historical reproduction ceramics that were simply beautiful.

Oh - and who can forget Baldwin Brass? Best quality brass candlesticks and accessories!

Also Steuben Crystal. I'd add Orrefors as well, but I never cared for Swedish modern design in art glass, so forget I said anything...;-)

Fine China: ( Royal Copenhagen (Denmark), Royal Worcester (UK), Royal Doulton (UK), Spode (UK), Coalport, (UK), Johnson Brothers (UK), Haviland / Limoges (FR), Bernardaud (FR) )

Hutschenreuther and Thomas (Germany); Villeroy & Boch (Luxembourg?)

Porsgrunn (Norway)

Pickard (UK)

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 6:48 am CT
FB Posted by: Ami M.,

Gift wrappers; fitting experts.

Bring back the beauty of wood in the display area- the display cases with salespeople to assist you. The wood floir on 8 near the Walnut Room is beautiful! Bring back the dining room with the fountain - I can't recall its former name. I think it's still upstairs sonewhere. Bring back Marshall Fields as a destination, not as a cookie cutter store!

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 06:46 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

If all the reports of deferred or poor maintenance are correct, start there while building up product offerings. Chipped and dirty floors, dead light bulbs, etc. communicate "loser" before you go very far. If any duct tape fixes are visible.....more "loser" message. Plywood coverups? Stock spread thin? Or heaped? All those ring the death knell. Even HERE in Dogpatch we don't get that except when the store is at the point of death. It gives me the creeps, and I leave.

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 5:34 am CT
FB Posted by: Marta K.,

A Spectacular toy department with beautiful handmade toys from around the world.

Date: Fri, January 15, 2016, 3:32 am CT
FB Posted by: Linnea L.,

Oriental rugs. Handmade. They used to have a small but choice department. In our living room we still have the one we bought there 30 years ago: still in perfect condition.

Date: Thurs, January 14, 2016, 10:56 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

Jim, Thank you for the Starboard Value document! This is great stuff.

Date: Thu, January 14, 2016, 8:01 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Help needed--Please post your responses or email jjmckay at me dot com:

What brands, items, lines, etc are gone from State Street that you think would come back if Marshall Field's came back to State Street in name AS WELL AS ethos, quality, etc.? Your replies would be very helpful for something being worked on right now. Previously, Timothy E. detailed some table top items and lines that have disappeared. Of course, some manufacturers have gone out of business, but there are those who simply just left Marshall Field's when it became Macy's.

Again, what other items--clothing, shoes, home, etc. can you think of that went away but you think would come back if Marshall Field's returned to State Street? This would be a big help to her cause if you could respond. Thank you for posting here or emailing me privately at jjmckay at me dot com!

Date: Wed, January 13, 2016, 7:07 pm CT
Posted by: Meghan Ross,

What happened with the football teams reminds me of what happened with Macys. These 1%'ers don't cafre about the common people who support their businesses. But they want us to bail them out. Big companies don't care.

Date: Wed, January 13, 2016, 7:01 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Outcheaping the very cheap-- what a brilliant stratagem for lining investors' pockets! And doing it under a Tiffany sky-- how very clever. Whoever thought that up deserves a bonus-- perhaps a red jellybean.

Date: Tues, January 12, 2016, 11:30 am CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

A young friend (age 28) was visiting me last night, He mentioned that a nearby macy store was closing and we discussed the causes. He said that macy was just a discount store with their endless coupons that don't work on anything and their weekly One Day Sale. He stated that shopping at macy was the same as going to Walmart or Target; all the stores were the same --boring, nothing to attract shoppers, poor quality but overpriced clothing.

I told Derrick that all the classic major department stores had numerous attractions--product demonstrations, celebrity guests, seasonal displays,promotions of new products, contests, teen boards, unique departments like stamps and coins, candy counters,snack bars, restaurants, Santa Land--and shopping was an experience the entire family could enjoy. I shared several of my books on vintage department stores (Marshall Field's, Hudson's, John Wanamaker, Woodward and Lothrop, Hutzler's, Higbee's). Fortunately I was able to experience these stores in the 1980s -- 1990s although they were past their prime.

As he looked through the books, he was amazed at the variety offered by these iconic stores. He lamented that he would never be able to experience anything like that. He was impressed by the beauty of the stores' architecture and decor. Instead of doing things to attract customers, today's stores saved a few cents by cutting back on what made shopping special. We talked about how macy took over all the regional stores and promptly eliminated so many popular traditions. Derrick felt macy has contributed to its own demise by destroying the unique aspects of each store and moving to a discount model. There are plenty of places to buy "cheap stuff" and we don't need more of the same thing; he felt that macy is only going to hurt itself with Backstage by trying to beat TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Ross at their own game.

Make shopping an "experience" rather than a mundane chore, then perhaps business will improve. Give the customers what THEY want.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016,  3:08 pm CT
Posted by: MF Fan,

Hank, I miss Camille. I mean, my whole life till I was fourteen was Bunny, you know? When she was sober. When she wasn’t. I didn’t know that moms could be kind. Or brave. Or unselfish. She didn’t even like me when you first brought me home, you remember that? She already had her hands full with Justin, and I showed up and I just doubled her trouble. We were hellions. I remember this one day I came home – Iron Maiden t-shirt, skirt up to here – and she’s just waiting for me in the living room. She has a dress from Marshall Fields. She told me that you saw something in me that was worth sacrificing for, and so she would, too. And she used her Christmas money to buy me that dress.

from Chicago PD

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016, 10:37 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Mikea wrote:
"I know a lot of you are posting about he loss of the regional stores. In todays Internet online economy the regional stores could have not made it. Operating so many divisional stores each with its own buying and advertising departments is not feasible."

I disagree. Actually only three or four regulars talk about other regionals. I'd say 90% of people are here because Field's was different. It was a national/international emporium that was associated with Chicago instead of NYC. Field's should not be lumped in with regionals.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016, 12:43 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

I know a lot of you are posting about he loss of the regional stores. In todays Internet online economy the regional stores could have not made it. Operating so many divisional stores each with its own buying and advertising departments is not feasible.

Macy's problems stems from online shopping their own recorded a large increase in sales. The instore experience needs to be improved. Customer service needs to be closer towards the Nordstrom model. Stores like Herald Square and State Street need more enhanced not cheapened experiences for the customers.

The head Jeff Gaynette needs to be replaced. He emphasized to much with clothing which did not sell this past year and deemphasized the home store which actually did well.

Herald Square made the huge mistake of converting the lower level to teen and 20 something clothing. The traffic level on the Sunday before Christmas in that area was slow. The cellar area used to be one of the largest traffic areas in the store. That merchandise was moved to 8 where Santa Claus is and the lines and traffic in that area made it difficult to shop.

State Street needs more specialty areas, a food store more leased departments. They need to create an experience to bring customers in the store instead of shopping online. It seems that when sales and profits do not meet goals, they close stores, cut out departments and lay off staff. They are reactive and not proactive in running their stores. Maybe the best would be for private equity or a group to buy out Terry and company and new management needs to be installed.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016, 7:30 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

Perhaps one of the most important documents in years about the future of Marshall Fields on State Street. I know for many of you it's not as fun as historic and nostalgic photos, but this is pretty significant in terms of our quest which brought us to start our customer and stockholder activist movement to restore Marshall Fields. It's understandable that this may be too business-oriented for all to understand or connect with, but please give it a try and see if you see anything that's interesting. Thank you.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016, 6:51 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Soul? That is the source of the whole problem: lack of it. Otherwise ranting about the loss of a store IS "crazy." Few weep for Kohls or Wieboldts or Pennys. One might even reluctantly accept the loss of suburban Fields stores, but the one on State is beyond all that.

Excellence is rooted in intelligence and perceptiveness, and demands supreme effort. The willingness to inconvenience oneself to that extent takes strong desire from a deep place. Focused greed, and incomprehension are not usually associated with well-developed souls although the energy driving greedy pursuits comes from a deep place too--typically a narrowly self-serving one. It *would* be odd to pursue a challenging, visionary goal that serves others' best interests and delight, for greed's sake.

So here we are, with a decimated treasure AND a disagreeable Bottom Line. And a "perp" who does not have to forgo much of his accustomed luxe once he moves on.

Date: Mon, January 11, 2016, 6:06 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

It's H.G. Selfridge's birthday. How old is under debate. Check out Gayle Soucek's book for more details:

Date: Sun, January 10, 2016, 10:01 am CT
Posted by: Fred,

When people start ranting that so and so or such and such a person has no soul, I think people have gone off the edge from reason to crazy. Yes, it was crazy to get rid of Marshall Fields, but some of the posters just really do a disservice rather than a service to the chances of bringing back Marshall Fields.

Date: Sun, January 10, 2016, 6:12 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Terry Lundgran + wisdom? Imagine that! It would be too little, far too late, at best.

If he had any soul and associated conscience it would have shown up by now, and the destruction of thousands of jobs and loss of loyal work force would be a heavy weight to bear, not to mention the rending of community fabric from coast to coast. But he got what he wanted: kudos from his underlings and fellow deadwood, and most importantly-- gobs of filthy lucre. What mother would not be proud?

I am not implying that every closing was a bad decision but putting the corporate holdings in such a state that massive failures occurred in less than a decade-- that is indefensible. Too bad his harvest is a penthouse rather than a garret studio. But, in truth, it is not all his fault. The Board was not married to him; they could have replaced him any time. What was the poor bunny to think as long as they kept him on?

Date: Sat, January 09, 2016, 5:41 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Been reading many online analyses of the problems macy is having. Many of these articles have comment sections in which readers can express their opinions. Some common threads deal with the poor quality, uninspired, overpriced merchandise; the run down, badly maintained stores; the lack of customer service because of staffing cuts; the loss of beloved regional department stores.

So this latest "restructuring" will result in the loss of 4,800 jobs. How many THOUSANDS of dedicated, hard working employees have lost their jobs since the takeover? Sadly, the clown who orchestrated this disaster still collects his salary.

I think this latest debacle is proof positive that the conversion of the regional stores to macy and the transition to a discount store model has been an EPIC FAIL. Didn't the founder of one of the world's most popular, successful and profitable department stores follow the guiding principle of "Give the lady what she wants." Hopefully Terry Lundgren finally realizes the wisdom of this statement.

Date: Fri, January 08, 2016, 6:49 am CT
Posted by: Nicole, Wheaton,

I keep hearing how Macy's is doing badly. Yet, you see other stores be successful by having a great experience. Marshall Field's had that great experience. When they switched to Macy's, it was a big mistake. Macy's had no idea and still has no idea how to create that special, unique experience. Macy's people are really screwing up. It doesn't have to be that way. I sure hope Field's comes back.

Date: Thurs, January 07, 2016, 9:12 pm CT
Posted by: Philip eichler ,

Mikea, you will never see a Field's location closed, as Field's owned these locations, so they, like sears will be the last ones out.I was very surprised to see that 6 stores in Virginia were being closed, that southern, Washington connected market, is recession proof.

While I hate what Macy's has done to the department store market, I think they're really bad , leaving no market good.

Date: Thurs, January 07, 2016, 3:13 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

Well Macy's announced the store closing list yesterday. I was surprised not one former Field's store made the list. Most were old Macy's or May Company stores in small malls or in malls that are going downward. River Oaks a big surprise since that mall lost two of its anchors two years ago and there was a murder there last year.

It will be interesting to see how many stores Sears, JC PEnney, Bon-Ton and Dillard's close this year. Dillard's has closed a lot of stores in the last five years concentrating on their larger profitable ones. They tens not to oversatuarate an area with stores.

Macy's still has stores way close together in CA and the DC area.

Maybe this year Macy's will go to another company or go private. Rumor in NYC is that Macy's INc wants to be bought out and Terry and company can get their big packages.

Date: Thurs, January 07, 2016, 7:13 CT am
Posted by: LJR,

It's just so easy, sell off State Street to Selfridges!

Invest in a better Water Tower Place store and let that be the Chicago flagship.

Downtown residential is on fire and Fields downtown could become hip and cool.

Think Chicago Athletic Club Hotel.

Date: Sat, January 02, 2016, 2:40 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I enjoyed the article and photos about Selfridge's best shopping season. I remember when Marshall Field's used to have crowds like that. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Selfridge's could make that happen again in Chicago.

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 10:39 pm CT
Posted by: Philip eichler by,

One thing that has not been discussed about Macy's desire to optimize the Field's store is that it is a Chicago landmark, at least all of the state street rooms. As a city landmark, it cannot be demolished or seriously altered. If I remember correctly, certain parts of the interior are also landmarked, such as the Corinthian column capitals on the first floor, the Tiffany ceiling and the walnut room . This will also impact what Macy's can do to diminish Field's.

I have not been in the store since a day before the conversion, but Timothy s description of 6 rings true and scary. Macy's is not in the fine tabletop sector, Field's was,so most of that floor is now useless. Some vendors are gone because they did not want to be in a Macy's, some Macy's kicked out, and others like Steuben went out of business.Macy's could move their cheap bridal registry China to the basement and move furniture from 8 to 6 and keep the synergy of the food service on 7 continuous with the rest of the store. In addition, Bloomingdale's has never really jelled in Chicago, they sell some of what Field's sold on 6, so by eliminating Field's fine tabletop, they probably feel they have strengthened the weak Bloomingdale's brand.

The other thing that bothers me about destroying state street is it truly is a retail jewel without peer anywhere. Period, Wanamaker in Philadelphia and b.Altman in nyc, were the only us stores that touched Field's. And most really sharp retail pundits say there is a good prospect for bricks and mortar retail if they offer a great experience. Hello, idiots at Macy's, what do you possess at 111 north state?

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 4:34 pm CT
Posted by: Kaitlyn,

Every year I do a holiday display using PLAYMOBIL toys and this year, I chose to honor Marshall Field's. Here it is, Chicago circa 1900 complete with decorated windows, the Walnut Room restaurant, and plenty of green shopping bags!

Link to blog to view the pictures:

Not the same, but something to look at from the dining room table :)

Date: Thurs, December 31, 2015, 7:06 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

I read the report on happy sales reports in Britain-- one observer remarked shoppers seem to be becoming "tactical"-- i.e. waiting for the sales. Duh. That is not new and not rocket science. No one likes being jerked around with extravagant prices that can be 'slashed' repeatedly. One of Field's principles was fair pricing......remember?

Also interesting was the observation that approximately half the shoppers were tourists, a very large number of Asians. Foreign tourists making a pilgrimage to shop for banal merchandise in a setting of boarded-up escalators and sales floors in a limp, raggedy Macy's????

Way to go, TL.

Date: Wed, December 30, 2015,  1:13 pm
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Selfridges celebrates most profitable hour in 100 year history
Imagine Selfridges working its magic with a reborn Field's.

Date: Tues, December 29, 2015, 12:16 pm
FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

Macy's is all about cutting back and eliminating... forever looking to get away with just a bit less and hoping that no one will notice. What a miserable business model.

Date: Mon, December 28, 2015, 10:25 am
FB Posted by: John K.,

Macy of course has a number of folks unhappy about buying out famous stores, but NONE with a group as vocal as FFC, or a city who wants its Marshall Fields BACK. Hey , how about a holiday twofer -- recall 9 fingers and we get MAFCO back from MACYS

Date: Mon, December 28, 2015, 12:44 am
FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

I was pleasantly surprised to see the traditional Field's Logo being used in so prominent a fashion [at the State Street store on a pylon]. Still, I know all too well that the primary reason for this is to maintain tight ownership of the name and logo, so as to keep control of it... :-(

Perhaps the most depressing thing I saw was this: the complete disappearance of the fine crystal department. Formerly, [there] was the main aisle leading to the crystal gallery. The escalators were on the left, and just beyond was all the fine crystal. Now, it's all walled up and closed off, and what little remains by way of fine crystal has been merged into the china department (which is a mere shadow of it's former self).

Date: Sun, December 27, 2015, 12:39 pm
Posted by: Carole S.,


Date: Sat, December 26, 2015, 09:27 am
Posted by: Susan NY,

Are we really in an era so different that a Field's on State can no longer be supported as it was not so long ago? Is the USA so different from GB?

I just began rereading Gail Soucek's book which reminded me of how much bigger Marshall Field's vision was, than anyone else's, and he made it work. Are there no visionaries left? Is it too late? Is it most appropriate to wring quick profit from a sprawling, cardboard mall that makes shopping more difficult and abuses the ecology of the land it sits on for a few decades before it becomes a commercial slum down the road from the newest one-- in this 'green' era of no-carbon-footprint?

It is noble to preserve wilderness, historic sites, and lives. Is it not noble to also nurture the long-term viability of communities and great cities that -- face it -- depend upon commercial and cultural vitality? What if MF had never decided State Street was the future of Chicago, and worth the effort he put into it? Or that supporting cultural attractions did not make him rich enough, fast enough?

Has American culture become irretrievably flat, at last? *There's* decadence.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 14:36
Posted by: Jim,

There are many, many videos about Christmas at Marshall Field's, but this one has special poignancy because it was our 2012 Christmas video card "by community" from "friends, fans and alumni of Marshall Field & Company." It remembers the overlooked, final great era: Field's was on the upswing in 2003-05 as it remade itself with the "stores within a store" concept as inspired by Selfridge's in London. Then that was all cut short by Macy's in 2006.

Date: Fri, December 25, 2015, 11:35
Posted by: Pericles Georgopoulos,

As most, I was very disappointed to hear that Macy group intends to "stick it" to Chicago again with the possibility that it might sell off the historic Marshall Field building. I applaud in its campaign to court Selfidges to Chicago to help the situation. However I also feel that perhaps we need to consider more than one option.

In the event that the Selfridges group is not interested, perhaps another possibility for a new owner for the building that would have interest in historic preservation would be Richard Driehaus.

He is a native Chicagoan and business leader who has already shown great leadership in preserving Chicago architectural gems, as evidenced by the restoration of the Nickerson Mansion now the Driehaus Museum.

He is also very active in many philanthropic endeavors through his foundation. Being a great business person I am sure he too would need to find a way that such a move would be profitable, but I feel confident that the future of the historic and iconic building would be much better off in his control than in the control of a group without his ties to the city.

One of the main issues is that the land is probably far more valuable as a new residential tower or mixed-use building than a single use store. Any potential purchaser would not make much of a profit only leasing the space back to macys. They would have to do some redevelopment to make the purchase viable. Any changes or adaptive reuse would have to have a negative effect on the integrity of the building as the historic store. Examples of this can be seen in the redevelopment of some historic New York Hotels, such as the Plaza Hotel where the historic 59th street lobby is now the private residence entrance and all of the historic suites that faces the park are now residences.

In the long run It is possible that the store building is actually best off out of macy group's hands, but the new owner has to be as civic minded as business minded or the result could be disastrous. That is why I suggest contacting Mr. Driehaus. If nothing else he would probably be a good advisor. And if he were actually interested in purchasing the building, I believe he would be the right person to act as the buildings champion and long term steward.

Thank you,


Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 08:41
Posted by: Susan NY,

Regarding the Tiffany 'dome'...

At last, a reason to press the point: it is a barrel or tunnel vault.

A "mosaic" is a surface covering made of (usually flat) bits of (customarily) glass or ceramic, often molded or cut to shape to compose a design or image, from a simply geometric bathroom floor pattern to convincingly representational images such as those seen in certain medieval cathedrals. And so on.

Also I believe it is a disservice to describe the Walnut Room as "decadent." It exhibits fine materials and workmanship, but it is far from over-the-top. It certainly was outshone by many a restaurant like that at the Palmer House and beyond. The Palace of Versailles, for one example, is closer to "decadence"--self-indulgent luxury indicating moral decline-- by a long shot. In fact, I would think in the early twentieth century, the Walnut Room-- a "tea room"-- was considered to be a suitably refined, discreet setting for its lady patrons, some of whom would return to far more luxuriously appointed mansions where they dressed for dinner while staff stashed any purchases they cared to carry home.

So the building has its fine points as a commercial venue, cultural focus, and quasi-spiritual haven. It tends to resonate with some of our higher instincts. We love it. It is a treasure. So, Red Star, what is your stewardship rating? Ummm--- zip.

Date: Thurs, December 24, 2015, 07:35
Posted by: Robert H,

Eric B, Another contrast from ten years ago is the walnut room great tree. Remember the Swarovski Crystal tree in 2005... It was AWESOME! one of the best ever!

Date: Wed, December 23, 2015,  3:12 pm CT
Posted by: Eric B,

Here are two photos I took exactly ten years apart:
©2005 Eric Bronsky
Tiffany Dome Atrium in December, 2005

©2015 Eric Bronsky
Tiffany Dome Atrium in December, 2015
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a side-by-side comparison of these two images surely says whatever needs to be said.

Here's one more:
©2015 Eric Bronsky
5th floor, 111 N. State Street, November 27, 2015

For purposes of comparison, I do not have a photo showing the entrance to Cozy Cloud Cottage circa 2005. If I did, it would show families standing patiently in a long line for an hour or so. Anyway, this is not the "Red Star Hall of Shame" but the entrance to Macy's "Santaland." This was on Black Friday and the long line was invisible (attributed, no doubt, to "The Magic of Macy's").

Macy's seasonal slogan (visible on the red shopping bag) is "Believe." Could it be that Chicagoans are reticent to bring their children to see Macy's Santa because they believe the REAL Santa Claus appeared only at Marshall Field's?

Happy Holidays, Field's Fans! Yes, we all want to believe ... that someday, Santa and Uncle Mistletoe will return to Cozy Cloud Cottage at Marshall Field's.

-- Eric

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015,  CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,


Selfies for Selfridges

Thanks to all who made last Saturday's activities on State Street a success! We had a couple of out of town vistors who helped--Charlie from Boston and Alfred from Washington, D.C. This was in addition to Lucie, Pete, Gail, and, of course, "gle".

Below are photos from Noon-2 pm last Saturday, 12.19.2015.

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Date: Mon, December 21, 2015, 10:27 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

The Decadent Design Behind the Iconic Walnut Room
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, by Patrick Sisson

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 10>19 am CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

After taking over some of America's most beloved department stores, Terry thought shoppers across the nation would be enchanted by the New York store and would be excited to have "magic" in their dull, boring lives. When customers weren't impressed by the name or downmarket offerings, he cut expenditures to maintain stock prices. After there wasn't anything left to cut, he shifted to a discount store model. Clearly discounting has been a failure as stock prices and sales continue to tank.

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 08:20 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

To Judy of the elevator....I may have ridden with you! Isn't it amazing to think of the day when an elevator was "'operated"? It may seem silly but even the elevators were part of the experience of Good. Even the old rickety tickety ones which ran between the upholstery and the music/TV departments on the 9th floor where I worked.....yes, when there were 9 whole floors of good stuff. At that time the 9th needed upgrading but even so it was still redolent of Field's grace.

There is a difference between corporate greed and inspired commerce, and until the present Fall, we had it there....really, TL-- is this what you want to be remembered for???

Date: Sun, December 20, 2015, 07:01 am CT
Posted by: Shawn Hoadley,

I still love Marshall Fields. I remember the first few days after Fields was purchased and the brand was still in place but ownership and management had changed. My wife and I were in the water tower store and an employee with a mop and bucket shoved her bucket in the door then pushed her way into the crowded elevator. This simply never would have happened before this change. It was sad.

Walking out of the store with my wife I was furious and felt a great sense of loss. My wife was confused (she's from Southern California). I explained how Marshall Fields always took pride in putting their customers first. They always made you feel special and would NEVER have allowed a stinky mop bucket to ride up the elevator with their valued customers. It really had an impression on me.

There are few places in the world that ever had that forward display of appreciation for its customers and very few remain. It reminds me of Walt Disneynd how he wanted each guest to experience a "magical moment" while they were visiting the park. It makes me feel like an old curmudgeon to say this but I miss those days. Things just aren't what they used to be and I challenge anyone who dares to call this "progress"

Date: Fri, December 18, 2015, 6:23 pm CT
Posted by: Judy Scrafford,

I worked at State Street Field's in 1960 - 62. I was an elevator operator and loved it. Was proud to wear that uniform. When I didn't do that I was a floater...worked wherever I was needed. Loved the Tea Room and the overall ambiance of the entire store..especially at Christmas. So sad when I went back to visit in 1998 only to find a completely different store. Even though I no longer live in Chicago, just knowing Field's would be there again would make me so happy.

Date: Fri, December 18, 2015, 3:39 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Sickening that one arrogant blowhard was able to single handedly destroy Chicago's reputation as a shopping mecca. A run down,nondescript discount store is hardly an attraction and it certainly won't induce unique retailers to locate nearby.

Date: Thurs, December 17, 2015, 6:54 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I am excited to hear about the latest book by our author Gayle Soucek--"Mr. Selfridge in Chicago." I can hardly wait to read it.

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 9:47 pm CT
Posted by: Judith Wallingford,

I have not checked in to this blog in a long while and am so encouraged to see that there are so many people still interested in restoring Marshall Field & Co. I have been boycotting Macy's ever since they changed the name of that venerable institution to one that represents the doomed combination of greed and stupidity. Macy's fate seems destined to be their own well deserved failure. I am a former employee of Marshall Field's and I am still hopeful that if will one day again become the very finest retail establishment in the country.

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 4:19 pm CT
Posted by: Renee,

Fabulous!!! The photos are just FABULOUS!!! You all are fabulous!!


The people who run Macy's must be insane!

Date: Wed, December 16, 2015,  10:26 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,


Selfies for Selfridges

Come out this Saturday, 12.19.2015 from Noon-3 pm (and probably before & after) and pose with our signs! Sometimes we take short breaks, so call 312.662.8980 if you want to meet us at a specific time. ALSO: Meet Author Gayle Soucek at Flat Top Grill, 30 S. Wabash, 10:30 am-1 pm. Copies of her new Selfridge book as well as her Field's & Carson's books will be for sale.

Below are photos from Noon-2:20 pm and 3-4 pm last Saturday, 12.12.2015.

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Date: Wed, December 16, 2015, 08:21 am CT
Posted by: Pete,

Macy's stock went down to $35.78 yesterday. That's 51% below its high of over $73 a few summers ago.

Date: Tues, December 15, 2015, 6:45 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Catherine-- I too was an Oak Parker. I worked briefly in the OP store bakery. I was there when the glazed donuts arrived in the morning, I swear still a little warm.......oh my!!! None better.

It would not have been a haven for me when I was a DOOPer (High School!) but a little later when I worked at 111 N State, Field's surely was my haven in a dark time. I agree, although it defies explanation, it was more than a shopping venue. I believe it moved in a surprisingly spiritual realm or we would not all be here pushing to get it back.

The key probably is that just about anyone involved with making Field's work was passionate about it being as fine as possible. Any time a bunch of people come together with a common intent for the Best-- that is what happens. It was just understood that was the way things were supposed to be there. Not for overtly spiritual reasons of course, but doing one's best for its own sake, in the company of like minded people, has to have some happy consequences for the soul. No, it was not perfect, but satisfyingly close. The results were infectious.

Waitaminit--- stores are there to make *investors* happy. That's what Macy's is doing. They don't need us for that....

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 9:55 pm CT
Posted by: Robert Mau,

It appears that investors are not recommending buying Macy's stock.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 6:19 pm CT
Posted by: Catherine McQueen,


I belong to the Oak Park Writer's Group. I am writing a story about my love for Marshall Fields on State Street and how it became my place of refuge at about the age of 15 years old.

I hope the memory I share will let people know that it was more than a place to shop for was my place of refuge..

Catherine McQueen

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015,  4:17 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

It's amazing that Macy's has lost half of its stock value since summer. Today they closed it under $37. Last summer it was worth over $73 per share.

Date: Mon, December 14, 2015, 09:50
Posted by: a holiday shopper,

greetings, field's fans

we lived in chicago in the 80s then we moved to texas where we were thrilled to find marshall field's. altho field's is gone from texas, we continued to make the trip to chicago to visit field's for holiday shopping. we're in chicago yesterday thru tomorrow. we shopped michigan ave and rush st. there's no special reason to shop at macy's. the store looks really worn out and cluttered. it's like a kohls is in our former great palace. I hope field's makes a comeback. that would be a no-brainer to increase sales.

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015,  9:46 am CT
Posted by: Jeff and Autumn,

It was a pleasure meeting you all yesterday. I had no idea this was going on. It's just so sad to see how dingy the building has become. The plaques on the corner look horrible, like they haven't been cleaned in ages. Macy's just doesn't seem to care about Marshall Field's and our heritage. The store is like a pearl cast to the swine.

Date: Sun, December 13, 2015,  6:48 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Oh wouldn't it be loverly to make it worth Lundgren's while to move on..........however one must be wary of falling out of the kettle into the careful what we wish for.

How wonderful to see a corner of the building in the my mind I see Field's within. Carry on!

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 2:46 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

The post about Lundgren (among others) to have buyout severance available in the event of a takeover is interesting. I wonder what's up.

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 2:44 pm CT
Posted by: Bob, Northlake,

I was glad to the Marshall Field's signs bobbing on State Street today. Keep going!!!!

Date: Sat, December 12, 2015, 2:42 pm CT
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Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 4:55 pm CT
Posted by: Chris R,

Michael Francis is moving from Dreamworks to Walmart.

Francis started out at Field's on State Street working along side Amy Meadows. Then he went to Target for decades before being lured to JCPenney under the failed administration of former Mervyn's and Apple Store head Ron Johnson. From there Francis went to Gap and the Dreamworks. He'll now consult for Walmart.

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015, 3:33 pm CT
Posted by: George M,

my mother loved -- and i mean loved -- marshall fields and when it left she was devastated and today when my mom saw the marshall field's sign held up on saturday outside of macys it made her day. if marshall fields came back it would make her life.

what it meant for her was the beautiful stuff they had and the good feeling whenever she went there now she always goes there thinking about the great memories she had at marshall fields.

Date: Fri, December 11, 2015,  2:46 pm CT
Posted by: Group,

THANK YOU for keeping the FIeld's alive! �I miss Marshall Field's so much. .

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015, 4:20 pm CT
Posted by: Mike Russell,

I have to laugh at Macy's fictitious pricing games! I was looking at coffee machines on line and this is Macy's way of saying "We jacked up the original price.".

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Bring back Marshall Fields!

Date: Thurs, December 10, 2015,  9:27 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

This column profiles two companies that are rumored suitors for parts or all of Macy's and thus Marshall Field's. Those companies are Hudson's Bay and Selfridges Group.

Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 07:16 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,


Selfies for Selfridges

Come out this Saturday, December 12, 2015 from at least Noon to 2:00 pm (and probably before and long into the afternoon) and pose with our signs! Sometimes we take short breaks, so call 312.662.8980 if you want to meet us at a specific time.

Below are photos from Noon-5 pm last Saturday, December 5, 2015.

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Date: Wed, December 09, 2015, 08:26 am CT
FB Posted by: Jack L.,

I believe this was explained once either on this site or elsewhere on Facebook, but that explanation escapes me. Why does the Field's clock incorrectly represent the 4 as IIII rather than IV?

Date: Tues, December 08, 2015, 03:58 pm CT
FB Posted by: Carol J.,

If [Lundgren's buyout] happens, it's not happening because of our cause. In other words, our Liking or Not Liking this isn't going to make this go away, even if it leaves a terrible taste in our collective mouth. It's going to require smart, decisive, business-related decision-making to bring back Field's, and that includes the ability to move opportunistically when and if this occurs.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 09:32 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

What's interesting to me about this story is this is even being talked about. This represents a shift--that the topic of Macy's CEO being asked to scram suggests a sort of "where there's smoke there's fire." Something's up?

