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Rally for Marshall Field's,
Rally for Chicago
A SPECIAL BOOK EVENT at 2:00 PM
Under the Marshall Field's Great Clock at
STATE & WASHINGTON STREETS
Just an hour of your time
to stand up for our beloved international city and
also help bring back Marshall Field's--the institution that brought us 154 great years.
BE PART OF HISTORY AS IT IS WRITTEN...
BE THERE FOR MARSHALL FIELD'S!
BE THERE FOR CHICAGO!
Please join us on Sunday, September 12, 2010, to remind Macy's, Chicago, Wall Street--indeed the whole world--that Chicago overwhelmingly STILL wants the return of its iconic MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY to STATE STREET and more.
It has been almost four years since that very sad day in Chicago history when, despite wide local and international outcry, Chicago's international icon, Marshall Field & Company, became another of over 800 Macy's stores.
Overwhelming demand for Marshall Field's continues to hold steady among Chicago shoppers. Our 2010 survey of over 500 Michigan Avenue and State Street shoppers found that 81%--four out of five Chicago shoppers--still prefer Marshall Field's over Macy's. Similar results were yielded in 2009. Full results are at http://www.fieldsfanschicago.org/survey2010.html
These results were presented to Macy's top-level executives--including the CEO and Board of Directors--at the Macy stockholders meeting in Cincinnati on May 14, 2010. This meeting centered on Macy's enhanced commitment to, above all else, giving local customers what they want. Does that sound familiar? Of course it does--we all know that for 154 years, Marshall Field's was all about "Giving the lady what she wants."
Macy's presented a few small local success stories from this initiative, dubbed my "My Macy's"--but really, the stories made it more obvious than ever that Chicagoans actually want "MY MARSHALL FIELD'S!" Over 100,000 customers wear buttons with this message!
What Chicago doesn't want is dramatically less help on the sales floor. Chicago also doesn't want the State Street store consolidated down to fewer floors; much of the ninth floor has been consolidated with the eight floor, and who knows what's next? What Chicago doesn't want is an iconic store building with broken escalators, elevators and the like. These are just a few examples of what is regularly reported on our web site's blog.
Macy's claims that they are experiencing some successes in doing some of the things Marshall Field's used to do. But it makes complete sense that they would be hugely successful if they restored Marshall Field's full scale, starting at the historic State Street store.
Despite these tough economic times, the fact is that people will still spend for quality, value and the latest must-have items and experiences. Now that Marshall Field's has been gone for four years, there is more pent-up demand for Field's than ever. Does Chicago want to buy those special things at Marshall Field's and take them home in forest green Marshall Field's shopping bags? YES, more than ever.
So we need YOU to come out to State and Washington Streets at 1:00 pm, Sunday afternoon, September 12, 2010, to make the message even more clear to Macy's: Chicago wants its Marshall Field's!
Please, come rally for our international icon, Marshall Field's, and our great city, Chicago. You will help to make history.
Mark the date and time!
BE THERE FOR MARSHALL FIELD'S!
BE THERE FOR CHICAGO!
...and bring friends and family!
* Field's Fans should start gathering at 12:40 PM
under the Great Marshall Field's Clock at
State & Washington Streets
* Wear your "Marshall Field's Best" or something
dark green (please, no profane t-shirts).
* Bring signs and placards with Marshall Field's slogans.
* A limited number of additional signs will be available at the protest.
* Carry a Marshall Field's Shopping Bag.
* Carry a City of Chicago Flag.
* Please be peaceable and dignified in the spirit of Marshall Field's.
* Please be careful not to obstruct the doors to the store.
* Please do not stand in or block the street.
* Check http://www.FieldsFansChicago.org, our Facebook Group,
our Twitter crawl and your Email box for last-minute news and bulletins.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 PM
BORDERS on STATE STREET
State & Randolph Streets, kitty corner from Field's.
NEW BOOK TALK & SIGNING:
Author GAYLE SOUCEK
The Store That Helped Build Chicago"
Since 2006, we have been saying how all of us--you, I and everyone else--have been making history by working to restore Marshall Field's to State Street.
Gayle Soucek's new book, Marshall Field's: The Store That Helped Build Chicago, covers the history of Marshall Field's from the 19th century to TODAY. It even includes special pages covering our rallies, as well as others efforts to restore Marshall Field's.
This book is the first of several of which cover or allude to YOUR rallies, YOUR letter writing and YOUR efforts to bring back Marshll Field's. Others books featuring coverage of our efforts to restore Marshall Field's are also due in the coming months and next year.
Now that history is being written, you are indeed part of this history.
