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the “Great Tree” inside the Walnut Room restaurant at the legendary State Street home of Marshall Field & Company

Marshall Field's Department store Christmas display c. 1940s.

Marshall Field's Department store Christmas display c. Now we do less in order not to offend. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

By the 1920s there were seven restaurants altogether at Marshall Field's: the Narcissus Fountain Room, the North Grill Room, the South Grill (aka Circassian Walnut Room), the Wabash Avenue Tea Room, the Colonial Quick Service Tea Room, the Wedgwood Room, and the Men’s “Grill” in the Store for Men.  A graduate of Chicago’s School of Domestic Arts and Sciences named Beatrice Hudson opened the all-male sanctum Men’s Grill (pictured) about 1914 and was responsible for developing a famed corned…

In 1890 Harry Gordon Selfridge, manager of Field’s in Chicago, took the then-unusual step of persuading a middle-class woman to help with a new project at the store. Her name was Sarah Haring (pict.

Remembering Marshall Field's: Top 10 Favorite Marshall Field's Traditions -- The Christmas tree in the Walnut Room

One of the delights of exploring department store history is learning which traditions are most cherished by customers and employees.

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Our annual photo essay of Christmas in and around central Chicago, 2009

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The centerpiece of the Christmas dining experience at the Walnut Room in the Marshall Field State Street Store. People from all over the world visit the store just to see this spectacular Christmas tree.