USAToday‬ Macy's Terry Lundgren (The guy who decided to get rid of Marshall Field's) gets a $154M golden parachute if Macy's is taken over/bought out.


Scram! 5 CEOs can get paid $1.3B to get lost
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's $157.9 million golden payout is getting attention. But she's far from the only CEO to arrange such a lucrative golden parachute.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 05:11 pm CT
FB Posted by: Sandra E.,

My mother worked for Marshall Field State Street store in a clerical position in the 1940's. I grew up with Fields as our store of choice. Always loved Fields and truly miss it. After I was born she stayed home with me full time and would take me down to shop and eat lunch in the Cafeteria on the 7th floor. Fields always had the best apple pie. Toys were my favorite department at that time. Will never shop at Macys!

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 03:24 am CT
FB Posted by: Susan C.,

That entrance is locate on the Red Line at pay level at Washington street. The entrance is still opened. there was also an entrance to the Brown line [at the second floor near Wabash and Randoplph] but that closed years ago.

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015, 02:59 am CT
FB Posted by: Linnea L.,

Was there once a direct entry from the underground el on state street into the basement of Marshall Field’s ? An entrance right off the platform. I thought I recall my parents taking me in a few times that way, which would have been in the 1960’s. You could avoid having to go up to ground level and outside to enter. Only during store hours. It was used mostly by employees, but not restricted to them. I could swear I used it several times myself much later, on my own. Now I wonder if I imagined it.

Date: Sun, December 06, 2015, 05:02 pm CT
FB Posted by: Paula K.,

Thanks for adding me. I happen to work in the 25 E Washington building, once the Field's Annex Men's Store Building. I remember when it was part of Field's. The Lobby is still gorgeous. You can see remnants of what it was, and it is still connected to the Macy's basement. I've been there since 1998. Love working in the building and love Marshall Field's.

Date: Sun, December 06, 2015, 01:48 pm CT
FB Posted by: Barbara J.,

I am out in Seattle since 2010 but will never forget Marshall Field's. I recall as a child going into Fields with my Christmas gift money and being treated so kindly. I recall buying a cookie cutter for my teacher and it being carefully wrapped in tissue and placed in a green Field's box. I usually frequented the Oak Park store and remember it so well. It is as though I have a virtual floorplan of the store in my memory.

I never shopped at Macy's after their treatment of all the loyal Marshall Field's customers. I make one exception in that I will eat frangos of the present themselves to me.

Date: Sat, December 05, 2015, 05:40 pm CT
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Date: Sat, December 05, 2015, 04:18 pm CT
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Date: Sat, December 05, 2015, 6:49 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Oooh... green boxes for Christmas. I am old enough to remember the white enamel (or beautifully printed) ones that were not collapsible. They were treasures in themselves. That is why I have found so many around the house pressed into storage service. I have retrieved them and other Field's goodies from every corner and retired them to create my own Field's shrine/archive. It is a palpable reminder of years of not just delight but a link to something special--we tend to save that which represents our "best" in some way. Certainly Field's is so strong a cultural component that the name will not just die off. That's a "brand" for sure!

Date: Fri, December 04, 2015, 4:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

We will be out on State Street in front of the store passing out bookmark flyers/leaflets and pin-on buttons tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, 2015 from at least Noon to 2:00 pm and mostly likely before and after those time slots.

If you wish to get a button ("Time to Bring Back Field's" or "Selfridges Chicago" designs) or a bookmark or if you want to pose with our signs for our "Selfies for Selfridges" campaign, please come on down. Buttons are very limited right now until we are able to obtain more-so we might run out.

If you want to make sure we will be there before coming, please call our cell at 312.662.8980. Occasionally we need to step away for a short break.

We also plan to be out on State Street at similar times on the three Saturday afternoons in December prior to Christmas, as well as a few other times to be determined.

If you plan to come or if you need further details, please email regards - AT - fieldsfanschicago - dot - org

Date: Fri, December 04, 2015, 3:18 pm CT
Posted by: G.L.,

When I was a child, my grandmother, a woman with style and grace, always purchased her grandchilden's Christmas presents at Marshall Field's. To me, that green Field's box represented Christmas and those memories still generate warm thoughts and emotions years later. That's the most you can hope for as a brand and speaks to Field's enduring legacy.

Date: Fri, December 04, 2015, 12:08 pm CT
Posted by: Lucie Brandeis,

We miss Marshall Field's. It would be terrible if the Macy's kept changing the store. Please bring it back.

Date: Thurs, December 03, 2015, 6:33 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Private to Mikea: In teh past 5-6 years, Selfridges has experience handling similar and worse situations in Toronto, London and Birmingham. And it sue didn't stop them from just purchasing Arnotts in Ireland.

Date: Thurs, December 03, 2015, 1:04 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

The comments about Hudson's Bay buying Macy's is good. The only thing that would work is Macy's supplies The Bay with a number of house brands.

Macy's needs to realize downsizing State Street below the 7th floor would kill the store. The Walnut room brings in so many visitors for the Christmas season. Also I said earlier the large size of the floors makes it difficult for residential or a hotel to come in.

The May Company downsized the great Wannamakers in PHl years ago to three levels from five for a Lord & Taylor. Macy's inherited a building that they would like to expand but cannot. The store tries to be a flagship and it is beautiful, but cluttered since the selling space is limited to three levels with the third floor only 3/4 used due to the Egyptian room and offices.

Date: Wed, December 02, 2015, 8:58 pm CT
Posted by: Philip eichler ,

I would still like to believe Macy's will leave State Street intact. The building is a white elephant if is not used as a grand retail destination. The other former department stores on State Street all were converted to rather low end users:institutional use,back offices for the city and state, not exactly high profit and both are plagued with financial problems.

I don't see Richard Baker buying Macy's (he controls Hudson's Bay) typically he buys better to high end stores, which Macy's is anything but. First thing he did when he bought Hudson's Bay was to dump the Zellers discount chain, why would he buy another one? He is a real estate man and does leverage the real estate, but puts the money back into growth. He is opening the first 2 Saks stores in Canada, one is being carved out of the Bay flagship. The Canadian stores look like a British store with space devoted to a food hall and in Fields fashion, a good amount of space devoted to food service. Go to the Saks website, and click on the winter palace, it is a video of the unveiling of the Christmas windows and see what he is doing with the flagship store. It is promising that someone still believes in the great department store.

Date: Mon, November 30, 2015, 7:36 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

I was so impressed by "gle", Lucie, and, especially G. (who flew in all tha way from the coast) who passed out pin-on buttons and flyers this past Saturday from Noon to 2:15 pm under the Great Clock at State and Washington. Hundred of flyers were distributed throughout. During the first 75 minutes or so, people stepped up and wanted their photo taken with our protest signs. We collected over three dozen photos. And then for the last hour, around 200 buttons were distributed. (Two designs: "Time To Bring Back Mashall Fields" as well as some "Selfridges Come Home To Chicago: The DNA of Marshall FIeld's") It's seemed as if we passed out more buttons than the number of Macy's bags being carried down State Street.

We hope to be back out again this Saturday. Stay in touch with this blog/guestbook or our Facebook pages.

Below are four dozen photos in our "Selfies for Selfridges" campaign, including three dozen taken this past weekend. Aside from Selfridges Group, it is rumored that Hudson's Bay has an interest in acquiring Macy's, Inc.


Saturdays, Novemver 2015
Selfies for Selfridges

Come out on Saturdays and look for us under the clock. With Macy's rumored to be a potential buyout target, we're recruiting potential buyers who would recognze the $419M value that is associated with the Marshall Field's trade name. The owners and operators of London's Selfridges are at the top of our list. Word has it that Hudson's Bay could also be an interested acquirer of Macy's/Bloomingdale's.

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Date: Sun, November 29, 2015, 10:31 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston,

It's funny how many movies I have seen Marshall Field's mentioned or featured in...the most recent being "Home Alone" on Saturday. When Kevin is in his parent's bedroom, a very clear view of a green Marshall Field's bag is seen at the end of the bed. Cary Grant mentions Marshall Field's in "North by Northwest" and an actor in "Silver Streak" mentions if they cannot get the train to stop it will ploy right through Marshall Field's. It amazes me how Macy's has wasted the enormous value of the Marshall Field's name and good will...a destination that was known nationally and internationally for decades.

Date: Sun, November 29, 2015, 4:44 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

It was really exciting to be on State Street last Saturday. As soon as we started taking the signs out people were taking our pictures and giving us a thumbs up. The response was so encouraging. And we got great photos of the "selfie's for Selfridge's."

Date: Sat, November 28, 2015, 7:29 pm CT
Posted by: Cal,

Nice to meet you on State Street today! It made my day. :-)

Date: Thurs, November 26, 2015, 11:11 am CT
Posted by: Pete,

I saw a story on I think on CNBC where they interviewed Terry Lundgren about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

He said that in 2001 and 2008 some apparent big wigs who he apparently pays attention to told him to cancel the parade for financial concerns.

The point is, apparently there are some people who do get his ear. Gotta be a lot of other people who say Marshall Field's is a huge asset and should be brought back.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Date: Tues, November 24, 2015, 6:40 pm CT
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Regarding Selfridges...


Date: Tues, November 24, 2015, 3:44 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

We will be out on State Street in front of the store passing out bookmark flyers/leaflets and pin-on buttons this Black Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, 2015 from at least Noon to 2:00 pm each day and mostly likely before and after those time slots.

If you wish to get a button ("Time to Bring Back Field's" or "Selfridges Chicago" designs) or a bookmark or if you want to pose with our signs for our "Selfies for Selfridges" campaign, please come on down. If you want to make sure we will be there before coming, please call our cell at 312.662.8980.

We also plan to be out on State Street at similar times on the three Saturday afternoons in December prior to Christmas, as well as a few other times to be determined.

If you plan to come or if you need further details, please email regards - AT - fieldsfanschicago - dot - org

Date: Tues, November 24, 2015, 3:32 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Macy's unveiled their NYC Herald Square 34th Street Christmas Windows today. Most all of the windows are Peanuts and Charlie Brown Christmas themed. It's apparent that significantly more money was put into the 34th Street windows than at State Street. (State Street features Peanuts only at the State/Washington corner window). There are also interactive features at the 34th Street display. The windows at 34th Street look great. The following slides are from the I'm not sure if you need to be a subscriber to see all of these.

Date: Tues, November 24, 2015, 12:42 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

I read the prediction in Fortune about Macy's and Hudson's Bay.

The Bay currently and for many years has carried Macy's private label merchandise Style & Co, Hotel, INC., Green Dog to name a few.

Macy's would be a large company to buy out and with all of the stores Hudson's Bay has in the USA Lord & Taylor , Saks adding Macy's and Bloomingdale's might violate anti trust laws. Bloomingdale's and Saks are similiar stores as is in part Macy's and Lord & Taylor.


A more likely prediction is Bon Ton filing for chapter 11 and selling stores. They are having a difficult time and if Christmas is not good, they may have to resort to a filing.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 6:29 pm CT
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Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 1:28 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Fortune magazine predicts that Hudson's Bay, the Canadian department store operator that owns Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, will purchase Macy's/Bloomingdale's in 2016. Depending on how it turns out, it could be good or bad for our cause for Marshall Field's to return to State Street.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 10:20 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Was listening on the radio about two hugenormous drug companies merging, Pfizer and Allergran. Macy's execs should take note. If they they merge the right way with Selfridge's, they could have the huge benefit of a tax inversion.

Just playing Macy's advocate for another reason that this could be a good deal. Then again, bringing back Marshall Field's would be a good deal for them and they don't take advantage.

Date: Mon, November 23, 2015, 08:15
Posted by: Susan NY,

Dumb and Dumber I guess. They are nothing if not consistent.

Hey guys at Macy's! Is this the heritage you want to your credit? Couldn't you send someone to Greatness Class to bring back some new ideas? Like instead of plucking your golden goose, feed it and let it lay the golden eggs.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 5:06 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels,

Oh me, oh my. Those wacky folks at Macy's have their super-duper excuse machine in overdrive.

To account for failing to meet sales forecasts during the past quarter, the excuses ranged from too cold to too snowy to too rainy to too warm. They use the same excuse for both in-store and on-line sales. How does the weather affect someone at home shopping on line?

USA Today (11/19) had an article about "what is killing department stores." Macy's posted lower revenue. To improve sales, Macy's is going to launch a program to custom merchandise selection to individual markets. HOLD ON! That sounds just like the "My Macy's" program launched a few years ago. Remember the signage up and down State Street promoting the program? Well, if it didn't work once, let's try it again!

The upscale department stores (like Nordstrom are fairing better with revenue growth at around 8.4% during the past twelve months.

So perhaps people re attracted to good service, great selection, quality goods, and clean/orderly stores. Hmm, just like Marshall Fields. Time to bring back the brand I would think.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 2:12 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I have seen reports on PBS about what the Westin family has done to bring Selfridge's around, and would love to see them do the same for Marshall Field's. I would love to se them come to Chicago.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 9:16 pm CT
Posted by: Karen Roberts,

I think Selfridge would be a very great operator of Marshall Field's. I studied abroad in London about four years ago. Selfridge gave off the same vibe that I used to get at Field's when I was little about 12-15 years ago. Macy's is so middle of the road. Do they ever come up with anything original? Macy's is the McDonald's of department stores. Bloomingdale's is just an expensive version of middle-of-the-road. I really hope Macy's gets its act together and makes a deal to work with Selfridge.

In the meantime, I would say that I avoid Macy's whenever I can, but it's actually pretty easy to do. It's not even any effort. There are so many other more awesome places to shop. Macy's is never on my list of regular places I even think about shopping. Field's was always on my list. Same for my mother.

Date: Sun, November 22, 2015, 4:01 am CT
Posted by: Teri ,

I continue to refuse to shop at Macy's. I've moved to South Carolina 1 1/2 years ago. There is a Macy's in Savannah which is 30 minutes from my home. Even here, everyone seems to want a return of Marshall Fields on State Street. There are many Illinois residents where I live. They also, like me, refuse to shop at Macy's because of what they did to Marshall Field's.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 3:57 pm CT
Posted by: Pat W, Texas,

Having stumbled upon this site quite by accident, I was astonished to learn how many people shared my feelings about M-F and miss it as intensely as I do. We lived n Houston Texas until four years ago, and still live nearby. Marshall Field had two stores here, one in Town and Country and one in the Galleria. Most of my shopping jaunts were to the Town and Country store because it was close to home, but I also made regular trips to the Galleria site. I never left either store empty handed nor did I ever leave without finding that precisely right item. The family joke was that when Mother died she wanted to be buried under Marshall Field.

The stores here were a class act....even for Houston. All of the merchandise was the embodiment of quality and style. Over twenty years later there are still articles of clothing in my closet that were purchased there; and yes, I’m still wearing them. They do not appear dated or worn, undoubtedly because of the styling and the quality of fabrics and workmanship. They are truly timeless classics, totally unlike what

we are finding on the racks of so many retailers today which is best described as “throw away”. Many of my husband’s clothes were purchased there. He prized them because they were impeccably tailored and well fitting. My son clung to his forever and still reminisces about how he misses the store (or at least the clothes his “momma”) bought for him. In the back of his closet is a barn jacket I bought for him that he cherished. It has grown too snug, but it is nonetheless too dear to him to part with.

The Country Shop line was and still is without peer.

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 10:54 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

THIS AFTERNOON! Please stop by for your "Selfie for Selfridges." I will be out mid to late afternoon under the Great Clock at State and Washington. It helps us a great deal as we send them to Selfridges owners to support our plea for Field’s. I do have to take breaks now and then so if you are making a special trip, please call my cell phone at 312.662.8980 or email jjmckay -at- before coming to confirm we're there at the same time. Thank you!

(If you can't come, OK, but please don't post excuses.)

Date: Sat, November 21, 2015, 10:01 am CT
Posted by: David, in Geneva,

Since Macy's people post here, I thought I would post as a former employee at Carson's!

If Bon-Ton had come back to State Street, Carson's would have killed Macy's. It could be that they would have brought Marshall Field's back. Given the cold-heartedness of Macy's, I think they would have just closed State Street. It is rumored that Water Tower makes more money, although it's not as cool of a store.

Some of us also wonder if another company ended up Marshall FIeld's. The thought is that Macy's then would have purchased the norther dept. stores group from Saks = Carson's, Boston Store, Bergner's, Herberger's, Younkers. Those stores pretty much duplicate the footprint of Marshall FIeld's, Hudson's & Dayton's.

But, things turned out differently. If Bon-Ton goes bankrupt, look for a lot of stores to just close outright while Macy's and J.C.Penney will buy a few of the good performers like Harlem Irving or Lincolnwood Town Center. But not many. Maybe Von Maur will bite on one or two, like at Hawthorn.

Macy's is getting more and more like a Kohl's that sells mattresses. Marshall Field's should not be Macy's.

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 6:10 pm CT
Posted by: Bob ,

I wholeheartedly agree with the spirit of this site.

At the same time, I have worked in the past for both Macy's and Bloomingdale's. I'm very skeptical that anything will change. It's very sad because they have a really great opportunity in State Street and Field's.

Date: Fri, November 20, 2015, 6:03 pm CT
Posted by: TW,

I have refused to shop at Macy's since the desecration of The patron saint of shopping Marshall Fields. May Selfridges see our outpouring of Selfridge love, dedication to a world class standard and our deep desperation and have compassion for our lack of options. May they hear our cries for higher standards and quality and agree that they are our answer. Our solution. And.... if you will..... Our salvation.

Let the people say..... Selfridges.

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 10:19 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

Crains Throwback Thursday on Field's and Macy's.
Please read the comments and add your own.

One comment from "ChicagoeJoe:"

Thanks for the thorough discussion and timeline of events. I'm struck by three things.

1) Marshall Field V has some numbers to back up his opinion. Indeed the brand is a pretty good one. According to the last SEC 10K filings before Field's was absorbed into Macy's, Marshall Field's trade names were valued at $419M. SEC 10K filings at the same time showed Macy's and Bloomingdale's trade names combined were listed as $377M and all the rest of May Department Store's trade names including Lord and Taylor had a combined value of under $190M.

2) I don't think Macy's has ever publicly issued sales figures for State Street or the other former Field's locations in Chicago since the conversion. Why not? As exemplified above, for years before Federated/Macy's/Bloomingdale's took over Field's, it was quite common to see exact sales figures for Field's in the Chicago area and even specifically for State Street. And do keep in mind that two-thirds of the former Field's stores that Macy's says were not doing so well were actually former Dayton's and Hudson's locations.

3) Renting out the space to other vendors was actually inspired by Selfridges in London where it was a huge success as the "stores within a store" concept. Field's did a Chicago version and had success at State Street and was getting ready to something similar at the Minneapolis flagship when Macy's took over. That strategy is still used by Selfridges today and is why Selfridges is considered the world's best department store as voted by its peers and it's space is filled.

With current rumors saying State Street will be condensed severly, the grass roots group FieldsFansChicago released a proposal for Selfridges owners, Toronto's Galen Weston family, to take a stake in Macy's or buy the State Street store to turn it around. Details are at

Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 2:55 pm CT
Posted by: FieldsFansChicago,


(CHICAGO—November 19, 2015) Steps Up Its Campaign

“Selfridges: Come Home to Chicago and Save Marshall Field’s!”

For more information:

Email: regards -AT-


Twitter: @FieldsFansChgo


Instagram: FieldsFansChicago

The grassroots organization FieldsFansChicago is stepping up its campaign to bring Selfridges back to Chicago and “Save Marshall Field’s.” Specifically, the organization is working to lure London’s Selfridges Group and the family of Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Galen Weston to make a deal to restore the international retail and cultural destination Marshall Field & Company back to State Street. Indeed, a whole new chapter in the story of Mr. Selfridge could be written.

The newly refreshed efforts are in response to news reports that Macy’s, Inc. is reviewing options for maximizing stockholder value by redeveloping, reconfiguring, downsizing, or even selling part or all of the formerly world-renowned Marshall Field’s flagship store at 111 North State Street. But we of FieldsFansChicago say that the maximum value of this asset is far from realized while the store remains another Macy’s and can only be unlocked when it is operated once again as the unique Marshall Field’s.

To support this, FieldsFansChicago has refreshed several initiatives:

- Raise awareness of the unrealized value of Marshall Field’s. Inform Macy’s stockholders, business and civic leaders, and the shopping public that The Wall Street Journal recently valued the State Street store at $1.74 billion, a value that is maximized when the store is operated with the Marshall Field’s trade name, which itself was valued at $419 million in SEC 10-K filings before the name was mothballed. Today, Macy’s market cap was $12.4 billion.

- Expanded pin-on button campaign. Distribution of yellow pin-on buttons that say, “Selfridges Come Home to Chicago” have been added to FieldsFansChicago’s previous distribution of “Time to Bring Back Marshall Field’s” buttons and stickers. Over 142, 000 buttons and stickers have been distributed so far.

- Educational bookmark flyer distribution. Over 175,000 bookmark-style flyers have been distributed, educating all about why the restoration of Marshall Field’s to State Street is a good deal for everyone and the unique historic connection between Marshall Field’s and Selfridges.

- “Selfies for Selfridges.” This is a new social media campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where Chicagoans and Chicago visitors show support for our latest efforts by posing under the Marshall Field’s clock on State Street with Selfridges and Marshall Field’s signs and pin-on buttons.

Buttons and bookmark flyers will be distributed and “Selfies for Selfridges” will be taken at various times on Black Friday, November 27, 2015, as well as Saturday afternoons through Christmas. See contact details for exact times.

The Historical Context

Selfridges can attribute its world-class pedigree to the DNA of the internationally renowned Marshall Field & Company on State Street. There, Harry Gordon Selfridge started his career by playing a pivotal role for 25 years in defining the Marshall Field & Company that was experienced throughout the 20th century. For his second act, Mr. Selfridge translated and replicated his Field’s experience by creating London’s own world-class emporium, Selfridge & Co., on Oxford Street. Today, Selfridges is considered the “best department store in the world” by the Intercontinental Group of Department stores. Reciprocally, Marshall Field & Company on State Street successfully interpreted and implemented a Chicago version of Selfridges’ Oxford Street “stores within a store” concept during the early 2000s, before Field’s was converted to Macy’s.

Toronto’s Galen Weston and his family are the masterminds behind the current world-class success of Selfridges. Through Selfridges Group, the Galen Weston family successfully operates other historic department and specialty stores under their original names and styles in Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. And the Galen Weston family operates the largest grocery and drug store chains in Canada, Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart, as well as Canada’s expansive Choice Properties REIT. For several decades, Chicago was the base of Galen Weston’s U.S. retail operations.

People want more than Marshall Field’s nostalgia and historical markers at State Street—they want the Marshall Field’s experience restored as a vibrant, contemporary, world-class emporium. Surveys of more than 2,000 shoppers from 2009 to 2012 showed that 4 out of 5 people interviewed overwhelmingly prefer Marshall Field’s to Macy’s.

For further information, email regards -AT-

FieldsFansChicago is solely responsible for the content of this press release. It is not connected with nor endorsed by Selfridges Group, the Galen Weston family, Macy’s, Inc., or others.


Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015, 1:07 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Dear FieldsFans:


Assuming that we don't get 12" of snow as some forecasts are projecting as of the moment, would you be willing to come down to State Street to support Marshall Field's for an hour or two under the Great Clock at State and Washington?

You can help pass out our fliers or better yet, help with the signs used for our "Selfies for Selfridges" initiative.

If you can assist, please email me at jjmckay AT me DOT com or call 312.662.8980 so we can arrange times. You can even reach us at that number while we are on State Street in case you can help at the last minute.

Thank you.


Date: Thurs, November 19, 2015,  9:07 am CT
Posted by: Anna ,

Well, it looks like Carson's will go BK if it doesn't do well this Christmas. Stock is down over 40% today. I bet Macy's would cherry pick a few of the better locations and leave the locations in B-class malls alone. Macy's really doesn't want more stores. They also want less.

It still makes sense to run Field's as a single destination on State Street.

Date: Wed, November 18, 2015, 5:35 pm CT
Posted by: Tyree A.,

Field's is still sorely missed. Macy's is no match.

Date: Tues, November 17, 2015, 4:19 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

On this day in 2004, Kmart announced a surprise deal to acquire Sears for $11 billion.

Based on what we hear in the news, I can only hope that there's a surprise deal to bring back Marshall Field's.

Date: Tues, November 17, 2015, 9:56 am CT
Posted by: mikea,

Right now writing on this blog, I seem to wonder with all that happened last week, does any of this matter as much as it did before be it the Bears, Cubs, Hawks, Bulls winning, the next new shiny toy for Christmas, protests over the police, corporate profits rising etc.

One comment after listening to other retailers 3rd quarter, it was not good. Nordstrom had lower traffic, Dillard's sales way down, yet the lower priced retailers Wal-Mart, Kohl's, and even JC Penney did better. Wondering if there is a shift in spending, less on higher end goods and more on leisure and travel.

Seems the airports are crowded and hotels, the last few months and I pretty much travel every 2 weeks or more.

Macy's needs to evaluate what they plan on doing with the real estate. It would be a one time profit gain, yet if they cannot right the entire company those short term profits are like putting a band aid on a gushing wound.

They have a gem in State Street the best building for retail in the country. They must realize they cannot downsize it to 5 levels without destroying sales. The Walnut room and the tree must be preserved. If they out right sell the entire building and a new retailer comes in, they too must realize the value in the traditions and the store and not carve it up into small pieces as Carson's and Wieboldt's are now.

The main problem is the floor areas are so large that residential would not really work with the limited amount of window space for the units. Let's just hope that short term profits and shortsightedness does not destroy the wonderful 111 N. State Street building!!!!!

Date: Sun, November 15, 2015, 14:01
Posted by: Carmella,

You know...I grew up shopping with my mom at Marshall Fields and I remember how gorgeous the place was! It felt like such a treat and I can only compare it to staying at a 5 star hotel! The selection, quality, customer service, and overall feel said quality! Please come back!

Date: Sun, November 15, 2015, 9:42 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,


SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP BRING BACK FIELD'S--write a brief email to the Sun-Times, even if it's one sentence.

The Chicago Sun-Time doesn't have comments after its newspaper articles BUT YOU CAN HELP by EMAILING a response to Be sure to include the words "FOR PUBLICATION" in your response. Also be sure to included your name, address and phone number. They usually will confirm before publication. They won't print your address, but they will print your town (or neighborhood if in Chicago). If you live outside the Chicago area, that's actually better because it drives home how Field's is a national and international brand, unlike most other mothballed department store brands. Writing letters does make a difference!

(The Chicago Tribune has also been running stories on this. Letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION." Writing is something you can do to help our cause to bring back Marshall Field's.)

Date: Sat, November 14, 2015, 12:21 CT
Posted by: gle,

"Chicago Tonight" on Friday November 13 briefly discussed Macy's proposed changes of the upper floors on State Street to residential. The host asked how would you like to live there, and one of the media guest said, "Yes, if someone else pays for it." Another thought it might be nice to live in the Marshall Field's building, and they did say Marshall Fields. That was about it.

Date: Sat, November 14, 2015, 12:18 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

So if the alderman is only committed to the first floor on State Street remaining retail, what's going to happen to the Walnut Room and the Great Tree? That's all most people go there for if they do go.

Date: Sat, November 14, 2015, 08:39
Posted by: Susan NY,

Seeing these most recent posts is so very dismaying. After all this, Macy's is too stupid, inept, and mean to fix this or they would have done so. They got themselves into this pickle with all of us jumping up and down on the sidelines, begging them to go back to Field's all these years. Now they have found an alderman to help them continue generating their mess to fill the dumpster to overflowing with the last bits of Field's unique gift to the city. Brilliant.

Here is a quote I recently rediscovered that adds power to the argument for restoring Fields: "...regardless of their background, training, or philosophical bent, people are predisposed to aesthetic experience....The opposite of aesthetic is anaesthetic, which is usually defined as a deadening of the senses, or a substance which blocks sensation." The author then refers to Thomas Moore's "The Re-Enchanment of Daily Life." Beverly Gordon, Bazaars and Fair Ladies, xxv.

From the Amazon blurb for Moore's book:

Starting from the premise that we can no longer afford to live in a disenchanted world, Moore shows that a profound, enchanted engagement with life is...a necessity for one's personal and collective survival. [Regarding] specific aspects of daily life such as clothing, food, furniture, architecture... Moore describes the renaissance these can undergo when there is a genuine engagement with beauty, craft, nature, and art in both private and public life.

We had it in Field's. As their prerogative, Macy's has taken something precious from us and flung the theft in our faces as an 'improvement'. How nice there is an equally benighted alderman helping to secure the long-term effects of this crippling loss for Chicago.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 8:44 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

Yahoo Finance has had links to numerous articles to the downward spiral at macy. Reading through the comments one can see there are two predominant negative comments about macy. First complaint is the poor quality, overpriced, blah merchandise they are trying to sell. Second issue is the conversion of all the popular local department stores into macy; evidently many shoppers preferred their own iconic stores to the "magic" name from New York.

Of MANY posts about the lost retailers, ONE name was predominant.

Clearly the macy board has been unaware of or indifferent to consumer dissatisfaction. Perhaps this drop in sales and stock values will cause the macy board to reevaluate their operations. Show Terry the exit, decide that they are no longer competing with Target and Kmart, hire skilled buyers and eliminate discount store brands like Martha Stewart and Alfani, and restore the strong regional nameplates.

If the macy board of directors doesn't read the comment boards and understand that after all these years shoppers STILL want Marshall Field's, they will continue to preside over a downward spiral.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 8:02 pm CT
Posted by: Tina Franks,

Bleeding Money, Macy's Dives Into The Bargain Bin

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 12:40 pm CT
Posted by: Jim,

As the store becomes less and less retail, the store becomes more and more vulnerable to bo longer being Marshall Field's or any retail establishment at all. The alderman says he is only committed to the first floor remaining retail.


Discusses Macy's development plans at State Street.

Hey, Kroger: Don’t mess up Mariano’s, writes @MarySchmich (not that she really cares)

Letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION." Writing is something you can do to help our cause to bring back Marshall Field's.



Alderman Ready To Work With Macy's Re-Purposing State Street Store:

Letters to the editor of the Chicago Sun-Times can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION." Again, is something you can do to help our cause to bring back Marshall Field's.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 12:01 pm CT
Posted by: Erick,

After all these years, It's finally becoming more obvious that Macy's needs to return the State Street store back to Marshall Fields-in name and in quality. Redeveloping the State Street store is not going to helping declining sales. Bringing back Marshall Fields is the only option.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 7:37 am CT
Posted by: Jeanne C. Fuchs,

Amazing, the loyalty of so many to what Macy's considers "development meat". I just stumbled on this website while reading the WSJ story on Macy's bad earnings/stock report. So happy to see that people are working to bring back our elegant Field's. I worked in Sales Promotion there in the 50's, when John Moss was in charge of the windows, Budd Gore the Advertising, Larry Sizer in charge of all - what wonderful days. What a beautiful store. What beautiful merchandise - and customer service like no other. I know it became a little shopworn late in the century - but its restoration both as an architectural gem and a merchandise gem should not be impossible. Good luck to all of you Fields Fans out there. Count me in.

Date: Fri, November 13, 2015, 1:45 am CT
Posted by: Robert Mau,

Wouldn't it be awesome if Macy's sells State Street AND the Marshall Field's brand? I'm sure some group of investors would jump on it.