Chicago's loyalty to Marshall Field's is fierce. Dayton-Hudson even had to take out advertising around town to apologize for changing Marshall Field's hallowed green bags. And with good reason -- the store and those who ran it shaped the city's streets, subsidized its culture and heralded its progress.
The resulting commercial empire dictated wholesale trade terms in Calcutta and sponsored towns in North Carolina, but its essence was always Chicago. So when "Marshall Field's" was retired in 2006 after the stores were purchased by Macy's, protest slogans like"Field's is Chicago," and "Field's: as Chicago as it gets," weren't just emotional hype.
Many still hope that Marshall Field's will be resurrected like the city it helped support during the Great Fire and the Great Depression. Until then, fans of Marshall Field's can celebrate its history with this book's warm look back at the beloved institution.
Available in local bookstores or order online at
PLEASE NOTE: This book, the talk and book signing, The History Press and Borders are in no way connected to FieldsFansChicago.org and are not sponsors of our rally for Marshall Field's. FieldsFansChicago.org is simply passing this information along as a third party. The book and related events are not connected to nor endorsed by Macy's, Inc.
PROMOTE THE SEPTEMBER 12th EVENTS
on FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Word-of-mouth and social networking are tremendous ways to get the word out about the September events.
Please help by "talking up" our rally on your Facebook page. Our Facebook "umbrella" group is "FieldsFansChicago.org." Remember to "Invite people to join."
On Twitter, we are @FieldsFansChgo. Follow the latest FieldsFansChicago.org news updates and rally information @FieldsFansChgo.
(Please note that "Chicago" is abbreviated in our Twitter name.)
"Find out what we are doing right now!"
Get Out The Word!
PRINT & DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS
You can also make your own leaflets and posters to promote the events of September 12, 2010. All you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader and a printer. It's easy! Pass out leaflets -- the same kind that are distributed under the Field's clock at State and Washington Streets -- at any place it is permissible in the public way. (Please note this excludes many private malls.)
Print and carry some with you or in your car, backpack, or briefcase. You can hang them anywhere you find community bulletin boards -- in your apartment building, coffee houses, student unions at universities, your country club, community centers,...the possibilities are endless. And of course, be sure to display one in the front window of your home or business!
Please see http://fieldsfanschicago.org/leaflets.html for more details including links to download the files and instructions to print your own leaflets that help bring back Marshall Field's!
DO YOU WISH TO SPONSOR OUR ACTIVITIES?
We Need Your Financial Help to Continue
In these tough times, we acknowledge that there are many causes deserving of your support. If you are so moved, we welcome your assistance in offsetting some of the expenses of our ongoing leaflet and button distributions, as well as other activities in support of Marshall Field's.
We are totally committed to continuing our efforts. People have come forward in amazing ways to help, donating leaflets, pin-on buttons, bumper stickers, advertising and more.
Thank you for your help so we can continue to inspire others to support the return of Marshall Field's.
If you can donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as to how and where to send a check. Alternatively, PayPal contributions are accepted at email@example.com.
100% of all contributions are channeled to offset the cost of our activities.
Thank you for your amazing support!
A very special "thank you" to all who have supported us now or in the past--especially those who helped with recent efforts and activities. Special regards to A., Gloria, Gayle, John, Gail, Mae, D., and all those named and unnamed.
Your ongoing support and dedication are what enable our progress to continue. It is our work as 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 they sustain immense consciousness of the once and future Chicago institution, Marshall Field's.
Please remember that your efforts to help bring back Field's are greatly appreciated, respected and admired. While we may not yet have Marshall Field's back on State Street, your efforts are ALREADY making differences elsewhere:
* We believe we have influenced Macy's to slow their changes at the iconic State Street store.
* Other grassroots groups dedicated to preserving Chicago culture and history have studied and used us as their inspiration. Some of these groups include KeepItWrigley.org, SaveGrantPark.org, ItsTheSearsTower.com, and, most recently, 'Save The United Airlines Tulip" on Facebook.
* Other corporations look to our example before making changes. For example, we were informally told that when Walgreen's recently took over New York City's Duane Reade Pharmacies, the activities of FieldsFansChicago.org influenced a much more sensitive approach to that corporate acquisition.
Our efforts to restore Marshall Field's continues the retail grande dame's history into today. As history is being written, remember that you are helping to make this history.
Hearty regards and huge applause for all syour efforts to restore Chicago's Marshall Field's to State Street!
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This page, this web site, its newsletter and the activities and events described within have NO affiliation whatsoever with Macy's, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores), May Department Stores, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Marshall Field's, the Field Family, the Field Foundation of Chicago, The History Press, Borders, etc., and the views and opinions expressed here represent only those of the writer.