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(CHICAGO--May 15, 2009)
A just-completed survey of shoppers in Chicago’s Loop and on North Michigan Avenue indicates that 78% still want Marshall Field’s instead of Macy’s.

 The survey of 522 shoppers was conducted anonymously by the grassroots organization FieldsFansChicago.org.  Participants responded to three questions regarding their shopping habits at the Chicago store that was Marshall Field’s until 2006 when it was converted to Macy’s.  Pa rticipants’ brief comments during the survey questions were also noted.

 The three survey questions and results are as follows.  The statistically rigorous survey had a margin of error of 4.2% ( < 5.0% ) with a confidence level of 95% and a response distribution of 50%.

Do you prefer Marshall Field's, Macy's or both about the same? (522 responses)
-  78.0% preferred Marshall Field's
-  12.6% preferred Macy's
-  9.4% preferred both equally

Do you shop at the store more, less or about the same since the store became Macy's? (521 responses)
-  8.6% said that they shop more
-  72.2% said that they shop less
-  19.2% said that they shop with the same frequency as before

Would you shop at the store more, less or about the same if the store was converted back to Marshall Field's from Macy's? (520 responses)
-  78.3% said that they would shop more
-  2.9% said that they would shop less
-  18.8% said that they would shop with the same frequency as they do now

 Three types of comments predominated with great regularity:  (1) a number of shoppers not only shop less, they decidedly do not shop Macy's at all since the conversion;  (2) they perceive the stores as having lesser-quality merchandise and service since the conversion to Macy's; and (3) the conversion to Macy's was more than a name change--certain merchandise and a "Field's way" of doing business would have to be restored in addition to the name "Marshall Field's" before they would shop the stores again.

Started in 2005, FieldsFansChicago.org is a grassroots organization that has staged protest rallies, letter-writing campaigns and boycott activities with the goal of restoring Marshall Field's in quality and service, as well as name.  Its activities have included distributing more than 125,000 leaflets and pin-on buttons and media coverage at the local, national and international levels.

Shareholder representatives with FieldsFansChicago.org presented these findings at Macy's, Inc.'s 2009 Annual Shareholders Meeting , which was held today in Cincinnati. Mr. Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Chairperson and President, responded to the FieldsFansChicago.org representatives and other stockholders in attendance that he had a different take on the Chicago stores.

 One supporter of Marshall Field’s recently commented:

"Now is the time for the restoration of Marshall Field's. It would absolutely warm Chicago's heart, and people would turn out in droves to shop there.  If anything would get people to spend again, it would be such a turnaround.   Lord knows we could use a sign to reassure us that all will be well again.  That's what Marshall Field's stood for, if you think about it.  In good times and bad, it was a gentle reminder of the good life.  Marshall Field’s was a reminder of tradition and quality, even in the Great Depression.  We need Marshall Field' s more than ever."

 For further information, including questions about the methodology and results of the survey, please contact Jim McKay, Co-Organizer of FieldsFansChicago.org, at jjmckay@FieldsFansChicago.org


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Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2009  8:23 am CT
Posted by: Ron

Where in the world does Macy's get these weird names for sales????????? I think the current one is called, "Bring Your Friends" sale. How goofy is that? For me that would be a "Bring my friends and show them I have chintzy tastes at inflated prices" sale.

Or more concisely, I'd call it the "Lose Your Friends" sale. Yep, that would be "The Magic of Macy's"

Dates Tuesday, April 28, 2009  6:23 pm CT
Posted by: John

Didn't Marshall Field's in the Loop used to have a Cartier boutique? I'm pretty sure it's gone now. If so, it's clear that Cartier doesn't think Macy's is the equal of Marshall Field's.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009  11:20 am CT
Posted by: Pete

I know many of you follow Macy's stock prices and use it as an indicator as to how that might lead to a change in management more favorable to the return of Marshall Field's.

However, all I really want back is maybe five or six stores out of Macy's 800. I want my Marshall Field's on State Street and my Marshall Field's at Old Orchard, Oak Brook, Woodfield and maybe Northbrook Court. I could even pass on Water Tower back as Field's because Michigan Avenue has slipped so much.

I'd bet that those stores are worth much more as Marshall Field's. No doubt about it. Even in this economy.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009  4:58 pm CT
Posted by: RL

I was at a wake last night for a friend who, many years ago, worked for a short time at State Street. While working there, she met the man who became her hsuband.

Of course, the conversation eventually turned to Marshall Field's. Everyone, including teens who were there, agreed that they miss Marshall Field's immensely. Everyone agreed that they didn't shop there any more. Some refused to set foot in the store since the change. Others had been in but hated it.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009  2:19 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

Changes on Michigan Ave. Many years ago the I. Magnin building was converted to Borders, Victoria Secrets, and Filene's Basement... because Federated Department Stores killed I. Magnin (a venerable SF based department store). Now with the downturn in the economy Borders is closing, Victoria Secrets is moving to the Pottery Barn location and Fielene's may close down. That being said, a world-class opportunity will open up for a high-end department store to open on Michigan Ave. Von Maur? Harrod's of London? Carson's? Lord & Taylor? Bonwitt Teller? This may be a chance in a lifetime for one of these retailers. Hopefully not another big box retailer (at la Best Buy). Maybe one of these retailers can make a come back.

Marshall Field's on State Street needs to come back!

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009  10:48 pm CT
Posted by: Mrs. W.


I had gone to take a few out of town friends to the Art Institute the other day. As we left we decided to walk over to State Street and see the progress of Block 37. I can say that it is a nice modern contrast to the Marshall Field's building. As I have not stopped into 111 N. State for some time(sorry can't even say tne name)my friends in from the East Coast really didn't have a reason to go either other than their wanting to see the architectural features at Marshall Field's. Of course the windows at State and Washington were empty, the pardon our appearance signs are on overtime at this place.

Although the first floor had the usual thump-thump disco beat going, you can just tell the whole store has been taken so far down market. There were folks walking around; but, so many shopping were just the college kids in the neighborhood. You would not see at Marshall Field's the store being filled with customers walking around with droupy trousers and baseball hats. There isn't anything wrong with it, but I guess this matches their comments about cornering the market on flip-flops and sundresses??

We ventured to the 28 Shop, well at least what's left of what they call it...dismal as far as any selection or real designers..so sad. The store after you get above 3 is just dead. No one to help you either. We ventured to 8th floor furniture and walked the entire floor without finding a sales person.

Their "My Macy's" program is an insult. It's their answer to all of us Field loyalists that they are bringing back some of the labels and customer service. It's not what we saw. My friends and I bought nothing and headed to North Bridge were we enjoyed a great sales person at Nordstrom who happened to be a former associate at Field's. Her contacts at Macy's say they just continue to slash costs in order to balance their still continuing sales decline at State Street. It's just a shame that it didn't have to be happen this way and they could have kept Field's State Street as part of their Bloomingdale group.

Mrs. W

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009  5:04 pm CT
Posted by: Chris, Astabula, O.

Keep up the good work and just keep going! Bring back Marshall Field's!

Below is a link to a video of Clevelanders who did their best to keep Pittsburgh's PNC Bank from subsuming Cleveland's 160+ year icon, National City Bank. National City was the first bank to give a mortgage.

No doubt that they were inspired by the anti-Marshall Field's/pro-Macy's fervor here.


Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009  10:57 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

This weekend Spring will finally be here in Chicago. It will bring a smile to everyone's face. People will know that Chicagoans enjoy their Summers more than anyone else... because it is so short-lived. Chicagoans enjoyed their Marshall Field's. Perhaps one day that will come back too... and bring the biggest smile to millions of locals and visitors alike.

(still haven't spent a penny at Macy's, never will)

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009  2:46 pm CT
Posted by: Stephen G

An article today on CNN's website regarding.....(see link below)


18. Macy's

Fortune 500 rank: 96

Loss: $4.8 billion

The great department store roll-up - consuming names like Marshall Field's, Hecht's, Rich's and May Stores over the past several years - hit a stumbling block last year as consumer spending tumbled and online competition intensified. Though the company posted gains at its Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com businesses, the Bloomingdale's brick-and-mortar stores and Macy's in the western U.S. and Florida weakened - which is part of why the company cut the value of its acquired stores with a $5.4 billion writedown.

Full story at:

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/fortune/0904/gallery .f500_biggestlosers.fortune/18.html?source=yahoo_quote

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009  11:30 am CT
Posted by: drew

Now here is a real surprise:
Evidently all the "analysts" who agreed with Mr Lunkhead that centralization and cookie cutter stores filled with generic merchandise would reap huge profits failed to realize the emotional aspects of shopping. The localization strategy is too little, too late. Most consumers will NEVER consider any of these stores as "my macy*s" because of the poorly conceived and arrogantly executed destruction of local favorites. Instead of building upon the strengths of regional department stores, Mr Lunkhead brought everything down to the lowest common denominator.

There isn't any way that macy*mart will ever be a success because they offer nothing special. If Mr Lunkhead thinks flip flops and sun dresses will entice shoppers into his stores, doesn't he realize wal*mart, Target and Kmart have these in wide assortments at better prices?

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009  7:34 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

I don't think Macy's is a junk store--in fact, I very much believe that it has a certain kind of revered place in American retailing history.

However, that place is definitely not in the former Marshall Field's stores, especially not the store at 111 N. State Street in Chicago. And it's Field's that has an even more revered place in American retailing history that was not and is not matched by Macy's.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009  4:04 pm CT
Posted by: Rich W

Just like their junky product, Macy's S&P debt rating was cut to junk bond status. Read:


Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009  10:20 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's, Inc.'s 2008 Anuual Report, Corporate Fact Book and Proxy can be downloaded and viewed at http://www.macysinc.com/investors/AnnualReport/

Page 61 of the corporate fact book feratures about the only mention of Marshall Field's:

What Our Customers Are Saying:
"I was a loyal Marshall Field's customer. Now I am a loyal Macy's customer. I had two wonderful associates asisting me recently. I want to thank both of them and let management know how much pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable associates make a difference in your shopping experience. Thank you very much!"
One is entitled to their opinion and I won't doubt that this customer had a great experience with the two particular associates. However, Macy's presents this in such a way that suggests that majority of Marshall Field's customers are now happy to be Macy's customers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

And again, keep in mind: whenever Macy's refers to "Marshall Field's" they mean about 40 out of 60 stores that were Dayton's and Hudson's stores. These stores were renamed Marshall Field's about three years before Macy's bought them.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009  3:09 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

I thought one of the big ideas of having the one brand as Macy's was they would only have to have one brand of shopping bags.

Yet, I see special bags for the flower show and then other bags for the "Believe" holidays, etc.

As if that isn't any more trouble than having Marshall Field's bags.

I think saving money on the same bags, etc was just an excuse for Terry Lundgren to build his ego.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009  2:03 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

I watched the Crain's video today and I'm amazed at the statements regarding the "My Messy's" program.

The SVP for Macy's states, "It's amazing what we learn when we listen to the salespeople and our customers."

Obviously this guy is a genius. Now if they would just listen and hear we want Marshall Field's back, they'd really be in the money.

I don't even have words for their stupidity. It's actually very sad and pitiful that they think they are the original innovators to customer service.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009  12:18 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

I went to Sears on State today to finally change my watch battery. I would always go to Field's for this. I thought it was amazing that I could eat fish & chips, change watch batteries, and buy bed sheets in the same wonderful place - Marshall Field's.

I asked the woman how much and she gave me the prices. She said we're cheaper than Macy's. I told her I have never been to a Macy's and never will so she didn't have to worry about that!

Date: Friday, April 17, 2009  4:26 pm CT
Posted by: MJ-bos

Interesting interview on Crains today...
"We're going to own the market of flip flops and sundresses this year"

Oh dear lord have mercy on this schlep's soul.

I'll give him one thing - his company certainly has cornered the market on FLOPS... but seriously, ladies, is this what you would go to Field's for??

I get my sandals and shorts at Target.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2009  2:22 pm CT
Posted by: Molly H

t's sad that Marshall Field's is now one of the many stores that are disappearing. Marshall's was always on my list of adventures when I came to visit my family in Chicago - now faded memories. I recently read a novel call Webs of Power and it sadly took place in the middle of the 80's during all the take overs that ruined so many of our great department stores, never to have them return to us. Anyway it was sort of a sad nostalgic read reminding me of how bad I felt about Marshall's becoming a Macy's and just how much the change affected me.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009  8:40 am CT
Posted by: Rich W

Published today in fashion websites: Joseph Abboud, currently a Messy's exclusive brand, will now be sold at JC Penney and will be included as part of the major kickoff for the new Penney's in Manhattan just opposite Messy's Herald Square store. While it is obvious to those in the know that this was JA Apparel's (owner of the label) wise business decision, Messy's has stated they "dropped the label because it wasn't a growth brand-- their customers preferred their private labels" such as Tennis Elbow and Alphony. Yeah, right. Another leaf falls off the Messy's tree and lands right onto JC Penney's to start growing again. I suspect you will see a mass exodus of better brands from Messy's and picked up by Nordstrom (who is trying to build a more moderate pricing tier) and Penney's (who are trying to build a better pricing tier). Messy's will soon be nothing but a flea market of private label junk.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009  9:25 pm CT
Posted by: Rose T.

I remember in years past when I would spend my Tax Rebate Check at Marshall Field's.

Now I boycott, Boycott, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT!!!! Macy's.

My rebate check goes anywhere but Macy's.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009  1:23 pm CT
Posted by: just one of millions of field's fans

Remember three years ago? At the annual meeting, Terry Lundgren said 2007 would be the year that Macy's tidied up the store consolidations and 2008 would be the year of profits.

Then he said that Martha Stewart, iPod vending machines and Frango chocolates would be all the rage that would bring Macy's to new heights.

Has anyone seen Frangos promoted as much as Martha Stewart and iPod vending machines? Nope!

Terry Lundgren just talks but does he really follow through?

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009  10:52 am CT
Posted by: LiMack

I noted the posts here related to the recent linked New York Times interview with Terry Lundgren---you know, how he likes to "pop" into Macy's stores unannounced just to see that everything's going smoothly.

Below is a link to a piece written at a retail industry blog "Retail Doctor" You absolutely must click on it to read about this guy's personal experience at a Macy's.

(Apparently Terry had not yet "popped" in at that location!)


Date: Monday, April 13, 2009  4:27 pm CT
Posted by: Brad

In today's Crain's Chicago Business (April 13), there is an article about Apple's decision to turn down a deal to open a new store in Block 37 on State Street. Instead, Apple has decided to build a new store at the intersection of North Avenue and Clybourn. Of key interest to Field's Fans is Crain's observasion that "State Street conitnues to have a hard time attracting well-heeled shoppers."

We all know that this wasn't a problem when Marshall Field's served as the anchor of State Street and downtown development. Chicago's downtown enjoyed the benefits of having our iconic, world-class State Street department store attract more than 9 million customers each year. But now that Macy's continues to operate their outpost of a generic national mid-tier / discount chain in the landmark Marshall Field's building, the area suffers from the loss of high-end customers that came to State Street to shop at Marshall Field's.

Here's the link to read the full article about Apple's decision to build at North and Clybourn:


Date: Monday, April 13, 2009  1:50 pm CT
Posted by: Nancy Pavelka


I just discovered that I have a Marshall Field/Alice in wonderland shopping bag that is in excellent condition and quite beautiful and unique. I must have gotten it years ago with some Easter purchases that I made when my children were young. It is painted in pastels on both the inside and outside with Alice and other characters from the story. There is a clear panel on the outside so you can see the cheshire cat sitting in a tree on the inside.

I feel certain that any Marshall Field collector would be interested in this find. Please write (by clicking my name in this post's header) cand let me know if you are interested, and any information you have about this bag.


Date: Monday, April 13, 2009  9:03 am CT
Posted by: gle

I went to a restaurant Easter Sunday, and the minute I got in the door the hostess and a person dressed as the Easter bunny admired my Field's button and struck up a conversation. Before I even had a seat I had unloaded all the Field's buttons I had with! A waitress put her Field's button on and wore it as she continued to take orders. People have NOT gotten over Marshall Field's.

I read with interest the New York interview with Lunkhead. He seems to think he's pretty cool--like many politicians who live in their own ego worlds. If he does pop into stores, I wonder if he notices stained chipped buildings, broken escalators and so few customers that cracks in the empty floors are what stands out--not the models of efficiency he boasts of in his article. Messy's stores appear painfully unloved and neglected by management, and that's the image seen by a public who remembers the quality and service provided by Marshall Field's.

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009  11:03 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Today's New York Times has an Q & A interview with Terry Lundgren. It's on page two of the Business section, Chicago edition.

The online edition, published yesterday, is longer than the print edition and can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/business/12corner.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=lundgren&st=cse&scp=1

The interview mainly focuses on caraeer advice for those starting out as well as words for those about to graduate from college.

Reading by itself, it gave me some positive insights, as well as a few curiosities. Framed by the context of what he has done to Marshall Field's, I'm much less positive.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009  7:01 pm CT
Posted by: B.D.

Bring back the level of taste, value, and exclusivity Marshall Field's represents. Critics say it would never be the same and that is true. That's because it would be modernized for the 21st century, of course. That's the Marshall Field's way.

Why can't critics also consider that the best incarnation of Marshall Field's could very well be the one that is yet to come?

Date: Friday, April 10, 2009  10:12 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

In response to Drew's last item, my understanding is that the "Midwest" mostly means stores south of I-80 including former Famous, Lazarus, and Kaufman's stores. Former Marshall Field's locations are mostly stores in what they refer to as the "Great Lakes".

That said, it makes sense that the NYC area would be doing the worst and the Midwest would be doing best. NYC and the Northeast, along with the Detroit and San Fran areas have been hit hardest by the recession in term of the demographics that most frequently shops Macy's. The Midwest has been hit the least.

Date: Friday, April 10, 2009  9:09 am CT
Posted by: drew

According to this article, the Midwest is one of macy*mart's two STRONGEST regions, thanks to their "localization" initiative:
Evidently you folks in the Chicagoland area have come to love macy*mart, just as the gifted merchant Mr Lunkhead predicted, and are flocking to their stores to purchase their "exciting" "exclusive" "celebrity" merchandise.