Date: Thurs, November 12, 2015, 7:12 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Our baloney has a name and it is spelled M-A-C-Y-S.

Buy a stable of fine race horses, starve them, put them into one stall, complain that they don't win races any more, and have them put down. There! Money saved on a bunch of old nags you don't have to worry about any longer. Brilliant move, the ledger is in the black again.

I guess it does not matter whether you have a glittering MBA and a thousand properties— anyone can be dense.

Selfridge on a few floors and supermarket on the first floor? Talk about a knife through the heart.

Tourists in the Walnut Room? What tourists? The ones not buying elsewhere in the store? We don't need that walnut any more... sell that! Who needs a Tiffany ceiling over a canned goods unit? Sell that!


Date: Thurs, November 12, 2015, 6:53 am CT
Posted by: Joan Keeler,

This business where their redeveloping the State Street store does not sound good to me for Field's. Someone needs to talk to the mayor.

I did not know that LensCrafters was part of Macy's. Now I am also boycotting LensCrafters everywhere.

This is such a shame. It's what people predicted 10 years ago when the horrible news that Macy's was taking over Marshall Fields came out.

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 4:17 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

Just finished listing to the conference call

a few points

1) Retail is going down, not unsure why however Macy's has decreased their offerings and cut down some of their departments

A) They claim home is doing so well then why close the cellar in Herald Square to put in Juniors merchandise and move it a smaller area on 8. The same is true at State Street they are decreasing the size of home

2)State Street is having less clearance while other stores are getting the clearance for backstage. Some stores ie Herald Square look like a bloomingdales while others look like a Kohl's

3) I don't see any new special merchandise coming to State Street just consolidating the space for the home store

4) This new real estate initiative can hopefully mean leasing the higher floors 10 and above which are mainly vacant and moving the regional offices to 9. Leasing out space in the lower floors to other retailers maybe even a grocery store on the lower level.

Another alternative would be to sell space on certain floors to a new high end retailer Harrod's or another new retailer to Chicago.

I don't see the store going any lower than the 7th floor. The Walnut room brings in way to many tourists at Christmas.

FYI Target tried many years ago to lease the upper floors 10 and above as office space. They had the problem with the floors being so large finding tenants. Carson's and Wieboldt's did that while they were still open, but their floors were much smaller in size and easier to lease.

Macy's needs to go back to the basics and make their stores special again as when they were RH MACY not Macy's INC.

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 2:13 pm
Posted by: Jane Phillips,

What's this all about????

Macy's rethinks State Street flagship



Macy's is considering redeveloping its sprawling State Street store as the retailer seeks new sources of revenue.

Cincinnati-based Macy's said in a statement today that it has begun exploring potential joint ventures “or other deal structures with third parties” for flagship real estate in Chicago, Manhattan, San Francisco and Minneapolis.

Redevelopments would be done “in a manner that maintains a robust Macy's retail store presence while also bringing alternative use into those buildings,” Macy's said in the statement...

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 12:11 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

So macy sales and profits were down in the third quarter. Lundgren cites one reason as the loss of business from international visitors.

Maybe, just maybe, since macy is everywhere it is no longer anything special to international or domestic tourists. macy is New York, Marshall Field's is Chicago, Burdines is Florida--each region had an iconic department store that attracted visitors; macy has diluted the value of its own nameplate by becoming as commonplace as McDonald's or Walmart.

Relating the link above to comments by mikea: there is definitely a correlation between "joint ventures" with developers and downsizing sales floors, dropping merchandise lines, cutting back on store decoration and maintenance. That is EXACTLY the same strategy they used in Pittsburgh. Make the store less of an attraction so that sales decline, affiliate with a developer to allegedly better utilize the flagship property, PROMISE to maintain a presence in the renovated building THEN ultimately shut down. State Street and Nicollet Mall may soon experience the same "magic" used to make St Paul, Houston, Pittsburgh and other downtown locations disappear.

It is sad that ONE egomaniac was able to destroy the joy of shopping across this great nation. He has destroyed beloved regional nameplates, traditions and local pride with his misguided notion that shoppers all want to experience "the magic" of a nondescript, downmarket, ubiquitous competitor to Target and JCPenney.

Isn't it LONG PAST time for Lundgren to retire?

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 9:30 am CT
Posted by: Alfred I.,

Regarding Real Estate Deals:

Hmmm ... Subletting: what an unimaginative (putting it politely) way to use the value of an asset—compared with, for example, bringing Field's back to State Street in name, quality, and service!

Here's to the M store's lack of visionary ability to maximize its precious emerald asset, Field's State Street: (Many "Thumbs Down")

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 9:27 am
Posted by: Jackson T.,

Regarding Lenscrafters:

It's had them in some stores branded as Macy's Optical. If you go to any Lens Crafters or Macy's Optical both can access your records with them.

The only reason I know is because I've had eye exams and purchased glasses at both places and the last time at Lens Crafters they pulled it all up and told me they had the same parent company, Luxotica (sp?).

Regarding REITS:

The REITS and retailers not owning their stores only helped the demise of many a great store. That started back in the 80's. Gimbels in NYC closed in part because it was decided that the Real Estate was worth more than the ongoing business.

Sad! At least back in the day - Federated had it's own Real Estate Division. It have them more control over land lease terms and mall development.

Regarding LBO:

LBO - not sure if that's a good thing or not?

DEFINITION of 'Leveraged Buyout - LBO' The acquisition of another company using a significant amount of borrowed money (bonds or loans) to meet the cost of acquisition. Often, the assets of the company being acquired are used as collateral for the loans in addition to the assets of the acquiring company. Often it leads to a significant amount of debt.

Personal note...many LBOs have landed companies in Bankruptcy. So I guess it really would depend in the buyer. Perhaps bankruptcy could help to bring back Fields and a few other Regionals that were profitable!

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 9:24 am CT br>Posted by: Jim McKay,

Right now, Macy's is having it's Q3 Conference call. Terry Lundgren is joining the CFO, Karent Hoguet. It's unusual for him to join these calls so some big announcements must be happening. He mentioned real estate. It's live right now at this link:

A few notes I made on Facebook:

-- Terry Lundgren, CEO and Chairman (TL): Macy's is adding Lenscrafters to its stores.

My take: more middle market, less special than Field's. Not a good thing from a Field's perspective.

-- TL: Will consider real estate deals (sounds like sublets or offering portions of stores including Herald Square/34th/NYC, Union Square/SF, State Street/Chicago, & Minneapolis.

My personal intrepretation is that it could mean downsizing State Street. I don't think that's so good.

-- Karen Hoguet, CFO (KH) : Transactions (a proxy for traffic) down 3.6%; -5.2% at comp stores, tourist stores slow. A total of four reasons which you can listen to later on the web rebroadcast.

Also four areas they did well and look promising. Northwest area did best this quarter (translates to me to mean former Bon Marche, Meier and Frank, etc. areas--Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake, etc.)

-- And of course 35-40 stores will be closed. I know some think this is a sign of weakness, but I think it's a strength. In Chicagoland, there's 16-18 stores. However, states like California have double or more concentration while other areas have some malls with two Macy's. That's for starters. There are too many stores in some areas where others lose money.

-- They will add Macy's Backstage to some larger stores. Macy's Backstage is a competitor to TJ Maxx, Ross Stores, etc. I think this makes sense and is a good idea in general to chain as an nationwide company.

-- KH is offering some very, very sound reasons for not going with the full-fledged REIT. She is still talking about it but some very good reasons.

-- KH: Partnerships and deals to make more money on four flagship stores (NYC, SF, State Street and Minneapolis on the real estate. Working with Tishman Speyer to redevelop unused space.

You can and are encouraged to listen in two hours at the same link above when it is available for listening on demand. Seeking Alpha sometimes also has rights to transcribe and offer written transcripts online.

Handling inventory is one of Macy's strengths. Howerver, they are struggling with excess inventory and, I think fairly the unusally warm fall is one legit reason.

-- KH is now talking about attracting new customers especially Millenials. about restoring Marshall Field's?

-- Finally an interesting question from an analyst: Someone named Larry posed concern that Macy's could be acquired in an LBO. KH, the CFO, really paused before answering.

If i were in the room, I'd ask, "How about a deal by the Westons, controlling family of Selfridges?"

-- Macy's stock is down 14.69% as of the moment (via iOS Stocks app) 9:33 am, Chicago Time). Down to $40.12. Was in the $60s organically in the mid summer. The REIT rumors "unnaturally" (IMHO) kicked up the value to over $70 back in July. I think it will rebound a bit later in the day and week.

Date: Wed, November 11, 2015, 7:55 am CT
Posted by: Jim,

Conference call for Macy's 3rd Quarter right now.

Terry Lundgren is joining the call which is unusual.

There will be announcements about real estate.

Follow links at

Date: Tues, November 12, 2015, 11:28 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Tomorrow, Macy's releases its third-quarter results.

For all of Macy's claims that its stores in Chicago are doing so great, how come they don't release figures about them?

12-13 years ago, it was not uncommon to read in the paper how State Street or Michigan Avenue were doing individually.

If State Street was really doing great, then Macy's would be crowing the details from the rooftops, don't you think???

In response to MikeA, I think Macy's has made up its mind already to selloff part of the State Street store. They just won't say anything till after Christmas because it'll scare people off from shopping at the store. Just my humble opinion


Date: Tues, November 10, 2015, 6:12 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Down, Field's, down.

See Macy's go.

Flop, flop, flop.

Date: Mon, November 09, 2015, 11:51 am CT
Posted by: Mikea,

I was at State Street on Friday. It is becoming a disappointment going in there. First the Christmas Decorations are not the inspiring colorful ones of the last few years , instead just plain a lot of ornaments, very little decorated trees.

The large garlands have been replaced by twinkling stars which are not large enough to fill the two atriums. Most likely all of this a cost cutting measure.

Also very disheartening is the closing off of sales areas on the 6th floor and some on the lower level for stockrooms. It seems that State Street cannot sell anything that Herald Square will not sell.

What happened to the My Macy's program of localization?????

If Macy's needs extra money to run State Street they should think about leasing out more space to other retailers or specialty stores like Target did. They already messed the store up, closing the Wabash escalators and the 9th floor, now they are closing more parts of the store. They are also eliminating more brands for cost cutting.

I did send them an e-mail with my complaints and concerns.

Date: Sun, November 08, 2015, 3:07 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

It was great to see Field's Fans under the clock on Saturday November 7, and really encouraging that so many passers-by still miss their Marshall Field's and want back. Our Field's AND Selfridge's button were a hot item.

The Macy's tree-lighting was covered very briefly on the evening news (most stations had sports instead). Channel 9 showed a countdown with some kids, lights going on and part of a song by celebrity Jordin Sparks. The anchor-woman said this was the 108th tree lighting and then added, "Dating back to when it was called--Marshall Field's."

Channel 5 showed the same countdown and announced this year's theme, "All that glitters is gold" and the windows theme, "Santa's journey to the stars." The Charlie Brown window at State and Washington was not mentioned.

After the sports was over (very late) Channel 32 highlighted the appearance by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Make-a-Wish kids as they showed the tree--nothing else.

Also of note, has a 12-minute interview with Andrea Schwartz, VP of Macy’s Chicago, called "Macy’s Walnut Room 108th Annual Great Tree Lighting and the Art We Grew Up With." She credits their idea for the Peanuts artifacts they are selling as something they saw at Selfridge's.

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 9:40 pm
FB Posted by: Sharon K,

So I understand they lit the giant tree in the Walnut Room today in Chicago.If they kept the name Walnut Room, why couldn't they have kept it inside Marshall Fields instead of changing to Macy's?

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 6:48 pm
FB Posted by: Alfred I.,


About Selfridges and Field's, see

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 6:35 pm
FB Posted by: Stephanie S.,


Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 3:31 pm
FB Posted by: Jackson T.,

Totally agree! (with James K.)

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 2:15 pm
FB Posted by: Alfred I.,

Yes, James K.!

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 2:05 pm
FB Posted by: James K.,

In so many arenas we've sold out the idea of "local" in deference to the big impersonal conglomerates. Field's really epitomized "Chicago" and the idea at least of the "Best of Chicago." The same thing has happened in publishing and newspapers and radio stations. We've gone "generic"-- programing and what's covered is done from afar and usually by someone who doesn't really even know the city. We need to regain our regional, and local identities. It's WAY too easy to wake up somewhere and not know where you are because everything is alike. (I'm not saying that've woken up anywhere and not known where I am smile emoticon But you get my drift.) I'll never relate to a mall-- but I'll meet you under the clock at Fields! Haute Chicago at its best....

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 12:43 pm
FB Posted by: David P.,

...i Hope it'll happen - I Love Marshall Fields : )

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 12:10 pm
FB Posted by: Alfred I.,

H O O R A Y ! all you lovely Field's Fans!

Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

Date: Sat, November 07, 2015, 12:03 pm
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

At Marshall Field and Company Building, at Noon today.

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 10:57 pm
Posted by: gayle,

Hi Field's friends,

We really need you! Please come out to State Street tomorrow for leafleting. There will be a lot of news coverage surrounding the event, and we really want to show a good turnout for the cameras. Please, even if you can only spend 1/2 hour, your presence will be noted. Bring a friend. Heck, bring a LOT of friends! Please let's give Marshall Field's the support they deserve.

Hoping to see you!


Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 4:45 pm
Posted by: Alfred Imhoff,

Calling all Field's Fans: If you're in or near Chicago, please come to State & Washington tomorrow, Saturday, November 7, from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, to leaflet for the return of Field's! Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 3:20 pm
Posted by: Kelly,

I haven't posted for a few years but wanted to share reflections of last week's trip to Chicago (first time since Fields' demise). I traveled with a friend from Boston who loves art and architecture and had never been to Chicao. We both wanted to see the Field's building.

What a disappointment, yet strangely not surprising: 80s music was blaring throughout the store, directional signs were poor, (fake) sale signs and red stars vastly outnumbered customers. The carpets were dirty, and I spotted someone's discarded cracker crumbs on a railing under the mosaic ceiling. The Frango cafe and Walnut Room were empty. The day after Halloween, the State Street side of the store featured Christmas decorations while the windows were covered in paper announcing that M's "magic" was coming.

During out visit, I wore my Field's button around the city and got several comments. It was good to know that Marshall Field's is not forgotten.

It was difficult to convey to my friend what Marshall Field's was to Chicago. He was sure that I was overreacting, even when we talked about the ongoing movement to bring back Field's. In the Boston area, M's takeover of Filene's generated little comment. I still won't shop at or accept gifts from M's.

I have to say I was also disheartened to see that Carson Pirie Scott on State is now a Target store (among others). I'm a Target shopper, but still it was a kick in the stomach to pass though that gorgeous Louis Sullivan entry and see the red plastic shopping carts lined up. It used to feel special and joyful to shop in these buildings--a real treat and an event every time!

Jim and friends, keep up the excellent work--and keep the faith!

Date: Fri, November 06, 2015, 8:00 am
Posted by: Linda Martin,

I'm just here because I want to register my disgust with the idea that Macy's will be open again on Thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving is a holiday for families. The deals already started. Can't we just have one day, just one day, to be thankful for what we have??? Do we have to buy every day? Didn't we used to have lots of sales in time to make money when we were not open on Thanksgiving day?

Macy's disgusts me because they have this parade. It used to be the parade was to celebrate the day it is intended to honor. Now, it's just a big commercial for you to go out and buy at Macy's later in the day. Macy's is degrading and killing the American family by doing this. An ethical employer would MAKE their employees take pause and be thankful for one day rather than work. Macy's is sick!

I remember when this all started a couple years ago, the CEO of Macy's was out all the morning talk shows the next day, Black Friday, to say how important how wonderful this is. If I was a stockholder or a member of the Board of Directors at Macy's, I would throw this bum out. He is GREEDY!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Thurs, November 05, 2015, 7:05 pm
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

I awoke to a morning news report (Fox 32) a couple of days ago that Macy's was lighting their great tree on Saturday November 7. Ugh, what a thing to wake up to. They showed people putting tinsel on this sickly-pale-green tree that looked like it needed some morning coffee. I certainly did after seeing that first thing in the morning. I'm glad Field's Fans will be on State Street Saturday November 7. Chicago still wants its Marshall Fields. I look forward to seeing you all.

Date: Thurs, November 05, 2015, 19:17
Posted by: E.K.,

Seasons greetings, Field's fans!

Is anyone going down to the Holiday Windows unveiling this weekend on State??? I wonder how good it will be this year. The past couple years of been pretty much the same. I don't work downtown anymore so I wonder if it will be worth the trip.

Keep us posted if you go.

Needless to say, I wish we still had Marshall Fields. It was so much better than Macy's.


Date: Wed, November 04, 2015, 6:26 am
Posted by: Anna,


This is nowhere as near as exciting as Marshall Field's returning. However there was a miracle today with something similar but on a smaller scale.

Reports are saying that Maurice Lynell cookies are coming back out again. After listening to their customers, the company that owns the brand and the recipe has decided to bring them back, if only in the chocolate chip variety for now.

Can pinwheels' return be just behind?

OK! So these are just cookies that are favorites in the local Chicago area. But then think how Marshall Field's was a world-class, world known institution, top-rated by everyone worldwide--except for Macy's executives. If something relatively small like cookies can come back, then something so great and amazing in history like Marshall Field's definitely will come back eventually.

We can only continue to hope and persist in our quests for the big comeback of Marshall Field's!

Date: Tues, November 03, 2015, 11:28 am
Posted by: Jim McKay,


Please join GLE, Judy and others and help!


Mini-Rally and Button & Flyer Distribution

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This Saturday, November 7, 2015

Under The Great Marshall Field's Clock

State & Washington

Be there...and bring a friend! THANK YOU!

(Regrets and "I Will Be There in Spirit" responses to this thread are welcome, helpful, and encouraged here BUT ONLY AFTER THE EVENT and not before the event since they inadvertently discourage attendance. THANK YOU!)

Date: Tues, November 03, 2015, 10:51 am
Posted by: Mary Ann,

Sunday's Chicago Tribune had a full-page ad devoted to the lighting of the great tree in the Walnut Room. It was on one of the first pages of the first news section.

The ad looked similar to the ads they had in past years.

Whatever happened to the Glamorama substitute event they were supposed to have a few weeks ago?

I sense that macy's is just whittling away at Field's, little by little.

I wish Marshall Field's would come back and not just as as a name either.

Mary Ann

Date: Tues, November 03, 2015, 6:25 am
Posted by: Susan NY,

Sadly, "Macy's" and "smart" do not go together. Not so far anyway.

I was just presented with a green vinyl Field's tote by my family in Chicago. I will love it for Field's sake, but I had to tell them this was Macy's way of being dog-in-the-manger with the Field's brand, and litigation was involved.

How pathetic that Macy's can think of nothing better to do with Field's. They are so close to the gold and only dig for gravel. One wonders how deep the mine shaft of stupidity can be-- apparently it comes out the other side of the planet.

Date: Mon, November 02, 2015, 9:53 pm
Posted by: Philip eichler ,

The great clock ornaments by Christopher Radko are gone. For the last several years the ornament has diminished. It has been replaced by a Herald square equivalent. Herald square has this Radko ornament where it's hat forms NY landmarks, the Chicago version has a really bad Willis tower. Among other barely recognizable chicago landmarks, there is a state street sign and a bad clock. Guess Macy's could not truly wreck Field's, but wishes to diminish Field's the best they can.

I'm still hoping there might be a smart person at Macy's that realizes what they pissed away .

Date: Fri, October 30, 2015, 17:57
Posted by: Pete,

I read that the theme for Macy's store windows will be the same in NYC, Boston, Washington D.C. Philadelphia and Chicago. The theme is a Charlie Brown Christmas.

Not a bad choice. Macy's has also licensed Peanuts dolls and other items as part of the theme.

Still Macy's is no Marshall Field's.

Date: Tues, October 27, 2015, 10:02 am
Posted by: Susan NY,

Field's a "peer" of Bloomingdales or Macy's? Macy's wants Herald Square to emulate the great Field's which they have trodden under? Does that not smell rat-like?

They are trying to be (the only) "Field's" and Kohl's and AnyOne at Herald Square I suppose. Yes, Field's had its bargain basement and various levels of quality. But the identity was pretty consistent throughout. At least as I remember it. You knew you were not in Wieboldt's and were glad not to be.

Let us all remember fondly the noble Great Tree in its beautiful walnut home at Christmas, throngs waiting a turn to sit in its glow for a while...... the happy hum of the place...


Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 8:21 pm CT
Posted by: Pete,

Please accept the following as my replacement for my earlier post which I was writing on my phone.


Mikea. The stores that currently operate under the Macy's name are actually different kinds of stores with different classes of merchandise depending on what part of the country you are in. I gather you know this already, but I'm just repeating for other readers. It is understandable that because different localities, people want different things. I guess that's why they had a whole push for "localization," as Macy's honchos called it.

But really, Macy should just do what other brands do what other companies do to serve their different constituencies. They have a different brand for each area where there are different types of stores thus indicating their unique characteristics.

Hilton Hotels does this. I can't even count how many brands they have. Yet, each Hilton brand hotel has a different, more subtle identity associated with it.

Macy's can solve their identity crisis really easy. All they have to do is bring back regional department store brands and let localization define each unique brand.

Let's face it, the stores that used to be Marshall Fields in the Chicago area are much higher class than Macy's in most other parts of the country.

Go to Florida, and a lot of Macy's or closer to Kohls or JCPenney. Here in Chicago, Marshall Field's was a peer of Bloomingdale's as well as Macy's.

I think Macy's want's to make Herald Sqaure as good as State Street used to be when it was a different store, Marshall Field's. But New Yorkers aren't as interested in Macy's as Chciago was focussed on Marshall Field's.

Date: Mon, October 26, 2015, 11:39 am CT
Posted by: mikea,

I was in NYC last week and had lunch at Herald Square. The renovations are almost done. However I think and another friend who was a top manager at Hecht's agrees . Macy's is having a identity crisis.

The store is being remerchandised to look like a Bloomingdale's in some areas. They have added some high end brands and less value and sale merchandise in the store. The cellar area known for its housewares foods, and specialty items is gone. It got replaced by teen and 20 something year old M style lab or Juniors department. The once crowded cellar area is pretty much slow, however the eateries were not open, but the home store on 8 had more customers.

On the other hand large stores like Mall of America are being downgraded with merchandise that is like Bon-Ton or Kohl's. I hope they don't do that to State Street.

Date: Sun, October 25, 2015, 3:46 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

I am suddenly getting more comments about my Marshall Field's button again. I wonder if it is because the holiday season is almost here. People are reminded that Marshall Field's is where they should still be shopping.

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015, 6:20 am CT
Posted by: Field Observer,

The November issue of Chicago magazine also has an ad for the lighting of the tree. It's up in front of the magazine in the first few pages. It's the same artwork head now for several years.

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015, 3:33 pm CT
Posted by: Sherry ,

The Great Tree in the Walnut Room and the store windows at State Street will be unveiled Saturday, November 8th.

Pop star Jordin Sparks will light the tree.

It doesn't seem as big of a deal as it did when Field's had the tree. I hope the tree is better than last year's video tree..

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 4:33 pm CT
Posted by: Paul P,

I should explain that I don't think our beloved Marshall Field's is even in the same league or universe as a relatively lowly Walgreen's. It's just a relative comparison demonstrating change.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 4:16 pm CT
Posted by: Paul P,

I agree with the last post in that Macy's reminds me of these former Walgreens that have been changed into Dollar Tree discount stores.

The buildings still look like Walgreens buildings inside and out, but the store inside is a step down now. It's clearly Dollar Tree inside, not Walgreens.

Same thing with the former Marshall Field's stores, especially State Street. You know the buildings used to be Marshall Field's because they are so distinctive. One might even call them "Marshall Field's" because of what used to be there. But the store inside is definitely NOT Marshall Field's. It's steps down because it is Macy's and not Marshall Field's.

Date: Tues, October 20, 2015, 6:21 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

This is, at the core, a morality tale, which is why it is still so galling to us all these years. It is a free country, supposedly. Within broad parameters, we may decide how lowly or how ennobled we want to be. No one can force an entrepreneur to invent, maintain, or restore a Marshall Field's. Until Macy's came along with its sledge hammer, Field's was at the higher end of the spectrum of human activity, because enough people gladly put their energy into that kind of superlative accomplishment.

We have had a good dose of benighted greed playing out at 111 N State and across the nation under the banner of Macy's exercising its right to be stupid and destructive. Here we are, still waiting for the visionary to come along to get Field's back on track.

I keep calling it Field's because it still exists even if blighted by black awnings of doom.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015, 18:47
Posted by: Mary Ann,

It's still a national disgrace that an outsider like Macy's can come into Chicago and wipe out an entire piece of Chicago's history and culture.


Date: Sat, October 17, 2015, 1:46 pm CT
Posted by: Still concerned for Field's,

Re: Jim's post of October 12, 2015, does anyone have an update on what is currently happening with the investor Starboard and its proposals for Macy's? Is there anyone we could write letters to or something?

Date: Thurs, October 15, 2015,  7:24 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

I did not intend to diminish or deny or disregard the international significance oF Field's in my post... I just felt the need to address the frustration I feel about aspects of what I consider to be decay in American general culture--my home land--as played out in the Field's-Macy's scenario.

Strictly speaking, this is neither an American, nor a modern phenomenon. But--going the cheap route and doing the utmost to wring every last atom of immediate profit out of every molecule of property and goods, and invested dollars, without regard for long term loss....that is historically called Greed. Greed is admired only by the greedy and usually comes to a bad end, adversely impacting not only the graspers but their families, even communities and as we know, the nation as a whole sometimes. And as the globe shrinks, what messes one nation up, affects the others pretty directly as well. I would like to think modern Americans can do better.

We have all been harmed, as observed just below, by virtually unbridled investment greed. I do not accept the position taken by many, that a citizen's civic duty is to buy wantonly, and it is the prerogative of the seller to harass, manipulate, deceive and swindle--even destroy. Just because that can be done, does not mean it should be done. But taking the higher road does not work for the get-rich-quick model, so here we all are.

Looks to me like 111 N State is the canary in the mine. If it expires, the miners are next. I would like to think that Macy's recognizes what it has there, but their level of stewardship (never mind entrepreneurial genius) thus far does not inspire confidence.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015,  8:10 pm CT
Posted by: Robert ,

I saw the name tag on chicago fire totally a Marshall Fields name tag green with white slanted script you could even see the gold clock image when the gentleman reached to get a pen from his inside pocket on his suit jacket. I admit I have a large high Def TV . I have to say little things like that on TV 9 years later is awesome and speaks volumes! Never give up this fight Fields was and is still loved!

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015,  5:37 pm CT
Posted by: Paul Miller,

This is in answer to TD. I too saw a name tag on Chicago Fire last night and while the script was right and the last name was "Field's" I couldn't verify the first word was "Marshall." That could have been on purpose due to who owns the name. But it just shows that after 10 years, we and others haven't forgotten.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:34 pm CT
Posted by: Philip Eichler,

I would offer a contrary view in regard to whether the State Street Field's would be shrunk or closed, at this point I really don't think so. Early on, when Macy's first purchased Field's I could understand the rumors due to all the spite that seemed to be directed at Field's.

First off, I would wager that many, if not all of the other former flagships were dated and in need of renovation. It probably made no sense to revive these stores financially, and not being anyone's flagship now, there was little need to satisfy community pride. In regard to the former A & S store in Brooklyn, upon further review, that store has been operating as a shell of itself for years. Macy's is shrinking it to 310,000 square feet; it already had been shrunk to 385,000 square feet, so it is not that big of a restructuring, and the vitality of the area warrants investing in that store's renovation. Both Batus and Target poured several hundred million into the State Street store, it is largely a modern store in a historic edifice. It would make little sense for Macy's to abandon that built asset to rent out as offices or apartments.

Secondly, Macy's could shed some of the top floors without compromising the State Street store, as those top floors never were retail to begin with. They were kitchens, workshops, etc. Now, if

Macy's really had vision, they'd bring Frango production back to State, open it up as some sort of Willy Wonka tour attraction and really watch the visitor count go through the roof. (the half hearted Frango thing they did on 7 did not cut it)

Lastly, as Jim has stated, Field's wasn't just a national icon, but an international one. After almost then years, Mr. Lundgren now "owns" this store, and I think there would be major egg on his face if he closed or down sized this store by even a couple of floors. Particularly in light of the fact that he brags about how he has made State Street profitable again. How would that look? And this man is all about image.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 12:14 pm CT
Posted by: mikea,

It seems that wall Street investors are taking their toll once again. If it was not for the megamergers where we lost the banks, airlines, department stores, food manufacturers etc. Now they are demanding more short term profits by selling real estate.

Wall Street has caused many problems throughout history the great depression, partially the recession of 2008 and the demise of well loved companies and thousands of jobs too.

Macy's now has to sell real estate and close more stores to bump up short term profits and earnings ratios. That is casing more downsizing of great stores and closures of others. The wall street greed cost the U.S the loss of our beloved local stores. Nordstrom too is being pressured to sell and lease back real estate. Bon-Ton just did that a few months ago, and rumor has it that the new owners of Belk will do the same thing.

I just hope State Street is not downsized or turned into a mixed use building.

Date: Wed, October 14, 2015, 9:39 am CT
Posted by: TD,

Did I see a Marshall Field's name tag on Chicago Fire last night?

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015,  6:42 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

To respond to SusanNY's post, It's a great point about Field's as a US icon. I think you are underestimating. Marshall Field's was an INTERNATIONAL icon and institution. When it was converted to Macy's, the story was all over newspapers and news outlets even cities like London, Tokyo, New Delhi and on and on. Even in those towns where a local store was replaced by Macy's, there was also coverage of Marshall Field's becoming Macy's.

Ten years ago, before we even had this web site, I was at a wedding in SoHo right after it was announced that Marshall Field's was being converted to Macy's. When other guests heard that I was from Chicago, the New Yorkers present immediately lamented Field's being converted into Macy's. At another similar event in St. Louis, someone brought how they could see Famouns Barr going away, but "for cryin' out loud, MARSHALL FIELD'S!? What reason is there to shop in Chicago?"

Marshall Field's had an international reputation for over 100 years. For starters, the State Street store was in many ways the prototype for 20th century department store buildings. But even here in the 21st century, it's amazing how the outpouring comes from abroad. We get email and posts from people from all around the US as well as abroad. In fact, for a time, over 10%--and perhaps closer to 15%--of our buttons-by-mail requests were from outside the USA. (We generally don't send buttons outside of the USA in more recent years because we don't have resources to mail internationally.) The biggest proportion of the international requests came from Europe. And then when we distribute bookmark leaflets/flyers, we'd always hear from tourists on State Street who were very disappointed to have Macy's instead Field's.

I could go on and on--but Marshall Field's is unlike most any other of the stores Macy's replaced. It was an internationally known store that was in Chicago, not NYC.

Date: Tues, October 13, 2015,  8:37 am CT
Posted by: SusanNY,

Y'know..... Field's was an iconic institution not just for Chicago. It was great for Chicagoans that Chicago was its locus....but this is an issue that has meaning for our culture as a whole. Maybe it was not the White House or the Rocky Mountains, but it was a piece of the national consciousness. It bothers me a lot that this Macy curse is besmirching us all, in connection with Field's as well as Kaufman's, Burdine's and the others, in a snaky, slithery way.

