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Macy's at State Street
Marshall Field & Company Department Store
Marshall Field’s Department Store


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
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chicago school


department store


  • A mosaic dome by the Tiffany studio tops a 5-story atrium in the southwest corner. The northwest section has a 13-story skylit atrium, and a newer atrium in the center is bridged by double escalator banks.
  • The building is essentially built on a six-part grid, with sections added to the original building in 1902, 1906, 1907, and 1914.
  • It was a named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
  • The basement luggage department was formerly set up as a miniature of architect Helmut Jahn's tunnel at the United Terminal in O'Hare Airport.
  • Every year a three-story Christmas tree is installed in the famous Walnut Room dining area, with a viewing area on the 8th floor.
  • An underground public concourse connects the basement to 25 East Washington, which used to house the Marshall Field's Men's Store.
  • The venerable Marshall Field's name was retired in September 2006 when the store became "Macy's on State Street" as part of a consolidation of all nameplates owned by Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores.
  • The building is a major hub of the Loop Pedway System, with connections to the east, west, and south. The pedway skirts the basement shopping area, and leads directly into the State/Washington subway station.
  • Actress Dorothy Lamour, who co-starred with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the Road movies, used to work as an elevator operator in this store.
  • This building plays a role in the novel The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos, as character Eric Egstrom gets a job in the interior decorating department.
  • The store has two fountains: one on the first floor in the central atrium, and one in the Narcissus Room on the 7th floor (used for private functions).
  • One of the first high-rise buidings demolished in Chicago – the Trude Building – was taken down in 1912 to clear the northeast corner of the store's site.
  • In the 1920s, novelists G.K. Chesterton and Sinclair Lewis met in the book department in this store, leading to their collaboration on the unpublished play "Mary Queen of Scots".
  • The traditional symbols of the store are the green clocks which overhang the corners of Randolph and Washington on State Street.

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101-149 North State Street
2-48 East Washington Street, 100-148 North Wabash Avenue, 1-49 East Randolph Street
111 North State Street

Technical Data

151.41 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Atrium is present
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
  • Fountain is present in building
  • Metro entrance inside building
  • Panoramic elevators are present
  • Pedway access is available
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