Either that, or their sales throughout the rest of the country are so dismal the Midwest region looks good.

Interesting to note that macy*mart's worst performance is in its hometown New York City region.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009  8:00 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

Hi, Field's Fans:

Macy's stocks keep hovering around the status of junk, sales and down and profits down further, 7000 more people will be laid off by "the new sensation across the nation, and yet, Terry Lundgren continues to rake in millions. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? It's a lot like the banks awarding big bonuses to the brass before the fall. The only good news is that it isn't our tax dollars paying Lundgren his fat salary.

The Macy's stockholders are on a plane ride over the Bermuda Triangle, but they're afraid to change pilots because that would mean they'd have to face the complete and horrendous mess they'd let him create. Letting go of Marshall Field's, Chicago's world famaous department store, was just one of many blunders he'll never live down. Aside from that, macy's is just a crummy, run-down store that is devoid of excellence at any level. (I'd rather shop at Wal-Mart, which, after all, doesn't pretend to be anything more than a cost-cutting supplier of goods, and apparently I'm not alone.)

This would be a good time for a congomerate with available cash and a real vision for the future of retail to come forward and reclaim Marshall Field's. I love to visualize the day when Field's re-opens and the Loop is filled with green shopping bags, and I won't stop. Real excellence sustains a kind of loyalty that no amount of advertising, constant "sales of the season" and just plain old bluster could never compete with. Come back, Field's, and we'll show you how much we've missed you.

And Macy's stockholders, if you're reading this, you know you've read the truth, and the sooner you face it, the sooner we'll all be better off. Recession or no, Macy's deserves to bite the dust. Recession or no, Marshall Field's deserves a comeback. It's time for Lundgren to plan his next big strategic plan on the golf course.

How much worse does it have to get?

Field's Fan for life!


Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009  9:05 am CT
Posted by: gle

"Macy's, Inc. Same-Store Sales down 9.2% in March"

This is from the Macysinc.com website.

The "Tribune" on-line stock quotes (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go) also showed the "Businesswire Retail Report on March 2009 Retail Sales Figures" 4/9/2009.

I didn't find the "Retail Report" on Messy's' website as of 9:00 a.m. this morning, but assume the sales figures will appear there shortly.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009  8:18 am CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

Macy's, Inc. Same-Store Sales Down 9.2% in March

The company noted that the March-April period should be viewed together in light of the shift in Easter from March last year to April this year. (another excuse like weather, re-education of shoppers, etc).

When will the shareholders hold management accountable? This has been the biggest circus in corporate America. Any other company would have ousted their top management long ago. This fiasco has been going on for almost 3 years. When are they going to take some action?

Bring back Marshall Fields in its finest. It would also be awesome to see some of the other regional stores re-emerge to be more in line with Marshall Fields quality and service (Foley's, Bullock's/Bullocks Wilshire, Burdine's, Rich's, I. Magnin, etc.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009  6:13 am CT
Posted by: Harry

Selfridges is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.
Their website has a history page, noting Selfridges relationship to Marshall Field's as well as the Schlesinger and Meyer store which, after being Selfridges for 90 days in 1906, became the Carson's flagship on State Street.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009  5:23 pm CT
Posted by: One Field's Fan of many

Macy's will release March sales figures tomorrow at 8 am ET.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009  1;26 pm CT
Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. W.

I think we could have guessed this that Nordstrom is outperforming Macy's and Saks. All that unsold Alfani inventory at 80% off still isn't selling!

Mr. and Mrs. W

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009  10:06 am CT
Posted by: Mike M

Here's an historic tid-bit that I had not known until today. Ronald Reagan, for just less than two years, lived on the South Side not far from the University of Chicago. The future president's family came to Chicago because his father had taken a job at-----that's right-----Marshall Field's.

President Reagan, writing in his autobiography, Ronald Reagan: An American Life, stated: "When I was two, we moved to Chicago, where my father had gotten a promising job selling shoes at the Marshall Field's department store...."

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009  7:41 am CT
Posted by: Darrid

4 month's after Christmas and Macy's is still selling Frangos decorated for that holiday for 75% off. Wow! Now that's the Magic of Macy's! I thought this was odd as most holiday food items at other stores go 90% within a week or two after the season to move it out.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009  6:43 pm CT
Posted by: Chicago-based Field's Fan

My family has lived in Chicago for more than 4 generations and feel Fields is as much a part of Chicago as the Water Tower, Navy Pier and the skyscrapers of the skyline. I love Marshall Fields and wish Macy's would go back to New York.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2009  8:24 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

High-end in-demand retailers can come back. Even in a recession. Bigsby & Kruthers makes a comeback in Block 37. Those of use who have been in Chicago for a long time remember the mural on 90/94 that was Bigsby's (after Bigsby went out of business it went to LaSalle and then the red-bank from out of town). I'm sure that Bigsby's return, ironically, has to do with Field's being gone. Anyone who wants men's suits is not going to go to Macy's. They can go to some other department stores or a few specialty ones but overall there isn't that much choice. Bigsby's comeback is great news for Chicago... and proof that retailer brands can be brought back. Even the ones that should never have left!!!!


Date: Monday, April 6, 2009  7:12 pm CT
Posted by: Brian Bettenhausen

I recently went to go see Rent on opening night. Since I thought traffic would be worse than normal. I decided to browse the old Field's store. It was slow, and dirty as usual. They had Clinic girls at every entrance trying to lure shoppers for Clinic Bonus days. I thanked her for reminding me, so I could go to Von Maur and get my free gift with purchase, and kept touring the store. The 7th floor was a ghost town! In fact, Walnut room now has a "punch card" for frequent diners. It was revolting. The 8th floor had 1 sales associate on the whole floor, as did the 9th floor.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2009  5:05 pm CT
Posted by: gle

I checked out "flamingoland" on State Street today. Some of the flowers weren't so bad. They haven't been there long enough to wilt yet. The garrishly overwhelming RED of December holidays has given way to an overwhelmingly PINK feathered look. Overwhelmingly large PINK flamingos are stationed in each corner window on State Street (both Washington and Randolph corners). There are some more inside the first floor that appear to be designed as archways. Other windows contain overly-floral dresses (if you can call them that)in various colors, ad posters, manikins in pastel floral wigs, and a couple of half-way decent live floral displays (they haven't been there long enough to wilt).

The papers were saturated with Messy's ads over the weekend. Strangely, the Saturday "Tribune" print edition also had a short sentence about names being Comisky, Sears and Field's and not Cellular, Willis or Macy's.

I'm glad Field's Fans plan to vote at the Messy's shareholders' meeting May 15. It's about the only way I can stand to look at this stuff.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2009  3:40 am CT
Posted by: In California

I am a former Marshall Fields employee, Water Tower location. My husband and I love Marshall Fields. We have so many great memories of our time living in Chicago. We won't shop Macy's here in California as a result of what they did to Field's.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2009  7:13 am CT
Posted by: Lynn

I've shopped Foley's, Burdine's, Famous, Robinson's, and Hechts. These stores never matched Marshall Field's.

Replacing Marshall Field's with Macy's was much, much more than a name change. It was hard for me to tell these other stores apart. Macy's would love to have the press and the shopper lump all these other stores in with Field's. But Field's was way above the rest.

We need to focus on bring back Marshall Field's. It has a chance.

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009  10:17 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

A lot of friends who at first use to shop Macy's have now stopped. All the left overs from Field's are gone. Now each and every store is truly a Macy's. Macy's no longer has the benefits of Field's. Designers are gone, the store fixtures, lighting, etc. are gone and so are the customers!

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009  3:30 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Another financial analyst has downgraded macy*mart stocks:


How amazing that Triple-Terry continues his arrogant destruction of stock values, equity, goodwill. While analysts have downgraded macy*mart stock to "junk" status, they refuse to blame the culprit. The macy*fication of American department stores is a failure and Terry should be held accountable. Shoppers did not want or need WHATEVER macy*mart is. When will the shareholders realize Terry has presided over a retail debacle which will only be corrected with new management in control? Hopefully the shareholders will see the folly of investing too much power in one person with no system of checks and balances.

Bring in a management team who will give the customers what THEY want--Marshall Field's! Just changing the names won't work; the stores must exceed customers' expectations to undo all the damage Terry has done.

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009  3:12 pm CT
Posted by: drew

I visited the downtown Pittsburgh outpost of macy*mart Saturday afternoon. Although the weather was warm and sunny as many people walked the streets, the store was fairly devoid of customers. When Kaufmann's operated in this location, Saturdays were always busy with people carrying lots of shopping bags.

The first thing I noticed was that the white marble aisles were very dull. Although the floors were clean, it was obvious that macy*mart hadn't waxed them in some time. There were also many scuff marks, especially near the escalators. Numerous tiles were also cracked and chipped. (Guess that Pittsburgh is now getting the same maintenance given to Chicagoland stores.) The carpeting was stained and filthy in many places.

There were sale racks everywhere. Evidently Tommy Hilfiger isn't creating much excitement, as signs marked 25 to 40 percent off had toppers announcing an ADDITIONAL 50 percent off. The men's clothing was nondescript and the selection wasn't extensive.

The FAO Schwarz toy "department" boasted a large display of stuffed animals clearanced at 50 percent off. The four displays were mostly clearance items. Nothing worth a second glance.

The upper floors were eerily deserted. The housewares/china floor had one clerk on duty. The Martha Stewart displays were well stocked with her Kmart-quality wares.

The candy department on 9 was pretty pathetic with only a few trays of candy remaining in the massive glass counters. The gourmet food is all gone. There were no Frangos in the ninth floor candy department or on the Arcade level.

The downtown macy*mart has received some "localization" in the addition of Betsy Ann Chocolates. These candies ARE made in Pittsburgh and are very popular. There is a large assortment of Betsy Ann Chocolates on the Forbes Avenue side of the Arcade level.

The large display windows feature models dressed in bright spring clothing, and the window under the famous "Kaufmann's clock" show children's clothing for Easter. Nothing special. Nothing unique.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009  2:52 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All


All the stores that red star has killed, in their own way, had great attributes and special memories for their own admirers however---

NONE of those other stores were the equal of Marshall Fields -- They were middle market stores even Burdines which I enjoyed very much and Rich's

They did not have the incredible top shelf and high end brands available at Field's.

The fact that Fields had a great middle market assortment intermixed with the best available helped make an experience that was Not equaled by anyone else. All of this was added to all the other shops -- like an art gallery and watch repair and silver care etc. and all the incredible multiple dining options--- and the in-store boutiques like Pink, Louis Vuiton, etc.

There was no other store like it !!!!!!


Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009  6:00 am CT
Posted by: Susan

Ye gods. No one mentioned this yet as far as I know. If these two web sites are to be believed, the Clorox wipes are not even SOLD at Macy's- you must be content with obtaining samples within. They are not even going to obtain profits from selling product!!!! (Not worth actually stocking?? But OK for the Venerable Windows?) Obviously they are making more money doing the advertising for Clorox in a way Walmart, Target and Safeway never could. Who got the short end of the stick on this one?! Duh!

It was apparently not a custom design specifically for Macy's which I had thought was the (peculiar) case. Here are a couple of URLs- just google Clorox Wipe Macy's for more. This one shows one tacky window full of colorful Clorox wipe-inspired kitcheny spring cheer:



And Macy's NY got a whole Jumbotron and Chicago a lousy banner or two..... shudder.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009  5:40 am CT
Posted by: Susan

Let's face it. The mere suggestion of pink flamingos at best screams "CHEESY" and triggers snickers at least among those of us who think we are sophisticated. This is the antithesis of the meaning of Field's on State. And yes, ceremoniously raising the flag of wipes, Clorox or otherwise, custom decorated canister or not, does nothing to set the ship of State back on course. This is gut-wrenching. It would be terribly funny if they were not so serious about parading pettiness in a glorious venue. They possess one of the most excellent and commercially transcendent settings the planet has ever seen and see it not. Marvelous!

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009  12:34 pm CT
Posted by: Gail

Overheard at a San Diego mall: "I can't believe my mother bought me something at Macy's. I thought she disliked that store as much as I do. Coast-to-coast crap, that's what Macy's is all about. ... I'm taking it back."

Date: Friday, April 3, 2009  8:23 am CT
Posted by: Rose

I saw the Clorox wipes ads on the side of the State Street flagship and even the wipes canisters themselves.

This sends a bigger message than simply Macy's lacks the sublime sense of taste of Marshall Field's. It says that Macy's is very desperate for cash.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009  10:14 pm CT
Posted by: DW

Based on papers dated April 1, 2009 and filed by Macy's at ftc.gov, the 2009 Stockholders meeting will be held Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:00 am, EDT, at Macy's Cincinnati headquarters.

Holders of record on Friday, March 20, 2009 are elligible to vote their sharaes of common stock.

Ballots and related materials will be mailed beginning Monday, April 13, 2009.

For complete and official details, consult Macy's, Inc.'s official investor relations pages at http://www.macysinc.com

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009  4:23 pm CT
Posted by: Nina G

PINK FLAMINGOES??? Don't tell me that the Messy's powers-that-be are so clueless that they don't know that this is the title of one of the most notorious "cult movies" in history - and the characters in that film are definitely NOT what any respectable department store wants as its customers!!!

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009  2:13 pm CT
Posted by: Jenny

I'm scared that the conversion to Macy's will the first half of the biggest change in American retail history in my lifetime (I'm a generation X-er who grew up in IA, IL, NE, and MO). The second, God forbid, will be the permanent closing of the store.

When I heard about this, I literally couldn't believe it. Field's to me symbolized more than anything being full of joy, loved and, yes, safe with family during special times (especially Christmas) in the traditional American cultural calendar, as well as everything that was good and grand and beautiful (not pathetic and disposable and forgettable) about our cultural-material history. Indeed, it was almost like hearing that a beloved (and magically timeless) family member was going to pass away.

The times they are a-changin', and it literally breaks my heart. If this movement could succeed in turning Field's back into a successful Field's, it would resore my faith in humanity.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009  7:56 am CT
Posted by: gle

"Seeking Alpha" adds to announcements of Messy's downgrading:

"Macy's Watch: Welcome to Junk Status" April 2, 2009

An interesting statement the article makes is, "Brave investors everywhere disagree with Moody's assessment, and are lapping up every share of M stock they can get their greedy little hands on."

There is a comment blog. Some of our Field's Fans already have a logon from previous posts.

AND in the "Sun-Times:"

"Macy's got 2008 compensation of $14.82 million" April 2, 2009 by Associated Press


"Moody's cuts Macy's debt rating to junk status, cites economy and deteriorating credit metrics" April 2, 2009 by Associated Press

The "Sun-Times" has a comment blog with very simple, free registration. Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 (It only takes 30 seconds to leave a message on the phone.)

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  10:48 pm CT
Posted by: JamesfromCA

When I read the post from JC about plastic flamingos I thought it was an April Fool's joke! Pink Flamingos? The big shots really do hate you in Chicago! That's just cruel. It sounds more like A Trailer Trash Easter Bunny Egg Hunt. The theme for Union Square sounds nice, Old Prague, Bohemia and Faberge eggs. Since "he" is so concerned about everything being the same why not use the "Prague Idea" for all the flagships? It's the most solid idea. Why reinvent the wheel? The other concepts are weak if not downright insulting.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  9:59 pm CT
Posted by: John E

Macy's is bound to fail. It didn't listen to its customers, what did they expect! The huge loss is the first step. Soon more store closures and hopefully the sale of 111 N State Street to an investor who brings back Field's.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  4:15 pm CT
Posted by: gle

And I hope Messy's waters the plants this year at the flower show.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  4:05 pm CT
Posted by: Cassie

I've been looking for bridal shoes and was reluctant to buy them online because I like to try on shoes. Since I work in the Loop, I thought I'd go into Macy's, try on some shoes, and write down the name of the shoes I liked and then go order them online, since I make it a rule to never actually BUY anything at Macy's. In fact, I haven't been to the store, except to walk through in the winter to stay warm, since it was no longer my beloved Field's.

Well, what a complete and utter SHOCK it was to actually go upstairs to the shoe department. First of all, I almost didn't make it at all, because the elevator stopped between floors and didn't move for a good two minutes. I was all alone in there and on the verge of panic, but finally it started up with a jolt and took me to the floor with the shoes. (I made it a point to not go down in that elevator.) My second shock was the paucity of nice shoes; everything is down about three grades since Field's. I couldn't find one pair that looked good to me. Since I was up there, I walked around the whole floor, and the general "shlockiness" was quite striking. The merchandise was cheaper, the displays were done haphazardly, the store looked like it was not really clean and in tip top shape. The whole thing was quite depressing.

By the way, I found great shoes at -- where else?--Nordstrom!

So why are they paying Terry Lundgren so much money????

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  4:01 pm CT
Posted by: gle

I spotted two hideous pink flamingos in progress at the State Street store today. They didn't have heads yet.

Many of the windows still have "pardon our appearance" signs. I think they should make that permanent and also post them throughout the store.

And some may wonder why Macy's can't maintain its goodwill.

I really miss Field's. It was a store Chicago could be proud of.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  3:00 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Moody's downgrades Macy's to Junk Status.

Here's a Marketwatch item with comments already being posted: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/moodys-downgrades-macys-retail-credit/story.aspx?guid=%7B8D0E8F4E-2806-4FFE-899A-B9AD54390E04%7D&dist=msr_3#comments

Even if you don't have time to write at Marketwatch, at least rate the posts.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  8:48 am CT
Posted by: J.C.

I supposed Macy's thinks this is giving the lady what she wants: plastic flamingos in the fountain in the Walnut Room!