Any time anyone wants to sneer at the merchant princes of Marshall Field's era, let them instead sneer at the merchant pipsqueaks of today who lack what the Victorian and Edwardian movers and shakers had: a sense of noblesse oblige. A vision. Awareness of a larger world beyond the spreadsheet. If their largesse enhanced the moneymaking prospects, fine—if it stroked their egos, fine. But they knew they were doing a Good or even Extraordinary Thing, going beyond the bottom line. Now we are beset with petty Scrooges.

I am grateful for those few powerful Americans who continue to pursue and manifest great visions. Mr. Lundgren may consider himself to be a part of that heritage, but destruction of good things has never been regarded as heritage, but blight.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015,  6:41 pm CT
Posted by: I am rooting for Chicago ,

Chicago has always been my home, and I love my city even if it isn't perfect. I love to see the Cubs win, and yes the Sox. I love to see the Bears win. I'm glad we have a Chicago Marathon and many other causes. I loved having our own department store Marshall Field's. It was part of us and something else to be proud of. Nothing can take the place of something that is part of you and home. I hope we can get it back someday. GO CUBS! GO CHICAGO! GO FIELD'S!

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015,  5:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

"Dave Andrews" and those reading his and similar posts :

Scroll down below to July 15, 2015, June 18, 2015, and others--there's more that's been discussed in this topic, including some writings that we have undertaken. A couple of us offered online comments following the articles at (Wall Street Journal web site) and other outlets like it.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015,  5:18 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

I had posted previously about macy selling off their downtown department store buildings. Specifically, they pulled out of Pittsburgh although they PROMISED to maintain a store in the landmark Kaufmann's building after the building was sold. Then I see that they are doing the same thing with the former Dayton's flagship store in downtown Minneapolis AND the former Bon Marche store in downtown Seattle. Do we see a pattern here?

Today a read an article about macy trying to satisfy activist investors by monetizing their real estate holdings. Interesting to note that one of the prime locations specifically mentioned is Chicago:

As I posted earlier, I was afraid the iconic Marshall Field's building was NOT SAFE from these despicable, greedy vultures; and indeed State Street may be the next target. Lots of empty, unused floor space in a prime location. By converting popular regional department stores into a nationwide competitor to Target and JCPenney, macy stores are not a destination in any community. Sales have dwindled and they have shored up the balance sheets by cutting merchandise and services. All that's left to maintain an appearance of profit is to sell off real estate. And indeed that is what Sears has done to stay afloat as it has fallen in a death spiral from top retailer to near extinction.

Note too that macy has downsized many of its mall stores. The lesser quality and quantity of merchandise and variety of departments offered, the less customers desire to visit the stores. We all realize that online shopping has taken its toll on brick and mortar locations, but by becoming a discount store operation macy has hurt its own bottom line.

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015,  5:02 pm CT
Posted by: Chris R,

Former Marshall Field's and Target honcho Michael Francis is stepping down from Dreamworks Animation at the end of this year.

Full-timers at State Street will remember the part he had at Field's and Target. He started as a management trainee at Field's in 1985. After the mergers and acquisition he moved over to Target. There, in the latter half of the 1990s, he played a significant role in adding the Marshall Field's spirit that can still be found at Target.

It doesn't say what Francis has planned next, but wouldn't it be great if it had something to do with restoring Marshall Field's?

Date: Mon, October 12, 2015, 6:41 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Doesn't the passage of years on this site, with the same theme song being sung here over and over, demonstrate clearly that the Macy treatment of Field's is a vendetta fueled by a toxic ego?

If Lundgren had the business acumen he is purported to have, if his ego were not so pernicious, he could have a Field's and an ego, too. Imagine if he did the Right (Smart) Thing!!! What a thought!

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 11:26 pm CT
Posted by: B.R.,

I lived in Chicago for approximately five years and shopped at Marshall Fields. Being a native Floridian, Fields reminded me of a great Florida store Burdines which unfortunately fell victim to the Macy's machine. I feel your pain and in support of the cause. I feel once Lundgren is gone order will be restored bringing back Field's

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 12:20 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

I would hate to see the State Street store chopped up into mutliple entities. I would love to see it return as Marshall Field's!

Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 10:34 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Sarah K:

The story about the Hydrox cookies refers to the person who operates Leaf Brands as well as Strategic Marks. Over the past few years, Strategic Marks has been mentioned by several people here and in other Field's loyalist forums because it is the entity that is in court with Macy's, Inc. over the use department store names that Macy's replaced with Macy's. One of the names contested is Marshall Field's.

Pete's post brings up how through the years of leafleting, etc., I have informally heard from some top-notch vendors who would love to back at the State Street store, but only if it were Marshall Field's. It would be a terrible shame if any upper floors at State Street were sold off for purposes not related to the store and reduced the potential that running the store as Marshall Field's could offer.

State Street's highest and best use is as Marshall Field's, not as Macy's. It could be so much more as Marshall Field's--and the customers would flock to the store in unprecedented numbers if Field's was restored.

Other notes inspired by Rich's post (I'm sure Rich himself knows this but it is presented for the benefit of others) : Frederick and Nelson is said to have modeled their store after Marshall Field's. When the remaining partner wanted to retire, it's generally agreed that he was insistent that F & N be sold to Marshall Field's--and it was. That's how Field's came into Franco's/Frango's. By most all accounts, it was not a welcome acquisition.


Date: Sat, October 10, 2015, 7:18 am CT
Posted by: Sarah K,

Story about how new owners and management had big egos, didn't understand a brand, let their ego change the brand, and then blamed the brand and the customers.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 9:52 pm CT
Posted by: Rich,

Hi All

Haven't posted for a LONG time --

I find it incredible that ---

Nordstrom in Downtown Seattle is undergoing renovation

And Rejuvination -with addition of special things for the Flagship

store (The building was formerly Frederick and Nelson and

is a spectacular edifice!)

The Nordstrom Family wishes that their store be a "Destination"

for any and all visitors to their city --- as well as a special place for Seattle residents to enjoy!!

And then their is Macy's

With the former Bon Marche flagship on Pine street --- just across the way--

and they are selling more than half of the former selling space and downsizing the store



will flow to Nordstrom !!!!

p.s. Nordstrom also is renovating Michigan avenue to make it more of a "Destination" as well!!!!!

As we go towards the Holiday season --

I STILL MISS Marshall Field's

Like they used to say

"There's No Place Like Field's"


Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 7:31 pm CT
Posted by: Pete ,

Macy's is selling the top floors of the former Bon Marche flagship in Seattle. The store will be downsized, but they will keep the same number of employees.

I think this is going to eventually happen at State Street. It's too bad they don't bring Marshall Field's back to State Street. If State Street were Marshall Field's, there would be such interest that the floors were to fill up again with Field's-worthy goods and services.

It's too bad they don't bring Marshall Fields back to State Street. If State Street were run as Marshall Field's, there'd be interest in bringing Trend House and other furnishings back. Other leased shops would want to come back.

Instead, as Macy's, it's like they mainly only cut what they don't do well.

What a loss to customers, Chicago, even Macy's itself which could realize more profits if Field's were to come back.

Date: Fri, October 09, 2015, 6:10 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Marshall Field's— a store worth fighting for, right?

To those who advise us hangers-on to 'get a life': it's the other way around. May the snarks get a life.

Field's was a mighty fine piece of our lives and MBAs do not have all the parts to make that kind of phenomenon happen. It's not just about profit but about passion—a level of commitment to excellence that goes beyond stratagems, formulas, and discount lures. Way beyond.

While it would be wonderful if Selfridge, for example, came along and restored fine shopping etc to the city—- if you search your soul, you know the Field's name and heritage is what this is about.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 7:04 pm CT
Posted by: A State Street Spectator,

I'm glad to hear there will be a gathering in November on State Street. If we can't shop at Field's at least we have this to look forward to at the start of holiday shopping season. I wait to hear more.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 7:00 pm CT
Posted by: State Street Watcher,

To piggyback on Paul's post.

Growing up in the 1960s while attending Chicago Public Schools, we studied history of the city of Chicago in third grade throughout the year. We even had a textbook that was history of Chicago, written for kids our age. So they had a whole section on the Chicago fire. It talked about how Marshall Field's came through and pretty much brought back the city. I can't remember the name of the text, but it was a light blue

This history class helped ingrain in us young Chicagoans that Marshall Fields was an important Chicago institution, much more than a store. Macy's is just a store. It's not Marshall Field's.

Date: Thurs, October 08, 2015, 07:23 am CT
Posted by: Paul Martin,

They just said on Newsradio CBS 105.9 that today is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

Marshall Field's was destroyed, but it came back. Not only did it come back, it brought the city back. It lead the way in Chicago's comeback by being the first to help people and reopen to get back people on its feet.

Here's to Field's coming back now, even better than ever.

Date: Wed, October 07, 2015, 9:54 pm CT
Posted by: Sharon, ,

Lady in NW Indiana misses Marshall Field's so much that she made a quilt about it.

Why did Macy's get rid of such a hot brand????

Date: Mon, October 05, 2015, 6:30 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's conversationalist,

I can relate to the comment that just casually mentioning Field's gets a response. I brought my Field's Santa Bear to church for pet blessing last Sunday and set it in the middle of a table at coffee hour. Yes, the discussion started--Field's was a WONDERFUL PLACE, there's nothing but Macy's on State Street now, it's a good thing the building was landmarked, there's nothing to go downtown for anymore. The sentiment is still there, there is no doubt.

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 3:36 pm CT
Posted to FB by: Renee Rosen Author,

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[Note: "What the Lady Wants" background: In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: “Give the lady what she wants.” His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair. ]

Date: Sun, October 04, 2015, 1:40 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

A couple of things:

1) In response to "K.R.", there will be gathering under the Great Marshall Field's Clock at State and Washington on the first or second Saturday of November. Details will be forthcoming in the next week or so. This will be very similar to the gathering held on Saturday, November 7, 2014 which was lead by a contingency of our lady Field's Fans who demonstrated, "Give the Lady What She Wants." All Field's Fans and lovers of Chicago are encouraged to attend. Again, more details in 5-8 days.

2) Yesterday, I originally posted this to our Facebook group at (Posted 4:16 pm, CT, 10/3/2015):

The point of the following story is not to talk about where you can buy mugs that feature The Clock; rather, it's to demonstrate how just mentioning "Marshall Field's" can instantly elicit responses that it is missed and different from Macy's.

Here goes the story from a few minutes ago.

Buying coffee (at Gloria Jean's Coffee in the Harlem Irving Plaza, Norridge, IL) . I noticed that they are selling these mugs featuring the Marshall Field' clock ($12.99). I asked if the mug was at all Gloria Jean's coffee shops. Salesperson said probably just this one. I remarked that I know many who would love to buy a mug with the Field's clock. That's all I said. The sales person remarked, "Yes, I really miss Marshall Field's. Everyone does." The customer behind me also immediately chimed in, "So terrible it's Macy's--just not the same." Still: simply amazing how saying "Marshall Field's" can evoke that kind of response 9 years later.

Date: Sat, October 03, 2015,  12:18 pm CT
Posted by: gle,

At this time of year I always used to look forward to seeing signs of the holiday season appear on State Street. When I started working downtown there were 5 deprtments stores and Woolworth's to choose from. As I waited for the No. 145 bus I loved having something to look at, and often tempt me to go in an and buy something. I'm glad I have the memories (and much of the stuff I bought). The highlight of State Street was obviously Marshall Field's. If I didn't need anything at the moment there was always dinner in the Walnut Room. I hope this can eventually be restored. There are certainly enough people who seem to want it.

Date: Fri, October 02, 2015, 5:28 pm CT
Posted by: K.R.,

Are there any events planned for this fall such as a lecture or a rally for Marshall Fields? I'm planning a trip to Chicago, and would like to be part of it if I can.

I really hope it's possible that one day we will get Marshall Fields back. A shame that it is gone and that it was not valued.

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 1:40 pm CT
Posted by: Paula,

Hello everyone!

Marsha, I've seen recipes for the potpies in different places. The most obvious is the Marshall Field Cookbook which came out right before Macy's took over. It's pretty common at Amazon and also in libraries. Other history books also have the recipe. I bet you could just Google, for that matter.

I was looking at the Macy's advertisement circular in yesterday's newspaper. The cover of the broadsheet section was covered with black and red and jammed with words and prices. In contrast, Marshall Fields always had these very classy magazine-like advertisement circulars. The Macy's one is so jampacked with items. It looks cluttered and cheap by comparison. It's certainly not in the same league as Marshall Field's circulars were. Even when Field's had massive sales or clearances like Field's Days, they still had more class than Macy's.

Wish we still had Field's!

Date: Thurs, October 01, 2015, 4:39 pm CT
Posted by: Marsha L. ,

I remember seeing they published recipes for the chicken pot pies. Is there anyone that is definitive????

Date: Wed, September 30, 2015, 9:51 am CT
Posted by: Missing Field's ,

We still miss Field's. When I pass through the Macy's stores from mall parking, I feel sad when I remember how good it used to be.

My money is spent elsewhere now.

Date: Sat, September 26, 2015, 3:58 pm CT
Posted by: Dave Andrews,

I have been following the stories about macy closing its downtown Pittsburgh location. This was Kaufmann's flagship department store and the most profitable location until macy took over and let it run down. Evidently macy originally promised to maintain a store after the building was sold to a developer, but they went back on their word and pulled out of downtown.

I understand that macy is planning to sell their Minneapolis location, the former Dayton's flagship, to a developer and then lease back space to run a store. Sound familiar? Sales are declining, stock prices are dropping, and activist investors are pressuring macy to sell off real estate to generate short term profits.

I fear the same thing may happen on State Street. As business dwindles because there is no reason to visit a downsized, downmarket store, macy could very well sell the building and "promise" to maintain a department store in that location then pull the same stunt they did in Pittsburgh. That despicable Terry would love to destroy the remaining vestiges of Marshall Field's! Beware Chicago! Someone with his arrogance would use his powerful position at macy to sell off the building and close the store while including some stipulation in the sales agreement that another department store could NOT set up shop there. Chicago is the only city that has maintained the fight to regain its iconic department store and Terry's tremendous ego has been bruised. His mean spirited pettiness will drive him to somehow "get even" with Chicago. Beware!

Date: Sat, September 26, 2015, 12:58 am CT
Posted by: gle,

I take the Brown Line "L" home from work in Chicago and get a back door view of the architecture along Wabash Avenue, which includes the former Carson's and Marshall Field's buildings. I ride past the 2nd floor of Carson's, now Target, and see food produce in the window which used to house merchandise. Then I see the 1893 architecture of the Field's building on the corner of Wabash and Washington. It's still beautiful but stained. Down Washington I can see the green clock in the distance (and ugly black awnings of Macy's). The 2nd floor windows do not show many people in Macy's, as I expect. The balance of the building is sadly stained and needs a tuckpoining job. I miss the days when State Street had all the great department stores, and would love to get off the "L" and shop. Hopefully, that will happen someday. I would love to see an entity like Selfridge's take the Field's building and restore it. Right now I just look and dream, and ride on by.

Date: Thurs, September 24, 2015, 3:05 am CT
Posted by: Tina Reynolds,

I love the store and really hope you bring it back my kids didn't get the experience of going to Fields. They used to sale a fragrance called Romeo and Juliet that I loved and I have not been able to find it since, they have always had good products.

Date: Wed, September 23, 2015, 6:54 am CT
Posted by: Susan NY,

Does any of this positive energy have direct ramifications for State Street? Maybe it is time for the tide to turn.

I wonder if anyone besides me mourns the loss of the original mahogany case enfilade of the first floor. That was the standard of the day but the first floors of Carson's and the rest were not noteworthy. Proportion, form, and detailing were distinctive in Field's, soul-stirring, and allowed for grand statements on special occasions. The first floor was an overture, a welcoming greeting. It set the mood for all the rest of the experience of Field's. When you entered, you knew you were in a special place. It embraced you and pulled right into that intoxicating shopper's whirlpool. That was not stupid.

Today's stores' standard unfocused spaces are neither distinguishing nor communicative. They make me feel like I am slithering into an indifferent crowd with backs to me, not joining a welcoming gathering. I am not saying all big stores should do it the Field's way but I still believe the Original Way was, appropriately, a coherent distillation of what the very special institution at 111 N State was all about. Even to a newbie, that would have to be exciting, and resistance, futile.

But then, I am a sucker for turn-of-that-century glam and dignity. I believe it can mesh successfully with current tastes, too.....

Date: Tues, September 22, 2015, 7:01 pm
Posted by: R.G.,

Macy's and Blooomindale's keeps opening those clearance stores outlets.

Field's had the first with the bargain basement.

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015  6:09 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay.,

According to several reports, Macy's will be hiring about the same number of employees for the Christmas season, although some positions will be shifted to e-commerce fulfillment. Macy's plans to hire about 85,000.

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015  12:59 pm CT
Posted by: State Street Fan,

There is a book on Carson's by the same author who writes about Marshall Field's:
Carson's: The Histoy of a Chicago Shopping Landmark

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015  10:41 am CT
Posted by: PJ,

Just an update re: Macy's Pittsburgh - the main store closes this weekend.

There is a serious negative feeling about Macy's in Pittsburgh right now, and I think a boycott is brewing. It may be a good idea to connect with that energy, somehow?

As a former Pittsburgher and current Chicagoan, I can tell you that people were so dissatisfied with how Macy's ran the beautiful downtown store into the ground. It was as key in the city as the State Street store in Chicago.

Once again they earn the motto "Messy's - Way To Flop!"

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015  11:41 am CT
FB Posted by: Mike W.,

I miss Carson's on State Street frown emoticon

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015  10:39 am CT
FB Posted by: Sarah K.,

If they don't bring Marshall Field's back, then I hope the Carson's CEO realizes a perfect business opportunity.

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015  11:22 am CT
FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

In which case, then, I wish they would....

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  10:27 pm CT
FB Posted by: Chris R.,

I agree with the comments by Carson's CEO and the follow-up comments by the members here. However, I also find it intriguing that Macy's considers there to be 30 "platinum stores." You know that the stores have to include the following: State Street, Water Tower Pl., Oakbrook Center, Woodfield Mall, Old Orchard, Mayfair, and possibly Orland Park and Northbrook. You would also probably throw in there the former Dayton's flagship in Minneapolis. I would imagine the other stores in the top 30 are Herald Square 34th Street, Wannamaker's City Center in Philadelphia, Boston Downtown Crossing, Roosevelt in Queens, Union Square in San Francisco, a couple stores in Los Angeles, a couple stores in Miami, and a dozen others in major metropolitan areas. So think about it. At least a quarter, if not a third of their top 30 doors are former Marshall Field's locations! They need to bring Marshall Field's back!

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  7:39 pm CT
Posted by: Jim H.,

Hope they enter the US market.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  7:36 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Selfridges' major controlling owners are so flush with cash they could buy all of Bon-Ton with their pocket change. In fact, at least on paper, they even could buy all of Macy's/Bloomingdale's.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  7:33 pm CT
Posted by: Jim H.,

Maybe Ms. Bufano could hire a few Selfridges executives?

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  7:30 pm CT
Posted by: Judy P.,

Anywhere I go in this city, the conversation includes Marshall Fields. Some do shop at Macy's but they still would love to see Fields come back!!!

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  6:54 pm CT
Posted by: Mark M.,

One smart lady.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  6:33 pm CT
Posted by: Marianne N.,

No surprise there. Everywhere I go, the topic eventually comes up. Everyone misses Field's. Many hate Macy's and some say they shop there half heartedly because it's there.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  5:21 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

BTW: Carson's red hexagonal asterisk logo is back. The logo was licensed from Suisse Freres that was was used by Bergner's since the late 1930s and then it was assigned to Carson's and other stores' as they were acquired. BONT's last CEO ditched the red hexagon for the past couple of years. Buffano has now added it to Bon-Ton's logo as well. Samples of where the logo is used in Europe can be seen at

What was also interesting was her comment suggesting that they consider Carson's to be their strongest brand.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015  4:56 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay,

Carson's new CEO says their research shows customers overwhelming "mourn the loss of Marshall Field's."

Both Macy's and Bon-Ton (parent of Carson Pirie Scott) presented at last week's Goldman Sach's Global Retail Conference. For Macy's, it was the new president, Jeff Gennette. (Terry Lundgren remains CEO and Chairman). CFO Karen Hoguet was also available to answer questions. Gennette talked about Macy's new strategy of focusing of their 30 best stores which are now designated as "platinum", along with another class of their top 150 stores which will also have special attention and special merchandising. State Street is one of the 30 and, according to Gennette, the Build-a-Bear Workshop is an example of special initiatives that will stand out at State Street.

Meanwhile, Carson's (Bon-Ton's) CEO, Kathryn Bufano gave an overview of what's going on at Bon-Ton, including Carson's. Bufano is a Chicago native who most recently was CMO at Belk, a southeastern US regional chain about the same size as Bon-Ton. Before that she has had stints with the old Sears, Lord and Taylor and over 15 years ago at Macy's.

What she brought up early on in her 23-minute talk was how the local brands are what the customers want. She explains right after she took the new job, her husband asked if she was going to change all of Bon-Ton's assortment of name plates (Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Younker's, Herberger's, Elder-Beerman) to Carson's. She said no--customers shop at their stores because they love those names and are part of their identity. Customers still very much "mourn the loss of Marshall Field's." She explained that their new approach will be to emphasize that these stores are local. Bon-Ton is working on stepping up community engagement at the local level.

Keep in mind that half of their 270 or so stores are Bon-Ton and Elder-Beerman. These stores are in smaller metro areas and are much smaller than the average Carson's that we know here in Chicago. In many cases they are about the size of an average Target, if that. Also keep in mind that Macy's/Bloomingdale's outstanding shares of stock are valued at about $19 BILLION while BONT/Carson's is at about $87 MILLION. Field's State Street is valued at $1.74 BILLION as real estate while the whole Macy's, Inc. would probably sell for $40B.

I sadly can't help but think that if Bufano had been CEO back in 2005-2006, we'd still have Carson's on State Street. In earlier interviews, she's spoken about visiting Carson's and Field's on State Street while growing up in Chicagoland.

If you want to listen to the talks: Links to the 9/9/2015 Bon-Ton is at Macy's is at…


Another interview from last summer where Carson's acknowledges the loss of Field's:

"'Being local and being regional, we can leverage the brand loyalty behind a Carson's customer and a Younker's customer, and definitely I see that as part of our future,” she said. “We have the advantage of having our hometown nameplates, and that cements us as the hometown store. I know as a Chicagoan, they mourn the loss of Marshall Fields. We still have that (brand) loyalty. We still have the emotional tug if you will of people having loyalty to a Carson's or a Younkers.' "

"Bufano grew up in Waukegan, Ill., which is only about 50 miles south of Milwaukee, and has long been familiar with Bon-Ton's brands. 'I've been a Carson's shopper all of my life,' she said."

More at

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015  10:39 am CT
Posted by: Sarah K.,

This morning's Tribune has a cover story on how Jeff Smisek has finally been deposed from his throne at United Continental. It's an example of a coporation screwing up, especially screwing up things for customers. There's no guarantee that the successor will right the ship, but when I think of Macy's CEO, it gives me hope that he may leave just as Smisek finally was forced out.

Every time I go to State Street, it gets worse and worse. This Lundgren guy needs to go!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015  7:34 am CT
Posted by: Susan in NY,

Why is it OK for investors to press a company to dismember itself and sell the parts, so they can take the profits and run to feast on the next future cadaver?

Apparently now the USA is a very different place from the one in which a flagship department store could be a flagship department store. It's all about the Bottom Line in portfolios, nothing more. Doesn't matter how you get there.

Comment from the webmaster:
Susan in NY: I think this may be the first time your opinion here may be quite closely aligned with Terry Lundgren, Karen Hoguet, and other senior execs at Macy's/Bloomingdale's.

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015  8:19 pm CT
Posted by: Steph,

McDonald's expects to gain an uptick of 2.45% in sales by selling select breakfast items all day long. The news said, McDonald's has been resisting giving customers what they have wanted since the 1970s--all day breakfast items! It's something that these corporate big wigs like Lundgreen and McDonald's will sacrifice profits and not listen to their customers and give them what they want, even if it's good for business. There needs to be checks and balances.

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015  CT
Posted by: FieldsFansChicago,

Remembering fourteen years ago today. Honoring, respecting, and thanking all who sacrificed.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015  9:23 pm CT
Posted by: Eve.F.,

We really miss our Marshall Field's here in South Bend! Hudson's too!

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015  7:35 pm CT
FB Posted by: Alfred I.,

Thanks, Jim. Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's! Here's to restoring the wheat sheaves—and everything!

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015  7:32 pm CT
FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

  • 44 years ago today, Marshall Field and Company, Woodfield officially opened its doors.
  • 9 years ago today, all Marshall Field's stores became Macy's.
  • 8 years ago today was the biggest rally of them all for Marshall Field's to return.
  • From Bloomberg, 9/10/07:
    Macy's Finds Chicago Indignant on Marshall Field's
    Macy's is still feeling the wrath of Chicago shoppers.

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015  8:21 am CT
    FB Posted by: Michael D.,

    Here's some historic photos I haven't seen before:

    1930 Store window:

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015  12:12 am CT
    FB Posted by: Jim,

    I think Macy's knows it's not revolutionary. It seems like they plan such hyped distractions whenever they are about to announce bad news, like the store closings. In fact, leased or partnered electronics departments is not a new idea for Macy's. They have electronics vending machines that sell iPods, headphones, etc. in about 200 of their stores (last count) and J & R had a decent-sized electronics department the NYC flagship until J & R went under reorganization.

    So my understanding (according to reports at, etc.) is that this Best Buy collaboration is for Samsung products only, only for two months (early November into January) in ten stores, and probably only needs one personal duty to staff it. The space is only 300 sq ft which is 10' X 15' or about the size of a single handicapped parking space. That's teeny. As you mention, Field's had their own appliance and electronics departments and then leased them to Silo (a horrible electronics dealer that deserved to go out of business). It's just a gimmick--and they chose to announce it as good news to try and balance the bad news.

    I know some think that the activist stockholders are a good thing in that maybe things will shift to Marshall Field's because it will maximize value; however, it could also end up like Carson's on State, with the State Street closed and cut up for shops, offices, condos and hotels. Note that last week it was announced that the upper floors of the former Dayton's flagship is being sold off from Macy's to a Chicago developer who will make offices out of it.

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015  12:05 am CT
    FB Posted by: Peter A.,

    Interesting thing. Macy's also indicated its going to test selling electronics thru Best Buy at some stores. They seem to think that's revolutionary. MF&Co had licensed Silo stores in all locations prior to the Dayton's takeover. It's so amazing how Macy's spins things. Like they invented the wheel.

    Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015  9:55 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim,

    A lot of positive comments about Marshall Field's in the story below. I know that during past Januarys, people have commented Macy's must be in trouble because they closed maybe 10 to 12 stores. I disagree on those situations. This is different. This is 5% of their stores. Furthermore, they have never given this much advance warning about store closures. I think the activist shareholders who want to extract money for Macy's real estate are pushing this. They have access to what's going on behind the scenes. I'm not sure how this will turn out, but I think someone's finally pressuring Terry Lundgren and Macy's management.
    Macy's says it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016:

    Date: Monday, September 7, 2014  CT
    Posted by: Field's Fans

    HAPPY LABOR DAY! (especially to those who made Marshall Field's so special!)

    Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015  4:00 pm CT
    Posted by: Eric B.,

    While browsing online, I stubbed my big toe on this Web page:
    Upon reading the description of the "World famous Macyís Department Store on State Street" (item #2), a much stronger word than OUCH!!! escaped my lips. I promptly sent this brief message to the Traveladvisortips editorial team:

    "The description of Macy's department store leaves out a historically important fact: This store was Marshall Field's until 2006. Please revise the description to include this vital fact."

    I submitted the above message on August 14. To date, I've received no reply and the description of Macy's remains unchanged. Meanwhile, I noticed that their description of the "lost fountain" is also erroneous.

    Perhaps additional feedback is needed to prod Traveladvisortips into correcting their Web page description. Field's Fans can encourage them to set the record straight by completing and submitting the "Contact Us" form found here:

    Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015  3:01 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Since August 25th, the posting page for this blog has had an error that was just discovered. The problem is now fixed and you should be able to post again.

    Thank you for your patience while the ability to post to our blog has had technical difficulties.

    Best regards and many thanks for your posts and support.


    Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015  7:01 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    What Should Macy's Do With Its Flagship Store?
    Retailer considers whether to spin off real-estate assets, which include landmark building in New York
    Cowen concluded that the company’s second most-valuable store, in Chicago, is worth about $1.7 billion.
    For us fact finders, another quotable, credible source that cites State Street as having a value of $1.7 billion is an important fact. Consider that the value of all outstanding shares of Macy's stock is about $19-$21 B. (For years, reporters were shocked and disbelieving when I told them about the value cited in 2007 of $1.5B.)

    My response posted at after this article:

    "Again, it's important to note that the [value of ] Chicago store goes from $1.7 billion to over $2 billion when reunited with the dormant Marshall Field's brand. Federated/Macy's and May Department Stores SEC 10K filings from 2005 showed the Marshall Field's trade names as worth $419 M. That was more than the sum of Macy's and Bloomingdale's tradenames at the time (listed in the 2005 SEC 10K as $377 M combined) and the dozen or so MayCo tradenames including Lord and Taylor (listed at that same time as under $190 M combined). Running the Chicago store as Macy's is wildly UNpopular and degrades its value. Running the store as Marshall Field's enhances the building's value as an international destination.

    It's disgraceful that Macy's senior management continues to devalue stockholder assets rather than admit mistakes of the ego."

    Date: Monday, August 24, 2015  7:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Destiny R.,

    Remember Marshall Field's Regards customer loyalty program? Macy's changed it to Star Rewards. Now it's really gotten stupid. They have a paltry program called Plenti. It's affiliated with the filthy corner Mobil station! WHOOPI!!!!!!!! Those Macy's people are nutsowacko!

    Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015  8:57 am CT
    Posted by: Clare H.,

    Macy's appears to have gone and killed off Glamorama. They now have something called Macy's Fashion's Front Row. Instead of being held in theaters in in Minneapolis, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco, they are having one show at the theatre of Madison Square Garden. This is the theatre, not the arena so it's not like a lot of people will attend. I mean this is for all of the NYC tri-state area!. This year's event will close NYC Fashion Week on September 17th. It will be on cable TV. They did something similar some time back. It was on CBS. It got horrible ratings. Then a week later they will have a mini Fashion's Front Row on the third floor of State Street. No event at Minneapolis. There is some sort of discount pass you can still purchase to benefit local charities. But like everything else, Macy's scales back and whittles away and away and away.

    I can't wait to get clothes by Heidi Klum. Oh wait, yes, I can wait forever. Who wants clothes by Heidi Klum?????

    Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015  11:59 pm CT
    Posted by: Syl J.,

    We visited Selfridge's in London a couple of years ago. It was eerie how it felt so much like Field's. It's a natural.

    Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015  10:27 pm CT
    Posted by: Barb L.,

    I hope we get our Marshall-Field's back! If not, Selfridge's would be Great!

    Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015  6:07 am CT
    Posted by: F.H.,

    In today's "Chicago Daily Tribune" almanac. Today would have been Marshall Field's 181st birthday. Born in western Massachusetts in 1834. Happy birthday!

