SAVE THE DATE! TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2008:
TWO VERY SPECIAL EVENTS IN
SUPPORT OF THE RETURN OF MARSHALL FIELD'S
12:10-1:00 pm LUNCH HOUR RALLY
5:00-8:00 pm INFORMAL RECEPTION, TALK, and BOOK SIGNING
E V E N T :
LUNCH HOUR RALLY
12:10-1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Under the Great Clock at STATE & WASHINGTON STREETS
The past two years' September 9th protest rallies in support of the return of Marshall Field's were covered worldwide by hundreds of media outlets. Images of you rallying for the return of Field's by holding protest signs and picketing in front or our beloved Marshall Field's on State Street were seen as far away as the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Asia. Thanks to you, the message that Chicago will not settle for anything less than Marshall Field's was heard (and is still being heard) around the world.
Although this year's anniversary falls on a weekday, Field's loyalists are already planning to take time out during lunch hour for our next rally, a very important event marking the two-year anniversary of that very sad day in Chicago's history. Please be part of our rally during the Noon hour on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. Help restore the quality, service, unparalleled history, legacy, culture, pride, tradition and worldwide reputation that can only be Marshall Field's. Let's meet at noon under the Great Marshall Field's Clock at State and Washington Streets.
E V E N T :
AN EVENING CELEBRATING MARSHALL FIELD'S:
RECEPTION, TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Joan Greene, Author: "Marshall Field's Food and Fashion: A Chicago Tradition"
An Update on FieldsFansChicago.org
5:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Location within walking distance of State and Washington to be announced.
PLEASE NOTE: SPACE IS VERY LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT.
RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE ADMITTANCE
EMAIL RSVP@FieldsFansChicago.org or call 312.662.8980.
An excerpt from Joan Greene's "Marshall Field's Food and Fashion: A Chicago Tradition":
"Field's is a department store renowned for the profusion and quality of its goods, its gracious ambience, and superb customer service. . . . A visit to Chicago would not be complete without a visit to Marshall Field's on State Street. The store has weathered destruction by fire not once but twice, the Civil War and two world wars, and the Great Depression, becoming an emblem of the city of Chicago, and the standard by which retail is measured--or should be measured. . . . To Chicagoans, Marshall Field and Company is a civic prize and a symbol of the city at its best."
On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, all are invited to participate in a very special evening celebrating Marshall Field's, reminding the world why Chicago's icon must be restored.
The evening will begin with light refreshments at 5:00 pm.
At 5:30 pm, there will be a very special talk by Joan Greene, author of "Marshall Field's Food and Fashion: A Chicago Tradition". Ms. Greene offers an expansive perspective that is both historical as well as forward-looking, covering the international importance of Field's from its early fashion and customer service innovations to Mrs. Hering's pot pies and Frango mints, to recent innovations such as Marshall Field's 2003 vertical fashion show and more. Afterwards, representatives from FieldsFansChicago.org will present an overview of the grassroots organization's ongoing efforts to bring back Marshall Field's. Questions and discussion with the participants, moderated by Jim McKay of FieldsFansChicago.org, will conclude this portion of the evening.
From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Ms. Greene will sign copies of her book, "Marshall Field's Food and Fashion: A Chicago Tradition" (Pomegranate, 2005). Copies of this book will be available for purchase at this event.
Please remember: Space is very limited for this event. Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible while space remains to ensure admittance. R.S.V.P. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 312.662.8980.
Marshall Field's CAN come back. AT&T Wireless became Cingular but then came back as AT&T. On the west coast, the hugely popular Lucky Supermarket chain came back with 75 stores after a seven year absence. The Ford Taurus was revived after a multi-year absence. The recent revival of Lord and Taylor as well as Von Maur's plans to open two more Chicago-area stores show that there is a market for quality stores like Marshall Field's, despite the challenging economy.
Your ongoing support and dedication is what enables our progress to continue. It is the work of we Field's Fans that reminds key business and civic leaders that that these stores can be an overwhelming success again as Marshall Fields.
Our efforts are so essential because it gives immense consciousness to the once and future Chicago institution, Marshall Field's.
Remember, your efforts to help bring back Field's are greatly appreciated, respected and admired. You are helping to make history!