From Macy's "Business Wire" pages:

"...more than 125 plastic lawn flamingos will adorn the (State Street) store. With eight hand-crafted metal flamingos hung from pillars down the main aisle, and an entire flock of the trendy-kitsch flamingo lawn ornaments positioned in the Walnut Room's fountain, visitors to the store are transported into an urban fantasy."
"Urban fantasy"????? It sounds like an Urban Nightmare gone worse: Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" meets "The Magic of Macy's"--you know, the one where the magic is the disappearing customers. In fact, Martha Stewart gear is featured in some of the displays. Well, at least the plastic flamingos won't "make "Messy's" on former Field's customers--Macy's already did that on September 9, 2006.

Read about the other "Messy's" flamingos in NYC, Philly, San Fran and Minneapolis at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=84477&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1272179&highlight=

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  12:42 am CT
Posted by: David P.


Your post regarding Burdines and Marshall Field's is beautifully written and accurate. Yet it is all still far too painful to digest.

I see more macy's bags on the streets of downtown than I'd care to and hear far too many well-meaning folks say: "The return of Marshall Field's will never happen at this point in time; macy's is too big." I hope that's not true. And, I draw on faith and a belief in second chances that things will get better.

No thinking person doubts that Chicago lost an enormous piece of its history, its soul, when Marshall Field's was retired and replaced by this enterloper (sp?). I just want to thank you and others like you for the courage, faith and commitment you have for this cause. It TRULY is for the public good.


Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009  12:03 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's takes $5.4 Billion Charge

I'm sure there will be many stories on this; be sure to sign in, leave comments afterwards, and be sure to mention http://www.fieldsfanschicago.org and other sites like it so people are aware that Macy's still is not giving the customers what they want: Marshall Field's.

Chicago Tribune:

MarketWatch has three articles.




Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009  11:29 pm CT
Posted by: Michael Trenteseau

M***'s wants guarantees before they spend money on the Burdine's flagship in Miami... hmm... sounds like Atlanta a few years ago...

Before Rich's became Rich's-M***'s, there were only two M***'s stores that weren't in the same location as a Rich's. Northlake Mall, a tired little store in an iffy neighborhood, and the downtown store that was built in the 1920s by M*'s as Davison-Paxon. The main floor of the building was designed to invoke Herald Square, with an elegant mezzanine and enormous crystal chandeliers.

Everyone was expecting a press release announcing that all the Rich's stores would become M***'s, and all the M***'s stores would close except for downtown. But that morning, M***'s was having a meeting with city officials pushing for tax incentives to keep the downtown store open. When they didn't get them, they released an announcement that kept Northlake but closed the downtown store.

Years later, it's stil empty.

On a related note, I saw M***'s mentioned in an article about the Retail Collection, a group of high-end shops in the basement of the Plaza Hotel. No big names signed on, so it's filled with very obscure, very esoteric brands, like Vertu ($10,000 cell phones) and MCM (remember Michael Cromer from the 80's?). They can't put signage on the outside, and El-ad, the owners of the building, won't promote the retailers or give them a break on their ridiculously high rents. So, what do they do?

"Last week, El-ad fired p.r. agency Trachtenberg & Co., having pooh-poohed ideas that included hiring stylists to create magazine spreads for shop items. Elad recently replaced General Manager Anthony Nicola with John Gregory, a M***'s veteran with a marketing background."

What is a M***'s marketing person going to do? Tell people they're stupid for not wanting to shop there? Tell them they're stupid for not being able to find the place? Set up a Donald Trump boutique? (Well, he did used to own the building...)

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009  9:57 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

In recent days, I've been reading about Miami's Burdine's and how there are those who wish for its return. Even some retail experts making a case.

Through the past three or so years that FieldsFansChicago.org has existed, I've read about how conversions of stores from Lazarus to Rich's to Foley's to Hecht's and many others to Macy's have met with negativity by customers who are loyal to the previous stores.

At the same time, it's absolutely necessary to point out that none of these stores converted to Macy's were the equal of Marshall Field's. None of them.

Sure, all of these other stores compared with Field's in a certain aspect or another, and, most of all, they all reflected a name unique to and closely identified with the community in which they were based. But none can compare with Marshall Field's on every point that Field's can.

And please, we're fighting for much more than just slapping Marshall Field's signs on some Macy's stores and reintroducing forest green shopping bags.

Did Burdines or Foley's or Hechts or Jordan Marsh or Filene's and the like raise their respective cities to international status the way Field's raised Chicago to international status? In 2005, were these other stores even close to being the number three destination in their city the way Marshall Field's was? Were these other retailers local brands that were also known WIDELY as international brands? Unlike these other stores and their respective cities, Chicago would be a very different city if were not for Marshall Field's; moreover, American and, yes, international retailing would be very different if it weren't for Marshall Field's.

I say all this because I keep hearing from reporters, critics, Macy's execs and the like who are not from Chicago who say, "When will Chicago get over this Field's stuff? Miami is pretty much over Burdines...St Louis is over Famous-Barr...and so on. Sure there are those who are sentimental but these other cities have moved on."

Then I hear from people who had these other stores which were converted to Macy's but also came to Chicago for Marshall Field's. I've encountered countless numbers who indeed are anything from sentimental for their local stores that are gone to "not over" the loss of their local favorite. But I also hear, "It's bad enough my local store is gone, but ...MARSHALL FIELD'S????? Field's was a whole reason for going to Chicago!"

The members of my family have shopped at--and even worked at--Montgomery Ward, Carson Pirie Scott, Famous-Barr and especially what is today's Sears and even the old R.H. Macy's. Myself, as well as my family, have never been connected with Marshall Field's or its employees except as customers.

It wouldn't be surprising if Carson's or Sears doesn't even exist in five or ten years. Myself and my family will be sad and sentimental if and when that happens. It will be like a funeral perhaps, but we won't be out there leafleting or picketing or attending meetings working to bring it back. It's Marshall Field's that we fight for because, unlike even the stores we worked for, Marshall Field's still means something much, much more. It was the tops and we all aspired for that. What greater value can there be in a retail institution?

I don't wish to diminish the fondness people feel for the local department stores callously swept away by Macy's, but please don't imply that Field's was equalled by these others or that this all a form of arrested nostalgia. It's not.

There was no other store like Marshall Field's on State Street.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009  8:18 pm CT
Posted by: Mike M

That was a great article about the former Burdine's in Miami. It looks like it was once a terrific store. Macy's, if you are contemplating a rebranding, please don't call it "Macy's at Burdines." If you are going do anything, the store at that location should simply be called "Burdine's." Shoppers would return in throngs.

Good luck with your cause, Floridians! Bring back Burdine's to downtown Miami!

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009  4:27 pm CT
Posted by: drew

I was speaking with a computer technician who serves numerous businesses in western PA. We were discussing the economic downtown and the loss of many local companies. He said, "The biggest complaint I always hear is about macy*s. People just HATE that store. They say that the merchandise isn't appealing and the prices are outrageous. They think people are supposed to be THRILLED with macy*s but their stores are always empty."

He mentioned his teenagers say "macy*s sells stuff that NOBODY around here would wear." Guess that Mr Lunkhead's "re-education" efforts haven't been very successful with either younger or mature shoppers.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009  11:07 am CT
Posted by: Michael R.

I just read the article on the huge stock bonus plan that the execs at Macy's are rewarding themselves. The stockholders should be furious.

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009  9:53 am CT
Posted by: Jack O.

I think what you are doing is fantastic. I wish there was more of a backlash against Macy's here in Columbus, Ohio for ditching Lazarus.

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009  8:55 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

This is so random but does anyone remember "Super Sundays" at Marshall Field's? They were this once a month sale that helped Field's get rid of it's inventory and let customers get some great deals. Carson's tried to one up them with "Super Duper Sundays."

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009  6:23 pm CT
Posted by: Bob

I've seen more Macy's commercials tonight than one person should have to endure. "My Macy's?" For taking "my Marshall Field's" away, there will never be a Macy's for me. It sure would be nice if Field's would be resurrected.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2009  5:36 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

Hi folks,

This morning on the radio I heard an ad for Kohl's. I was driving and zoned out in traffic, so I wasn't really listening at first until it caught my attention. The gist of the ad was that the announcer was a guy that was usually hired to quickly state all the exclusions in "other store's" sales, but he had nothing to say because Kohl's didn't have any exclusions. I got the very strong impression that they were alluding to one particular store we are all too familiar with.

Even other merchants can't resist taking (well-deserved) cheap shots at Macy's, and the funniest thing is that no matter how vaguely they state it, everybody recognizes Macy's as the intended target.

A little while later, the same radio station played a commercial that was disjointed, and rambled aimlessly about certain beauty products. Many years ago I had a gig writing radio ad copy, so it really jumped out at me that this was poorly written...it was all over the map, and was mentioning a variety of brand names without saying who was sponsoring the ad. I thought, "hey, this is the kind of unfocused prattle that Macy's would write." I laughed out loud when the commercial finally ground to a halt with the words "this is the magic of Macy's."

Retail Darwinism at its best....

Date: Friday, March 27, 2009  6:25 am CT
Posted by: Garland P

Macy's is mulling what to do with its former Burdines store in downtown Miami.


Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009  11:53 am CT
Posted by: Brad L

In todays Miami Herald Macy's is complaining that the downtown store here in Miami is not doing well. They have been threating to close the store for years since the change from Burdines. All of the posters that wrote into the story had one thing in common they were all requesting for the Burdines to be restored to the store. Just like you all in Chicago we here in Miami miss our Burdines "The Florida Store" Keep up the good work make sure that they restore Marshall Fields.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009  8:10 am CT
Posted by: gle

I did manage to find a copy of our Michael Moran's famous photo in the "Tribune" "Voice of the People" before they sold out, and added it to the Field's "wall-of-honor" growing in my cubicle at work. This ceated an excuse to make copies for co-workers and friends. Their responses indicate overwhelmingly that demand for the return of Marshall Field's is still growing.

I also checked out Clorox displays at the State Street Store. I don't know whether to consider it sad or amusing that a slogan about cleaning up messes is on a building that is increasingly weather-stained and now has chips broken off the stone and more graffiti on the Washington side.

Keep up the good work, Field's Fans. Chicago values its traditional names, quality and service.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009  11:30 am CT
Posted by: Eric Bronsky

Seeing the letters from Michael Moran and Gloria Evenson published in today's Trib really brightened my day. Way to go, Field's Fans!!!

Hey, friends, don't berate "The Magic of Macy's!" This slogan is sooo appropriate because it truly exemplifies the company. After all, magic is about creating illusions, and Lundgren, Hoguet and their cabal are masters at their craft. Time and time again, they have demonstrated their formidable skills at taking negative numbers and making them look positive. And, with a mere wave of their magic wand, they excel at making things disappear. Marshall Field's? POOF! Burdine's? ZAP! Hecht's? BOING! Kaufmann's? KAPOW!

Unfortunately Lundgren is no David Copperfield; beyond his sleight-of-hand, he has not even tried to master the skill of making vanished things reappear. If this trickster doesn't get his act together, the shareowners ought to put him in a box and saw him in half.

-- Eric

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009  11:04 am CT
Posted by: Tanya

I am really passionate about Chicago and I believe by taking Marshall Field's away they took away our traditions. Macy's is just a classless store, unlike Field's.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009  10:39 am CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler

While I agree that this Clorox promo/ billboard thing is disgusting, I must add something to this discussion: Back in the day, Field's did sell products such as toilet paper. They had a house brand called 222 which sold various household items, all of the best quality and every Spring offered in bulk at a good savings. My parents would always stock up. I'm not sure when these things were discontinued, but under Target you could still buy Field's Guardsman silver polish, which was a wonderful product without peer.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009  8:01 am CT
Posted by: gle

Here's another important pro-Field's letter from the "Tribune" on-line "Voice of the People:"

"No new names"

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009  7:01 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

I was tipped off that today's Tribune might, after all these months, actually print one of the many letters they still receive from the vast majority that still wants the return of Marshall Field's in quality and service as well as name.

After eagerly awaiting the delivery of this morning's Tribune, I was thrilled to find that there was not one but TWO letters in the "Voice of the People" section.

One, by Gloria Evenson, appears in the on-line edition on two different pages with two different headlines:

"Still 'Sears' and 'Field's' to us"

"Chicago Names"

And then there is another letter by a certain Michael Moran.

No New Names

The print edition of the Tribune also features a dapper-looking photo of Mr. Moran alongside the letter. If the Tribune ever, someday, prints one of my letters about Field's, I will certainly accompany it with Mike's photo instead since he is much better looking. Doing so will improve my dating prospects as well as the effectiveness of my letter's messsage. (Why no photo of the elegant Ms. Evenson?)

In recent days, the Tribune has not included Topix forums to go along with each letter to the editor. As such, it is ever so more necessary for you to write your own letter to the editor responding to these two letters. Please do so at once by emailing ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com Remember to keep a copy of your letter for yourself. Writing a response will help bring back Field's, even if your letter does not appear. Your letter will help demonstrate that interest in the return of Marshall Field's has not subsided and is still a cause that very much needs to be covered in the Tribune.

In respect and admiration to all you (particularly Gloria and Mike) do to help bring back Marshall Field's.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  7:48 pm CT
Posted by: Just One Field's Fan

The intensely loud laughter caused by the hilarity and absudrity of Clorox Wipes and Macy's pairing up makes it hard to take either seriously enough to even warrant an email reply to either party. Clearly, if they are stupid enough to put stock in this sort of synergy, Macy's and Clorox suffers from too much corporate arrogance and ignorance to listen to customers.

Does Terry Lundgren even pay attention to the way the American people are coming to resent corporate America? AIG, Merill Lynch, .... Macy's isn't too far behind in what is either ambivalence or contempt for those they will ask to bail them out someday, sooner or later.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  6:34 pm CT
Posted by: S.B

Perhaps we should comment to Clorox about how partnering with Macy's wasn't a good choice. If enough of us email they'll hear us. Also, let's note that it was Clorox Wipes in floral boxes... not Bleach as some have stated.


Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  1:58 pm CT
Posted by: C. C. Chicago

I was downtown on Sunday and since I didn't understand about the Clorox promotion, I had to go over to Marshall Field's and see it for myself. The Randolph St. side doesn't look so bad visually, (not too blatant) but the Washington St. side has two large Clorox signs (much like a bill board,) on the windows.

A woman came up to me, looked at the windows and asked me "Do you know where Macy's is?" I said, "This is it, right here, it's Marshall Field's." Apparently, we aren't the only ones who can't make the connection between Clorox and a major department store.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  12:12 pm CT
Posted by: Roger Stanley

I worked for years at the beautiful Marshall Field's Dallas Galleria location so I saved alot of memorablia with the Field's logo on it. I have several of the canvas tote bags which I use when I go shopping. I was recently in NorthPark center near Neiman Marcus when an elegantly dressed couple came up to me and said, "I love your shopping bag! Thanks for the wonderful memories of Marshall Field's. That was one of the greatest stores ever! It's so sad what Macy's has destroyed." I thanked them as well. Just thought I'd share that with you folks. Keep up the excellent work. It WILL bring back Marshall Field's!

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  11:41 am CT
Posted by: JamesfromCa

When I read about the product tie in with Clorox bleach I laughed out loud. It reminded me of that episode of The Sopranos when the local gov. was going to create The Museum of Science and Trucking in Newark. I am picturing this long table in a conference room and this spineless sycophant gives this pitch "We're going to do a product placement with Clorox bleach!" and the looks on everyone's faces UNTIL... The Mighty One agrees and then everyone is applauding, "brilliant where did you get such a great idea!!". Why not a tie in with Clinique and Raid or Frangos and Lysol? There ya go! Perhaps I shouldn't give them any ideas. Clorox is something a custodian uses IN a department store. A department store DOESN'T SELL IT.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009  7:38 am CT
Posted by: Rich W

I can already see the evolution of the Clorox wipes/M store collaboration: M store teams with Charmin on an exclusive bulk 24-roll package of red star printed toilet paper. Costco and Sam's Club would never be able to compete with the M store on this initiative!

Date: Monday, March 23, 2009  7:01 pm CT
Posted by: Mike in PA

As I passed by the former Flagship Kaufmann's Dept store turned Macys in downtown Pittsburgh, I was taken back by the empty corner display window. I thought maybe it was undergoing a window change, boy was I wrong. I wanted to see what was happing so I crossed the street and to my amazement the usually colorful and animated window was painted all white and there were 3 or 4 little white stands holding green compacts and or lipsticks and a banner hanging on the wall for a clinique promotion. HOW EXCITING !!! Macys come on now,use a little more imagination. What a shame . I know budgets are tight but you have to spend a little to gain.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2009  8:29 am CT
Posted by: Mike M

Good bye, Macy's. It is only a matter of time.

You will be out of that great building on State Street. And on your way out, please leave behind the Clorox wipes so that we can disinfect the building.

After all, when a new owner brings back Marshall Field's, he will not want the stench of Macy's lingering under the Tiffany dome!

Date: Monday, March 23, 2009  8:19 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels


I thought you were kidding. But Macy's is featuring disinfectant wipes in store windows and displays..not to mention mini-billboards on the State Street building.

Macy's just lost its last thread of dignity.

Gee, I think I will go buy a suit at the store that sells wipes. Wow, I need some living room furniture and some wipes.

Macy's pretended it was Field's. What a joke.

Macy's tried to postion themselves as a fashion leader. Now I know you're laughing!

Macy's tried to promote "everyday values." HA!

You were right, dear bloggers, Macy's IS trying to be WalMart.

But what do you expect from those wacky - and obviously insane - folks at Macy's? This is what happens when you fire all the marketing and creative people. Is this another fine example of the "successful"(their word, not mine) My Macy's program? I guess that the analysts determined Chicago shoppers wanted disinfectant with their designer jeans and Martha Stewart, overpriced housewares.

I can see it now: Charter Club toliet tissue and Alfarni dog food. Anyone want some Style&Company furniture polish or Jessica Simpson dish soap?

Did Field's sell houseware items like silver polish and furniture wax? Yes. Did they ever build a spring promotion around them? NO.

We need Field's back...and we need it now!

Date: Monday, March 23, 2009  7:24 am CT
Posted by: gle

A letter to the editor appears in Sunday's online "Tribune" [and this past Saturday's print Tribune] that claims:

"Don't compare the name change of Marshall Field's to Macy's to that of Sears Tower to Willis Tower; Macy's actually bought a failed Field's, but Willis is only leasing space in Sears Tower."