    Date: Monday, August 17, 2015  6:12 pm CT
    Posted by: gle,

    I think this is a fantastic strategy with perfect timing--invite Selfridge's to Chicago. I would LOVE to see a Selfridge's here. Would even more love to see a return to Marshall Field's.

    Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015  8:36 pm CT
    Posted by: Dave A.,

    The timing of your attempts to bring Selfridge's to Chicago could not have been better! One of the excuses macy offered for declining sales and profits was lack of tourist spending.

    What traveler from foreign lands or from another part of the USA would bother to shop at macy since it is everywhere these days? Even their prized Herald Square flagship is no longer a tourist attraction since it is just a bigger physical presence of a now generic, nondescript mass marketer found at most shopping centers across the USA. Travelers visit stores like Selfridge's, Harrod's, KeDeWe because they are special and unique--not something as ubiquitous as Rite Aid, CVS, or 7-11 (or Macy's).

    Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015  5:35 pm CT
    Posted by: Shirley L.,

    I have worn my Marshall Field's button on numerous occasions here where I live in North Carolina. Everyone is well aware of Marshall Fields (as customers and former employees and part-time holiday help) tell me their experiences with the Store in Chicago!

    Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015  7:28 pm CT
    Posted by: Denise F.,

    It's a tragedy that Macy's doesn't recognize what it has in Marshall Field's. Selfridge's would appreciate it, although they have a little bit different personality.

    Date: Friday, August 14, 2015  1:10 pm CT
    Posted by: Bob G.,

    I still refuse to shop at Macy's for their having buried the Field's experience. If we can't get Field's back, Selfridges sounds like an interesting option. If they open here, I will, without question, check them out. If they live up to their reputation, I will likely become a regular customer.

    Date: Friday, August 14, 2015  10:12 am CT
    Posted by: Barbra K.,

    Glad to hear about the outreach to Selfridges. That would be something for Chicago to have. I'd have a reason to go to Chicago to shop again.

    Date: Friday, August 14, 2015  4:30 am CT
    FB Posted by: Alfred I., Washington, D.C.

    Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015  8:32 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Rosalie B.,

    The Marshall Field's fans are still going strong. Yay!!

    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015  5:10 pm CT
    Posted by: B L., Florida

    Great idea to court Selfridges! Although we're in Florida, we miss Fields terribly and would love to have the spirit of this iconic Chicago store resurrected. I wish I were there to help!!!

    Thank you for all your efforts. Please know that they are appreciated.


    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015  4:07 pm CT
    Posted by: Gaile J.,Georgia

    I have been a proud vocal supporter of Marshall Fields. I have awaited a new beginning for State Street..I welcome the day Chicago has world class shopping once again!

    Gaile J.

    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015  2:14 pm CT
    Posted by: Sonia S.,Maryland

    Marshall Field's means purchasing lovely fabrics and attending the fashion show every year. On every visit to Field's I'd stop on the 5th floor at a little stand to get a chilled drink of coconut milk and raspberry juice. I remember when they covered the lobby with so many luscious plants, we’d take a tour just to know what they were. I'd see Mr. Johnson inspecting his Fashion Fair display. I have so many fond memories.

    Sonia S.

    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015  2:02 pm CT
    Posted by: David W.,

    Field's has always been an important part of Chicago to me – I have been in the State Street Macy's only once, for an event that I simply had to attend, but this one visit strongly reinforced my view that we need Marshall Field's back.

    Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015  7:32 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Edited out of the press release (because of space constraints: If Mr. Marshall Field were alive today and lost his store and the right to use his name on his store, he'd come back anyways, better than ever--better emporium, better name. He wouldn't wait around, begging for his rival to relent.

    Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015  7:00 pm CT
    Posted by:,

    (CHICAGO-August 13, 2015)

    Contact:        Jim McKay and Leslie Singer,
    Phone:      312.662.8980
    Email:      regards AT FieldsFansChicago DOT org


    The grassroots organization FieldsFansChicago announces an independent campaign to bring Selfridges to Chicago. The campaign is named "Selfridges: Come Home To Chicago".

    Through the generations, the histories of two world-class, beloved emporia, Chicago's Marshall Field's and London's Selfridges, have separated and re-converged. With this as inspiration, FieldsFansChicago seeks to encourage the Selfridges Group to work with Chicago's citizens and civic leaders to establish an international retail experience in Chicago that re-captures the heart and soul of Marshall Field and Company that has been missing during the past nine years.

    Harry Gordon Selfridge started out at Chicago's Marshall Field and Company on State Street, where he played a pivotal role in defining and making Chicago's world-class emporium a unique retail experience beloved world-wide throughout the 20th century. Eventually, Selfridge translated and replicated that experience into London's own world-class emporium, Selfridge & Co. on Oxford Street. Highly regarded as both a Chicagoan and Londoner of great civic stature, Mr. Selfridge's legacy extends to both cities.

    Today, Selfridges is considered "Best Department Store in the World" as voted by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS). Historically, the DNA and soul of today's Selfridges springs from Chicago's Marshall Field and Company. Reciprocally, the last great renaissance at Marshall Field's on State Street was in the early 2000s, when it interpreted and implemented a Chicago version of Selfridges Oxford Street "stores within a store" concept.

    While Macy's currently exists in the former Marshall Field's store building on State Street, Marshall Field's is still overwhelmingly missed. People want more than Marshall Field's nostalgia and historical markers at State Street: they want the Marshall Field's experience restored as a vibrant, contemporary, world-class emporium. Surveys of over 2,000 shoppers from 2009-2012 showed that 4 out of 5 overwhelmingly prefer Marshall Field's to New York's Macy's.

    The State Street store burned to the ground twice. Yet, Mr. Field rebuilt again and again, each time better than before. With that as inspiration, FieldsFansChicago embarks on courting and encouraging the Selfridges Group and its leader, Toronto's Galen Weston, to open a new world-class Chicago emporium that recaptures the ethos of Marshall Field's. is mobilizing with fervency to recruit Selfridges to Chicago. Our first effort was an October 2014 lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center on Mr. Selfridge's history in Chicago. Our latest effort is the extension our highly popular free button campaign with a new design featuring the "Selfridges Come Home to Chicago" slogan. Other efforts will continue with our bookmark/flyer campaign; rallies; lectures; social media campaigns; and other activities. (Details on the buttons can be found here.

    For further information, please contact via email at or phone Jim McKay or Leslie Singer at 312.662.8980 is grassroots collection of concerned citizens. It is solely responsible for its activities including the content of this press release. It is independent and in no way connected with outside organizations such as Selfridges Group, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores), Marshall Field's, etc.


    Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015  2:38 pm CT
    Posted by: State Street Observer,

    A lot of stories about how Macy's fell short this past quarter. Lack of tourism - State Street, anyone? - would be an example.

    Macy's is also opening a web site for sales in China with Alibaba. The red star logo should be a perfect fit with China!

    The hens are coming home to roost!

    Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015  8:27 pm CT
    Posted by: State Street Observer,

    Reminder: Macy's will have their Q-2 earnings call tomorrow morning at 9:00 A.M. ET/ 8:00 A.M. Chicago Time. This is 90 minutes earlier that it has been. Here's the link to listen:

    Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015  7:06 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gary C.,

    Just a correction regarding the discussion on Macy's Woodfield, The walls were constructed in 1987 to create fantastic enviornments for mens sportswear. The blank wall across from the escalator had a large oil painting until about 2005. Unfortunately the the enviornments on the other side of that wall are now bland and not so fantastic!

    Date: Friday, August 7, 2015  10:50 am CT
    Posted by: FieldsFansChicago Webmaster.,

    PATRICA PERKINSON: Please privately email webmaster at about your two recent posts. Confused about which should appear--or merge. Thank you.

    P.S. Field's supporters are adamantly and repeatedly for Marshall Field's returning as an experience that is way unique and international class. We want more than a Marshall Field's sign on a Macy's.

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  10:27 pm CT
    Posted by: Gayle S.,

    Regarding Woodfield, Wow--that center basement always had beautiful stuff. I remember a big Lladro showing there once. With all the bedding, it looks like a Kohls now... (no offense meant to Kohls).

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  10:36 am CT
    Posted by: Aaron M.,

    Alan Gordon was the head wine buyer for Marshall Field and Company. He was well-known and highly respected in the food and wine industry.

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  8:45 am CT
    Posted by: Jim,

    The saddest laugh I got was about the time Macy's and Alfani arrived in Chicago, Walgreens, of all places, started selling belts and socks with another name that was clearly a cheeky knock off of Alfani knocking off Armani. (Gail even sadly commented about Alfani in either the Wall Street Journal or in MarketWatch--I forget which.) Given that Walgreens was based in Chicago area at the time, and that I know some Walgreens people watch FieldsFansChicago, I couldn't help but think they were poking at Macy's. Tangentially, when Walgreens acquired Duane Reade, they very much paid attention to us and the rest of the information around Macy's failed conversion from Marshall Field's. That's why you still see dual branding for Walgreens and Duane Reade even though Duane Reade has traditionally been a somewhat loathed institution in NYC.

    Even more tangentially, Macy says it's stores in Chicago are doing very well--and for them to consider that is a very low saturation of Macy's stores in the Chicagoland area. Remember that in Los Angeles, California, and a number other markets Macy's has time or three times a number of Macy's per person that they do in Chicago. In other words, enough coupons and approaching the Kohls JCPenney crowd is enough to maintain some of the business at the stores.

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  8:17 am CT
    Posted by: M.N.,

    Macy's own labels are a joke. The one I find the cheesiest is Alfani, which, I guess, is supposed to make people think it's like Armani. It's the dumbing down of America.

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  6:30 am CT
    Posted by: Marc J.,

    And the Marshall Field's wines were actually not bad. Always enjoyed the wine shoppe at State and in Oakbrook. Macy's is just uninspired, unspecial, and unexciting.

    Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015  1:23 am CT
    Posted by: Alfred I.,

    Bring back Marshall Field's, and its wine buyers!

    Re: Woodfield Macy's. As they'd say on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," it's time to free No. 111 from the Borg. Here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  10:50 pm CT
    Posted by: MediaPost,

    Macy's Launches Private Label Wines

    "Dining at Macy's will be enhanced for our customers when they choose one of our new Macy's Select wines," Wolfe says in a release.

    This is the third private label program launched by KDM Global Partners on Macy's behalf, initially under the Marshall Field's banner and again for Macy's in 2007. The KDM line of Marshall Field's wines includes a Pinot Noir and a Brut Sparkling wine. KDM also works with other retailers including 7-Eleven.

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  5:49 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jeanne W.,

    Re: Woodfield Macy's. If I didn't know any better I would think I was shopping at Sears.

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  4:32 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Peter W.,

    They probably walled up the view from the second level into the central atrium at Macy's Woodfield so people won't throw themselves over the edge at how sad and depressing it looks.

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  10:50 pm CT
    Posted by: Stephanie L.,

    Macy's Woodfield: What a shame...

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  2:35 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

    Responding to Jim's post, Macy's is all about cutting back, shrinking, reducing, and eliminating everything and anything they possibly can - well, except - perhaps - for cheaply made women's ready-to-wear. Sheesh - why don't they just throw in the towel and go out of business altogether? Or, just operate a mediocre chain of stores in dreary strip malls, selling women's mid-range clothing? Talk about trashing a birthright.... :-(

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  2:15 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim,

    Visited Woodfield today. Most of the display windows off the center court were covered over with Macy's logos. What a waste. Consider the entrance at Field's Woodfield and compare with any other anchor's entrance in Woodfield or most malls. All the others (Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor to Sears and JCPenney) have one big wide entrance, almost like an open garage door. The entrances from the parking lot for these other stores are like typical store entrances--standard doors with maybe a revolving door. Marshall Field's was different and the centerpiece. They built this giant formal loggia with a series of windows inviting one in, two entrances flanking either side. It's like a mini-State Street. It's similar with the interior. You have more than a cut through in the center of the upper floors that makes it easy to install a single bank of escalators. Clearly at Woodfield it is a late 1960s/early 1970s Mid-Century modern interpretation referring to State Street with the grand columns, and central atrium that actually allows light into the store and to easily see the type of merchandise on each floor. (Now significant portions of the vistas from the second floor into the central atrium are walled off.) Even the exterior entrance at Woodfield on the north (actually northeast) side of the store has an area for dropping off customers and a central exterior courtyard that is grand, civic and communal. And remember when you could look down to the lower level of the atrium and see all sorts of classy crystal and other high-end wares? Now it's just mediocre bedding as the primary focus of this formerly grand space. Architecturally, it's a great store that has been dumbed down to the level of a Kohl's. (To their credit, Macy's/Bloomindale's did finally replace the worn carpeting throughout the store.)

    Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015  10:50 am CT
    Posted by: Joan Y.,

    I just responded to this story. Why do our K-8 schools' programs have to be "infected" with product placement? I do not like Macy's/Bloomingdale's values of low pay for employees and destruction of local department stores. Why should our kids be seduced by a corporation before they are mature enough to decide on their own whether to act as a tool for furthering the Macy's/Bloomingdale's brands?

    On With The Show: Macy's Popular "Yes, Virginia The Musical" Returns With $100,000 In Grants

    Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015  11:34 pm CT
    Posted by: State Street Observer,

    Macy's will have their Q2 earnings call on Wednesday, August 12 at 9:00 A.M. ET/ 8:00 A.M. Chicago Time. This is 90 minutes earlier that it used to be. Here's the link to cast:

    Date: Monday, August 3, 2015  6:28 pm CT
    Posted by: Fionna W.,

    We were in Chicago last week, from Philadelphia. WE MISSED MARSHALL FIELD'S! Why have the same store everywhere???

    In fact, it's not just Macy's, it's most stores!!!!! Traveling somewhere and shopping doesn't matter anymore since the same stores are everywhere!

    Today's retailers are shooting themselves in the foot by mass-producing.


    Date: Sunday, August 2, 2015  3:32 pm CT
    Posted by: gle,

    It is really inspiring to see what Nordstrom's plans to do. If there is a market for Nordstrom as an upgraded tourist destination, there should be just as much a market for a Selfridge's in Chicago or a return to Field's.

    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015  1:42 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim H.,

    If not Field's then I wish someone would revive the old Field Gear clothing brand in all its glory.

    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015  12:46 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Thanks for this find, Michael!

    As many of you know and as pointed out in the Seattle Times article, this was originally the Frederick and Nelson flagship. Frederick and Nelson was modeled after Marshall Field's and, when -- was it Frederick or Nelson? -- wanted to retire after the death of the other, they insisted on selling to Marshall Field's. That sale resulted in what evolved into Frango mints coming to Field's and Chicago. It's also interesting that the Nordstrom overhaul in Seattle is based on Selfridges in London which is based on State Street. Moreover, Field's last rebirth, successfully in progress when Macy's killed Field's, was based on Selfridges all the way back in 2003-2005.

    When we have conducted our surveys in 2009 through 2012, we noticed that when we've been in the vicinity of Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue, we noticed a significant increase in people who were former Field's shoppers who now refused to shop Macy's and moved to Nordstrom instead.

    In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about our efforts to court Selfridges into coming back to Chicago.

    Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015  11:53 am CT
    FB Posted by: Michael R.,

    Nordstrom aims high with downtown flagship remodel

    The downtown Seattle store and its counterparts in Chicago and San Francisco are getting an expensive makeover in hopes of creating an "international destination" experience that will leave tourists talking.

    Speaking to reporters during a tour of the two remodeled floors, Nordstrom cited as inspiration the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, London's Selfridges and other famous European department stores.

    Some 40 percent of sales on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, one of the world's top shopping wonderlands, come from visitors to the city, according to Neil Stern, senior partner at McMillan Doolittle, a retail consultancy.

    "Creating more of a destination experience makes a lot of sense," he said.

    A makeover of Nordstrom's Michigan Avenue store will be complete this fall, in time for the holidays.

    Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015  1:15 pm CT
    Posted by: J.H.,

    Gilford Says Don't Believe The Real Estate Hype: Slashes Macy's From Buy To Sell

    Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015  1:15 pm CT
    Posted by: gle,

    I have always noticed Macy's ads, whether I want to or not. You get hit in the face with them like the weather. They have never managed to impress me, however. I still want my Marshall Field's and so do a lot of other people I know. Macy's is getting referred to now as "that store that should be Field's."

    Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015  10:23 am CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Macy's spent $1.6 BILLION on advertising last year.
    Cincinnati Business Courier
    This is what makes it such an uphill battle to get coverage favoring a return to Marshall Field's. Still, it happens--that's how much Field's means to people. BTW: If you consider the out-of-pocket expenses of all of our grass roots members, donated vacation time and total dollars spent on restoring Field's have maybe maxed $10,000 annually and average of maybe $6,000. (Maybe some of you have another way of looking at that--please suggest.)

    Date: Friday, July 24, 2015  8:57 pm CT
    Posted by: Esther M.,


    Date: Friday, July 24, 2015  6:29 pm CT
    Posted by: Out There Somewhere,

    I agree:

    Not using Marshall Field's brand is a huge waste of Macy's assets. When J.C.Penney's had it's mis-steps three or four years ago, Macy's could take advanatge of that. Now J.C. Penney's is catching up. I think We're starting to see Macy's decline. The jump in stock is just the activist investors wanting the Real Estate value realized.

    Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015  7:15 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    A lot of hype this week about Macy's expanding their same-day delivery to more cities so as to compete better with Amazon.

    However, Didn't Marshall Field's have same-day delivery over a decade ago? Remember the Field's-wrapped London taxis that would do the deliveries? This is hardly all that new for Macy's to be doing it, although they are doing it through a partnership.

    Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015  1:50 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim M.,

    Macy's still has a few good national brands that didn't abdicate after the downgrade to Macy's, but "Marshall Field" beats "Alfani" and "FieldGear" beats "CharterClub" hands down.

    Date: Monday, July 20, 2015  5:52 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Timothy E.,

    (Who buys apparel from Macy's, anyhow? Yuck.)

    Date: Monday, July 20, 2015  5:42 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Steve G.,

    Interesting article.....
    Amazon takes aim at next target: Macy's

    Date: Monday, July 20, 2015  5:35 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Darrid M.,

    One of the biggest problems with Macy's is that they have forgotten their own heritage which used to be good.

    Date: Monday, July 20, 2015  4:40 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Stephanie L.,

    [Regarding the "Macy's Chicago" purses and other tourist items]


    Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015  1:14 pm CT
    Posted by: gle,

    Yes, this is definitely interesting news Jim!

    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015  7:13 am CT
    FB Posted by: Garland P.,

    The real estate becomes more valuable if some of the individual regional department store brands return, even if most of the chain stays Macys

    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015  6:48 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY,

    I do not pretend to understand the workings and reasons, but with a relative nearing retirement age as Kodak imploded, it looked to me like Kodak was consuming its own body to survive. It did not work. Suggesting that a large corporation devour/divest its own limbs for money to send to investors is obscene.

    I am sure this just shows my lack of comprehension of "economics" but that is because, in part, I cannot get my mind around the concept of "economics"as a method of obtaining income by pursuing "bottom lines" that destroy otherwise useful and functional businesses simply to wring a little more cash from the carcass. Think piranha. Is a stripped human corpse OK because piranhas spotted opportunity and the human in question was just one more ordinary, expendable guy of no particular merit? Ho-hum?

    I pictured that real-estate carnage scenario with 111 N State when this all began. It makes me sick to even think of it. Should I encourage its ruin to put a few more bucks into some portfolios? Isn't that what money is all about? Mightn't that just as well be what that fancy big building on State Street devolves into? In time... a gutted dive along with everything else in Center City. But who cares about that? Macy's investors will have gotten a little fatter and can move on to the next prey. Borg indeed.

    Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015  6:22 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Alfred F.,

    Thought-provoking; thanks, James!

    Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015  6:03 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Activist Knocks on Macy's Door
    Starboard wants retailer to spin off its real estate, valued at $21 billion

    Activist investor Starboard Value LP on Wednesday said it had accumulated a stake in Macy's and is pushing the 157-year-old retailer to spin off its real-estate holdings. Starboard estimates that the move could boost Macy's share price by more than 70%.

    Shares of Macy's rose 7.9% Wednesday, its biggest percentage gain since November 2013.

    Other investors have been urging Macy's to find ways to extract value from its vast real-estate holdings, which comprise more than 800 stores it either owns or leases across the country, including its famous Herald Square location in New York City. Starboard Chief Executive Jeff Smith valued Macy's real estate at $21 billion. Before Starboard's disclosure, Macy's market value was $22.5 billion, meaning its retail operations weren’t highly valued by investors.

    Starboard, a fund managing roughly $4.8 billion, believes the company could separate its real-estate in strong-performing malls and enter into lucrative sale-leaseback transactions with its trophy properties, which in addition to Herald Square includes stores in Union Square in San Francisco and on State Street in Chicago.
    (Continues at Link above.)
    Of course, some of us wrote to Starboard Value to encourage them to pursue maximum shareholder value by reuniting the State Street store with the Marshall Field's brand and experience. The reality is something good OR bad could happen in terms of our cause to bring back Marshall Field's. Most likely, on the surface, not much will happen. But we can hope and try.

    I commented after the article in the limited space permitted:

    Starboard should pressure Macy's to unlock value existing in the dormant Marshall Field's trade names when packaged with the Chicago State St. flagship. Despite being a huge store, State St will always underperform as Macy's and majorly repel customers until it is again Field's.

    2005 SEC 10K filings reveal great unrealized value. May Dept. Stores listed Marshall Field's trade names as $419M before Macy's acquisition/merger. At the same time, Macy's & Bloomingdale's tradenames totaled $377M. (May Dept Store's other 12 trade names combined for under $190M in 2005.)

    Weston's Selfridges Group is one such operator that can pay for and run a single destination store like under-realized State Street location. Combined, Field's assets could easily net $2.5 B or 10% mkt cap. (Macy's keeps their Chicago flagship on Michigan Ave).This would maximize return.

    Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015  5:59 pm CT
    Posted by: Annette M.,

    A Happy Return!

    The PABST sign in downtown Milwaukee has been dim for almost 20 years. Today it was turned on again as it was announced that Pabst Brewing is returning to Milwaukee.

    Don't give up Chicago. Marshall Fields can come back!

    Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015  12:47 pm CT
    Posted by: mikea ,

    Heard the bad news yesterday the downtown Pittsburgh store is closing. A great grand old store that really needed renovations on some of the upper floors. It was scaled back to have a small home store on 5 and 6.

    I guess Macy's is caving into the wall street analysts selling the whole building and not retaining a store like they promised they would. I can see some of the old downtown closings St.Paul, Houston, St.Louis where the area was not viable for a downtown store. However Pittsburgh is a vibrant downtown with new buildings shops and more housing moving in. This current management with Jeff Kantor is looking for nothing but the bottom line and scale back to satisfy analysts. This is really a blow to downtown Pittsburgh. Surprised the city did not offer Macy's some incentives to stay

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  10:53 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Timothy R.,

    Not sure they can do much with the Marshall Field's [State Street] building because of its landmark status. But other cities with grand old department stores should see this as a dark sign. Macy's is a mall anchor store and is run as such. They have no idea how to unlock the value of a nice full service downtown department store.

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  10:06 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Alfred F.,

    Very sad for Pittsburgh! But NO--the Chicago State Street store must not ever close, but be rescued from the destructive clutches of the M---- borg (see Star Trek) and reborn as Marshall Field's.

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  9:07 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Rich W.,

    If they closed [Field's on State Street], they would sell it to property developers to turn it into mixed retail/condos. Same thing they seem to be planning for their downtown Brooklyn store, former flagship of Abraham & Straus.

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  7:39 pm CT
    Posted by: Donald,

    macy*s being protested (once again) with customers tearing up their macy*s credit cards and threatening to boycott macy*s stores for taking the political stance against Donald Trump.

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  7:33 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Stephanie W..,

    Re: Sean S.

    i really hope so and bring back marshall fields

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  7:28 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Sean S.,

    Pittsburghers to say goodbye to Macy's Downtown

    Clearance sales at the Downtown Macy’s start next week, giving Pittsburghers a last chance to pick up a thumbprint cookie at the Arcade Bakery and try on shoes at the historic site where the city has been shopping since the late 1800s.

    Will Chicago be next????

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  4:08 pm CT
    Posted by: Paula S.,

    We getting ready to have Nordstrom's open here at Mayfair. Ever since we lost Marshall Field's, we've had a void. Nordstom won't stand in for Field's completely, but it is sure beats Macy's! For those of you in Illinois who don't know, Mayfair was built by Marshall Field's and is Milwaukee's Old Orchard or Oak Brook Center. Too bad Macy's never appreciated what they had in Field's. They lost a lot of money for their stupidity.

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  4:06 pm CT
    Posted by: Kezandra T.,

    Let's look at the list of downtown stores (most all former flagships) that Macy's and Federated has closed. * marks since Macy's bought Field's in 2006:
    • Atlanta (both Davison's and Rich's)
    • Boston* (Filene's, closed while Jordan Marsh remains)
    • Houston* (Foley's)
    • St. Paul* (Dayton's--Minneapolis flagshop remains)
    • Honolulu* (Liberty House)
    • St. Louis* (Famous Barr)
    • L.A. (Bullocks Wilshire)
    • and...who am I missing????????

    Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  1:09 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Macy's announced it is closing and selling the former Kaufmann's flagship in downtown Pittsburgh. Closing sale will end in September. There will be no final Christmas. Under Kaufmann's or Macy's, this ends 125 years of continuous operation.

    Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015  11:58 pm CT
    Posted by: Mary S.,

    Marshall Field's named among the stores Appleton, WI misses the most--they still have Macy's, but want Marshall Field's to come back!

    Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015  9:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Richard M.,

    They should have kept the old names and the old stores instead of Macy's. I was always at marshall fields. Love you marshall fields

    Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015  4:05 am CT
    Posted by: Gerry T.,

    Macy's needs to fix their mistake. I bet Macy's is doing all it can to hide the fact that getting rid of Field's on State Street has not lived up to its hype as saving the cost of different shopping bags and ads.
    30 Years Ago Coca-Cola Brought Back Its Original Forumla.

    Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015  6:52 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Marshall Field and Company played a role in the creation of Marina City.
    Marina City Granted Landmark Status

    Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015  3:42 pm CT
    Posted by: Pete,

    How about bringing back Field's? Why all this effort inventing new concepts when there's one experience that's overwhelmingly beloved.
    Will Macy's Initiatives Help it Return to the Growth Trajectory?

    Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015  12:01 am CT
    Posted by: S.W.,

    They had a concert this weekend with band billing themselves as the Grateful Dead. But it was missing the main figure, Jerry Garcia. It wasn't the Grateful Dead at all but a cash grab under a name.

    It reminded me that Marshall Field's return should never be a Marshall Field's sign and bags with what otherwise is a Macy's. And Marshall Field's beat Bloomingdale's ANY DAY!

    Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015  CT
    Posted by:

    Happy Fourth of July!

    Date: Friday, July 3, 2015  10:28 pm CT
    Posted by: T,E.,

    One less thing to boycott.

    As a result of Heinz's acquisition of Kraft, Terry Lundgren is no longer a Kraft board member as of Monday. So no need to boycott Kraft products on that count any more.

    Terry Lundgren is still on the board of Proctor and Gamble, so I still boycott their products which give Terry Lundgren a cushy extra stream of income.

    Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015  7:25 pm CT
    Posted by: Robert H,

    I was in Chicago 2 weeks ago and saw the macy chicago bags an shirts I saw these on 7 between the walnut room and the North light well there was also several Marshall Fields bags, tee's sweatshirts and mugs. These were done in good taste with the Fields script, clock they even used the logo "as Chicago as it gets"! When I saw these all I could think was they'd sell a lot better at Fields. Just doesn't make sense what a waste. Take that macys chi town junk to water tower and run macys there. And bring Marshall Fields back to state street THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

    Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015  1:42 pm CT
    Posted by: Bob,

    Whatever you think of the Donald Trump controversy, it's clear that a issue can sit for years and then all of sudden something happens! Donald Trump has been making odiferous remarks for decades. The Dump-Trump petition has been around for years. But only in the past month did things change. Dump-Trump gained a third of its million signatures just in the past week.

    Maybe something will happen that will suddenly cause Field's to come back. I'm counting on it.

    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015  9:02 pm CT
    Posted by: Steve G.,

    "Hell hath no fury as a Donald scorned!"

    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015  8:11 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    mike a:

    To put it mildly, you have been a curmudgeon of our cause and generally supportive of Macy's and not supportive of our cause to bring back Marshall Field's--so much so that your letters have even appeared in newspapers' "Letters to the Editors" section.

    As is often the case, I don't agree with your post. It doesn't reflect my values and those of us behind this site -- but your words are featured so that others know where you stand and so they can consider that when they read your many other posts.


    Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015  4:41 pm CT
    Posted by: mike a,

    Macys' today decided to cave in to activists and dump the Donald Trump line. The line was not the best merchandise and they have not been emphasizing it that much. However for a major company to dump a line of clothing, because they caved in to a group of activists is wrong.

    Dump the line because it does not sell or the quality is bad. Companies be it Macy's NBC etc letting a small group of activists who did not like Trumps words control companies is wrong. It is not as if he said anything that yes some illegals that come here bring crime drugs etc. True all illegal immigration has risks and should be kept to a mininmum. Nobody knows what illegals coming into the USA their backround is.

    Yet on the flip side Canada won't let in people who have had a DUI or DWI less than 10 years ago. Go figure!!!

    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015  8:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Was in State Street today. Two things of note:

    One, they have new "Macy's Chicago" bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. They feature "Macy's Chicago" in the same typeface as the 1910's R.H. Macy's plaques at Herald Square. They also show a line drawing of the Marshall Field's clock with a five-point red star at the 12:00 position. They also have bags that are similar with the word "Chi-Town" scrawled across the side. The "i" in "Chi-Town" is dotted with a Macy's red star. Historians will note that "Chi-town" was originally a derogatory term used by New Yorkers in the 1950s to describe Chicago. These days, that negative connotation is greatly reduced.

    Second, they are servicing the masonry on the State Street facade. But what's longer-term is the replacement of every other American Flag with a Macy's flag.

    On our sister Facebook page, the shirts, flags and bags have generated dozens of negative comments.

    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015  12:38 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Regarding the previous post by JamefromCA:

    This is an interesting story about how Macy's starting to have problems. I hear the problem is the tourists who they are now losing. After talking to over a 100,000 former Field's shoppers on State Street, we know why the store has been diminished as a tourist attraction and is been devalued as a shareholder asset. Want to visit Macy's flagship in United States? You visit the one in New York City, not the one in Chicago. If you have a login for Yahoo, be sure to leave comments. (Thanks Jame)

    Notice that this explains a downgrade in Macy's, Inc. stock.

    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015  8:13 am CT
    Posted by: JamefromCa,

    Interesting article

    Macy's seems to be hurting again.

    Date: Photos taken: Sunday June 28, 2015  posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 8:00 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,


    Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Chicago Pride Parade

    Signs calling for the restoration of Marshall Field's were walked up and down the 2.5 mile parade route. While there were thousands of cheers, the following are among those who called us back to have their pic taken with our sign and say, more than ever, Chicago wants its Marshall Field's!

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    Some things to mention about these photos:

    - Macy's said they were going to be in the 2015 parade in Chicago and other cities at their website. I saw no Macy's float in this parade whatsoever. (Maybe there's another parade in Chicagoland? But this is the big one.) Bloomingdale's, on the other hand, I saw listed at the 2015 Pride Parade's website on Wednesday when the lineup finally was published. And one thing I didn't realize until I talked to somebody today, was that apparently Bloomingdale's was in the parade last year, but we didn't see it on the lineup last year.