"Changing Names" March 22, 2009 (on-line) & March 21, 2009 (print edition)

There doesn't seem to be a comment blog. As such, it's even more important that letters be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009  9:05 pm CT
Posted by: W & W

Interesting article in the New York Times Magazine section. Certainly is a nice plug for Chicago with mention of Marshall Field's now Macy's(hum they put Field's before Macy's; wonder why!). Seems New Yorkers knew that Field's was the stylish symbol of Chicago. Let's bring the luster of Field's back to us.

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009  11:04 am CT
Posted by: Jim

On page 86 of today's New York Times special Travel Style section, they have a story about Chicago.
Chicago has always been a shopping town, with all the blue-chip flagships -- Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry -- on the luxury thoroughfare known as the Magnificent Mile, along with world-class department stores like Marshall Field's (now Macy's), where, in the pre-jet age, women could buy line-for-line copies of French couture.
I can picture my New Yorker friends rolling their eyes when they read the "(now Macy's)". Even smart New Yorkers know Macy's was no match for Field's, even circa 2003.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009  3:04 pm CT
Posted by: Karen

I hate to be catty but my first reaction upon hearing about the Clorox wipes was, "Oh, they will probably let some janitorial staff go and ask the customers to help clean up the store as a cost cutting measure.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009  1:12 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

I think I could be open to a high-quality/high value household product being promoted at Marshall Field's; I haven't "experienced" these new Clorox wipes so I can't comment. But underneath all the complaints about this latest "synergy" between Macy's and Clorox is that Macy's is offering customers decorative Clorox wipes which is about #23,089 on our customer wish list with a return of Marshall Field's in quality and service, as well as name, being #1. In short, Macy's bumbling ways are trivializing what the customers really want.

At least the wipes aren't "Frango-scented" like that bath gel that Terry Lundgren himself introduced to the Chicago media back in fall 2006. Then again, maybe I shouldn't encourage them by posting that. ;-)

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009  10:12 am CT
Posted by: John Allseits

Keep up the good work, folks! One thing my family does, is to remind those receiving our "Holiday Letter" in our Christmas cards, to continue the boycott of Macy's... The first year we did this, I even stated that; "This household does not accept gifts purchased at Macy's..." (Haven't had to return one yet...!)

Slightly off-topic, does anyone know the whereabouts of the huge mounted bear, which formerly graced the sporting goods department at the Field's Mens Annex...? My grandfather always told us he knew the man who shot it... J. Allseits

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009  12:04 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

Hi folks,

It's with great sadness I write this post. I've been a comrade in arms with you from the beginning, and attended most of the protests. I cut up my Macy's card in front of television cameras, and swore I'd never set foot in one of the evil M stores.

But now...ohmygod...now...they CARRY CLOROX WIPES! IN DECORATIVE CANISTERS, NO LESS! I just can't hold out any longer. I'm so sorry, but last time I was at Nordstrom's and Von Maur, they didn't sell these. Oh sure, you say, if I was really a loyal Field's fan, I'd buy my Clorox wipes at Walmart...BUT THEY AREN'T DECORATIVE! Surely you understand a woman can only take so much. I resisted the shoe sales, and the special one day sales that run 360 days out of the year, and the 75% off markdowns of odd pseudo-designers, but you really can't expect me to resist the DECORATIVE CLOROX CANISTERS, can you?

I'm gonna go drink some Kool-Aid now....

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009  10:12 am CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Tribune" announces Macy's newest attempts:

"Consumers'anxiety isn't getting worse, research firms say

Macy's new ad campaign: Decorative canisters of Clorox wipes" March 20, 2009 by Sandra M. Jones

Messy's obviously needs more than Clorox.

Please send letters to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and smjones@tribune.com

As usual, there is a free comment blog.

It was a joy to hear the thanks when people grabbed our leaflets on State Street during the St. Patrick celebrations last Saturday. Chicago still looks forward to shopping at Marshall Field's again. Field's never needed Clorox!

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009  8:34 am CT
Posted by: Laura

Noting the Carson's Good Will sale, I'd like to point out that Lord and Taylor is also having a great coupon sale. Look for a 20% off coupon in the newspapers or in your email account. L & T still evokes a certain spirit of Field's and deserves our dollars.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009  9:37 am CT
Posted by: Mike M

I had to drive out to Hinsdale Hospital yesterday. Waiting on the sidewalk at the hospital's front entrance was a young woman, unknown to me, who was holding her belongings in a sturdy green Marshall Field's shopping bag.

Seeing these bags around tells me that people are NOT letting go of Marshall Field's. Thank you to this young woman for brightening my day....nd for reinforcing to me that I should carry my own stuff in one of my own Marshall Field's bags.

From now own, I am going to fold one up a Marshall Field's bag, put it in my coat, and use it as an 'outer bag' for any bags I accumulate while shopping at other places. People do notice. I sure did!

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009  10:06 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

The Goodwill Sale at Carson's IS amazing! I went there and got two 20% discounts for almost anything. I bought two colognes and it was great. The woman asked me if I'd like to open a credit card and I usually don't... but I thought of it as a vote against Macy's so I said "sure" and got an additional 20% off.

Go to Carson's before this sale ends on 3/24 --- vote against Macy's and for Fields!!!

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009  3:36 pm CT
Posted by: Domika T

I am doing a report on grapevine buisness and I choose to do minds on Marshall Fields. I need to know from any former employees how they fouund out about the change, what did the company suggest they do, what was the sole reason behind the closing of Marshall Fields. Any body else who has information that would be useful for my report please report.

Thank You!

P.S. I support you all. I only visited Marshell Fields once but I always wanted to go to the store when i got older and experience there makeup department. I learned alot of things I didn't know about Marshall Fields. I see why people would want it to return. Oh! I never been in Macy's and don't plan on going.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009  12:37 pm CT
Posted by: Jeff S

I thought some loyal fans might be interested in an online curiosity I've discovered. It's sort of a time portal that will let you see the outside of Marshall Field's suburban stores before and during the sad degeneration into Macy's. Go to Maps.Live.com and use the Bird's Eye view on any of the Chicagoland malls that used to be home to Marshall Field's. Of particular interst are these two: Orland Square was being desecrated while the photo was taken, and River Oaks was soon to be vandalized as well. You can see the hated red star and logo lying on the roof ready to be installed.

If we all persist in boycotting Maycy's and spreading the word, some day the same picture at River Oaks might be take AFTER Marshall Field's name has been raised once more and Macy's removed!

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009  6:57 pm CT
Posted by: denise r

watching 'NCIS' tonite (3/17), how weird! the 'director' goes away on a trip to Chicago and when he gets back home, his kids are jumping all over him and asking 'did you bring them? did you bring them?' and what did it happen to be? FRANGO's! yep, he says, "ok, here's your Frango's". and then a few minutes later the guys wife says: 'Thanx for the mints'. how...weird it was. ??? (did not look like a re-run to me but I can't know for sure. either way....)

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009  3:02 pm CT
Posted by: B

I laugh at the recent "news story" about the red star "giving the Lady what she wants"

What an insult --- a Joke!

the red star store gives us what THEY want and if we dont like it they say "TUFF!"

keep up the boycott

Thanks all


Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009  1:41 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels


Every day values?

Have you seen the new Macy's ad campaign on TV? Somehow the store with overpriced merchandise is now transformed into the store with "Every Day Values." Ok kids, where did they steal this idea? Yes, you got it...JC Penney. Once again those wacky folks at Macy's prove my point: NOT AN ORIGINAL IDEA IN THEIR HEADS!

Take a look at the product and price points featured in the ads. Yep, you still can find the merchandise priced less at many other stores.

Oh, how I miss my Field's. Remember the huge flowering Field's events on State Street. Glorious! Remember the "dumbed down" Macy's version in Chicago and Minneapolis? You think they will try it again?

Date: Monday, March 16, 2009  6:09 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

A whole other context with which to consider the success of our collective efforts behind bringing back Field's is how often I (and others) hear from those inspired by our efforts enough to take on other causes. Some who have stand up to "Keep it Wrigley" or consier it "Always the Sears Tower" or fight for "Grant Park--Always Free and Clear" take great inspiration from what you write here and elsewhere, the buttons and bumper stickers you display, and the "word of mouth" you pass along. Don't think you aren't making a difference. You are--in ways that aren't always directly obvious.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009  6:04 pm CT
Posted by: H.B.

I hate Macy's! So does my sister! I can't wait for our buttons to arrive!

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009  11:48 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

Dear Field's Fans...

Please take a moment to express your disappointment with Macy's on two important site.

Investor Community - http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/mb/M

Tourist/Local Community - http://www.yelp.com/biz/macys-chicago-2

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009  8:34 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

This isn't so much related to Field's but I thought I'd share because people are following our lead to work to keep or restore something that's important to Chicago history/uniqueness.


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009  8:32 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Macy's is promoting that vivid color is back in with store windows in NYC and Chicago touting a rainbow of fashions. Fair enough. But does this mean employees can also start wering color instead of the dicated black? Macy's, color is in fashion!

And Marshall Field's green is ALWAYS a classic here in Chicago!

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009  7:12 pm CT
Posted by: Field's Fans

Thanks to all who helped make today's St Patrick's Parade events a huge success, especially "gle" who made it all possible.

Our new leaflets were eagerly received by Chicago, including by more than a few who were reluctantly carrying Macy's bags who often approached us for leaflets.

Hundreds of our new leaflets were distributed in the few hours we were out there (12:45 to 2:30 and 3:15 to 4:00 pm). The new leaflets incorporate highlights from our last newsletter on why Field's return is so especially important in our troubled economy.

Of special note was our first live, on-the-spot reporting from one of our activities via Twitter. Check us out under "FieldsFansChgo" on Twitter.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009  4:43 pm CT
Posted by: Robert

I just wanted to say thank you, and keep up the great work on bringing back Marshall Fields! I used to make Marshall Fields on State Street my first stop when visiting Chicago. Now I feel I have no reason to visit Chicago for a shopping trip. I read your blog weekly, Jim, Zelda and Jimmy's posts always give me hope. I hope you had a great response at the ST. Patricks day parade!! Just remember you are doing this for 1000's of other not living in Chicago longing for a reason to return to State street. I know hundreds of stores were converted to M***'s but I feel if Marshall Fields were brought back in service, style and quality to 111 N. State the victory will have been won!!

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009  3:41 pm CT
Posted by: penlaj

Regarding Thursday's story by Sandra Guy in the Sun-Times where she makes a reference to Macys trying to "give the lady what she wants"!!!!!!!!!!!! Where do they get off even slightly referring to that saying! I am soooo upset!!!!!

It's a big help if you offer a response to Ms. Guy and the Sun_Times.

Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 (It only takes 30 seconds to leave a message on the phone.) Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all...Irish or not...

Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off another year of events celebrating ethnic, cultural, civic and historic pride. Join us today, Saturday, March 14, on State Street from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm as we distribute leaflets in front of the Marshall Field's Building, under the Great Clock at State and Washington. If you like, you can just show up; however, it is recommended that you advance email us at info@fieldsfanschicago.org by 9:00 am this morning. That way we can expect you, have enough leaflets, and make you aware of any last minute changes.

This morning, prior to our leafleting session, "gle" and friends will be working the parade route on Columbus Drive, passing out leaflets and buttons.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2009  10:19 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Goldman Sachs has removed Macy's from its "Conviction Buy" list today. G-S just added it to the list earlier this week.

More details at http://www.forbes.com/feeds/afx/2009/03/13/afx6165544.html

Date: Friday, March 13, 2009  4:11 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

Dear Fellow Field's Fans:

I saw a lovely sight as I passed through the State Street M store today. Sitting at the fountain was a lovely lady with a large Marshall Field's shopping bag. It just made me smile. Hours later, I am still smiling. It was the perfect protest.

Some people are swearing they will never call the Sears Tower by any other name, and I am with them all the way. However, I don't feel that way about 111 N. State Street. After what Macy's has done to that store, I really can't call it Field's at present. But there's still enough grandeur in the architecture to stir up some memories of when Field's was there.

Little by little, they are whittling away at our town. Eric Zorn thinks we're whacky to still care. But I think if you don't care, you have no soul.

Your friend in Field's,


Date: Friday, March 13, 2009  6:18 am CT
Posted by: Fields Time

The warmth,wonder and comfort of Marshall Field's department store on State Street and around the mid-west is something everyone is longing for. Why can't they just put it back and make everyone happy ?

Marshall Field's we can't wait until you're returned to your glory We're respectfully waiting for the hero that makes it happen.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2009  6:18 am CT
Posted by: Jim

The top editorials in both today's Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times are on the renaming of the Sears Tower. Both editorials also comment on what they seem to consider a name change but what we call a conversion of Marshall Field's to Macy's.

The Tribune editorial is at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0313edit1mar13,0,1872640.story but the comments board associated with the editorial has been disabled. If you can help, respond by sending a letter to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

The Chicago Sun-Times editorial at http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1474746,CST-EDT-edit13b.artic le says,

Macy's should be Field's. The Aon Center should be Big Stan. Cellular Field should be Comiskey Park.

But then we noticed: We're mostly over our Macy's hangup and our Aon hangup, and we actually think "The Cell" is a pretty cool name for a ballpark, like something out of a Batman movie.
Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 (It only takes 30 seconds to leave a message on the phone.)

Happy New Year to All...

Thank you to all past and present who have done so much to help bring back Marshall Field's! Special thanks to those who helped make leafleting and button distribution on State Street a huge success in the past few weeks during the holiday season, especially Carol, Gail and Alfred, and, most of all, Gloria and Jon, who especially made it possible.

Please stay in touch during the coming year so that you can help us with our continuing work to bring back Marshall Field's in quality, spirit an d service, as well as name.

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

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  6:28 pm CT
Posted by: Mike M

I had to do a lot of driving today. On THREE ocassions during the afternoon, I heard the same comment about Marshall Field's---the comments where part of a WBBM-Newsradio 780 story about the Sears Tower.

OK, here's the context. The WBBM interveiwer was asking people about the change of the name to "Willis Tower" from "Sears Tower."

One man replied--in the story that was broadcast at least three times--with this is a verbatim quote: "....It's like Marshall Field's is now Macy's. No it isn't. It's Marshall Fields."

Thank you, Newsradio 780!

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  6:03 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Eric Zorn's writes in his Chicago Tribune blog:
But as time wears on, the defiant holdouts gradually go from seeming admirable and numerous to seeming stubborn and eccentric (c'est moi when it comes to Waveland). The Marshall Field's-forever people have already turned that corner and the Sears Tower-forever people won't be far behind.
Drop Eric a line and let him know that the Marshall Field's Forever folks have not "turned that corner".

The item is at the following URL--no login is required to post:


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  9:11 am CT
Posted by: drew

Like the famed Marshall Field's restaurants, Kaufmann's Tic Toc was a beloved Pittsburgh tradition. The restaurant was named for Kaufmann's landmark clock at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street; for years the walls featured a large collection of antique clocks.

Although the Tic Toc is still operated, many people complain the food quality has declined. Also the wonderful in-store bakery and other in-store eateries have been discontinued by "those wacky folks at macy*s"--destroying yet ANOTHER reason to visit the store.


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  8:52 am CT
Posted by: drew

If anyone wishes to purchase some "exclusive" Tommy Hilfiger menswear at a well-maintained and nicely decorated store, Stein Mart has received many "new arrivals" at substantial discounts. Those on Stein Mart's email list received an announcement, but I was unable to post a direct link.

Wasn't Tommy Hilfiger supposed to be one of the "exciting" designers that would attract shoppers to the Red Star? Evidently Mr Lunkhead's expectations were overly optimistic, since he is already trying to unload the merchandise at an "off price" retailer. I find it surprising that Stein Mart would even want anything from the Red Star--since Stein Mart has much more class and offers higher quality merchandise and better value.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  8:27 am CT
Posted by: gle

Here's a piece I just discovered in today's "Sun-Times" that is definitely worthy of comments on the blog and letters to letters@suntimes.com and sguy@suntimes.com:

RETAIL / "Macy's says chain's local choices paying off as store strives to 'give the lady what she wants'"

Take a deep breath before reading, and please write.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  8:07 am CT
Posted by: gle

I agree with posts expressing surprise/disgust that Messy's is not tracking the former May stores.

I had placed a comment on the "Seeking Alpha" blog that went with the "Macy's, Inc. 4Q 2008 Earning Call Transcript." It was there for a few hours, and then disappeared. I'm not sure why.

What I had said was something like I was astounded at Karen Hoguet's attitude of apparent apathy that Messy's was not tracking those stores any more, like they just plain didn't matter. I had also said I think Messy's would really be better off without the former May stores and that those stores would be better off being purchased by an entity that cared enough to restore the former stores that customers really wanted in the first place.

I notice there are no other comments posted on that blog either, even though there is box for them.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009  6:21 am CT
Posted by: Sue M

Ms Guy's latest piece in the Suntimes.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009  4:43 pm CT
Posted by: mds in mt. prospect

I don't know if this point has been made already, but if macy's is not tracking the performance of individual stores, how do they know that the "My macy's" campaign is working?

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009  3:40 pm CT
Posted by: Y. Adams

I too have been watching the Macy's 150 years commercials and find them very insulting. Field's was formed in 1852, which would make them 157 years old in 2009. For Macy's to advertise themselves as "the only store serving you" in Chicago is just another example of their lack of knowledge about the Chicago market.

I encourage everyone to call Macy's advertising department at (212) 494-1963 and complain. If we all voice our complaints, perhaps the message will finally get through to the Macy's executives.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2009  8:28 pm CT
Posted by: Kelly Greene

I miss Fields.

It's like a part of Chicago is missing.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2009  7:27 pm CT
Posted by: B

Red star uses the recession as yet another excuse as to why sales are off and that this is the latest crutch by red star combined with ongoing merger costs and underperforming May stores- etc etc etc as to red star store performance.

The people running this "train wreck on fire" really seem to care less what anyone thinks.

Keep up the boycott against red star and bloomingdales-- Thank God there are alternatives

Take care all


Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2009  11:48 am CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

Foley's was 106 years old when it was destroyed by the Red Menace.

My wife and I took our girls to see the Jonas Brothers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For those of you who have never attended, it is the largest of its kind in the world. We went to all the venues. There were 72,000 there, not including those who were at the other venues (rodeo, livestock show, carnival, etc). Foley's always supported this function, both in advertising, scholarships, etc. However, guess whose name was not among the top corporate sponsors? You guessed it - Macy's. So much for their continuing on the traditions of the regional stores. Foley's had supported them since the 1930s. Macy's also stopped supporting the fine arts and a host of other good causes in our area.

Long live Marshall Fields and the other regional stores!

Date: March 2009  CT
Posted by: Jeff S.

The sandwich everyone is talking about here is called the Field's Special. It is interesting to note that it is STILL on the Macy*Mart menu in the beloved Walnut Room; listed at Field's Special!

Date: Monday, March 9, 2009  9:32 pm CT
Posted by: Jon C.

Thank your for your good question about the Marshall Field's Special Sandwich, BLR. Turkey is the main ingredient. The link for recipe follows:
In answer to your question about the waiting room with telephones, I seem to remember as a youngster, such a room filled with lady shoppers who were resting with lots of shopping bags, chatting with one another and on the phones. I'm sure some Chicagoans will be able to provide specifics about the room.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2009  9:04 pm CT
Posted by: Linda S.

To answer BLR's questions, yes, there was a large waiting room in the State Street store with chairs and, at one point, a place to buy refreshments. I have heard that in the distant past, Fields even provided writing paper for the ladies. (I believe it was called the Ladies Waiting Room, but I could be wrong about that.) There was an absolutely huge ladies rest room at one end of the waiting room. Also, there were pay phones and phone books from all over the USA and, I believe, some foreign cities were represented as well. And yes, the Special Sandwich was made with turkey. I never had one with beef.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2009  12:08 pm CT
Posted by: gle

WTTW PBS TV Channel 1l shared some Marshall Field's memories in a program about the "Boomer" generation last Saturday. People talked about getting dressed up to go to Field's, and how it was was enjoyed as a destination. They talked about how they would start out at the many other stores that were on State Street, and eventually work their way over to Field's like it was the dessert part of a trip Downtown. This program has aired before, and probably will be again on PBS.

Also of interest, the historic clock made an appearance on ABC Channel 7 News Sunday morning whenever they announced Daylight Savings Time.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2009  3:20 pm CT
Posted by: BLR

I had 2 questions, didn't Marshall Fields have a waiting room or some other room with telephones and chairs? The 2nd, Field's Special Sandwich as far back as I can remember was made with turkey. A cousin of mine said years ago it used to be made with roast beef. What is the correct answer

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2009  10:17 am CT
Posted by: John D.

Hey, Regional Department Store Fans...

Here is a weblog on the Dallas Morning News website. Seems that Texans are disgusted at macy's handing out huge bonuses to its top executives, while laying off the people who actually do the work in their stores.

Here is just example of the comments, so cogently written by Karen F. She describes the leadership so accurately.

Posted by Karen F @ 11:38 PM Fri, Feb 27, 2009

Yep -- if Lundgren, Cole, Kronick and the other Macy's bigwigs were so concerned about their company's budget, they would've foregone those 2004 bonuses. But they did not -- so obviously, they're only concerned about their own salaries -- in whatever form it's given.

And the really sad part is how little the employees with the lesser titles make. Their sale associates, for example, make minimum wage plus commission -- which when there are little or no sales is minimum wage. And just in case anyone thinks there might be a decent wage some weeks, think again. They use that commission to repay the associate's "deficit" for the previous weeks.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it, why the bigwigs aren't having their wages recaptured for the huge shortfall in the stores' sales this past year.

For the complete weblog, please go to:


Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009  10:55 pm CT
Posted by: Me

Well, I took my No-Doz and suffered through the 45+ minute blah blah, We're Wonderful and Fabulous, blah blah My Macy's speech by Karen Hoguet. To me it sounded as she had a few drinks or hadn't slept in a while before having to spin to the Wall Street analysts. Here are a few things I thought were interesting about what she said as well as some other observations.

1. We don't track the May stores anymore, blah blah. Hum.... now if you don't track individual store performance, then how in the hell do you know what stores are under-performing? They seemed to have a pretty clear idea of store performance at the beginning of the year when they made the announcement to close several. They may not call them May store anymore, but they still know what stores are doing well and which ones aren't.

2. She continually had problems answering analyst's questions. We don't track, know, understand, blah blah.

3. The analysts (most being pretty clueless) asked stupid questions. I believe only one really posed any pertinent questions towards the end of the call.

4. We will continue to write off one time expenses due to our stupidity until hell freezes over. LOL Yeah something like that about the May store and now the 7 million layoffs and severance pay.

5. We are in the process of firing people who actually work and plan on keeping our "Pretty Poster Boy" CEO and his personal Make-up Artist.

6. Diluted this, diluted that. Actually we are the one's who are diluted.

7. Our Goodwill is almost gone, so you will be able to find our products at your local Goodwill store.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009  10:55 pm CT
Posted by: Brian

I have been watching those Macy's 150 year commericals, and I must say something

Marshall Field's was a part of my life for 152 years, that's 2 more years than Macy's

Lord and Taylor has been part of my life for 180 years, and it thank god, safe from Federated

Jordan Marsh was 155 years old before destroyed by Macy's

Hechts was 149 years old before destruction as was Meier & Frank

Lazarus was 154 years old upon destruction

The Broadway was exactly 100 years old when announced it would be destroyed

Bambergers was 93 years old

I think some joy should be pointed out at the stockholders meeting that when these wonderful stores, that were focal points of their community celebrated 150 years old, some outsider came in, changed the name, and lost all the customers. They just happen to be the outsider who did this to all the communities of these fine stores

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009  11:53 am CT
Posted by: Lisa M. M.

At 41, I am a Marshall Fields kid. I savore everything Frango Mint. Growing up in a burb not far from Downtown. I loved going down with my Grandparents on the train or for christmas or for my first shopping spree at the age of 17 by myself. Wow! My grandparents have passed but one of my most treasured possessions are 2 of my grandmother's taylored suits from Marshall Fields. Circa 1950-1960's. Running my fingers over that gold tag brings back such good memories. My grandparents passed the tradition on to my father and he in turn passed on to his children, it is a shame I can not. For those of us who are tru Marshall Filed fans....the tradition will live on forever.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2009  8:59 am CT
Posted by: gle

Hot off the press from Messy's official website macysinc.com:

"Macy's same-store sales down 8.5% in February"

The release claims "This is consistent with management's expectations."

And interesting is an announcement that Messy's and style guro Clinton Kelly plan a tour to makeover some 225 women in 15 cities. An event at the State Street store is included on the agenda.

"Macy' and Clinton Kelly MAKE OVER AMERICA!" March 3, 2009

If Messy's makes over those women the way it makes over everthing else, I pity them. I can't resist wondering if it will stamp red stars on their faces.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009  7:59 pm CT
Posted by: Jack

In the current issue of "First and Fastest", (a Railfan magazine dedicated primarily to the electric interurbans --CNS&M, CSS&SB, CA&E--that ran in Chicago from the early teens thru the 1960's) there is a feature story on "Club Cars", the private cars such as "Deerpath" that were attached to CNW North Line commuter trains, and served the scions of industry primarily residing in Lake Forest. In 1929 the Tribune ran a story "Lake Forest's Rich Ride to Loop DeLuxe". The story makes several references to our beloved Marshall Fields. "One can only assume that the employees of MArshall Field & Co and other stores serving the carriage trade knew exactly how and where to send a purchase to the "Deerpath" with considerable dispatch." "To understand the environment that existed at this time, store such as Marshall Field & Co. were at their zenith. The store's motto of 'Give the Lady what she wants" applied to the customer of the men's store as well. THOSE WHO DID NOT GROW UP IN CHICAGO WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE THAT EXISTED AS THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO EXPERIENCE IT." <Caps emphasis mine>.

This story and the quote pretty much says it all. Terry Lundren and the geniuses at MACY* will never ever get it. Marshall Field's is part of the fabric of Chicago, MAcy* never will be.

I also appreciated the comments regarding the Herald Square Store from my previous post, regarding the level of merchandise that RH Macy carried.

PS. There still is one club car that runs on the METRA north line.


Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009  9:06 am CT
Posted by: gle

I really enjoyed "Inside Chicago Fashion: The Marshall Field's Factor" at The Chicago History Museum last evening.

The event was attended by an enthusiastic group, and Field's Fans gave out many buttons.

Timothy Long, curator of costumes at the Museum, shared little-known facts behind the marketing of Field's fashion from the business archives that were turned over to them from Messy's. I don't have time to list everything here, but thought it noteworthy that Paris coutre model originals were sold to the public at "export sales" for $5 after the season, and the speaker's father actually trapped furs and sold them to Marshall Field's (not exactly something to impress PETA but interesting).

Long was VERY knowledgeable and interested in his subject, and assured attendees that Marshall Field's will always live on at the Chicago History Museum.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009  9:22 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Just wanted to add my comments on the macy*s commercial featuring clips from classic movies and TV shows. I think that everyone will agree that Herald Square macy*s WAS a major tourist attraction back in the day. As "the world's largest store," macy*s featured a wide variety of merchandise at different price points. Books, fabrics, toys, restaurants, house brand and upscale fashion and home goods were available in the mammoth emporium. macy*s WAS special and it WAS quintessential New York City.

Fast forward to 2009. macy*s can be found everywhere and is known for poor quality, overpriced merchandise in a bland, nondescript environment. In other words, macy*s is NOTHING SPECIAL. Many references to wal*mart are made in contemporary movies and TV shows; one could hardly imagine video clips featuring shoppers excited about going to wal*mart.

I would also question the description of macy*s as a "mid level" department store. JC Penney and Kohl's offer better values, better quality and wider selection and have more appeal to middle class shoppers. N-M, Nordstrom, Von Maur cater to the upper level with top designer merchandise while Target, wal*mart and Kmart appeal to price conscious shoppers with good values on basic items. Since macy*s doesn't offer style, quality or value, WHO is their target audience?

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009  3:38 pm CT
Posted by: Gabriel M

I have two comments to make:

Although Macy's was mentioned on I Love Lucy, in real life Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz visited and shopped at Chicago's Marshall Field Store and were quoted as saying "We give our hearts to Marshall Field's".

My second comment is actually a quote from my college Business textbook's chapter on marketing. We Field's Fans already know this by heart but Macy's executives either don't know it or have deliberately chosen to ignore it and push their own self-centered and ultimately self-defeating agendas instead.

"The Marketing Concept is a management philosophy stating that an organization should strive to satisfy the needs of consumers through a coordinated set of activities that also allows the organization to achieve its objectives. Thus customer satisfaction is the major force underlying the marketing concept and driving the entire company. The marketing concept calls for all departments and all members to be committed to satisfying customers. The firm must determine consumer needs and wants, develop quality products that satisfy them, make products readliy available at prices acceptable to buyers, and provide service and after sales-support."

"Firms benefit from practicing the marketing concept. They do not waste money on developments in which customers are not interested. Also, customers pay more for products they believe will provide greater value and satisfaction,they come back, and refer business. Repeat business lowers sales costs and boosts profits; holding on to current customers is about one-fifth the cost of acquiring new ones."

And to quote Mr. Marshall Field who simplified all of the above and said "Give the lady what she wants."

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009  10:32 pm CT
Posted by: L. Grand

It's up! It's up! I just posted another slideshow on my webpage:
It's Glam Rocks! Glamorama 2005 and it's pretty darn cool! Check it out! On to work on the next post....

Nobody did it like Field's!

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009  8:38 am CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Tribune" continues to announce "Inside Chicago Fashion: The Marshall Field's Factor" to be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum.

There is a new comment blog, different from yesterday's.

Main Event: "Talk on Marshall Field's influence on fashion" March 3, 2009

I look forward to the lecture, and hope many other Field's Fans will be able to attend.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  10:32 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Most any New Yorker will tell you that the R.H. Macy's that existed in that commercial with Desi and Lucy is also no match for the Macy's of today, even at Herald Square.

Back in the day, R.H. Macy's was akin to an upscale version of Chicago's Wieboldt's. It was a thrill to receive a gift in the R.H. Macy's burgandy box, but it never was a match for Marshall Field's. R.H. Macy's was a bargain, middle-tier department store.

Today's Macy's is, at best, a much homogenized version of R.H. Macy's and doesn't even come close to Marshall Field's.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  8:29 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

I really hope there is one positive thing about this economic downturn -- the dimise of Macy's! Imagine all the trademarks that will be freed up. I. Magnin, Filene's, Foley's... and of course Marshall Field's. Entrepreneurs can maybe bring back some of these great retail names. You never know... Bonwitt Teller is making a comeback.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  4:40 pm CT
Posted by: Tom

In regards to the post the Jack posted about the TV commericals on Macy*s being a part of your life for 150 years, every climp in that commerical is in Reference to the Herald Store only. I Love Lucy, The Jerry Stienfeld Show were both based in Manhattan. Ed McMahon was speakin of the Manhattan store along with all the other reference are to that store. Macy*s thinks that the whole country has some sort of connection to the Herald Square store. You think they would speak of one of the other 850 stores that they think America loves also, as being a part of thier lives.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  4:06 pm CT
Posted by: Phil

To D.O. in Montana

Yes, for decades Field's sold antiques; primarily from the UK, mainly furniture, but also silver, paintings and other accessories. When I was a small child and the Men's Annex was still around, they even had a department in the Annex devoted to antique maps and books.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  3:33 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Tribune" has an announcement of "Inside Chicago Fasion: The Marshall Field's Factor" to take place at Chicago History Museum tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.:

"Museum programs gives a fix to those still missing Marshall Field's" March 2, 2009 by Sandra M. Jones

There is a comment blog to post.

In addition, letters can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and smjones@tribune.com

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  1:11 pm CT
Posted by: D.A.

I grew up in Oak Brook, IL and was brought up at Marshall Field's at the local mall and ventured frequently to the one downtown for the unique deli and of course, amazing shopping experience.

I look forward to proudly wearing one of the "I Want My Marshall Field's" buttons.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  10:32 am CT
Posted by: Cassie

I went to Old Orchard to look for a wedding dress and other household items. When I was driving out, I passed the west side of the parking garage, that had Macy's signs hanging off it. I almost had an accident when I saw that instead of their black signs with white lettering and a red star, the signs were in "Field's Green" with white writing! Who are these people trying to kid? Did they think if they stole Field's colors we'd come running back? Fat chance! It's not about the color green - or Frango's - or local designers - you misguided Macy's people! Field's was a totality; it was all of the above, and more. Until we really and truly get our Marshall Field's back, I won't set foot in there.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009  8:12 am CT
Posted by: Jack

New Macy's ad on the Today Show. It features 6-7 movie and TV clips that mention Macy's ( Natalie Wood and Lucy Arnez extolling Macys as where they shop or could find

what they wanted. Tag line is that Macys has been a part of our lives for 150 years. NOPE, Macy is nothing like it was way back in the 30's 40's or 50's. Poor quality and lousy selection in recent years when Marshall Fields still did it right is the truth. Terry blew it big time when they nationally branded stores especially Fields! We may be the "Second City" but even in comedy we produced the best !!!


Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009  10:25 pm CT
Posted by: FieldsFansChicago.org


       Newsletter Number 18

       SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2009


     In This Newsletter...



     An Event of Interest for All Marshall Field's Fans
     The Chicago History Museum Presents


     Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7:00 p.m.


     Do you own Macy's Stock?



     Other topics in this Newsletter



     •  STAY IN TOUCH VIA THE FieldsFansChicago.org BLOG






"Now is the time for the restoration of Field's. It would absolutely warm Chicago's heart, and people would turn out in droves to shop there.  If anything would get people to spend again, it would be such a turnaround.  Lord knows we could use a sign to reassure us that all will be well again.  That's what Marshall Field's stood for, if you think about it.  In good times and bad, it was a gentle reminder of the good life.  A fine store was a reminder of tradition and quality, even in the Great Depression.  We need Field's more than ever."

-- Written by Zelda, Tuesday, February 24, 2009,
[ below on this blog ], http://FieldsFansChicago.org/blog

Marshall Field's was so many things on so many levels: a world wide fashion and culinary trend setter; a customer service leader; a retail innovator; an international name synonymous with Chicago at its very finest with something for everyone from the wealthy to the poor; and so much more.

In these difficult times, it is clear we need a return to the corporate values that the store at 111 N. State St. embodies when it is run in quality, service, and name as Marshall Field's.  The return of Marshall Field's would be an exceptional antidote to these exceptional economic times.  While some suggest the world is contracting, we look for the world to expand its greatness.  Your ongoing support and dedication to the return of Marshall Field's at its best embodies what is needed in the world today.


     An Event of Interest for All Marshall Field's Fans
     TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

     The Chicago History Museum Presents


The Chicago History Museum is in the midst of hosting a three-part lecture series on Chicago Fashion.  The second installment promises to be an insightful and revealing presentation on Marshall Field's as the cornerstone of Chicago's place in international fashion.  Clearly all Field's Fans will be interested in attending this very special event that will be held this Tuesday evening, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum on Clark Street at North Avenue.

The Chicago History Museum web site features the following description:

"For generations, Chicago-area shoppers flocked to Marshall Field's for its service, selection, and style. Join Timothy Long, Curator of Costumes, for a discussion of this iconic institution and its influence on clothing and consumer culture nationwide. Museum personnel will staff a table highlighting artifacts from the Museum's Marshall Field's collection."

Complete details of this event including ticket information can be found at http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/lectures#inside  Tickets are limited.

PLEASE NOTE: This Chicago History Museum event is in no way sponsored or connected to FieldsFansChicago.org and is not a protest activity in support of the return of Marshall Field's.  We are simply passing this information along as a third party.