    I walked all around the staging area today and didn't see the float at all. I did see the others on the lineup in the order they were in as published earlier this week.

    - Almost everyone featured in these photos APPROACHED ME ABOUT HAVING THEIR PHOTO TAKEN. In a few cases, they chased me down to have me come back for the photos. Many more people expressed enthusiasm for having Field's return -- they just didn't request a photo op with the sign.

    - You'll see me in some of these because they requested that I pose in "selfie" mode--my personal preference is not to be in them.

    - Throughout the carried the signs on the sidewalk behind where the crowd was standing. Most of the crowd on my side of the street didn't see the signs because they were looking away towards the parade. So the response was even more remarkable.

    Regardless if Macy's/Bloomingdale's is in next year, let's plan to be out there. If we have two or four on 6/26/2016 that would be great--one for each side of the street and someone to take photos. Of course, it be great if we had Field's back then we could cheer on Field's--heck, perhaps even Macy's.

    Date: Monday, June 29, 2015  6:16 pm CT
    Posted by: gle,

    Thank-you to Field's fans who participated in Chicago's Pride Parade on Sunday, and for the beautiful sign!

    Date: Friday, June 26, 2015  8:38 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Help Bring Back Marshall Field's
    at This Sunday's Pride Parade!

    Bloomingdale's is listed as being in this Sunday's Chicago Pride Parade. As in past years when Macy's has appeared, some of the Field's Fans want to distribute Field's buttons and flyers on the parade route. We always received an overwhelmingly warm reception! Another reason everybody want's Marshall Field's back because it's been such a part of Chicago's Gay history.

    As most of you know, Bloomingdale's is Macy's sister store and was Field's arch-rival going all the way back to the late 1980s. Macy's, Inc's actions have long suggested that Macy's probably got rid of Field's in part to help its Bloomingdale's business.

    If you wish to help the Field's Fans this Sunday from Noon to 2:30 pm, please phone 312.662.8980 or email, (replace AT with an @ symbol) preferably before Sunday so there's enough supplies.

    Help bring back Marshall Field's!

    Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015  6:18 pm CT
    Posted by: Holly,

    I was in Columbus this past week. I was surprised that a mall (Tuttle Xing) that we went to had TWO MACY'S! How ridiculous is that?!?! That's approaching a monopoly!

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015  10:29 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim,


    You mean you want State Street to look tricked out as a casino? That's what Herald Square looks like. You have to be kidding.

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015  1:22 pm CT
    Posted by: mikea,

    Was in NYC last weekend. Stopped in Herald Square to see how the renovations are coming. The store is about 60% done and two floors are closed off. What is done looks great!!!!!! I think they will need another year to finish. On thing, the old wooden escalators that are not walled off look so out of place in such a modern store. I think they should realize those escalators which some were broken need to be replaced with modern working escalators to match the décor of the store.

    If they bring some of the new design t State Street it would really enhance the store. I see they are working on the exterior once again.

    Date: Monday, June 22, 2015  8:05 pm CT
    Posted by: Pete,

    The fact that Wall Street Journal published a story that was 100% positive about Macy's probably means something's really up with this real estate deal. Where there's smoke there's fire.

    Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015  CT
    Posted by: FieldsFansChicago,


    Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015  9:55 am CT
    Posted by: gle,




    Why would anyone buy CHICAGO Black Hawks items from NEW YORK's Macy's????

    Sports teams have ups and downs, but Marshall Field's was always a winner!

    Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015  6:35 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    The Wall Street Journal
    Macy's Real Estate Has Shareholders Salivating

    Macy's owns some of the world's most valuable property and is being urged by investors to unlock that value. The department store chain is studying the situation, but doesn't want to be saddled with leases
    As a subscriber, I was able to post a brief response:
    "Huge pent-up Macy's, Inc. share holder value exists in the dormant Marshall Field's trade names when packaged with the State Street flagship. Despite being a huge store, State St will always underperform as Macy's and repel customers until it is again Field's.

    2005 SEC 10K filings strongly suggest much unrealized value. May Dept. Stores listed Marshall Field's trade names as $419M before Macy's acquisition/merger. At the same time, Macy's and Bloomingdale's tradenames totaled $377M. (May Dept Store's other 12 trade names totaled under $190M in 2005.)

    The greatest return for Macy's investors would be to sell the Marshall Field's brand and trade names combined as a package with the State Street store to another operator. Sold together, Field's assets could easily net $2.25B for stock holders or 8-9% mkt cap. (Macy's keeps a Chicago flagship on Michigan Ave) Who would buy? For one, prior to Macy's acquisition of Field's, Chicago Tribune had rumors of interest by Weston's Selfridges Group."

    (Note: Due to a technical error, this post did not appear correctly until 1:15 pm, Mon, June 22, 2015.)

    Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015  8:29 pm CT
    Posted by: Paul,

    Macy's is said to have a red-star balloon in next Sunday's Chicago pride parade.

    Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015  3:19 pm CT
    Posted by: Robert H.,

    Karen you bring up such a good point something that I never thought of. No I have NEVER heard anyone excited about Fields becoming Macy's. I think everyone knew we were loosing something far better than what we were getting/have. Most stores are ment with excitement when they come to a new town but not when the kill of a local favorite! I have to think if the macys executives knew then what they know now we'd still have fields at least state street.

    Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015  11:30 am CT
    Posted by: Jo,

    Uhhh...didn't Macy's sell off May's tux business 8-9 years ago because it wasn't a core business? Now it is...part of the bridal registry biz. Does Lundgren know what he's doing?

    On second thought, I guess he does. Macy's needs someone to sell tuxes and suits and tailor them better than they can. It's not a strength, just like how they aren't strong in selling like sunglasses and sports team hats and shirts and the like. This all would have been a slam dunk for Marshall Field's.

    Date: Friday, June 12, 2015  6:21 am CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay,

    Walter Loeb has a new story on Bloomingdale's head Tony Spring.

    What's interesting is to note that Mr. Spring started with Bloomingdale's and Federated, fresh out of College in the 1980s. He's pretty much worked nowhere else in his career--not that he hasn't had a wealth of experiences and accomplishments. But what this story supports is that Federated (Macy's, Inc.) has a pretty closed and inbred culture. More than a few say that Field's will come back after Lundgren retires in a few years. I don't think so. There's no way someone like Tony Spring and others who are next generation of leaders and Macy's/Bloomingdale's have moved up the ladder if they were supportive of Field's return. It will be something external from Macy's that causes a shift.

    The CEO of Bloomingdale's Is A Gem in Troubled Waters
    I hold the position that if Federated didn't have Bloomingdale's, we'd still have Field's.

    Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015  9:17 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Darrid,

    (At Northbrook Court)

    What a mess! Leftover Christmas Frango mints! Yummy!

    Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015  4:59 pm CT
    Posted by: Pete

    Macy's is pairing up with the founder of Menswarehouse to sell suits and offer their suits. They also will have a network of independent tailors who will come to offices and homes and tailor suits in a way that's like Uber.

    Field's used to offer these services with more cachet. So Lungreed gets rid of that and then, when Macy's fails, gets some middle of the road shop to come in and replace it.

    With all the other leased out shops and departments, it's like Macy's is becoming a mall operator.

    Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015  4:59 pm CT
    Posted by: Memphis Shopper

    We used to look forward to coming to Chicago to shop at Marshall Field's. No reason to go there as Macy's. Sure, there's the Walnut room, but the rest of the store is so sad that it's not enough to compensate.


    Date: Monday, June 8, 2015  8:21 pm CT
    Posted by: karen K.

    Everything else aside, have you heard of anyone who has been excited that Marshall Field's became Macy's?

    All I can think is that Macy's spends a great deal of energy covering up and spinning facts about what is actually an overall failure.

    Karen in Inverness

    Date: Friday, June 5, 2015  7:21 pm CT
    Posted by: Vicki Howard

    I've written a book on the decline of American department stores that might interest all of you. Marshall Field's and Macy's feature quite prominently in my book, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store. The epilogue covers the protest rallies for Field's that organized.


    Vicki Howard
    Associate Professor of History
    Coordinator of Museum Studies Program
    Hartwick College
    Oneonta, NY 13820

    Editor: History of Retailing and Consumption>

    Author: From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store>

    Date: Friday, June 5, 2015  6:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    In response to Douglas's post, it is true that spending from abroad is down because of the bad exchange rates--it's just not Macy's and Bloomingdale's. I DO think there would be an impact even if State Street and Water Tower were still Marshall Field's. However, as Field's, there would still be a much larger base of domestic customers. Regardless of tourism, these stores would still be more productive and profitable as Marshall Field's.

    As Douglas suggests, why not different brands for different stores. Hilton has offered all sorts of brands from Hampton Inn to Waldorf Astoria to designate their different hotel experiences, but you stil know it's a Hilton Hotel. (Even the Palmer House and The Drake retained their marquee names as Hilton Hotels.) I've brought this up at previous Macy's stock holders meetings. And who has been on the board of Macy's? A Hilton Exec.

    Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015  1:18 pm CT
    Posted by: Douglas A.

    Does anyone else find it ironic that macy blames lower sales on declining tourism? Did anyone in macy top management realize that converting all the regional department stores would dilute the value of the macy name? In other words, when macy was centered on Manhattan and suburban stores, the store was associated with New York? Now that macy stores are everywhere, they are nothing special. Even visitors to New York realize that macy is no more unique than JCPenney or walmart.

    Think of other cities too. Would a visitor to Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami want to seek out a macy store? Highly unlikely. It's like different regional department stores would be worth a visit, but now there's no reason for tourists to visit a macy when they are traveling. Why bother?

    Also laughable is the plan to establish some macy stores as "premium" outlets. Again, why didn't they keep the top stores in each market as "premium" and operate them under their legendary name--Marshall Field's, Lazarus, Rich's, Filene's, Bullocks, then operate the second tier stores under the macy label. Their new plan will only confuse shoppers. So which macy store is THIS--the premium or the value one? Do they carry Waterford or Martha Stewart? Do they have the One Day Sale and coupons here?

    Seems that macy now has an identity crisis. Their stores are no longer a tourist attraction--they discarded the popular regional names as well as their well-known affiliation with New York City. Their market image is also unclear--are they upscale or discount operators? In trying to be everything to everyone, macy has no clear vision of who they are. They attract neither the upscale nor the value shopper.

    Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015  2:19 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Reuters reports that hedge funds are taking stakes in Macy's, rumored to be asking Macy's to sell Harold Square and other key stores and then lease them back in the long term. This sort of accounting activity is a sort of stock manipulation ploy which I, for one, am glad that Macy's is opposed to. But if they really wanted to unlock stockholder value, they'd sell Marshall Field's flagship and the brand Marshall Field's to Selfridges.
    "Reuters Exclusive: Hedge funds to Macy's: Sell your real estate"

    Date: Monday, June 1, 2015  1:18 pm CT
    Posted by: Pete S.

    Was surfing around and found some interesting stories from ten years ago, as well as in recent years. Something to note is that when the merger was approved, Marshall Field's was not designated to become Macy's. That happened four weeks after the deal was approved and closed. It sure shows that they knew Marshall Field's was special compared to the rest of the store banners.

    On top of that, I don't think Macy's ever came close to living up to their long-term promises to customers back when they came up with this idea of killing off local department stores:

    Federated To Convert 330 Stores To Macy’s

    After Smooth Sales Talk, Stores Take Macy’s Name

    Farewell To Hecht's Familiar Brand

    Out with Filene's, in with Macy's

    The Real Reason Macy's is Closing (Former Famous-Barr Flagship and May Department Stores Headquarters)

    What To Do With 1.2 Million Square Feet In The Railway Exchange Building (Former Famous-Barr Flagship and May Department Stores Headquarters)

    Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015  1:18 pm CT
    Posted by: William W.

    In the 1970's and through 1990's there was a union that was organized within Marshall Fields. Does anyone know the name of the union? I know the Teamsters tried to get in but did not.

    Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015  12:58 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    I think at this point whatever Macy's says to impress anyone, no-one takes seriously. Their track record is obvious.

    Something I have noticed, however, is that some people still go to the Walnut Room for special occasions because they consider it the only part of Field's that is still there. So why wouldn't Macy's try to capitalize on something that might help their sinking ship (such as restoration of the fountain), if they actually had the sense to figure out customer loyalty to the Walnut Room. BUT, my friends who cling to the Walnut Room usually come home disappointed, and say they have just been to "THAT STORE THAT SHOULD BE FIELD'S!"

    Date: Friday, May 29, 2015  8:03 am CT
    Posted by: Andrea W.

    Just checking in with this site. We really miss Marshall Field's and Co. Those Macy's people should listen to their customers.

    Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015  9:56 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gayle

    Chris Reynolds--thanks for your detailed and obviously keen observations about Macyland! I believe you are right on the money. I remember Macy's saying they needed to "reeducate" us, and then later saying that they were writing off Field's shoppers because we were apparently nothing more than nostalgic and overly-emotional morons who would die off soon. (I think their marketing department phrased it more gently, but that was the takeaway message). I hope that someday, somehow, MF's gets resurrected. I don't believe Macy's is capable. Maybe Selfridges? Even if they don't bring back the name, they could replicate the shopping experience....

    Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015  9:37 am CT
    Posted by: Jim

    In recent years, I haven't heard the terms "re-educate" and "resistant" in their parlance. However, a few years back I would hear those terms from Macy's execs--I'm especially thinking of CFO Karen Hoguet in her various quarterly conference calls a few years back. Also, put "Macyization" and "name change" on that list of Orwellian terms they use. If it's just a "name change", how can there be much to "re-educate" about and for customers to "resist"?

    Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015  8:52 am CT
    FB Posted by: Chris R.

    They didn't say those words when they turned on the fountain. Remember that they are sales people. But those are the words they actualy do use in their strategies, management huddles, and so on.

    Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015  12:27 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Garland P.

    good earth did he really use words re-educate and resistant? wow... creep-ola

    Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015  11: 23 am CT
    FB Posted by: Chris R.

    I'm a former employee from about 9-10 years ago, but my spouse has a vendor connection.

    Viewed the event from afar. It was like a cross between a scene from the Stepford Wives and an Amway convention.

    Food service was started 125 years ago at Marshall Field's by Mrs. Hering and H.G. Selfridge. Macy's started their own food service some 10-15 years later. Let's face it, the Walnut Room is no longer as special as when it was Field's.

    Culinary Council celebration, food service anniversary, and the American Icons are all hype. But are those the ultimate motivations behind why they tweaked the fountain and why Terry Lundgren showed up?

    Based on the past four years, I say it's Terry's latest dance mis-steps in his tenuous relationship with Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Unlike Daley, Rahm Emanuel is insistent on Marshall Field's coming back to State Street as part of Chicago's image as a global city. The two aren't cozy, to say the least.

    The clocks only got repainted after Emanuel won the election. MF would have routinely kept the numerals in top shape. I think not maintaining the numerals was TL's way of saving a few dollars and, moreover, poking Emanuel and demonstrating that his conquest of the store. Roger Ebert said that Emperor Lundgren planted his flag on State Street. It's quite a symbol, as we all know. Since Emanuel won another term, Lundgren probably conceded that the clocks can't be let go another four years without further alienating customers.

    Lundgren comes to Chicago for this particular weekend but isn't a guest at the mayor's inauguration less than 48 hours later?? My take: It's Lundgren's way of attempting to get the mayor's attention, but don't think Lundgren is humble. Lundgren thinks all that he's done is a huge olive branch when its really just a few leaves and, actually, Lundgren killed our olive tree in the first place.

    "Setting the stage for the return of the MF name" ???? No. Period. Macy's thinks there's no stores greater than Bloomingdale's and Macy's. Even if Macy's is conscious that it was a mistake to kill off Field's, world corporate culture dictates that you bury, paint over, or otherwise cover up such big mistakes. "Hide that body!"

    "We have the utmost respect for Field's history and traditions." Translation: "We're salespeople. We'll say whatever it takes to make people feel less guilty when you buy Frangos, but Marshall Field's will remain ancient history." They are willing to take baby steps as they "re-educate" the "resistant" Marshall Field's customers. Note: "Re-educate" and "resistant" are Macy's words. Those who think Macy's is inching back to Field's are very naive. They laugh at the thought.

    Does Macy's deserves a bone or an concession that they are trying to reach out? Even a drop of appreciation puffs up their ego, cementing in their minds that they don't need to bring back Field's

    Date: Monday, May 25, 2015  CT
    Posted by: Field's Fans Chicago

    Honoring Those
    Who Gave Their Lives
    for Our Country.

    Date: Sunday, May 24, 2015  8:56 pm CT
    Posted by: T.H.



    Date: Friday, May 22, 2015  6:08 pm CT
    Posted by: Emily D.

    We miss Marshall Field's immensely. Macy's does not compare. This noise that Macy's honors Field's is just a bunch of talk. What a bunch of phoney baloney people.

    People see through that.

    What a strange time we live in when companies are led by egos that are valued more than the customers wants and desires.

    Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015  10:09 am CT
    Posted by: Anna P.

    Happy 189th Birthday to Potter Palmer, founder of what we knew as Marshall Field's and Company, and, of course, the Palmer House. Born May 20, 1826.

    Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015  4:49 pm CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    All this Macy strutting makes me wonder if they have not yet figured out who and what they are-- upscale, mid-scale, chic, ubiquitous, exclusive............. where can they be headed for except Banality?

    Field's managed to attract a wide range of clientele by keeping its high standards at the fore, not by scraping bottom to keep costs down. At least that is how it looks to me.

    Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015  2:03 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Dan A.

    What a great and totally compelling effort

    Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015  12:36 pm CT
    Posted by: mikea

    To Phillip

    Rebranding the top 150 stores to Marshall Field's?? Really. Field's tried to work in other markets, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Columbus. With the exception of the legacy Mayfair , Fields' brand did not last in the other markets, the stores were sold off by Target. We at this time do not know how upscale macy's plans on those top stores. Most likely they would not be competing with Neiman's , Saks or Nordstrom, or their Bloomingdale's. They would probably upscale to more like Lord & Taylor or some of what Nordstrom sells. They may bring back the brands they carried when they first took over Field's. For a the first few years, they still continued to sell some of the higher end brands. However State Street has downgraded a lot of the high end brands in Women. They are just in the 28th shop a much smaller place than they used to be.

    Date: Monday, May 18, 2015  6:31 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    Glad to see our signs and our people still out there at the shareholders meeting! THANK-YOU FOR GOING TO CINCINNATI FOR THE STOCK HOLDERS MEETING!

    Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015  7:50 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Kathy S.

    [Re: Timothy E.'s post:]

    Commitment to maintaining Field's traditions such as the Walnut Room? Then take the wine bar out. It is not in keeping with the dignity or tradition of that room. You want a wine bar? Find somewhere else to put it.

    Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015  11:45 am CT
    FB Posted by: Garland P.

    [Re: Timothy E.'s post:]

    Glad they did it. Setting stage for return of mf name.

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015  9:48 pm CT
    Posted by: Philip eichler

    Ok,mikea,keep your knives in the drawer until you think this one through. If Macy's wants to re enter the upscale market, they need a new brand. I would propose these upscale stores be branded Marshall Field's. It's common knowledge that the main line Macy's are no different than an outlet store. A store cannot occupy the outlet space and upscale space under the same banner. It would create absolute confusion for the consumer.Are we at the coupon Macy's or the good Macy's? And all those coupons would be worthless at these upscale stores. I say that because it's the vendor that usually excludes its products from cheap promos.Would ads have to be very different? Of course they would have to be. Training ditto. Everything would need to be different.

    From the vendors side,how is upscale Macy's going to get brands? When Macy's seized State Street, Neiman's, Saks and Nordstrom had a field day grabbing the brands Field's had an exclusive. While it appeared to many that Macy's was dropping these brands, in reality most of these brands was bailing on Macy's. In addition over the last few years, aspirational brands and luxury brands have been closing doors, not opening them, attempting to shore up their brand's value. Why would any of these vendors want to open in a Macy's? And these 150 stores locations are in malls that already have the likes of a Neiman's or Saks, why would they wish to compromise their position at Neiman's for the very down market Macy's? Like all of Macy's recent whimsical ideas when examined, it really does not hold water.

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015  3:06 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Sara B.

    [Re: Timothy E.'s post: ]

    Give them credit? Am I missing something? Is there more than a ring of water at the top? Does the lower part also have water streaming? As it is, more than a few North Shore homes and some middle of the road hotel lobbies have something comparable. Macy's declined to say how much they paid for tihs. Given the modesty, wouldn't surprise me if the contractor did it pro-bono so they could add The Walnut Room to their resume.

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015  3:01 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Sara B.

    [Re: attending stockholders meeting:]

    You keep going!

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015  2:45 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Tim E.

    [Re: activation of the Walnut Room fountain:]

    Very brief presentation - essentially a Macy's Mgmt. feel good pep-rally. The gist of his comments was reiterating Macy's commitment to upholding Marshall Field's great retail legacy.... a part of which was maintaining such wonderful traditions as the Walnut Room.

    All pretty predictable - but makes for a nice publicity stunt for the 10 pm news.

    And yes - it does in fact look quite nice. Even better than I was expecting. Gotta give them credit for restoring this treasure and doing what it takes to be able to have it operating for the first time. :-)

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015  12:18 am CT
    FB Posted by: Kerry B.


    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  11:12 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Danel Lynn S.

    You guys are awesome!

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  9:30 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gayle S.

    Huge thanks to Jim, Frank, and Darrid for driving all the way to Cinci to speak for our cause!

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  4:27 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gail H.


    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  2:19 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jeanie D.

    You brought tears to my eyes. I am with you all on spirit.

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  2:17 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Tina T.

    Thank you. I hope you make some headway.

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  1:14 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Timothy E.

    Very glad that you guys are able to be there.

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Today was Macy's, Inc.'s annual stock holder meeting at Macy's, Inc. headquarters in Cincinnati. Remember that "Macy's, Inc." is the former Federated Department Stores company. For almost 80 years, it has been the parent of Bloomingdale's; it acquired R.H. Macy's circa 1992-93; May Department Stores in 2005; and Bluemercury spas just since the beginning of the year.

    Three people--from Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati--came to represent Macy's stockholders who want to see the return of Marshall Field's to State Street. Although one (representing someone who has been a Macy's stockholder for several years) was denied admission, two of us, including myself, participated in the post-meeting "questions/comments" section.

    I'm paraphrasing in the following rough highlights of what I said to the audience of maybe 150 or 200 who appeared to be mainly Macy's and Bloomingdale's associates.

    I brought up how last weekend some of you contacted me asking if I would yet again attend and speak up for Field's; I also acknowledged that clearly in past years Macy's has said no way to restoring Marshall Field's.

    That said, I congratulated Macy's on their efforts that produced a financially successful year from a stockholders' vantage and supportively mused that with Cuba opening up, Macy's would be a firecracker of great entrant to Havana given their understanding of the Hispanic market. With regards to Marshall Field's, I applauded their (finally) repainting the Great Clocks and commented that the updated Walnut fountain sounded interesting. I continued that those things were good and people want more than nostalgia, they want an contemporary, vibrant Marshall Field's experience, not a name and some historical makers. (At this point, it was clear some in the audience including Macy's execs that I recognized were laughing.)

    I've heard Mr. Lundgren and others say no again and again to this so I understand that from previous years, Macy's doesn't want that. Yet, some Field's supporters are taking new steps. A certain group of the Field's supporters are turning their efforts to reaching out to Selfridges and the Weston family to open a Chicago Selfridges flagship run in the spirit of Field's. As you probably know, Selfridge started out from Marshall Field's and people are now reacquainted with Selfridges and its connection through the PBS TV show. (I can't remember if I also said—but if I didn't I meant to say that Field’s was informed by Selfridges for it's successful 2003 makeover at State Street.)

    People are organizing to recruit Selfridges with buttons, rallies, lectures with same fervency that they have using for Field's. Now personally, I'd much rather see Macy’s restore Marshall Field's in name and character, but that's what people are doing and I said at previous stockholder meeting that i would let you know about these things first. I don't recall any response.


    After myself, Frank Loomis of Cincinnati spoke. (None of this is Frank's exact words—I’m summarizing.) Frank is a Cincinnatian who has credentials as an antique professional who even hosts an antique show on Cincinnati radio. Frank spoke about Marshall Fiield's clock logo brass buttons going for $11 a piece; the high demand for Marshall Field's goods on eBay; thanks for the clock and restorations at State Street. Frank showed off his prize Marshall Field’s Wedgwood plate. He closed with a plea to bring back Marshall Field's. Frank’s comments all drew favorable reaction from the audience.

    I left the meeting and the building immediately, but Frank tells me that he later engaged in an enjoyable conversation with Lundgren and others about Wedgwood.

    Back in 2008, four Field's fans came to the Macy's stockholders meeting and posed with our Marshall Field's signs out in front of Macy's headquarters. We got the signs and posed with them after lunch. On our way to take the photo, we were approached by more than a few locals who commented on them. Some didn't understand the signs, but others who approached us started out with words like, "YES!! I totally agree--Macy's is no match for Marshall Field's...we used to go to Chicago for Marshall Field's! We miss it!"

    Below is a (so-so) photo that a passerby kindly took of us.

    Thanks to all who supported us in this--especially the "core Field's Fans" who advise us, especially Gayle, Gloria, and, most of all, Frank and Darrid.

    Date: Friday, May 15, 2015  6:36 am CT
    FB Posted by: Susan NY

    Isn't it amusing that Macy's is thinking of pushing "best stores" "upscale"? Seems to me they had a best-of-the-best one they pushed downscale and they keep its head under water. Maybe that is why they are "restoring" the tradition of the Walnut Room fountain.....

    But I don't recall a fountain there either--it must really have been buried. As for 125 years of fountain repression, if the Walnut Room was installed in 1907 it won't be 125 years old until 2032. Maybe the fountain was just there to begin with and they put some tables around it when they thought that would be fun.

    Those wacky Macy's folks are from another time/space continuum where facts don't match up like they do for us in this one. I wonder how they will decide, for example, which are the "best" stores since they have not yet figured out where 111 N State belongs in the firmament.

    Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015  3:12 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim

    (In followup to my post yesterday, it's important to note that it's not just Macy's: Kohl's and Nordstrom also fell short. JCP actually did better than expects in some key ways.)

    Macy's to Push Best Stores Upscale

    Macy's Inc. plans to push its best stores upscale, as it works to squeeze more growth from a slowing department-store business.
    Chicago tourists are still dismayed at the loss of Marshall Field's on State Street.

    They had a really unique, international destination. While they still consider it one of their secondary flagships (next to Herald Square) it's only Marshall Field's building but a different store in side.

    Chicago customers prefer Marshall Field's to Bloomingdale's; Macy's has a hugely under-realized asset until they restore Marshall FIeld's back to State Street.

    One other point: If Macy's goes up scale, how will that impact their Bloomingdale's stores? Word on the street was often that Marshall Field's had to go in Chicago because it was too close to Bloomingdale's in the quality and assortment of merchandise.

    Aren't coupons and clearance items huge incentives for getting people in the door? When they reduced coupons several years ago, Macy's was hit badly and brought them back. It's good that they are testing Macy's Backstage only in a small area (NYC). I think it will hit the clearance merchandise incentive to go to a "Platinum" or "B Tier" Macy's.

    Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015  11:29 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim

    Overseas tourists in Chicago hurt Macy's results
    Macy's CFO Karen Hoguet said this morning that it was not only Chicago (i.e. State Street AND Water Tower) but also "tourist" stores in NYC, San Francisco and Las Vegas as well.

    Regardless, restoring Marshall Field's would be a slam-dunk for Macy's and its stockholders. They have TWO Chicago flagships!

    Macy's is also phasing out supplying Aeropostale with items. Started by the old R.H. Macy's and eventually separated off, I didn't realize Aeropostale and Macy's still had a relationship.

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  5:11 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim

    Claire: It's fair to reserve judgement until we see it in action. Will it dribble? Or be spectacular? But stuff like this is bread crumbs compared to what would really please the public. (A complete return to Marshall Field's.)

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  5:05 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Claire O.

    I apologize in advance if this offends anyone here. I think this is pretty cool news!

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  4:51 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jeane W.

    " It is a privilege of Macy's to continue the tradition of Marshall Field's. We've been given a treasure and Macy's is committed to keeping that treasure going." So says Andrea Schwartz, Vice President of Media Relations for Macy's.

    Did their attorneys write that for her?

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  4:02 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Tim E.

    I'm not sure when the current (non-operating) fountain was put into place, but it certainly is not original to the room. It looks like they had some sort of lily-pond 'water feature', but it certainly wasn't what's there now!

    I only see the current fountain appearing in pics from the 70's onward. Even as late as 1960 it wasn't there:

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  3:16 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim

    Walnut Room fountain to flow for first time in 125 years

    ABC7 Chicago:

    Date: Monday, May 11, 2015  10:28 pm CT
    Posted by:
    Sandy H.

    Was thinking of my mom over the weekend and how we loved Marshall Field's! Field's was beloved. She would be devastated to have it become that sorry store, Macy's.

    Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015  CT
    Posted by: gle


    Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015  7:34 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jeanie W.

    I think the last sentence of the article pretty much sums it up.
    The question will be, perhaps, whether in hindsight (Macy's) might have done more to preserve its rights in its "heritage brands."

    Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015  2:44 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim McKay

    Good explanation from New York Law Journal of the case over the rights to Marshall Field's trade name. Depending on context, may require registration or a subscription:!/article/1743311328

    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015  6:27 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    WOW. Lundgren admits to Macy's being barely, if at all, distinguishable from bottom feeders?

    Bottom feeding has nothing to do with Field's. For this Macy's needs to possess the Field's name?

    And good point: why go into competition with yourself? Is a kind of robotic clone needed to harvest enough to live on at the bottom?

    Somehow I find the premise that America is a bottom-feeding nation scary, not to mention destructive. This man in a powerful, influential position is setting his vision as low as possible, expecting to extract personal fortune and glory in sludge he thinks is the best we deserve. Thanks.

    And more brilliance revealed --- Mr. Let's-Do-Regional-Sludge disdains petty regional (read "provincial") character? And we are not supposed to get our knickers in a twist when he swans in and stomps on our petty regional faces to bring our lives down to his standard.

    Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  12:46 pm CT
    Posted by: mike a

    I see Macy's is going to open 4 test off price stores WHY??? The clearance and sale items in the stores are great values, what do they want the customers to start going to other stores other than the main ones. Most likely the outlet stores will probably be like the Bloomingdale's outlets which sell 10-20% merchandise from the stores and 80-90% bought just for the outlets. This will still take sales away from the main stores. It is not like Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks that are so high priced they need outlet stores for the general public. Most Macy's merchandise is geared for the general public unless these outlet stores will be like a Target or Dollar general/.

    Also they just started this Plenti rewards program which is really not good. Most likely all you get back is 1% of your purchases. The old way allowed as much as 3% back which is standard with credit cards. Bon-Ton has the best rewards program a 20.00 reward coupon used on purchasing of 50.00 or more after each 200.00 spent with the Bon-Ton card that is 10% back in rewards very good. This PLenti program is lousy!!!!

    Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  9:52 am CT
    Posted by: C.C. Chicago

    Here is more questionable jewelry from Macy's own circular: Diamond Necklace: 1 ct. t.w. rose cut in 18K gold over silver plated brass (disclaimer: All carat weights [ct. t.w.] are approximate;) Dyed Green Jade Bracelet, etc. These are being sold as fine jewelry!