Even if you own just a single share of Macy's, Inc, stock, you are entitled to attend Macy's annual stockholders meeting.  At the end of the meeting, all stockholders have the opportunity to address Macy's CEO in the presence of Macy's Board of Directors, other Macy's executives, and representatives of the media.

In considering the following information about purchasing Macy's, Inc. stock, you must remember that we are not financial advisers and we do not make warrantees regarding stock purchases.  This information is presented solely from the perspective of gaining entry to the meeting and not from the vantage of financial gain and investment.  We simply wish to convey the following experiences.

Last year, Field's supporters holding Macy's stock attended the meeting and confronted Macy's CEO, President and Chair Terry Lundgren.   Macy's, Inc. executives were not happy to see and hear from us, but it really made a difference in our quest to bring back Field's. Afterwards, a small group of Field's supporters picketed outside of Macy's headquarters and distributed our leaflets and pin-on buttons.

Field's loyalists and former customers plan to travel to the stockholders meeting again this year. We hope that you will also make the commitment to attend because it would be of great assistance to our cause.

If you have not done so already, the first step is to purchase shares of Macy's, Inc. stock as soon as possible.  This past Friday, February 27, Macy's stock (Symbol M on the NYSE) closed at $7.87 per share.  Then plan to travel to the stockholders meeting.

What if you have never purchased stock before?
If you never have purchased stock before and simply want to buy a share or two of Macy's, Inc. stock, don't be intimidated.  Some who have attended the annual Macy's, Inc. stockholders meeting in the past have reported  great success and confidence purchasing a share through reputable on-line dealers who cater to novices. It is up to you to consider your own situation and needs as well as the reputation of the stock broker. 

We've had a couple reports from Field's loyalists who were very satisfied with purchasing a single share of Macy's, Inc. from ShareBuilder.com.  Both people explained that they felt safe in making the purchase because ShareBuilder.com is part of the international financial service company ING and the site caters to those new to stock purchases.  They also reported that it was affordable, with the purchase taking two brief visits to the ShareBuilder.com web site and costing less than $20 total, including service charges, for a single share of Macy's stock at current market prices.  While there is a multitude of ways to purchase stock, consider buying from ShareBuilder.com or other reputable web sites like it.

In the next step, you will see it is absolutely essential to make your stock purchase immediately as deadlines are fast approaching.

Important Dates & Deadlines
As of this writing, we have no official info about the dates and location associated with the 2009 meeting.  However, consider that in recent years, the meeting of stockholders has been held at Macy's Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters in mid-May with those holding shares at a cut-off date two months prior in mid-March eligible to attend.  

In 2008, Friday, March 21 was the "record date for the determination of stockholders entitled to vote at the annual meeting." 

With last year's date as a precedent, you need to purchase your stock immediately to increase your chances of eligibility to attend the upcoming Macy's, Inc. stockholders meeting.

Last year, the meeting of stockholders was held on Friday, May 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is entirely possible that the date or location could change. 

In the weeks preceding the meeting you will receive in the U.S. Mail a proxy to vote your shares.  You need to bring this official proxy ballot with you to enter the meeting.  Do not vote by mail.  Your proxy is your ticket of admission.  In some cases, with proper documents and qualifications, it is possible that you can also send someone as your representative in the event you can not attend the meeting.

Stay in touch with our web site and blog for updates on our activities on behalf of the return of Marshall Field's.  Our web site does not offer official information on the Macy's, Inc. stockholders meeting.  All official information about Macy's, Inc.'s shareholders meetings is made available via the investor relations links at http://www.macysinc.com 



As a Field's Fan, you can help bring back Marshall Field's.  We Field's Fans make a difference by keeping Field's in the public eye. When Macy's inevitably fails in the Chicago area, we don't want it to be glossed over as if it was simply about sales figures.
Please let newspapers, television, radio, web media, blogs, news comment boards, and public officials know that both the public and the private good is best served when Marshall Field's is restored to 111 North State Street.
When you see ANY story in the newspaper, on television, or on the web about Marshall Field's, it is essential to respond--even if you think the story is favorable towards the return of Field's.  People need to be reminded that these stores have slipped so much because they are no longer Marshall Field's and they can only be brought back up by being restored as Marshall Field's stores.

These suggestions are made for responding to media articles or TV news segments:
•  If responding to web-based blogs, bulletin boards, or news comments areas, please remember to keep a copy of your post in case it is lost or deleted.
•  If submitting a "Letter to the Editor" by the internet, send it in a standard email message. If  you submit via email, you have the opportunity to cc: or bcc: a copy to yourself--submitting via other methods on the internet means you probably won't have a dated copy of your response, if you get a copy at all. If replying via web-based form, remember to cut-and-copy the contents for your own records.   It is very important that you keep a copy for your records.

•  The Letters to the Sun-Times should be sent to: letters@suntimes.com
•  The Letters to the Tribune should be sent to: ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com
•  The Letters Chicago Tribune Magazine should be sent to: TribMag@tribune.com
•  The Letters to Crain's Chicago Business should be sent to: letters@chicagobusiness.com.
•  If submitting by US Mail, make a photocopy of your letter.
•  Please remember to include a daytime phone number for verification purposes.
•  Be certain to indicate in your letter that it is "for publication."
•  Remember, items submitted to the "Letters to the Editor" section should not be cross-posted to other forums like the fieldsfanschicago.org blog. The publications request exclusivity.
•  Be succinct as possible. Longer items don't have as  much of a chance of being published. While there are many facets to the loss of Field's, consider focusing on just one or two facets that will best help the larger cause.
•  Even if your letter does not get published in print or web media, remember that the media takes note of the public's pulse.  Every letter reminds editors and producers that this is still indeed a very important issue.



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 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 donateATfieldsfanschicagoDOTorg as to how and where to send a check.  Alternatively, PayPal contributions are accepted at donateATfieldsfanschicagoDOTorg
All contributions are solely channeled to offset our activities.

Thank you for your amazing support!


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A very special "thank you" to all who helped make the holiday leaflet and button distribution sessions on State Street a huge success, especially Carol, Gail and Alfred, and, most of all, Gloria, J., and Jon.  All named and unnamed are our heroes!

Please remember that your efforts to help bring back Marshall Field's are greatly appreciated, respected, and admired.  Your work is already making a difference, putting the brakes on Macy's disregard for Marshall Field's and what it means to Chicago.  Spread the word.  You are helping to make history.

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Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009  9:37 pm CT
Posted by: Royce Holmes

It's surprising to learn that Karen Houget, Macy's CFO, "has no idea of how the former May Department Stores (Filene's, Marshall Field's, Foley's etc) are doing now, compared to when Macy's/Federated took over the stores.

Now you know VERY well that they DO track these numbers. A business partner who is a certified public accountant said that any CFO, worth his salary, would track these figures to show progress of a company, even though the merger would have been completed. It's called being transparent and open to shareholders with any and all information possible, as a courtesy and "doing their jobs" for their owners!

In fact, Terry Lundgren even said that Macy's would provide as much information and transparency as possible:

"Macy's to temporarily reinstate reporting of monthly sales data " Just months after Macy's stopped reporting its monthly sales, the department-store chain announced plans to "temporarily" reinstate the issuing of such reports thanks to a rocky and uncertain economic climate. "We want to provide investors as much information and transparency as possible". said CEO Terry J. Lundgren. Facing criticism from analysts, Macy's originally quit revealing monthly sales earlier this year, calling them "incomplete and sometimes misleading". [Source: Heard on the Runway]" From Business Network wire, Oct 27, 2008."

You know very well that Macy's Inc. has the data, and they would certainly broadcast all of it gleefully if the sales were up at all, compared to the last day of May ownership.

CFOs who practice transparency and open communication would have stated that they would willingly retrieve the requested information on camparisons and report back to the financial analyst promptly. Clearly not the case here with Ms. Houget.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009  12:36 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

People keep discounting the importance of a name. A name IS important. Even if everything stayed exactly that same through the conversion I would not shop at Macy's just because of the name.

If names are not important why do parents-to-be spend months thinking of a name for their child? Why do people change their names when they get married or divorced?

Well if everything stayed the same would the name matter? Of course! A name comes to mean something. After 150 years people come to see Marshall Field's as a name that represents quality, service, and history. If names have no meaning, why don't people just drink store brand cola instead of Coke (these products are identical!)? Because they do mean something!!! Names reflect the consumers, and no consumers wants to be associated with Macys.

Date:Saturday, February 28, 2009  8:44 am CT
Posted by: drew

Over the past few weeks, many long established American newspapers across the nation have reduced staff and days of publication, have filed for bankruptcy or have ceased operations. In addition to the tragic loss of jobs in a difficult economy, communities are suffering a loss of tax revenues and readers are being deprived of investigative reporting, information and editorial opinion.

These newspapers have fallen upon hard times because of decreased advertising revenues. What business enterprise relied heavily on newspaper advertising over the years? That's right, all the regional department stores destroyed by the Red Menace were mainstays in their community newspapers. As the regional department stores disappeared, so did their advertising dollars.

In addition to the THOUSANDS of retail employees who lost their jobs because of "the magic of macy*s," THOUSANDS of newspaper related employees can now thank Mr Lunkhead for putting THEM on the unemployment lines.

Perhaps some of the remaining investigative reporters can analyze the negative impact of the Red Menace on our nation (loss of jobs, tax revenues, customer choices, stockholder investment, and local identity are starting points).

Date:Friday, February 27, 2009  5:29 pm CT
Posted by: D.O. in Montana

I am posting for some general info about Marshall Fields. Today we were at an estate sale and ended up purchasing 4 pewter nut / cheese plates. They include a receipt from MF dated 1970. The receipt implies that they may be antiques circa 1850. Question - did MF sell antiques? There is also a small hand typed tag describing them as coming from the George Inn in London.

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  9:34 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Do yourself a favor and read the article JWC linked in his post. The retail analyst states the same things that Fields Fans (and other regional department store supporters) have said from the beginning--macy*fication was ill-advised, poorly executed, self-destructive and unsustainable. After you read the FIRST article, be sure to check the link on that site to yet ANOTHER excellent article on Lunkhead's folly.

Perhaps the analysts who believed Mr Lunkhead's promises of "economies of scale" by saving millions of dollars on shopping bags have retreated as cold, hard reality has proven them wrong. The two articles supplied by JWC summarize everything that consumers have said in many, many blog entries since Mr Lunkhead's disastrous destruction of America's classic department stores.

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  12:20 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Are people still interested in Marshall Field's?

You betcha.

While doing a report on keyword searches on the web, I entered the search term "Marshall Field's" just for fun. More than 6,687 global searches in February 09! More than 6,000 in January 09!

Interest is high in Marshall Field's.

Hey wacky folks at Macy's: it is time to plot a course of action that will get positive results and positive revenue stream. BRING BACK FIELD'S IN STYLE, QUALITY, SELECTION AND SERVICE.

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  9:32 am CT
Posted by: Alfred in Washington

Thanks for the great post, Zelda.

A couple of inspiring things:

I was watching the sitcom "The Game," and someone was talking about how great Chicago is, and they started mentioning all the wonderful things there--and right near the top was "Marshall Field's"!

I recently joined the Art Institute, and just received my first members' magazine. It has a list of donors with, near the top, in the section for $1 million plus, "Mr & Mrs Marshall Field"--so the Field's legacy is still benefiting Chicago!

Here's to all you great Field's fans, and
here's to the once and future Marshall Field's!

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  6:07 am CT
Posted by: John D.

According to Macy employees who post on www.retail-worker.com, Terry Lundgren has a contract lasting until 2011. There are many conditions in it as described in the following link:
By the way, new fascinating posts are added each and every day. I highly recommend referring to the website every few days to get caught up. Lots of juicy info coming straight from the employees!
P.S. Thanks, Phil, for recommending www.retail-worker.com in the first place.

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  12:54 am CT
Posted by: Horatio Neill

Since Macy is closing their Brookdale Center Mall store in Minnesota later this year, which was Marshall Fields before, why dont we all get toghether and buy that store, reopen it as Marshall Fields and give them jackasses at Macy a run for their money?

Another store, a historical store, Lake Forest Illinois closed a while back ago after 90 wonderful years as Field's, that building anchors the "Market Square shopping court" in the East Lake Forest historic district, let's buy that store and reopen it as Marshall Fields!

(I'd certainly would love to shop there)

Macy should stay in New York where all the snobs are!

By The Way, I was born in New York, Forest Hills, Queens but moved to Wisconsin when i was only 2 so there, suck on it Macy! This is a New Yorker you wont convert!!!

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2009  12:19 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

Macy's kept saying "Field's is gone, move on Chicago, move on." I guess everyone took there advice and moved on! Profits down a lot, sales down as well. It would be interesting to know when...

Mark my words. Northbrook, Vernon Hills, Woodfield Furniture, etc are going to close.

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  10:28 pm CT
Posted by: JWC

Mr. Nicholas White, Financial Analyst, and President of White & Co. appears to agree with what we profess, Field's Fans. Mr. White refers to Mr. Lundgren's weak leadership, and even weaker business strategy. He also speaks his mind on Terry Lundgren's failed one-brand-name, "one Macy's fits all" national plan. Please read on...

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  4:59 pm CT
Posted by: L. Grand

Hi Field's Fans!

It's been a while since I've posted here, though I've not neglected reading this awesome blog!!! I discovered this blog in April 2007 and here's what happened:

I had such persistently nagging horrible thoughts about Macy's. I was angry and frustrated and wanted to cry (sometimes did) about their trouncing Marshall Field's, especially 111 State Street! These horrible feelings were so persistent that I wondered if ANYONE felt the same way I did. So I typed "I hate Macy's" in a Google search, and found a couple of blogs where people echoed my sentiments. Not having found much else, I then switched the search to a very simple "Macy's" ------WELL! GUESS WHAT? The VERY TOP ENTRY was FieldsFansChicago.org!!! I clicked on it and OMG -- I truly was NOT alone! I read for hours and hours, devouring every post like a hungry man would devour a meal set before him. Out of curiosity, I copied and pasted the entirety of the blog posts onto a Word document and it was 432 pages long. That was in April 2007. Can you imagine how many more pages have been added since then?

Anyway, I've posted a couple things on my own blog (Matchless Marshall Field's--matchlessmarshallfields.blogspot.com) --- one of them a slideshow. Though I haven't put the final finishing tweaking touches on it yet, I believe you all will enjoy the photos. I'm tweaking another slideshow that I hope to have up within a month; hope you all enjoy it!

Once again I have to give credit where credit is due: Jon C. signed an e-mail this way and gave me permission to use it to sign off here.

Very Marshall Fieldingly Yours,

L. Grand
Grand Rapids, MI

P. S. Don't let any quiet times on this blog be mistaken for lack of interest. The fight continues, and some of us are busy BEHIND THE SCENES for the long overdue and long awaited return of MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY!

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  3:59 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

OK, so profits are down on average of 59% at Macy's stores nationwide, including Bloomingdale's.

Any C-grade accounting department should be able to tell you how profits compare at any given stores from say, 2003 to 2008. It shouldn't be a big deal.

Yet, Karen Houget and Terry Lundgren say they can't do that anymore. If that's the case, then clearly they are too incompetent to be running a billion-dollar company like Macy's.

But more likely, it is that Houget and Lundgren are too afraid to show that profits have dropped dramatically at former Field's locations in Chicagoland, even before the recession.

Shareholders: tell Lundgren and Houget to stop the games, show us the stats and do the right thing by bringing back Marshall Field's.

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  1:22 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

Despite all the time that has passed, I'm still amazed that Macy's execs just don't get it. It's simple math really. Few, if any, people are shopping the stores *because* they are now Macy's. People seem to shop there either to scoop up the low margin clearance items, or because they don't care where they shop--I've seen or heard of no brand loyalty for the name.

However, it is abundantly obvious that many people (most of Chicago perhaps?) refuse to shop the stores now that they are no longer Field's. If you were a retail exec with the brain capacity of, say, any multi-celled organism, it would seem that the only intelligent move would be to return the stores to Field's name and glory. You won't lose any Macy's loyalists, because there apparently aren't any. You can still run super-sales for the clearance-cruisers if you wish. And, all the old Field's loyalists would return if the stores were truly restored and maintained. Simple addition!

Instead, they choose to further degrade the precious little goodwill remaining while blaming it on the economy, the weather, and every other factor, instead of accepting the blame placed squarely at their feet.


Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  9:15 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

How very interesting that those wacky folks at Macy's are still attributing millions of dollars to "consolidation expenses." Gee, I thought that dropping all the famous nameplates - like Marshall Field's - was supposed to save money.

It is quite interesting to look back at the older entries on this blog to see the history of Macy's failed programs, which include announcements about new merchandise programs ("My Macy's" - YAWN), promo programs ("Take Me to State Street"- YAWN), and advertising (No coupon programs - that is because Macy's calls them shopping passes); plus all those wacky comments about "re-educating" consumers to think the Macy's way, and Macy's does not "need" former Field's customers. Of course, there is my all time favorite from Lundgren: "Nothing will change but the name on the door." Hmmm.

It is sad that 1,000 positions were eliminated. Macy's claims "that it was ONLY 5 or 6 people per store in certain markets. I guess instead of 1 person watching over 2 or 3 areas, they will just up it to one person watching 4 or 5 departments. So much for Macy's focus on customer service. Oops, that program was announced over a year ago. Anyone notice the difference?

Well folks, thank you for reading. And, thank you for not shopping at Macy's or Bloomingdale's. By the way, Lord and Taylor has some great things for Spring.

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  8:49 am CT
Posted by: gle

The "Seeking Alpha" website has a transcript of Messy's February 24, 2009 Q4 conference call:

"Macy's, Inc. Q4 2008 Earnings Call Transcipt" February 24, 2008

There is a comment blog to post, that requires registration. Some Field's Fans already have a login from previous posts.

Also, the "Sun-Times" changed the title of its article from yesterday. The article looks the same, but there is a new comment blog.

"A few highs among retail lows
EARNINGS | Cuts help Macy's top estimate, but losses mount" February 25, 2009 by Sandra Guy

It's important to reply to this even if you left comments for yesterday's article. Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 (It only takes 30 seconds to leave a message on the phone.) Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2009  12:27 am CT
Posted by: Jeff W.

I listened to the BS espoused by the Macy's financial guru Karen Hoguet today on their webcast. Listening to her, things are getting better and better, and they are in a very good cash position, which is probably the case. The fact that their sales are declining and the stores are very poorly patronized does not seem to faze the Macy's ruling class. Also, the fact that the toothless Macy's Board has no problem with their chump chairman Lunkhead literally destroying the company means that there is little liklihood of Lunkhead being removed from his office anytime soon. All I can say is that he must have a lot of blackmail data against the majority of the Macy's Board, because I don't see how he stays in office after what he has done to the company. Be that as it may, the liklihood of any potential buyers coming forward to purchase parts of the former May Company, ie: Marshall Field's, is also rather poor simply because of the bad state of the economy. Looks like us Field's Fans will just have to be patient and wait out this economic storm to see what might happen. Macy's seems to be too cash rich to be desperate enough to spinoff any of the former May Company stores - unfortunately. My guess is that Lunkhead would rather close all of the former Marshall Field's division rather than sell it off to someone else who could turn it around.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  9:02 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

Hi Field's Fans!

Wow! What news today. Pacific Business News reported Macy's profit down 60% in Q4! Their net earnings were $310 million, as compared to last year, in the same time period, $750 million! Profit, not sales, is the true bottom line, no matter how anyone spins it. I knew all along that what I saw in my daily walks through the State Street store would show up eventually.

On a smaller note, I went shopping on Michigan Avenue today, and who should I find at Neiman Marcus but two of my absolute favorite Field's sales associates. I was so glad to see them, but it was bittersweet, because it made me miss the old days, when I saw them regularly and they took such good care of me. Needless to say, they were glad to be out of Macy's.

Now is the time for the restoration of Field's. It would absolutely warm Chicago's heart, and people would turn out in droves to shop there. If anything would get people to spend again, it would be such a turnaround. Lord knows we could use a sign to reassure us that all will be well again. That's what Marshall Field's stood for, if you think about. In good times and bad, it was a gentle reminder of the good life. A fine store was a reminder of tradition and quality, even in the Great Depression. We need Field's more than ever.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  6:07 pm CT
Posted by: Mike

So what's so hard for these Macy's people to understand?

But if there's really something shoppers want they will go and get it. People want Field's more than they want Macy's. Give them Field's and make more money. Pretty simple.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  5:23 pm CT
Posted by: David


And love it is/was...tonight I returned home from work only to be surprised by a marvelous package awaiting me in our mailroom. My neighbor's friend Diane from Austria had been visiting her mother in Arizona and spotted something that she thought I had to have.

I now have in my possession three pristine, unused (with price tags still on them) turquoise linen w/gold pin stripe embossing napkins sold at Marshall Field's in the 1940s. These were what were used in the Walnut Room.

It seems Diane was so taken aback when I gave her a "Marshall Field's Forever" button in our Courtyard two years ago (I was en route home from the anniversary rally and she visiting from Europe)and, consequently upset to learn that Chicago had lost its treasured department store- to of all things macy's. She now wears the button in Europe where it's recognized and the tale of it's current woe is bemoaned- yes, worldwide.

But, bless her for her generosity and her mother's for parting with them.

-David P.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  3:23 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

A great way to undue a nice chunk of that projected write-down would be to bring back Marshall Field's.

The name and the building on State Street are still very valuable even if some value has gone away with the recession, just like everything else.

This guy Lundgren would rather lose the shareholders money to save face.

Bring back Marshall Field's! Sell it to a worthy steward.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  3:54 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The "Sun-Times" replaced the Associated Press article of this morning with the following "rosy" portrait by Sandra Guy:

"Some good news for local retailers: Macy's, Nordstrom Rack"
February 24, 2009 by Sandra Guy

Ms. Guy notes that Macy's will take a write off soon for lost "good will" associated with the May Department stores including Marshall Field's.

Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  2:24 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

I suppose Terry Lundgren used to play a lot of poker in college.

It's time the shareholders called his bluff if the media will not.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  1:23 pm CT
Posted by: Ross

Whatever the profits, the fact is that the store on State Street could be earning more money if it were run as Marshall Field's.

From the perspective of supporters of Macy's, it looks like, at best, they paid too much for the May Department Store stores. At worse, it looks like Lundgreed really messed up by dumping Field's.

Give us back our Marshall Field's.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  12:55 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's to Take Hefty Write-Down

The Wall Street Journal's coverage of today's conference call reports:

"But the company (Macy's, Inc.) also said that it was undergoing an "impairment review" in connection with its August 2005 acquisition of the May Department Stores Co., and estimated it would take a write-down between $4.5 billion and $5.5 billion when it files its annual report on April 1."
Later, during the Q & A, Macy's CFO, Karen Houget stated that Macy's, Inc has no idea how the former May Department stores (Famous Barr, Fielene's, Marshall Field's, etc) are doing compared to the stores prior to the merger.

Basically, the "impairment review" considers that the value and good will assopciated with an assset has been subject to changed circumstances from those that existed at the time of purchase. As a result, the value of those assets has been reduced. This comes across to me as meaning the conversion of Marshall Field's and other May Department Stores locations to Macy's had significant issues for Macy's, Inc. It sounds like Macy's is acknowledging that they have lost value as a result of having replaced Marshall Field's and other stores like Famous Barr with Macy's.

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  9:55 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

One can listen to Macy's conference call via macysinc.com or more directly via the following link. Based on past calls, it probably will last until about 11:00 am Chicago time.
The conference call rebroadcasts via the web later on; however, the Q & A aftwards is usually not included--so tune in even if you come in after 10:30 am (Chicago Time).

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  9:06 am CT
Posted by: gle

Here's an Associated Press announcement from today's "Tribune:"

"Macy's reports 59 percent drop in 4Q profit, dragged down by sagging sales, one time charges"

Letters to the "Tribune" should be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com in addition to leaving comments at the Topix section after the article.


Here is the "Sun-Times" coverage from "Associated Press:"

"Macy's reports 59 percent drop in 4Q profit" February 24, 2009 by Associated Press.
[This article has additional detail to what is in the "Tribune" coverage. ]

As usual, there is a comment blog that requires easy registration.

Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (3 12) 321-2360

Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009  8:31 am CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's 4th quarter earnings report is out today, the same day as the webcast conference call.

The link to the earnings report from their website is:


Date:Monday, February 23, 2009  11:59 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to "gle" for the heads up on the Q4 2008 Earnings Conference call scheduled for tomorrow. I know many of us anticipated that it would be on Thursday. I wonder if this means something big is up.

Also remember that the Chicago History Musuem's "Inside Chicago Fashion" lecture series kicks off tomorrow evening. The second installment on Tuesday evening, March 3 at 7 pm is entitled "The Marshall Field's Factor". Field's Fans will be in attendence for that one, even passing out some buttons on the public sidewalk in front before the lecture. You can buy tickets at the ChicagoHistory.org website. I have a couple extra as well. For more details, see http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/lectures#inside The event is in no way sponsored by FieldsFansChicago.org nor, as far as we can tell, Macy's.

Stay in touch this week and remember to check in to find out about opportunities to respond to news media pieces on the latest at Macy's so we can remind the world that Marshall Field's can indeed and should be restored to its rightful place in Chicago.

Date:Monday, February 23, 2009  9:37 am CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's will hold its Q4 2008 Earnings webcast conference call Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Information is available on the following link from their website:

Date:Sunday, February 22, 2009  7:35 pm CT
Posted by: Tom Karczewski

Saw the article about terry, the GROOM, planning his wedding and picking out the gown of his bride-to-be. HUH?! Why does this not surprise me? I understand terry also picked out the wine, which I would guess-at the risk of sounding very much like a wine snob, which I am-was chardonnay and merlot..very macy-like. terry, terry, terry, you are such a control freak.

Date:Sunday, February 22, 2009  1:29 am CT
Posted by: Seth

I refuse to shop Macy's ever since they did away with Marshall Field's. Even though I live in Seattle, I will not shop Macy's here because of what happened in Chicago.

Date:Saturday, February 21, 2009  6:45 pm CT
Posted by: Joseph From CA

Hello again Field's fans. I am currently travelling in the southeast and wanted to give you all a summary of what I have seen in some Macy's stores here.

The first Macy's that I went through in this region was at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, AL right outside of Birmingham. I believe this store is a former Rich's store, and it has just the same amount of dull, inspiring merchandise as the Macy's stores in California. On top of that, the store is in desperate need of interior rennovation. One can't help but feel that one is in the late 70s or early 80s when inside. Also there were a number of mannequins that were covered only in plastic Macy's garment bags. What point were they trying to make with that?

In Atlanta Macy's at Lenox Square is I believe a regional flagship, but the array of merchandise does nothing to distinguish itself (surprise, surprise) from other Macy's stores. The same can be said about Macy's at Perimeter Mall in northern Atlanta. For southeastern consumers, the best alternatives to Macy's are Belk and Dillard's (I prefer Belk), and there are some Nordstrom stores scattered throughout the region.

Last night I was having a conversation with a friend of one of my friends, and we started talking about shopping and he said he loves Macy's. Naturally I reacted with disgust and asked him where he was originally from, and he said Michigan. I asked him how on earth it was possible for him to be from Michigan and claim to love Macy's considering what they did to Field's. He said he missed Hudson's more, but I replied that Field's was so much better than Macy's and that even when Field's replaced Hudson's that Field's tried to be as much like Hudson's as possible. After giving it some thought, he did concede my point that it was a real shame that we lost Field's to Macy's mediocrity.

Date:Saturday, February 21, 2009  9:50 am CT
Posted by: GRA58

I was out with a group of friends, and one of them relayed a story about shopping at Macy's State Street. He used to be (emphasize used to be) one of those poor misguided souls who said "What's the difference? It's only a name." He was so exasperated trying to buy a pair of slacks that he said he was willing to pay anything to anyone just to get out of there. He left empty handed and swore he'd never go back. A number of us pointed him in other directions to places we have now found to shop post-Field's. I have to admit, there was some "I told you so" pleasure in all this. But we have another convert, and Macy's has lost another customer, so it's a good thing. When will these people get a clue?

Date:Friday, February 20, 2009  2:34 pm CT
Posted by: JJJC

I think it's realisitic that all retailers are having trouble in this economy. Some aren't going to survive and probably even Marshall Field's would have sales down in this economy.

Still, this article points out that Macy's has made things much worse for itself by getting rid of the regional department stores and of course, that means above all else, Marshall Field's. Afterall, even with "My Macy's", how will Macy's understand "My Marshall Field's"??????


Date:Thursday, February 19, 2009  7:03 pm CT
Posted by: drew

A dismal outlook for department stores in the months ahead, and the article specifically notes macy*mart's so-called celebrity brands aren't going to excite customers and that Kohl's has better offerings of national and house brands:
Mr Lunkhead still doesn't get it--Donald Trump and Martha Stewart, my macy*s, cutbacks in services and amenities, recycled Christmas displays, One Day Sales, coupons with numerous exclusions, "the magic of macy*s," TV commercials drenched in RED, massive layoffs, loss of goodwill have contributed to a perfect storm of failure.

Date:Thursday, February 19, 2009  1:13 pm CT
Posted by: Sheila J Edenfield

My yearning is to find another Curious George my grandmother bought for me at Christmas at Marshall Field's around 1979.

This "doll" is and has been with me through a unfortuante broken marriage, many, many broken hearts as to in those spendid happy times I hold dear within my childhood memories. Oh boy, if Mr. Curious could talk, well you all know. I confided in God, of my understanding,as I always held onto my sweet monkey close to me when I was a young girl growing up. I hold my lovely Curious George as dear as a precious gem. At times, when I look at his face I am so reminded that I am never alone, and that absolutely no one can make me feel anything, unless I were to give them that power. I thank you for your time, which I truly realize is very precious each day I live. Life is short and WE must enjoy each moment of every minute of every day. Thanks again. Sheila :)

Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2009  10:54 pm CT
Posted by: JamesfromCa

n today's San Francisco Chronicle there is an interesting article about Macy's and their special events: "Macy's keeps their high profile events despite cuts" I didn't realize that they are closing the West coast division's offices

There is a comments section but you must be registered.


Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2009  5:53 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

Just a correction to my post yesterday about the Sun-Times article on the Fashion Incubator.

Thr URL did not show up correctly. Here is the URL.

Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com If nothing else, be sure to click the "recommend" button that appears after the comments on the web page.

Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2009  5:13 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The Chicago Designers' mini trunk show was held today at the State Street store. They exhibited in the first floor center aisles, where nobody could possibly miss them. A few designers had a customer (about the same as regular cash register traffic), and the rest stood there and stared like they couldn't figure out why nobody was talking to them.

A few customers looked at ladies' jewelry (50 percent off).

The State Street windows have a return to color theme, with a different color assigned to each window. Manikins are garbed in what I would call a neo-70's hippie look, including floral wigs.

And I couldn't resist--since there were boxes of Frango's left over from Christmas on the first floor, I checked for dust. There was dust.

These are not the kind of things I remember from Marshall Field's, or any other store to be honest. We need for as many of us as possible to purchase our one share of Messy's stock so we can vote at the annual shareholders' meeting. The share price is now below $10. We want our Marshall Field's back in Chicago!

Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2009  12:51 am CT
Posted by: Louise F.

Macy employee comments are still continuing on

the Retail Worker website. They show no signs of slowing down.

The "Management Cuts" portion is especially interesting from Macy's employees' viewpoints. One employee tells how Toyota has announced massive layoffs of executives, and how it should also be done at Macy's, Inc. Another person laughingly implies that Terry Lundgren would consider his sacrifice to be to go from two personal-assigned make-up artists to only one!

Keep the boycott going, Field's Fans! It is achieving results beyond all belief. Keep advising people to not to shop at Bloomingdale's too.

Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2009  7:26 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

I was talking with a client today about marketing mishaps and we all brought up Macy's takeover and destruction of Field's as the prime example of not thinking about ROI. For a few hundred thousand dollars of shopping bag and advertising costs... Macy's lost millions in revenue! Sure it wouldn't have been convenient to have a "gap" in the "national brand" to leave Field's, Field's but at the end of the day this is a business. The change didn't make business sense. Macy's didn't do a real ROI analysis of the benefits/costs associated with removing the brand name Field's. At the end of the day this isn't just a customer concern it is a REAL BUSINESS issue. Macy's is NOT exploiting the value of the Marshall Field's trademark.

FYI. For the ladies out there this week is Clinque bonus week at Carson's. Grab a friend and go!

Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2009  4:28 pm CT
Posted by: Cassie

I am getting married in May. I will need a wedding suit, a reception dress and some clothes for my honeymoon in Venice. I would have loved to have purchased all of the above at Marshall Field's, but since Macy's has wiped out the soul of Chicago retail, I will have to make do with Neimann Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom. Needless to say, I will not register at Macy's. My fiance, my family, his family, all our friends - none of us will shop at Macy's - not now - not ever.

Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2009  3:20 pm CT
Posted by: Janice D.

Field's Fans have mentioned often how macy's CEO/Pres/Chairman Terry Lundgren planned his wedding down to the most extreme detail, even picking out his bride's wedding gown, which she did not see until she was ready to walk down the aisle to be Terry's obedient wife.


Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2009  7:23 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Today's Sun-Times has an article by Sandra Guy about the six new designers to be housed at the fashion incubator at the State Street store.

[ URL added 5:27 pm, W 2/18/09 ]

One has to wonder how Chicago's fashion reputation is to be bolstered if it is based on a name synonymous with New York. For over 150 years, Marshall Field's was Chicago's best known name in international fashion.

Date:Monday, February 16, 2009  11:47 pm CT
Posted by: Darrid

great article:

Date:Monday, February 16, 2009  12:11 pm CT
Posted by: marf

Hi there! Just wanted everyone to know that I affixed one of my freeB "I Want my Marshall Field's" buttons to a very generic tote bag and donated it to a local charitable event - a silent auction fundraiser. No kidding - it was a VERY plain tote bag, $5.00 at Target, but with the MF button on it it fetched $27.00 for the event. I was standing around during part of the silent auction, looking at items but also listening, and the people who were bidding on the bag really wanted thatB button. The name "Marshall Field's" still adds value to everything, in Minnesota as well as in the Chicago area. You'd think the smart folks at Macy's would have sorted that one out by now.

Date:Sunday, February 15, 2009  8:54 pm CT
Posted by: K.W.

I grew up in Chicago, and in Marshall Fields. My mother, father, sister, aunts and I spent many hours shopping there, and it is one of our very very fondest memories. We were heartsick when we heard it was closing.

We are living in Oklahoma now. We moved here when I was a junior in high school in 1979. However we continued to shop at Fields via catalog and mail order. I am homesick for Chicago, and Marshall Fields very often. I wrote a special poem about Marshall Fields for my mother for Christmas a few years ago.

Date:Sunday, February 15, 2009  7:58 pm CT
Posted by: Michael, in WI

Sources I consider excellent tell me that the reason that Macy's did not lay off any more of the Minneapolis staff is because they are shopping the Field's stores and need management in place. Word from my commercial real estate friends is that they can't get rid of the former Field's stores fast enough. Sadly, I don't know that the buyer will want the real estate and teh brand--let's hope both...FIELD'S FOREVER!

Date:Sunday, February 15, 2009  5:40 pm CT
Posted by: Joseph From CA

I work for a major bank that has branches in Chicago as well as out here in California. The other day, I was assisting a customer who had just relocated from Chicago. Naturally I had to mention Field's, and her face just lit up at the very mention of Field's. She said that it was the only place she shopped and that resentment towards Macy's in Chicago is still extremely high. We talked about the Walnut Room, 7 On State, Frangos, and that it was the perfect mix of high quality merchandise and reasonable prices.