    More and more, Macy's reminds me of Goldblatt's. It's like Goldblatt's has taken over our beloved Marshall Field's State Street store. (I don't think that even Goldblatt's would have sold costume jewelry as fine jewelry.) Macy's motto should be: LET THE BUYER BEWARE!

    Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  12:29 am CT
    Posted to FB by: John L.

    Re: Delta Sky Mag cover story: Macy's is a New York City store with a NYC mentality. It is not welcome in Chicago. I do not shop at Macy's (but was a regular at Field's).

    Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015  12:09 am CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    To follow up on Richard in Houston's comments, we all know that T.J. Maxx was Zayre's new name after Zayre redefined their business model and got rid of their unprofitable departments. Macy's claims--when it's to their advantage-- that it is the same as Marshall Field's. Who ever thought that they would see the day that "Marshall Field's" (emphasize the quotation marks) was trying to play catch-up with Zayre? Thanks to Macy's, that's what we apparently have.

    Of all the stories on this, I found the one in the Washington Post was the most interesting from our perspective because of the quote from Terry Lundgren--I bolded what I thought was the key phrase:

    Chief executive Terry Lundgren has said he hasn't always felt this type of business was the right strategic move for Macy's.

    When it came to starting an off-price offshoot, "I was the obstacle," Lundgren said in April at a retailing conference in Tucson. "Because I said, 'You know what? Macy's price points are too close to the off-price world.'"

    But Lundgren said his innovation team, led by Sachse, convinced him there may be an audience for such outlets. Sachse has been working on the concept for about six months with a team of about 20 leaders who have experience working at off-price competitors such as TJMaxx, Nordstrom Rack or Saks Off Fifth.

    I don't like to "crawl inside people's heads" and claim to entirely understand them. Yet, Mr. Lundgen himself has, in a partronizing tone, called me "emotional" for wanting Marshall Field's back (Macy's 2008 sharehodlers meeting). Even if it is "emotional" on the customers' part, a lot of evidence suggests to me that Mr. Lundgen has an emotional attachmemt to having his way regardless of what customers want. Customers are hugely willing to shop Marshall Field's and it's unique shopping experience which was different from Macy's. That's why Marshall Field's tradenames were so valuable. And if shopping weren't emotional, we'd all wear uniforms and sack cloth.

    The rest of the Post story is at:

    Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015  10:48 pm CT
    Posted by: Richard in Houston

    Time (EDT)Macy's Inc.10:0011:0012:001:002:003:00

    By Angela Chen

    The stories will be based in and around New York City

    Macy's Inc. said Tuesday that it will open four discount stores in the fall, the latest move in the retailer's restructuring efforts.

    The discount stores, called Macy's Backstage, will be located in and around New York City and will have clearance goods from the retailer. The stores won't accept Macy's (M, -1.21%) coupons and won't be driven by promotional events.

    Umm... I thought Macy's WAS a discount store. They are always being compared to Kohl's and Target. Fields, nor the other regional stores such as Burdine's, Bullock's or Foley's, were every listed in that category.

    Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015  10:48 pm CT
    Posted to FB by: Steve G.

    Delta's May 2015 SKY magazine; it's a real eye opener. Cover story is Terry Lundgren. "STAR POWER: The Merchant of New York: Terry Lundgren on Why the Fashion World Loves Macy's."


    His hand-up-the-cow moment at Macy's happened after the acquisition of May. "We had 14 different names," he says. "Marshall Field’s in the Upper Midwest. Filene's in Boston. Foley's in Texas. All family names. All of them mercantile exchanges that started in their downtowns, just like Macy's and Bloomingdale's. But I knew the regional stores were not working. There was emotional attachment to those stores, but there’s a difference between emotional attachment and actually shopping at the store."

    Date: Monday, May 4, 2015  1:48 pm CT
    Posted by: C.C. Chicago

    After seeing the piece on CBS news with Pam Zekman, about the "rubies" which are made of lead glass "filled" something or other, I think Macy's knows EXACTLY what they're doing. I wouldn't buy a gem stone from them or even gold right now. Ms. Zekman filmed at the Macy's on State Street. How depressing to think that was once Marshall Fields, which we could all trust to offer the finest of merchandise, no matter what.

    Date: Monday, May 4, 2015  6:38 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    I feel so reassured now that it is clear we Field's fans are still cared about by Macy's. I was in danger of losing that warm fuzzy feeling.

    Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015  9:28 am CT
    Posted by: Joan H.

    Macy's will have their Q1 earnings call on Wednesday, May 13th at 9:00 A.M. ET/ 8:00 A.M. Chicago Time. This is 90 minutes earlier than past such calls. Here's the link to the info:
    Will someone from Field's Fans attend the stock holders' meeting on May 15th? I sure hate for them to think we don't care anymore.

    Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015  6:55 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    I am no fan of Macy's but I don't see the point of smirking about their being "caught" selling glass or doctored rubies as real gemstones, for a hundred dollars or so. Clue: you don't get what you don't pay for. Naive customers abound and Macy's is taking advantage of them-- but purchasers are getting their money's worth, more or less. It would be quite another matter if Macy's charged 6 figures for imitations.

    The clerks' misleading assurances are the problem, given the safeguards purportedly provided to inform the customer. Where was that critical little tag during the transaction? For bringing unfavorable publicity to Macy's (If the staff is indeed trained to tell the plain truth) those wily liars should be fired -- a really effective and quick way to "reaffirm" their training.

    Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015  1:13 am CT
    Posted to FB by: Jeanie W.

    Re: The CBS2 investigative report on Macy's "Rubies," Macy's statement is nothing more than evasive misleading rubbish.

    Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015  11:30 pm CT
    Posted by: gayle soucek

    The story about Macy's selling fake rubies made me laugh. After all, we already knew that Macy's couldn't recognize a true gem while they held it in their hands, right? They proved that in 2006....

    Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015  8:53 am CT
    Posted by: via C.C. Chicago

    Did you hear that commercial yesterday on Newsradio? It featured Pam Zekman talking about her latest investigative report. A "big downtown department store" selling jewelery that isn't what it might seem. If you're like me, you thought of Macy's.

    And of course it was Macy's.

    The following link explains it all. Not surprising. When did you hear about Marshall Field's ever doing this? Never.

    Date: Friday, May 1, 2015  5:49 pm CT
    Posted by: A Field's Fan

    Macy's Pulls the Plugs Twin Cities' Glamorama. Glamorama originated at Dayton's over 25 years ago. Glamorama will continue at Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco and may be added in Miami.

    Date: Friday, May 1, 2015  4:38 pm CT
    Posted by: Paula

    It's a given that Macy's doesn't want anything that used to be Marshall Field's to be as good as it once was. Why would they want to remind people that Marshall Field's was better than Macy's OR Bloomingdale's???

    The Marshall Field's bags that they sell are chintzy compared to the quality of anything Field's sold. Aside from the logo, most of the bags for sale at State Street have cheap vinyl and weired color schemes like black or antique white. Marshall Field's T-shirts I saw were the wrong shade of green. Marshall Field's sports Jerseys and T's are SOOOOOO Macy's. Field's would have had a polo or golf shirt with an embroidered Field's clock or logo or Marshall Field's dress blouses and shirts. Macy's offers cheap, inauthentic souvenirs when everyone wants the real thing.

    Given that they destroyed Marshall Field's, why would anyone expect quality Frangos or classy tributes to Field's by Macy's and Bloomingdale's? The best homage would be to bring back. They have no intention. As the Field's guy said, Macy's and Bloomingdale's has contempt for Marshall Field's and Chicago.

    Date: Friday, May 1, 2015  6:26 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    Tsk tsk, Mike A.

    Yes, Hershey's or any other chocolate of a certain age, and ill-kept, gets chocolate bloom and loses its charm. Looks like some points were missed.

    Eric did not make an issue of the exchange process, and did not quarrel with the method of dating. He did not blame Blommers for the bad candy. As his Frangos proved to be of the same date as the others still on offer, he must not have kept his around overlong before opening the box. Who among us would not choose to rip the cover off within seconds of receiving the gift?

    With the taste buds teased and happy memories aroused, attempting to replace the gift of unexpectedly bad candy (note his loyalist observation: "from a misguided soul") is not a despicable act of betrayal. Trading for fresh Frangos, the last remaining shred of the Field's experience, is a rational act more to be commiserated with than censured.

    The matching pile of outdated Frangos suggests those hordes at the Mall are not duplicitous Field's fans sneaking into M-land to buy them, or said pile would not be aging undisturbed in its niche. Unless there is a huge supply of old candy to replenish a quickly-depleted display.

    I would rather the "whining" continue than have everyone lie down and roll over under the Macy foot.

    Date: Friday, May 1, 2015  1:51 am CT
    Posted by: Denise P

    Marshall Fields was my life. Put my heart and soul in it. EVERYTHING. My blood bled GREEN.Greed and poor leadership ruined it. So sad.

    Date: Friday, May 1, 2015  12:11 am CT
    Posted by: Eric Bronsky

    Yeow! Did I infer that I actually exchanged or purchased something at Macy's? The fact is that I returned the box of Frangos (which someone had given to my wife and me as a gift) for a refund.

    As for shelf life and flavor, some food purveyors and retailers are more fastidious about quality control than others. 'Nuff said.

    Thank you, "MIKEA," for making me laugh, and I'll be sure to say hello the next time I'm "shopping" in Macy's (if I ever actually BUY something from Macy's, it won't be within this lifetime).

    -- Eric

    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015  11:20 pm CT
    Posted by: mike a

    You so-called "Field's Fans" are a hoot! You whine and whine about Macy's, insinuating that they are less than honest when you should look in the mirror. DO you even read this web page like you claim?

    First, Phil. Macy's courting Millenials? That's been going on for years--so has the whining here about that! Now Philip wants us to think it's something new? And guess what? Beauty new? Estee Lauder has been Macy's top seller for years. Beauty has been the main attraction at department stores for years.

    Then Eric Bronsky complains about Frangos. Guess what? Blommers only makes the raw chocolate for some Frangos. They don't make Frangos. If that's the way Blommers keeps chocolate, fine. But they don't make Frangos. It's been discussed again and again here that the boxes have date of manufacture with Julian numbers. This is common in the food industry. The first two digits are the year followed by the day of the year. Regardless of date, any chocolate can go bad in a month if, for example, a customer buys it, keeps it in a hot place and then returns it. It doesn't need to be 16 or 18 months. Instead of dates, how about flavor? Doesn't taste right? Bring it back! This is nothing new. Happened under Field's too, including the white haze that would appear.

    Someone truly boycotting Macy's would return the product for a full refund with receipt. They wouldn't exchange it. Oak Brook was packed last Sunday. Do you know why? It was because it was full of Field's shoppers who rant that they boycott Macy's but then they sneak in and buy Frangos and anything else. That's why Macy's is here to stay. Field's shoppers shop Macy's anyways. Right, Eric!? Say hello the next time you're shopping in Macy's.

    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015  7:55 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    Re: Sandy's "Are you serious? Macy's has ALWAYS acknowledged and deeply respected Marshall Field's. And now it's part of Macy's. That's the best honor a store can get!"


    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015  2:07 pm CT
    Posted by: GENA UHLEIN

    I miss the quality clothing I could get at Marshall Fields at Mayfair Shopping Center in Wauwatosa, WI. I first ventured into that store in 1978 and loved shopping there. If I only knew that They would be gone years later I would of bought some more of the colorful and ooh so soft sweatshirts they sold. Macy's will never live up to what Field's was. On a recent visit to that store which now is a Macy's I found that the Customer Service that the Sales Clerks give now is little to be proud of, first trying to find a sales person then the attitude some of them have about working.......wish for the Fields stores to still be here.

    Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015  11:15 pm CT
    Posted by: Eric Bronsky

    Since 2009, several Field's Fans have posted comments on this blog to the effect that Frango candies don't taste quite the same as when they were made in-house at Marshall Field's on State Street.

    Quite recently, a well-intentioned but misguided soul brought my wife and me a 1 lb. box of sugar-free Frango Mints. In the past, we could not discern any difference in flavor or mouth feel between the original and sugar-free varieties. But the contents of this particular box did not taste fresh.

    Luckily a gift receipt was taped to the box, so we brought it back to the Marsh ... uh, Macy's in Old Orchard. On a sunny weekday afternoon, this entire store was D-E-A-D. Walking through the lower level, we observed that Macy's has walled off the space where the food court used to be. Seeing what they did with this once-vibrant space was depressing.

    The sales associate we interacted with turned out to be a Field's alumnus. With considerable candor, he explained that each box of Frangos has a stamped "code" indicating the approximate date of manufacture. It turns out the candies we were returning had been boxed at least 18 months ago. No wonder they were less than fresh!

    Craving our one-time favorite confection, we would have preferred to exchange this box for a fresh one. The associate gamely dug through a large pile of sugar-free Frangos to find a box with a more recent date. And, guess what? EVERY box was 18 months old.

    According to Marlene Stauffer, Director of Quality Assurance/Research and Development at Chicago's Blommer Chocolate Company, the recommended maximum shelf life for milk chocolate is 16 months. Read her carefully researched report at

    If the above source is credible, Macy's should promptly inventory Frango candies at ALL of their stores and discard every box whose shelf life exceeds 16 months.

    -- Eric

    Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015  6:34 pm CT
    Posted by: Philip eichler

    Gosh,every 3 to 6 months Macy's has a new strategy. Now it is millenials. Six months ago it was beauty.

    The new millenial Strategy is a joke. First, 19% of all millenial males live in their parents basement. They claim that they are going to use bridal registry as the gateway to this group. The bridal registry, a Field's invention has been gutted by Macys. Only the largest stores have a registry so where are the kids in small cities going to sign up? Plus, it is said millenials want an authentic experience. ...that is the last thing to describe Macy's and it'fake brands?

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2015  7:58 pm CT
    Posted by: Eric Bronsky

    I'm just back from a trip to NYC. Brimming with nostalgic memories of Macy's Herald Square (pre-1994) and curious to see this store's recent remodeling, I donned a pair of comfy shoes and rode the subway to 34th Street.

    The R.H. Macy & Co. flagship store is indeed historic and enormous, and begs to be explored. But have I ever bought anything from them? Nope. In the past, I've viewed this store as being closer in quality to a Carsons or Penneys than Field's. The department stores along New York's 5th Avenue corridor always seemed more tasteful and refined.

    Bright sunlight glinted off the impeccably polished brass Macy's plaques, in sharp contrast to the tarnished plaques at home that say Marshall Field & Co. (MESSAGE TO MACY'S: Now that you've spruced up our clocks, will you kindly restore our Fields plaques, too?)

    Inside, the store was chaotic, jam-packed with hordes of tourists and bargain-hunters speaking various languages. The main floor, previously Art Deco, is now clad in Macy's BSBW (Basic Sterile Bright White). You have to look harder to find the few elements that reveal the building's past. Improbable though it may seem, the Herald Square Macy's still maintains several of the building's ancient wooden escalators in operating condition. Another thing unchanged to this day is the woefully inadequate number of public restrooms.

    In addition to (ugh!) McDonald's are a duo of surprisingly upscale (for Macy's) full-service restaurants. Oddly enough, the centerpiece of the Herald Square Cafe on the 2nd Floor is a clock face (with Roman numerals) which bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the iconic timepieces that we all know and love.

    On the 6th floor, amid souvenirs of New York, I was surprised to find a large display of Frango candies. Why, most Noo Yawkers probably don't have a clue what those are! LOL!

    My advice to Field's fans visiting New York is to go to Macy's if only to experience the clattering 1902-era escalators (they're fun to ride, and it's free). But save your hard-earned money for really fine stores like Bergdorf Goodman or Saks Fifth Avenue.

    -- Eric

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2015  12:51 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim

    Was at Oak Brook Center Saturday and again on Sunday. Horrible weather on Saturday--the mall was dead. Beautiful weather Sunday--the mall was hoppin'. It seems like most stores had "Friends & Family 25% off this weekend" -- Macy's and Lord and Taylor among them. I don't think I ever saw Marshall Field's offer a 25% off coupon like Macy's now does for Friends and Family. It seems Macy's needs to do that. Consider how much more busier Marshall Field's would be with such a discount.

    Selfridges Group runs other stores including in at least nine Canadian cities, not to mention in Ireland and the Netherlands. Selfriges Group has a rep for acquiring historic department and specialty stores and maintaining the individual character of each. Their Canadian stores are run as Holt Renfrew stores -- except they continue to run one store in Montreal as the historic Ogilvy. Selfridges didn't need to "Macyize" and subsume the identity of Ogilvy. But that's not all. Aside from overseeing Selfridges Group, the Westons also control the largest food store and pharmacy chains in Canada; a bank; all sorts of baking interests; and other ventures. The Westons are no strangers to Chicagoland: for over 40 years, their U.S. grocery business was based in Chicago. Some older Field's Fans will recognize National Foods which was theirs. Most recently, they were behind the "President's Choice" products that Jewel-Osco used to sell until it was acquired by Alberston's. So today's Selfridges isn't all that distant from Chicago as it might seem if it were just a threesome of department stores. And while they don't own the UK's Primark, Selfridges partners with them and Primark is already expanding into the USA.

    There's a lot if's, to say the least. But if Selfridges wanted to get into the U.S. market, given the Selfridges Group's history, Chicago would be the very logical starting point.

    Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015  9:43 pm CT
    Posted by: Richard in Houston

    Sandy to gle: Are you serious? Macy's has ALWAYS acknowledged and deeply respected Marshall Field's. And now it's part of Macy's. That's the best honor a store can get!

    Give me a break Sandy. The only reason they have Marshall Fields [nostalgia] merchandise (as well as the other regional stores like Foley's, Bullock's and Jordan Marsh) is due to the lawsuit that is pending with Strategic Marks. It was not until SM purchased the old trademarks (after years of no use by Macy's and were long expired) that they put started selling those cheap lunch totes, t-shirts and bags. It was done just to say they were using the trademarks. Macy's has never had any care for Marshall Fields or any of the other regional stores. Now that the suit has been referred for trial it would be nice to see them slapped with punitive damages for using someone else's trademarks.

    Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015  5:35 pm CT
    Posted by: mikea

    I went to State Street last week. The clocks look nice and they are again renovating parts of the third floor. Friends and Family has started and yes the Oakbrook store today was jammed. The whole mall except for Sears looked like it was Christmas shopping season.

    I really wonder if Selfridge's would come to the USA? They have only a few stores in London. Opening branch so far away from their home base is very costly and risky.

    Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015  1:44 am CT
    Posted by: MF Fan

    Went to State street store today for first time in a year and a half. I see glimpses of the fabulous Marshall fields store it was and am shocked saddened by what it has become. So dirty empty void disentegrating. Sad. Ghost town. I miss the joy that was just to be in that thriving beautiful store that is no more.

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015  10:12 pm CT
    Posted by: Robert

    Really Sandy? I think the highest honor would have been to run the state street store as MARSHALL FIELDS and expand on what was started with the store with in a store concept. Examples Mertz apothecary, Wrigleyville sports both unique to Chicago both left macys. And let's not forget all the other vendors to leave Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana they must not consider being part of macys an honor. Also let's not forget Marshall Fields state street WAS Chicago's third highest tourist destination talk about an honor!!

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015  9:26 pm CT
    Posted by: gayle

    Still laughing at Sandy's post! Wait...wasn't that sarcasm? Oh yeah, Macy's has respected Field's, like when they advertised MACY'S 150 year anniversary in Chicago, or MACY'S Culinary Council, or MACY'S Glamorama, or MACY'S Flower Show. And let's not forget how they respected Field's by letting the stores fall into pathetic disrepair, including the State Street clocks and plaques. And I thought it was a really classy touch when they stated a few years ago that they were no longer trying to reach Field's shoppers, who had streamed away in droves when Macy's brought their shoddy merchandise to town. And in the first few years, when Frangos barely even mentioned Field's, and most associates outside of Chicago knew nothing about them. Way to go, "honoring" your victim...

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015  2:21 pm CT
    Posted by: Sandy

    gle: Are you serious? Macy's has ALWAYS acknowledged and deeply respected Marshall Field's. And now it's part of Macy's. That's the best honor a store can get!

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015  1:24 pm CT
    Posted by: Joan

    Interview with Terry Lundgen! This guy sure loves to say "my" as in "me, myself and I" a heck of lot. "My Team" ---- how about "Our Team" ??????? I don't see how Macy's can last post-Lundgren. I predict that a lot of skeletons will come out of the closet.

    With an attitude like a dictating king, it's not surprising that it was "off with Marshall Field and Company's proverbial head!"

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015  12:15 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    Re: Eric's post of April 19, Macy's now advertising handbags and T-shirts with Field's logo: AT LEAST THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO ACKNOWLEDGE FIELD'S AGAIN.

    Date: Friday, April 24, 2015  11:48 pm CT
    Posted by: Sarah K.


    This is my first post. I've been milling through the pages and posts here. So many people feel as we do.

    One thing struck me as strange. I read about someone who has saved Frangos from Field's that they stockpiled and froze so they wouldn't have buy them from Macy's. PLEASE DON'T EAT THOSE! They can't be any good anymore!

    I sure hope we get Field's back.

    Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015  1:24 pm CT
    Posted by: D.M.

    The idea of Selfridge's coming into Chicago is very intriguing! I miss Field's a lot, but maybe this could be the happy ending that Chicago is waiting for.

    Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015  8:43 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    On our sister Facebook page, there's been some discussion that's very supportive of the idea of Selfridges opening in Chicago. Of course, H.G. Selfridge opened his first eponymous store here in Chicago. After its brief existence, it became the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Co. flagship on State Street. Michael D. posted the following link detailing that history: This was also the subject of last fall's event.

    Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015  3:49 pm CT
    Posted by: A Field's Fan

    The Missus and I went to da Loop this past Saturday. Having some extra time on our hands, we dared to nose around 111 North State. Our visit was bittersweet. Beyond the cracked marble floors, jumbles of tawdry merchandise, and out-of-service escalators are many wistful reminders of the spirit and beauty that was once Marshall Field's.

    Oh yeah, we saw the enshrined water fountain and also went up to the 7th floor to see the new dark green wailing wall. But just inside the Wabash & Washington corner of the main floor, we were amused to find a whole array of handbags, tote bags, shopping bags, football jerseys, etc. conspicuously emblazoned with Marshall Field's script logo. Similar items in the same display wore the Macy's logo.

    This display came about in response to the legal challenge from Strategic Marks LLC. Bear in mind that over the past decade, Macy's intentionally erased all but a few token links to its predecessors. Nonetheless, the ersatz Field's items do have a nostalgic appeal and just might outsell the Macy's-branded stuff. Check out the many heritage-branded items currently on Macy's website:,Sortby,Productsperpage/Dani%20Accessories,ORIGINAL,40?id=46015
    And ...,Sortby,Productsperpage/Spirit%20Activewear,ORIGINAL,40?id=255

    -- Eric

    Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015  12:09 am CT
    Posted by: A Field's Fan

    Was walking north on Michigan Avenue earlier this evening and stopped for the light at Chicago. Next two me were a couple, maybe in their mid-30s. She says, "It's actually criminal what they did." He say, "Marshall Field's was so much better." She: "Macy's is everywhere. Just a crime."

    I couldn't help but interrupt and ask where they were from. They said Kansas City. I assured them that the vast majority of people miss Marshall Field's.

    Date: Friday, April 17, 2015  11:59 am CT
    FB Posted by: Dan A.

    They have to be exposed, ridiculed by the press and cajoled by the public into doing the right thing. This area of moral responsibility is alien to this "Alien's" business model.

    Date: Friday, April 17, 2015  11:24 am CT
    FB Posted by: Jim M

    As I posted elsewhere, what is sad is this: Marshall Fields used to do this on a routine basis and there was no hoopla surrounding it. Macy's finally breaks down and does the right thing, and there's actual news coverage of this. Is it supposed to be shocking that Macy's actually takes care of such an iconic piece Chicago history? This all says the answer is "yes. "

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015  8:38 pm CT
    FB Posted by: gle

    Oh, and here's a link to the April 15 "Chicago Tribune" article about the clock restoration on State Street, complete with nice photos. There is a comment blog.
    Addition Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:12 pm: Letters to the editor of the Chicago Tribune can be sent to Be sure to include your name, city, state and phone number, along with the phrase, "FOR PUBLICATION."

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015  8:27 pm CT
    FB Posted by: gle

    I saw the news coverage about tidying up of "the great clock" on State Street last night. It showed a guy up on a ladder painting. I guess it is still important if they put that on the news.

    I also noticed that any time the news says anything about the building they add that the store was purchased by Macy's, as if nobody figured that out yet.

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015  4:46 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Eric B.

    Well, I'm glad to see that someone "cleaned their clock!"

    -- Eric

    Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015  5:46 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gabriel M.

    Since Macy's closed the former Famous Barr flagship in St. Louis, the Macy's plaques have all been removed, but they left behind the Famous Barr plaques.

    Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015  9:19 am CT
    FB Posted by: Zabella C.

    [Re: Repainting the numerals on the clock.] PRAYING that they hired a quality craftsman to do the work...and that they don't get botched up............

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  6:31 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jim McKay this is the excitement that happens when they simply restore the Marshall Field's clock--#Macys : Just think of the excitement (and profits) if the COMPLETE MARSHALL FIELD'S EXPERIENCE was restored!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  6:23 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Sandy W

    Saw the scaffolding this morning. Hoped that is what they were doing!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  5:40 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Sherry A.

    I was on a FB thread dedicated to this....wonderful news!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  4:43 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jeanie W.

    More eye wash for the lawsuit [with Strategic Marks].

    Whatever the reason I am happy for the attention it is finally receiving.

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  4:15 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Melissa R.

    I wish the Selfridge's people would take over

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  3:54 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Edie C.

    And the crappy merchandising with overstuffed tables and racks with shoddy stupid products in the aisles. It's awful!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  3:28 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Jack K.

    Don't go tossing any rose nose gays their way just yet!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  2:45 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Gabriel M.

    There is just so much illwill towards Macy's in general. They have destroyed their image. Macy's is the bully of the department store world.

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  11:49 am CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    A friend sends a photo of repairs to the Great Clock being made this morning. I wonder who is paying for it?

    Regardless, the past couple years of people complaining about this--from here, various Facebook groups, and likely in writing direct to Macy's headquarters--really did make a difference. Keep it up!

    Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  5:52 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    oooohaaaah!! Head on a platter! Perfect!

    Of course we are emotional. That is what made Field's alive and what makes Macy's dead--no emotion.

    And who are they kidding re emotion anyway? When they put a cash cow's head on a platter, that was just normal bottom-line tending in the High Corporate World?

    Date: Monday, April 13, 2015  9:42 pm CT
    Posted by: gayle

    I laughed at the Fortune article that said "...shoppers RESENTED Macy's..." They really shouldn't have put that in the past tense. Clue: shoppers STILL resent Macy's, and will continue to do so until they return to our city what they have stolen.


    Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015  5:12 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Diane L.: Thanks for offering your perspective that captures much for more than a few.

    Many spend so much time arguing that Macy's is not the same as Field's. I sense that Federated/Macy's, Inc. knows that even if they don't say so. R.H. Macy's was also acquired by Federated -- flagship store is Bloomingdale's. When I go back and read the Chicago Tribune and other publications of the mid- to late-1980s and the story of when Bloomingdale's entered Chicago, it seems obvious to me that Field's was downgraded into Macy's so as to get rid of Bloomingdale's arch-rival. It's clear that was not only a (spiritual/cultural) hostile takeover, it also was, as Roger Ebert said, a 'conquest' and State Street is a trophy, a proverbial head on the platter.

    Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015  CT
    Posted by: gle



    Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015  3:44 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Mark M.

    ...Even when Target Corp bought and combined Fields, Daytons and Hudsons, they kept the names. People weren't happy, but the local identities at least got a nod so that loyal customers didn't revolt. We lost so much and so did Macy's, if only they had understood the value of what they were purchasing and destroying. And I couldn't agree more, "Hostile" is the word, no matter how the business end of it was conducted.

    Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015  3:39 pm CT
    FB Posted by: AFI

    Marshall Field's had a series of ads back in the '60s that featured the tagline, "Marshall Field & Company: There's nothing like it back home." The ads in the likes of "The New Yorker." I was growing up in the NYC suburbs--and the tagline "There's nothing like it back home" really tugged at my heartstrings!

    Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015  3:17 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Rita J.

    Diane L: You are the 1st person to finally put it into words for me - Hostile Takeover. Since the day Macy's took over I have never been back into the store, either Chicago or Woodfield. To me it was a matter of principal.......they still would have made their Millions had they left Marshall Fields as is.

    Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015  3:02 pm CT
    FB Posted by: Diane L.

    Went to an estate sale today and found a kindred spirit. One of the women running the sale noticed I was buying an old Lord & Taylor box and began to reminisce about Marshall Fields! (and we're in Ohio) She used to have family in Chicago and immediately brought up the great flagship lady on State St. Had a great conversation about how wicked Macy's hostile takeover is. Mean spirited to say the very least. It was somehow comforting to talk with someone who feels as passionately about this as I do, in Ohio. Usually the person I'm speaking with gets that glazed look in the eyes when I start to rant. Not this time! I can't be in Chicago very often these days and want to thank this wonderful group for your perseverence. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart!

    Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015  11:39 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim

    In follow-up to Pete's post, that is correct. The board, Forgotten Chicago, doesn't like controversies so they took the thread down. However, it now seems that the past two or three years of complaining have paid off. Apparently, scaffolding has been erected around the State/Washington clock and it looks as if repairs are about to commence.

    In separate news, a friend of our grass roots group also points out that Macy's has erected a plaque above one of the store's original, albeit nonfunctional, water fountains. The plaque features the "Marshall Field and Company" logo with the following, "This drinking fountain is no longer in service. The current historic State Street structure was erected in 1907 Many of the architectural details such as this drinking fountain are considered treasures of a time gone by."

    Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015  5:23 am CT
    Posted by: Pete

    Last week, a nostalgia board on the Facebook Groups had a discussion about the disrepair and disregard by Macy's of the Marshall Field's clocks. Over 200 replies to the thread in just over a day. Amazing!

    Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015  10:28 pm CT
    Posted by: Field's Fan

    Article in Fortune by Phil Wahba nixes the idea of Macy's buying a southern-regional department store that is for sale because:
    Macy's, the biggest U.S. department store operator, bought May Department Stores a decade ago in a $17 billion deal that turned it into a national department store chain. But it spent years digesting some of the regional retailers it bought -- notably, Marshall Field's in Chicago, where local shoppers resented Macy's for years. It also closed overlapping stores, and sold off some businesses, such as the Lord & Taylor chain. It's not clear Macy's would want to go through that again anytime soon.

    The story can be found at

    Macy's, Nordstrom in the market to buy Belk? Don't kid yourself

    Date: Monday, April 6, 2015  9:05 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Stopped by both Macy's on State Street and Bloomingdale's Home Store at Medinah Temple this past Saturday.

    Bloomingdale's Home Store was very nice and elegant. While I counted less than a dozen customers in the entire store on Saturday afternoon, I will say Macy's is capable of running a clean store, albeit lacking soul. Why bring that up? Because it shows Macy's COULD run the former Field's store with cleanliness and upkeep if they wanted to. But back to my hypothesis, then Field's would compete with Bloomingdale's, and, well, "b" can't compete.

    Also stopped by Macy's Flower Show on State Street, Ninth Floor Wabash. My opinion is that this year's show was better than last. Last year, the fauna was pretty commonplace. This year, it was a little more exotic and with more detail to each of the rooms. I know many miss when the flowers were all around the store, but I personally prefer the impact of having the flowers all in one place where they can also remain at a decent cool temperature. Many of the Marshall Field's novelties displays from the visitors center on the lower level were relocated to be part of the entry sequence to the flower show area.

    While I was there, I also noticed that they have taken an entire wall on Seven, opposite where they have the story of Marshall Field's, and have added another tribute to Field's. The wall is painted hunter green with a "Marshall Field and Company" logo in the upper left hand corner. Displayed are a few uniforms from Marshall Field's employees sports teams, along with a sample of Marshall Field's shopping bags through the years. Again, a crumb when everyone would like the seven-course meal. I suspect it was motivated to counteract the legal issues with Creative Marks.

    Macy's has the "it" brand but is too egotistical and proud to admit that the customers overwhelmingly want Marshall Field's. Some years back, Terry Lundgren criticized me as being "emotional," rather than presumably rational about the change to Macy's. Pretty "Grinchy" if you ask me. Not giving what the vast majority of customers want is even more emotional, if you ask me.

    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015  11:42 am CT
    Posted by: gle





    Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015  9:45 am CT
    Posted by: Sheree L.F.

    Macy's made so many promises and they have never kept one. Look what has become of this treasured landmark. I long for the feeling you got when you entered one of the best Department Stores in the world. I long for the quality and service.

    Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015  7:47 am CT
    Posted by: K.A.E.R.

    I have never stepped into a Macys and never will. I miss Marshall Fields. SMH.

    Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015  6:19 pm CT
    Posted by: Susan R.

    I respect your energy and I would love to see Marshall Field and Co. come back. But given how well Macy's stock is doing, I don't see that happening any time soon. On the other hand, with Macy's doing so well, they could afford to try and make a lot of people happy by bringing back Field's. If only....

    Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015  5:26 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    Yes, making excuses for dumping Field's because times have changed does not fly. Field's went through all kinds of ground shifts until Macy's decided it was to be trashed. I still maintain it is the victim of a vendetta and their intention to be Top Dog, now that there is no significant competition to make them sweat.

    Apparently some New York City brain trust has decided our local supermarket may no longer offer cheesecake and certain other items in its bakery because we don't want them. I guess NYC knows best what we rubes like or don't like.

    I have to move to downsized quarters now, and my pile of ancient Field's gift boxes retrieved from all corners of our empire is going with me! Silly or not, whether or not I have to stash them under the bed. I am even keeping my deceased husband's mended, ratty old Field's terry cloth robe, his pet. So there, Macy's.

    Date: Monday, March 30, 2015  7:42 pm CT
    Posted by: Zelda

    Hi Field's Fans,

    The more I see of Selfridge's in the Mr. Selfridge series, the more I miss Marshall Field's. Selfridge took what was wonderful about Field's and brought it to London, so that Londoners could enjoy what we enjoyed for so many years. Yet, over the years, Selfridge's, like Field's, was not the same Selfridge's as it had been when its founder was alive. When I visited London in 2001, it was shabby/genteel. But it has been brought back to its former glory, a benefit to everyone. Oh, if only!

    Your friend in Field's,


    Date: Monday, March 30, 2015  6:34 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Bloomberg stories today on the web and Newsradio Chicago 780 AM/105.9 FM about how Kohl's stock is now outperforming Macy's stock. As we discussed before, one rarely heard Marshall Field's discussed in the same breath as Kohl's and JCPenney. Yet, those are the competitors primarily mentioned when discussing Macy's.

    Date: Monday, March 30, 2015  1:27 pm CT
    Posted by: J.O.

    I saw that Ford will bring back the Lincoln Continental this week after 13 years! It's because the customers want it. Why can't Macy's give the customers what they want? MARSHALL FIELD'S!

    Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015  7:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Mark W

    I miss Marshall Field and Company a good deal. It was part of my childhood , and I worked there in college. Its food was always on the table and Frango Mints were always given as gifts. When the store closed, a part of me died. If Audrey Hepburn could feel great at Tiffany's, for me it was always Field's. I do not come back to this site as often as I should, but I appreciate your fighting the good fight. Thank you, Mr. McCay.

    It is my hope that some well to do investors will buy the name from R.H. Macy and launch a new Field's . I'm a believer a reborn Marshall Field and Company is the penicillin the retail industry desperately needs.

    Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015  9:23 am CT
    Posted by: Huh?!? Macy's you are NOT welcome!

    Ad for Frango Mints in this morning's Chicago Tribune has the headline, "WELCOME TO MACY'S!"


    Date: Friday, March 27, 2015  5:17 pm CT
    Posted by: Yvonne

    I remember eggs that were sort of like jelly beans, but I think one type was called a 'thrush' egg and it was brown and maybe brown sugary in flavor and another was yellow with orange specks on it. Honestly can't remember the flavor but it was always in my easter basket and would like to find it again, if possible.

    Date: Friday, March 27, 2015  10:06 am CT
    Posted by: Robin P.

    I remember as a preteen traveling on the train from peoria to Chicago just for shopping trips to Marshall fields. It was a great adventure and was like entering fairy land. We would dress up in special clothes because it was a special place. Just gazing up at the tiffany ceiling made my best friend an I giddy.a wonderland to be sure. I still remember lunch in the walnut room. I thought it great that the salad had pomegranate seeds on top! Also as naughty young girls we would drop sugar cubes from the balcony onto shoppers below. Oh the special wondrous memories of Marshall fields.PLEASE BRING THE STORE OF MY YOUNG MEMORIES BACK!!

    Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015  9:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Macy's CFO Karen Hoguet blames changing interests of Millenial customers away from lipstick and fashion towards electronics as the reason for a plateauing in Macy's growth. I dunno, but why did Macy's alienate fiercely loyal Marshall Field's shoppers (Millenial, Baby Boomer, Depression Era) by dropping the very valuable Marshall Field's brand and experience?

    Here's a link to the story:

    Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015  5:17 pm CT
    Posted by: Bartlett Public Library District

    Who remembers going downtown to Marshall Field's? It's been over 10 years since this iconic Chicago store closed its doors, can you believe it?? Author and speaker Leslie Goddard will be here Wednesday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. to trace the store's history. Join us! Author Leslie Goddard will speak. Books will be available for purchase and autograph.

    Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015  3:29 pm CT
    Posted by: A book enthusiast

    I have been reading several books on the history of Chicago, and notice that the name Marshall Field's often comes up even if the actual topic has nothing to do with the store. Bits and pieces of evidence show Marshall Field's was involved in numerous Chicago projects and causes, in addition to more well-known endeavors such as the Field Museum and Merchandise Mart. Early Chicago was a big, dirty chaotic immigrant town. However, Potter Palmer and Marshall Field developed a main business district that became an example as a cultural destination. Obviously business persons such as these would feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for what was their city, something an entity like Macy's might not readily understand. If Field's wasn't contributing funds to a project, they might send a representative to sit on a board or attend a meeting to express an opinion. Field's wasn't just a big store sitting there, it was part of the fabric of an ever-evolving city. When we say "Field's is Chicago," there is more to the sentiment than just a slogan.

    Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015  2:28 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    A friend of mine sent me the hardcopy (paper) version of the "Tribune" article about the purchase of the former Field's warehouse. I think it is interesting that the article kept referring to the building's past as part of Marshall Field's. Obviously the name is still worth noting. And I like the fact that the new owners are calling their development "The Fields."

    Date: Monday, March 23, 2015  12:17 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    Those are fantastic photos of younger-generation St. Patrick attendees who want their Marshall Field's back!

    I watched the "Selfridge Celebration" Sunday night followed by "Secrets of Selfridge's." Part of the "Secrets" mentioned that Selfridge's started to decline in the 1990's, and then the Weston family purchased it and restored it to success. Wouldn't it be great to see that happen with Field's!

    Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015  8:25 am CT
    Posted by: Ann R.

    I see that Macy's is having the flower show again. Last year, it seemed like most of the flowers they had were comparable to what you could find at Walmart or Jewel the day before Easter. So sad to miss Marshall Field's.!

    Date: Friday, March 20, 2015  10:57 pm CT
    Posted by: (NWHBR)

    I'm dubious of Strategic Marks' efforts. Reincarnation of Marshall Field's as a 100% online store would fall somewhere between disappointing and catastrophic. In 2004, an Iowa-based direct marketing company acquired the dormant Montgomery Ward brand, re-launching it as a 100% online store. It struggled. In 2008, Wisconsin-based Colony Brands (aka Swiss Colony ... you know, the mail-order purveyor of everything sausage and cheese) acquired the brand. So far, has managed to keep afloat. But it's Montgomery Ward in name only. Buying stuff online, though convenient, will never match the immersive, interactive and one-of-kind experience that was Marshall Field's.

    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015  9:15 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim M

    Two Items:

    Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration

    This will air on Channel 11 this Sunday 3/22 at 6:30 PM as well as twice on WTTW Prime next Monday 3/23 at 2:30 PM and Thursday 3/26. Since it is pledge season, look for a lot of local historical discussion as well as, well, pledge requests.

    Season Three of the Masterpiece Class Series "Mr. Selfridge" (based on the real story, set at Selfridges airs in Chicago on Sunday, March 29th.

    From the WTTW link posted above:

    "Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration is a PBS Pledge celebration of the first two Seasons of Mr. Selfridge and a sneak peek at Season 3! The program will feature 'behind the scenes' footage and key interviews with the actors and production personnel integral to the series. TVG"

    Former Marshall Field's warehouse gets new life

    Field's name gets second chance on Northwest Side warehouse

    (Features link to Field's Christmas commercial from about a dozen years ago or so; also references the Olson Rug factory and warehouse for which this complex was best known.)

    From Tribune link above:

    "Marshall Field's is long gone from Chicago but a pair of developers is trying to keep part of the name alive with the redevelopment of a sprawling 1.5 million-square-foot complex and about 22 acres at Diversey Avenue and Pulaski Road..."

    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015  2:48 pm CT
    Posted by: S.V.

    I rememembered the other thing about Dayton's that got expanded to Field's! SANTA BEAR!

    Dayton's launched the annual Santa Bear collectible each Christmas starting in the mid-1980s. It carried on to Marshall Field's. Macy's killed Santa Bear in 2007 or 2008. How sad! Then Macy's offered the Aflac Duck! An insurance mascot for Christmas! How lame is that!

    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015  2:36 pm CT
    Posted by: John

    I enjoy reading these views. I am 4th generation, native-born Chicagoan and miss Marshall Field's so much. The State Street store is a mess. I also never thought at 40 I would live to see the day both Carson's and Field's gone from State Street. I still remember when Dayton Hudson bought Field's and turned the bags brown. HELL TO PAY for that one and they quickly went back to green.

    I blame the government as well for allowing the sale of May Company to go through. They should have denied it.

    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015  12:06 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim M

    It's pretty certain that tomorrow at 4:00 pm Chicago time is the cut-off time to own Macy's, Inc. stock in order to be admitted to this May's stock holders meeting which will presumably be held in Cinci. It's nice to go to the meeting and say that one wants Marshall Field's, but such pleas are often dismissed as "nostalgia" when in fact there is such current relevancy to Field's return that could boost Macy's, Inc. stock. A better approach is to point out some pithy realities about the value of the Marshall Field's brand, especially when used at State Street, relative to "M" stock value. Doing the latter really drives home the message to a room that consists mostly of beholden Macy's employees as well as some clueless stock holders and institutional investors who don't want to rock the boat.

    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015  8:00 am CT
    Posted by: S.V.

    Dayton's did start the current flower show tradition that spread to Marshall Field's Downtown. That happened when Dayton's took over Field's and made it Dayton's. Except they kept the name. But years ago, Field's also had flower shows and the like.

    Dayton's also brought to Field's the Marketplace for foods and Applause for a Cause which became Fash Bash in 1999 and Glamorama in 2003. Now Glamorama is sponsored by Macy's in Minneapolis, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco.

    Dayton's did copy some things from Field's back in the day. They copied The 28 Shop to make Dayton's Oval Room. Restaurants like the Oak Room were modeled after Field's and the Walnut Room and other 7th Floor restaurants.

    After Dayton's took over in 1990, they also started rotating Christmas store displays between the flagships.

    There's some more things, but I can't think of them right now. I will post them when I think of them.

    One thing is of a great consensus. People didn't mind Dayton's all that much becoming Field's because it actually maintained and even increased in quality.

    Since becoming Macy's, it's gone downhill with little a mature lady can like or wear. Minneapolis misses Dayton's and Field's.

    Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015  11:01 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim

    In response to Gayle:

    Exactly my point! I always listen to the quarterly conference calls with the investment community, hosted by Macy's CFO Karen Hoguet. Ms. Hoguet constantly implores that the cornerstone of its growth is catering to "the Millennials"--exactly the kind of shoppers shown in these photos. Yet, Macy's ignores the overwhelming pleas of Chicago millenials--restore Marshall Field's! This is a disconnect and shortcoming of current Macy's management that Macy's stockholders should take note of and request immediate attention.

    It would be great if someone brought this up at the stockholders meeting.

    Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015  8:03 pm CT
    Posted by: Gayle

    I think the most interesting thing about Jim's warm reception at the St. Patrick's Day parade is the age of the participants. Look at the pictures--these folks who are screaming "Marshall Field's" appear to be teens to twenty-somethings. Hardly the nostalgic old-timers that Macy's thinks will fade away....could it be that ALL ages want Field's to return in name and quality?

    Date: Monday, March 16, 2015  2:03 pm CT
    Posted by: Jeff

    Mentions Marshall Field's and this site, Macy's stockholders meeting:
    He revived Astro Pops, then Hydrox cookies: Now Newport Beach man is fighting Macy's to resurrect other old brands


    Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015  3:04 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay was again out for Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Columbus Drive through Grant Park. Over 200 bookmark flyers were distributed to enthusiastic Field's supporters and boosters. Below are a few photos. I was blown away by how everyone who posed for photos screamed "Marshall Field's" before I could even finish my sentences. I was truly blown away!

    As always, Chicago STILL wants its Marshall Field's!

    Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015  1:05 pm CT
    Posted by: gle


    Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015  5:22 pm CT
    Posted by: Robert M

    Interesting post from MIKEA. I've never thought about the success of Bloomingdale's in Chicago, as I've always focused on Macy's. I don't see TV commercials...and it's like they are invisible. Has Macy's ever released sales figures on their Bloomingdale's stores in Chicago? The suggestion of converting them to Fields (along with State Street) is a brilliant idea.

    Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015  9:08 pm CT
    Posted by: Samantha

    I see that Macy's is having a flower show again this year. I know Field's used to have it, but did Macy's used to have it at the NYC flagship? Did Field's ever have a flower show before it was bought out by Target?

    Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015  10:28 am CT
    Posted by: Hoping


    Date: Friday, March 6, 2015  8:38 am CT
    Posted by: MIKEA

    I agree Bloomingdale's in Chicago is hard for me to believe they can make profits. Every time I go in any of the stores ie 900 North Old Orchard the store is dead. Macy's should turn all three Bloomingdales' mainline stores in to a Field's run by Bloomingdales. They most likely would be Bloomingdale's with a different name. A name that would respond better in this market for high end merchandise.

    Starting up a whole new store Field's would be to costly. Macy's is consolidating merchandising again this year not expanding the divisions.

    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015  8:50 pm CT
    Posted by: P.H.

    Macy's Trying To Keep Others From Using The Brands It Bought And Then Abandoned

    Date: Monday, March 2, 2015  11:49 pm CT
    Posted by: Mary N.

    We miss Field's so much. Chicago is not the same.

    Date: Monday, March 2, 2015  4:20 pm CT
    Posted by: Pete

    Story about an early building by the architect of Marina City makes reference to the "Marshall Field's clock" as being iconic of Chicago.

    Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015  9:34 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim

    Was at Old Orchard earlier today. The store looks more and more like a big Kohl's. Marketplace is gone with just a Frango and candy counter, although they have a Rick Bayless casual dining near a first floor entrance. Pretty sad when one considers what it used to be as Field's.

    Also walked through Bloomingdale's. I have no idea how this store can be profitable. It was Saturday afternoon and it seemed as if there were more clerks than customers. It seeme even relatively dead when I've walked through right before Christmas.

    Macy's has pages of newspaper advertising for--what?--two Bloomingdale's stores plus a home store? National TV ads for Bloomingdale's? I don't recall the last time I saw TV ads for Bloomingdale's, period.

    The stronger brand should survive. And that stronger brand in Chicago is Marshall Field's. (Heck, keep the Bloomingdale's outlets at Rosemont and Schaumburg.)

    What Macy's should have done -- and should do -- is have Water Tower and State Street as Marshall Field's. Take 900 N. Michigan and make it Macy's with Medinah as Macy's Home Store, if they are that bent on having Macy's in Chicago.

    Then they could get some real advertising bang for their buck. This could be the start of realizing the highest and best use of these stock holder assets.

    Date: Friday, February 27, 2015  7:49 pm CT
    Posted by: Anne P.

    Macy's Tries Again To Win Back Trademarks From Man Who Resurrected Astro Pops And Hydrox


    But Strategic Marks has countersued, claiming that Macy's had abandoned the trademarks, and citing the Lanham Act again. Under that act, a mark is considered abandoned if it isn’t used in the three years. In fact, claims Strategic Marks, Macy's is the one doing the infringing on the marks it obtained, by selling vintage brand T-shirts and tote bags on

    In a Feb. 5 press release, Kassoff said: “Macy's had not used most of these trademarks in over 15 years and, by law, they lose them if not used in three years or more.”

    That echoes the sentiments Kassoff expressed to Consumerist back in June of last year (we reached out to Kassoff today seeking comment on the latest lawsuit, but have not heard back).

    Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015  10:08 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Macy's, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores), parent of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, had their FY 2014 Q4 and FY-end conference call with CFO Karen Hoguet. Across the entire chain of 840 stores, they had a good year overall and continued positive trends.

    What was most interesting from our perspective was that Macy's is exploring new avenues of growth. One of these might be Macy's-branded outlet stores along the lines of Bloomingdale's Outlets, Sak's Off-Fifth, Neiman-Marcus Last Call, etc and competing with TJ Maxx, Marshall's, etc. Best of luck to them, but it's interesting to note that a year ago or two, Ms. Hoguet previously stated that Macy's highly-promotional business operations meant it was hard for them to be more discount than they already were. OK--things change and they want to try something new, just like with Bluemercury. Fair enough. But how about Marshall Field's return to State Street? It would an easy, no-risk, revenue-heightening way of expanding and dramatically increasing business and stockholder value.

    Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015  9:03 am CT
    Posted by: Shawn H.

    I was in the State Street location only about 6 months after the change to the Macy's brand. It was in the winter and a Macy's employee got on the customer elevator with her mop bucket sloshing gray water all over the elevator floor. This NEVER would have happened under the Marshall Field & CO. name. I still miss the brand, the Chicago pride, and the elevated level of customer service that was SO important. Pardon the pun.

    Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015  10:22 am CT
    Posted by: mikea

    I cannot believe this university of Michigan survey ranking Dillard's so high. They are the worst store for customer service. Their return policies are horrible!!!!!. If you buy a Clearance item they give you ONLY 3DAYS to return it!!!! Regular returns I think are like 30-45 days. Macy's takes anything back now almost like what Field's did years ago.!!!! Even Wal-Mart has a better return policy than Dillard's

    Nordstrom yes has the best Service!!!!

    Response from the webmaster:
    University of Michigan did not decide the rankings. It is a consumer survey. Your experience is individual.

    Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015  10:49 pm CT
    Posted by: David S

    Had To Share: Just got back from a Gallery Opening in Hallandale Beach Florida, one of the Artists just flew in from Chicago...Ofcourse we chatted, and I told her how much I've always loved chicago, but that it's just not the same without Marshall Fields.....She quickly shared that "we all feel that way" - I will never stop missing Fields...Ten years later, and if it came back tomorrow, i'd book the first flight out.....of course I wouldn't mind if Burdines came back too.....

    Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015  2:11 pm CT
    Posted by: Bob C.

    R.H. Macy's comparable to Wieboldt's??? How dare you!?

    Wieboldt's was MARSHALL FIELD'S for the middle class from post-WW II until about 1980 when they started struggling. R.H. Macy's was a dump by comparison! Now Bamberger's was comparable to Wieboldt's, but--surprise!!!--they went downhill after being converted to R.H. Macy's. The first time I went to Macy's in the 1970s, all I could think was what a chopped up, dirty, HUGE store! But Wieboldt's was a fantastic balance of class and value.

    Date: Friday, February 20, 2015  10:29 pm CT
    Posted by: Richard in Houston

    When Macy's came to Texas in 1984 they opened 4 stores here - Deerbrook, Willowbrook, Baybrook and The Galleria as a flagship store. They went head to head with Foley's and Joske's. The Macy's in that era was a much more upscale retailer than its current incarnation. The stores back then were well stocked with high quality merchandise. They were well merchandised, had quality visual displays, restaurants and provided very good customer service. Fast forward to today - Dillard's took over all of the branch stores as RH Macy sold them in their bankruptcy. Dillard's has since remodeled all of them and they do exceptional business. The Galleria was the only location that was kept and they let it run into the ground. It was truly in very sad shape. I could not believe Lundgren and his cronies would allow it to go so downhill in a world class international destination mall like The Galleria. It was torn down a few months ago. They had the former Foley's and the old Macy's operating under the Macy's banner.

    Date: Friday, February 20, 2015  8:28 am CT
    Posted by: Lurker FYI

    Macy's will have Q4 2014 results and FY 2014 review conference call this Wednesday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. You can listen live on the web at It seems really late this year.

    Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015  11:15 pm CT
    Posted by: mikea

    I agree with Jim's comments on Bergners and Carson Pirie Scott. For all practical purposes except for name Carson's became Bergner's. Currently Carson's is a Bon Ton with a different name.

    However R.H. Macy in the 1980's was no way like a Wieboldt's. My first experience was in 1984 at Herald Square. The store was very much like a better unique Carson's and even had higher end merchandise like country corner antiques than it does today. The Cellar marketplace level carried much more variety and unique merchandise than the cellar area in Herald Square does today. They even had a replica of P.J. Clark's in the Cellar. The store was not as updated in renovations as it is today, but it had good quality and unique merchandise at great prices. It was no way like a Wieboldt's which can maybe compared to a Kohl's or a low end JC Penney.

    The old R.H. Macy from the 80's and early 90's was much better than the Federated Macy's of today.

    Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015  8:18 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    University of Michigan's American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2014 has been released including scores for the "Department and Discount Store" category.

    Congratulations to Macy's which has gone up from 76 in 2013 to 79 in 2014. By comparison, Dollar General beat Macy's last year by four points but this year Macy's beats it by five. Macy's also is congratulated for its tie with Dollar Tree.

    I'm reminded of about 8-10 years ago, when a similar national survey (not by ACSI) had Marshall Field at number 3 in customer satisfaction, just below Norstrom. Keep in mind that Marshall Field was only in the Great Lakes area while Nordstrom was already national. Just think that Field's had a national rep like that. Macy's at least several notches farther down on that list. (I'll have to dig it out.) Here are the 2014 results. The rest of the information and story can be found at

    • Average: 77
    • Nordstrom: 86
    • Dillard's: 81
    • All Others: 81
    • Kohl's: 80
    • Target: 80
    • Dollar Tree: 79
    • Macy's: 79
    • Meijer: 78
    • J.C. Penney: 77
    • Dollar General: 75
    • Family Dollar: 75
    • Sears: 73
    • Exchange: 68
    • Walmart: 68

    Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015  7:12 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Analyst says Macy's may have problems maintaining its 2% comp sales. The Barclays analyst, Joan Payson, thinks that Macy's much praised OmniChannel strategy may struggle to maintain the 2% comp store increases. 2% is roughly what a store should increase to keep pace with inflation and maintain profitability. From the perspective of Field's, this matters because Field's (actually 18 Field's stores and over 40 Dayton's and Hudson's stores) was averaging 2% comp sales and it was a huge justification for ditching Field's. Acquiring Bluemercury could also be a strategy to get give Macy's, Inc. more growth as it plateaus at 2% comps.

    Date: Monday, February 16, 2015  9:08 am CT
    Posted by: Pete

    Macy's has announced its latest spring flower show in the March issue of Chicago magazine. It will be held Sunday, March 22 through Saturday, April 3rd (day before Western Easter) at State Street. It is called "Art in Bloom".

    Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015  12:59 pm CT
    Posted by: Just Noticing

    Considering the excuses Macy's has made over the years for not being a stellar performer, I have never heard anyone mention any of them as the reason they don't shop at the State Street store. I have NEVER heard anyone say I don't shop at Macy's because the weather in Chicago is too bad, the economy is bad and I no longer have money, etc. The only thing people tell me is that Macy's is nothing but cheap junk and Field's was a real store.

    Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015  12:49 pm CT
    Posted by: gle

    I'm not surprised if Macy's is expanding its beauty operations. About the only action I see on a regular basis at the State Street store is at the free makeover counters. At least there are a few customers there who seem interested.

    Regarding the shift in management let's hope change is good--for a change. It's something to keep an eye on.

    Date: Friday, February 13, 2015  10:19 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Regarding Jan K.'s post:

    Actually, what happened was that in 1988, Bergner's had opened a massively remodeled store in Randhurst's former Wieboldt's space. Wieboldt's went out of business the year before.

    A little over a year after that, Bergner's bought Carson's which already had a location in Randhurst. That Carson's dated back almost 30 years and needed remodeling.

    So they changed the name of the new Randhurst Bergner's to Carson's since they recognized that Carson Pirie Scott was a much more valuable name. The old Carson's space was leased to J.C.Penney.

    Eventually all Carson Pirie Scott stores were remodeled to look like Bergner's and Carson's merchandise was replaced by that of Bergner's. Bergner's only kept the name and eventually used it for the parent company's name.

    For the most part, the great Carson Pirie Scott that competed head-to-head with Field's for decades went away around 1990 when it became the more dowdy and less hip Bergner's in every way BUT name. (It's sort of how Dominick's became Safeway in every way but name.)

    In downstate Illinois, where there were both Carson's and Bergner's in the same town, the Carason's stores were converted to the Bergner's name as well as interior and merch. There, many Carson's shoppers cut up their cards and refused to shop the stores that were newly converted to Bergner's. That foreshadowed what happened 16 years later when Macy's got rid of Marshall Field's.

    BTW: For Chicagoans who aren't familiar with R.H. Macy's prior to the 1990s 1980s, R.H. Macy's was a lot like Wieboldt's and definitely not like Marshall Field's.

    Date: Friday, February 13, 2015  9:31 am CT
    Posted by: Jan K.

    I miss Marshall Fields!! I still have one of the buttons passed out years ago at the State Street Store! I remember when Bergner's bought out the Carson's store at Randhurst (Mt. Prospect, IL) ... they changed the name and quickly found out that the Carson name had value and changed it back. Why can't Macy's understand this simple concept? You can tell if the name has value when you realize that people have actually saved their green MARSHALL FIELD's bags and boxes - can't say that about Macy's!

    Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015  10:21 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Story in suburban Tribune paper about missing Marshall Field's.

    Be sure to add a comment about on the right side of the article's page:

    But here's the big difference for me and I think a lot of people: My Fields credit card had a permanent spot in my wallet and I'd always park near or walk through my "go-to" store if I was nearby.

    Now, I have no desire to use my converted Macy's credit card and will visit a dozen other stores before thinking of going there.

    Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015  4:13 pm CT
    Posted by: Richard R.

    Regarding Jim's last post: We all know Marshal Field's has enormous Brand equity at least here in Chicago. It is gratifying to see that it;s obvious to Macy's that the brand has worth, and also gratifying that this underscores and publicizes Macy's complete failure to leverage the brand asset.

    Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015  1:12 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    "The law says that a trademark shall be deemed abandoned when it has been discontinued with no intent to resume use," said Joseph Dreitler, a Columbus attorney who practiced trademark law for Procter & Gamble Co. and U.S. Shoe in Cincinnati before starting his own firm. Three years of "consecutive non-use carries a legal presumption of abandonment," Dreitler added.

    What's in a Name? Macy's, Inc. Asks California Judge to Decide"

    Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015  7:02 am CT
    Posted by: Susan NY

    Do you suppose they could reorganize the management team without Lundgren? No- I guess not, he is clearly such a model of a modern merchant general.

    From what I have seen here, I am imagining Field's (it will always be that to me since I don't have to witness the Macyhem) in a terrible, compromised state. Is it so far gone it would require going to the studs, as it were, to get it back into its glory?

    And why spend money on a here-today-gone-tomorrow spa chain when you have a gem to polish? Never mind the answer, it is a rhetorical question.

    Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015  3:14 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    L. GRAND...LiMACK Looking to contact a couple of people who used to post as "L. Grand" and "LiMack" on our blog...are you lurking out there? Thank you!

    Jim, jjmckay at

    Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015  4:23 pm CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Meant to also point out a few days ago that Macy's has reorganized its senior management team. I think this is the most radical change I've seen in several years, perhaps as far back as circa 2007-2009 when Macy's, Inc. digested MayCo and Marshall Field's. Makes me wonder whats up. Seems rather restless.

    Here's a brief story outlining the changes and also the Bluemercury acquisition

    Date: Friday, February 6, 2015  12:30 pm CT
    Posted by: Heather

    Hello all!

    Heard a commercial on newsradio about Macy's latest weekend sale. It made me mad just to hear and I thought I'd vent here. I. WILL. NOT. SHOP. AT. MACY'S!

    Glad you are still trying.

    Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015  6:28 am CT
    Posted by: Jim McKay

    Macy's, Inc. is buying the luxury beauty product and spa chain Bluemercury. There are 60 locations in the USA, including in Chicago's Wrigleyville/Lakeview neighborhood near Southport and Addison and in Lincoln Park near Halsted and Webster. Other locations are in the suburbs. This is the first major acquisition by the parent of Macy's and Bloomingdale's since the deal with May Department Stores ten years ago that included Marshall Field's. Macy's, Inc. intends to greatly grow the chain through both stand-alone locations as well as incorporating some into Macy's locations.

    In a lot of ways, Bluemercury sounds to me like a competitor to Ulta and Sephora--maybe it's a little more upscale. This also gives Macy's a proprietary beauty product brand that's "Only@Macy's".

    Macy's says it made the acquisition to further growth and complement its department stores. Fair enough. An interesting fact is that Macy's, Inc. paid $210 million for this acquisition. That's still about half the appraisal of the Marshall Field's family of tradenames as listed in the May Department Stores 2004 SEC 10-K filings. A lot of money lost with mothballing the Marshall Field tradename. Bringing back Marshall Field's would be a fantastic way to further growth and complement its existing stores.

    I've already received my first email that someone is boycotting not only Macy's and Bloomingdale's, but now also Bluemercury. So it goes.

    Here's a link to one of many stories about this.

    Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015  5:39 pm CT
    Posted by: M.H.

    I saw in Crain's Chicago Business that Hyatt is creating a new hotel brand under the "Centric" name. How come Macy's can't have three brands---Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Marshall Field's? It would take nothing away from them and only add more.

    Date: Friday, January 30, 2015  3:49 pm CT
    Posted by: Kathy Sue King-Watters

    It will only be worthwhile if the Fields traditions return with the name, at least to me. I go to State Street once a year for lunch by the tree and every year it seems they drop more traditions. Heartbreaking.

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