The bank where I work is at a mall, right in front of a Macy's that was a Bullock's prior to 1996. I told my customer that I am still bitter about losing Bullock's and how it was like Field's in many ways.

Her comment about the anti-Macy's sentinment in Chicago should serve as sufficient evidence to anyone who doesn't think that Macy's made a careless decision by taking Field's away from us.

Date:Saturday, February 14, 2009  10:34 am CT
Posted by: Mary A-S

The Macy's Presidents Day sale ads are somewhere between lame and tacky. They show some woman looking vaguely like a modern day Betsy Ross sewing red Macy's stars on a white cloth/sheet. You think they would show the American flag prominently instead. They seem to be really focused on the red stars -- themselves -- in a really self-absorbed way. No class.

Date:Friday, February 13, 2009  11:34 am CT
Posted by: Pete

Macy's has an ad in the Tribune for Valentine's Day candies. There is about as much emphasis--if not more-- on Godiva than there is on Frangos.

Macy's really doesn't get it.

Date:Thursday, February 12, 2009  8:55 pm CT
Posted by: Carolyn Mace

Your comments are invited on this article in the Chicago Examiner.

No registration is needed to comment.


Date:Thursday, February 12, 2009  8:41 pm CT
Posted by: Louise

As reported from San Francisco's KRON TV:


Date:Wednesday, February 11, 2009  12:32 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Traveling for business can be lonely at times. Unless you are wearing a "Marsahll Field's Forever" button. I am amazed at how many people will comment on the button and share a fond memory of Marshall Field's or a wacky "Macy's moment." Apparently the overpriced, poorly made house brands and lack of customer service are nationwide. People are mad at the magic of Macy's. So many people talk about making special trips to Chicago just to go to Field's. This is a real loss of tourist dollars at hotels, restaurants and other retailers. Not to mention the tax dollars lost.

Date:Tuesday, February 10, 2009  12:32 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Macy's keeps offering coupons and more coupons. Except for the year that it was owned by May, Field's never had to rely on coupons to lure customers in.

I think Macy's is doomed because any customers they do get is not out of loyalty but just out of getting things cheap. This is completely the opposite of Marshall Field's which was built on loyalty.

Macy's needs to allow Field's to come back.

Date:Monday, February 9, 2009  9:41 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

Chicago Place Mall is going to shut down and be converted to offices. This wasn't the best mall to begin with but it could have been a good Michigan Ave location for Von Maur, Carson's or Lord & Taylor. I believe the developer didn't want too many modifications to the current structure (they're going to have to change it anyhow to make it office space!).


Date:Monday, February 9, 2009  4:01 pm CT
Posted by: Charles Chute

Although I am posting from New York, I wish to express my support for Chicagoans in the restoration of their Marshall Fields stores. I believe that Macy's made a blunder by deciding to rebrand all the regional department stores as Macy's. The regional department stores in the different parts of the US are part of that region's personality. Marshall Fields is Chicago, just as Filene's is Boston, and Macy's is (or was) New York. By changing all the other department stores, it genericized the whole shopping experience for all Americans.

I hope that Chicago gets their Marshall Fields back. It's part of your heritage, and you deserve nothing less.

Date:Monday, February 9, 2009  3:05 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

It looks like Macy's is trying to push their sales as "breaking news" in other markets as well. Look at this from Dallas :
I commented regarding Foley's and Marshall Fields and encourage all who want the style and class of Fields and the other regional stores to comment as well.

Date:Monday, February 9, 2009  2:37 pm CT
Posted by: LiMack

It is good that an earlier commenter reminded us all of Mr. Lundgren's "eliminate the competition" strategy which many experts believe paved the way for Macy's current difficulties. Macy's did not bother to differentiate themselves to compete fairly with existing reputable and beloved local-regional store brands. Macy's just gobbled them all up, instead. Macy's assumed customers would be sheeple and blindly go to Macy's if they put up their sign in the same retail space and buildings as the old stores they killed. What a mistake Macy's made. Lundgren badly miscalculated and bit off way more than he could chew on this one! Macy's just got too big, too fast. They offered a soul-less boring "same old same old" retail experience all across the country. The "magic" is only an advertising slogan. Never a reality.

Occasionally there are accusations from others outside that our disappointment with Macy's is just a "Chicago thing" or a crazy "Marshall Field's madness". Well folks, I was on business in San Francisco when the latest reorganization and personnel cutbacks were announced by Macy's. I caught a few of the newspaper articles and web stories. San Franciscans are angry and up in arms!! You would not believe some of the reader comments that were posted to the articles. They still mourn several of their lost stores, and view Macy's as a very mismanaged operation just like we do. So sad all around.

Date:Sunday, February 8, 2009  4:20 pm CT
Posted by: Gail

I initially wondered if it would be difficult for me to boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's. But it has been very easy--not just for me, but for my friends and family too.

Date:Sunday, February 8, 2009  2:09 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Interesting article on the lavish benefits enjoyed by Mr Lunkhead:
Having "a make-up artist on standby" while thousands and thousands of hardworking employees have been dismissed is reminiscent of Marie Antoinette's attitude toward the poor people who had no bread--"Let them eat cake." How can the shareholders and directors allow this pompous egomaniac who has run the company into the ground reward him like this?

Date:Sunday, February 8, 2009  8:32 am CT
Posted by: Joe Carson

Many of you may find this retrospective look at various American department stores to be fascinating...
How very much we have lost, when we lost our local, regional department stores, folks.

Date:Saturday, February 7, 2009  9:51 am CT
Posted by: Kurt G

` Now, during a severe economic downturn, is the most opportune time for those with the capital and foresight to purchase the Field's name and real estate and restore it to the retail position it once held in the Chicago area. I'm certain the phrase "white elephant" is being heard in the halls of Federated in Cincinatti. Their "eliminate the competition" strategy has gotten them into this dilemma. Consolidation has brought disaster in broadcast and print media, air transport, banking, finance, and of course, retail merchandising. Competition and thoughtful regulation is good for capitalism. Without it, we have the financial disaster we are now experiencing.

Date:Friday, February 6, 2009  10:36 am CT
Posted by: drew

This analyst realizes that discounting and cost-cutting are not the keys to long-term success:


While "those wacky folks at macy's" continue to ignore marketplace realities and consumer expectations, their short term "fixes" and "reorganizations" do nothing to strengthen their long term outlook. How much longer can Mr Lunkhead and his clueless management team delay the inevitable collapse of of the Red Star?

Date:Friday, February 6, 2009  10:08 am CT
Posted by: gle

The February 5, 2009 "Tribune" stock quotes (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go) has become a repository of MacysInc.com official press releases on the state of Messy's as viewed by Macy's:

"Businesswire Retail Report on January 2009 Retail Sales Figures"

"Macy's, Inc. Same-Store Sales Down 4.5% in January"
This includes Macy's rather absurdly optimismtic statement about My Macy's, almost overlooking the general reality of what they likely don't want to admit:

"The company is very encouraged with fourth quarter sales performance in its 20 My Macy's pilot localization districts relative to other geographic markets."

Macy's also offers another interesting quote: "In the future, the company believes it will be better able to capture additional market share from the localization approach."


I don't know one person who has told me they want "My Macy's." Chicago locals I talk to every day keep saying they want their Marshall Field's.

Date:Thursday, February 5, 2009  10:14 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

It is interesting to note that fourth quarter Same Store Sales fell 7%. That paints a more accurate picture than the Jan SSS. Fourth quarter is when all the holiday shopping was done. Just a different way to look at the number.

Date:Thursday, February 5, 2009  7:30 pm CT
Posted by: Rich W

Yes, the 4.5% comp store decrease is not all that bad, but what's going to be even more telling will be their 4th Quarter report to the investment community. Unlike stores that had steeper sales declines on leaner inventories (which improves the bottom line), they are stock full of clearance product from holiday in February. It's obvious they have tried to cover their poor margins by holding back permanent markdowns on such seasonal items as outerwear. This will all come back to bite them in the backside. I even think their Q4 profits will be a disaster based on what they did to sell all their crap in Nov-Jan. I walked through State St today and there was a ratio of about 3 sales associates to every customer. Funny thing is they must all have been instructed to greet customers and ask them if they needed help. I never saw their staff so eager to help. Of course I did not need help since I refuse to actually buy anything.

Date:Thursday, February 5, 2009  12:49 pm CT
Posted by: Fred

Macy's releases 2008-2009 figures including profits on February 26.

Date:Thursday, February 5, 2009  12:45 pm CT
Posted by: Fred

Sales may be down about 4.5% NATIONWIDE, but how are they doing in the Chicago area? With Macy's digging itself into the basement several levels down when they dumped Field's, even an increase won't match levels they had when it was Field' s.

But most importantly, it's one thing to sell merchandise, it's another to make a profit. With clearance-level prices offered during the holiday season, I don't see how profits can be respectable.

Date:Thursday, February 5, 2009  10:34 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's January sales report was released today. Sales are down 4.5%; however, this is less than the 6.5% drop that analysts predicted.

The Sun-Times and Tribune both are currently running wire stories at their websites covering the reports. You can leave comments afterwards and, as always, you are encouraged to write letters to the editors. Do keep a copy of your comments even if you are posting on the web pages. This is because the story may be revised and your comments might need to be reposted as a result. The URLs are:

Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago Tribune:

Letters to the "Sun-Times" should be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 The phone call option takes less than a minute.

Letters to the "Tribune" should be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Again, keep a copy of your comments should the articles be revised or replaced and your comments need to be reposted.

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  2:20 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The "Tribune" stock quotes section (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go) features Macy's detailed press release on the expansion of "My Macy's," reactions to the recession and information about Messy's upper management team.

While the in-depth press release is a reprint from the one at MacysInc.com, ( http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=84477&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1250883&highlight= ), the Tribune page also features some links to various charts and stats that make things more understandable. A MUST for sharehodlers.

"Macy's, Inc. to Expand 'My Macy's' Localization Initiative, Adopt New Operating Structure, Reduce Expenses" February 2, 2009

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  12:47 pm CT
Posted by: G

I was an employee at Macy's in the Chicago Corporate Office. It was not a pleasant experience. The management staff was rude and unprofessional. I hated it there....and I do not like Macy's. Pls bring Marshall Field's back.

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  11:34 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

A NASDAQ report shows that Macy's officers have been selling some of their Macy's stock. They have properly reported legal and proper insider trading that is dated two days ago, 2/2/2009, the same day that the layoffs and reorg were announced. Before that, nothing since the end of last year, 12/31/08. Among those trading: Macy's officiers Amy Hansen, Janet Grove, Karen M Houget, and Terry J. Lundgren.

Perhaps this is this is all just a technicality related to the way these officiers received the second half of their incentives. (See today's posts from Nathan and Michael below.)

I'm not sure what to make of it. I've seen some other Macy's stock forums where there has been some speculation on what this means. If you have comments or observations on this, please keep them based on substantially informed opinions.

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  9:29 am CT
Posted by: gle

Here are two more articles about Messy's recent cutbacks with comment blogs. Simple registration is needed to comment.

>From "Crain's Chicago Business" online:

"Macy's Inc. Cutting 7,000 jobs" February 2, 2009 by Associated Press

Send letters to letters@chicagobusiness.com

>From the "Seeking Alpha" website:

"Macy's Cuts Dividend: Other Retailers Down on the News" February 3, 2009 http://seekingalpha.com/article/118185-macy-s-cuts-dividend-other-retailers-down-on-the-news?source=email You may already have the simple registration from commenting on a couple of other Macy's / Field's articles at the same site.

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  9:00 am CT
Posted by: Michael

Another point from the Cincinnati Enquirer article at
Here's an excerpt that is curious:
Half of the incentive was paid in February 2008 with the remaining amount paid Monday.

Payments for stock credits and accrued dividends were as follows: Chief executive Terry J. Lundgren, $613,281; Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer, $192,742; Thomas Cole, chief adminstrative officer, $227,794; Janet Grove, vice chair, $227,794; Susan Kronick, vice chair, $227,794.

On Monday the company announced that swooning sales and poor earnings would bring thousands of pink slips to associates and reconfigure management of the company.

Date:Wednesday, February 4, 2009  7:54 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

There is a superb letter to the editor of the online edition of today's Tribune from a Field's supporter.

"Bring back Field's"

Please leave responses after the letter. It's alo important to send letters to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  8:25 pm CT
Posted by: Nathan

"Macy's Execs Get Performance Bonuses"


A day after Macy's executives announced lay-offs of 7,000 workers and cut a dividend in half, top company officials received a final installment on $1.39 million in performance bonuses from 2004.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  3:50 pm CT
Posted by: G A

We finally gave our buttons away to VERY enthusiastic new fans and we look forward to getting new replacement buttons.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  2:05 pm CT
Posted by: R.

I'm a true Marshall Fields supporter, I even worked there!

Anyway i'm sending you some links for the enjoyment and inspiration of the many, many Marshall Field's fans.

1. http://www.chicagopc.info/Chicago%20postcards/Retail%20-%20Office%20Bldgs/bldgs%20a-m/marshall%20field%20apt%20display.JPG

2. http://www.chicagopc.info/Chicago%20postcards/Retail%20-%20Office%20Bldgs/bldgs%20a-m/marshall%20field%20cashier%20desks%20dress%20making.JPG

3. http://www.chicagopc.info/Chicago%20postcards/Retail%20-%20Office%20Bldgs/bldgs%20a-m/marshall%20field%20confectionery%20dept.JPG

4. http://www.chicagopc.info/Chicago%20postcards/Retail%20-%20Office%20Bldgs/bldgs%20a-m/marshall%20field%20loading%20wagons.jpg

5. http://www.chicagopc.info/Chicago%20postcards/Retail%20-%20Office%20Bldgs/bldgs%20a-m/marshall%20field%20narcissus%20fountain%20room.JPG

6. OR CHECK HERE http://www.chicagopc.info/retail__office_am.htm

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  1:56 pm CT
Posted by: Jesse P.

Thank you, Phil, for bringing the www.retail-worker.com website to our attention. Very enlightening, Phil.

I highly recommend all Field's Fans to click on the "Macy's" portion and learn what goes on behind the scenes at Macy's and a some more details about Pres/CEO/Chairman Lundgren!


Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  10:36 am CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler

The Macy's posts on retail-worker.com have been very active on these layoffs over the last two weeks. At the store level, they're eliminating gift wrap and CUSTOMER SERVICE, closing remaining restaurants in Michigan. One legacy store employee couldn't believe that stores in the Midwest had restaurants, and the Michigan employee replied " We were Marshall Field's" in a rather proud fashion!

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  9:27 am CT
Posted by: New shareholder

I feel sickened to see news accounts of some 1/4 of Messy's employees being cut, while the person who refuses to manage a company properly is still in office. There is an updated article in today's "Tribune" with a new comment blog:

"Macy's to cut 7,000 jobs, 100 here" February 3, 2009 by Sandra M. Jones

I believe now is the time more than ever to purchase a share of Macy's stock. As a shareholder we not only have a voice, but a vote. The stock is hovering around the $10 amount, affordable even in tough economic times. I recently purchased my share, and am proud to be part of the process for change. As I understand it, we will be able to vote on whether to retain the CEO at the annual shareholders' meeting sometime in May. Hopefully employees who were laid off might have had employee profit-sharing, which means they also have a vote.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  8:49 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Macy's is in the news again. And it is not good.

>From the Washington Post:

"Macy's, which announced last month it will close 11 of its 840 stores, now will trim about 4 percent of the company's 180,000-person workforce."

That is about 7,000 jobs...including 40% of management. (How about cutting Lundgren?) Macy's claims it will be 5-6 people per store who will loose their jobs. It's another reorganization for Macy's. Let's see what kind of coverage this gets in the Trib and Sun Times -both papers that will do a full column on Frango Mints.

Add that number to previous reogranizations and consolidations for a grand total of 16,000 positions eliminated in two years! Now that is really making a "sensation across the nation." I wish the employees and their family's well.

In other news, Liz Claiborne will eliminate 750 jobs. If you remember your Macy's history: Claiborne lost a lot of business when Macy's purchased May Company...and more business when Macy's cancelled or scaled back orders for clothing because Claiborne developed a special line for JC Penney.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009  7:23 am CT
Posted by: Jim

Re-reading Sandra Guy's article in today's Sun-Times, I don't understand how or why having macys.com ordering kiosks in stores is a big deal. Wouldn't pretty much everyone inclined to order from macys.com already have internet access at home? Why would they go to a store to order online?

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  9:46 pm CT
Posted by: MJA1951

I think it is obvious that Terry Lundgren will never allow Field's to come back as long as he is in charge.

His constantly changing excuses for Macy's, only the name will change, Field's had to many sales, we need to be nationalized, we need to be regionalized, etc., tells me that his ego will not allow him to admit his mistake.

Just like Safeway has wrecked Dominick's and refuses to admit it, until Terry is thrown out (which seems unlikely, but I don't know why), I can't see how Fields can return.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  6:12 pm CT
Posted by: JamesfromCa

I read today's news does it come as a surprise to anyone? The water is about knee high now! Lundgren could have played this whole buyout to his

advantage back in 05 if he left the public in suspense for the entire year and at the very last minute decided to keep it Field's, he would have looked like a hero from a Capra movie. The Chicago market would have supported Field's and when the economy soured all the goodwill would have been remembered and Field's could have ridden out this awful storm a lot better than macy's. The problem is Lundgren didn't care what the public or media thought of the conversion he basically gave the public a loud "drop dead! It's my way and you will accept it" Well with that attitude it's been a war between him and Chicago ever since. Chicago isn't going to support macy's with all the bad blood now. the sad thing is if macy's goes down he will take the Field's, I.Magnin, Fielene's, Burdine's etc portfolio of names with him. Unless he is removed and cooler heads prevail and they can sell off the rights.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  3:15 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

In followup to "gle"'s post, the Tribune moved the article to a new URL from the one it was at a couple of hours ago. If you wrote comments in the Topix forum then, you will now need to repost your comments to the Topix forum to show up with the new version of the article.

Please access the new article via the URL gle posts below--and be certain to keep a copy of your comments in case the article moves again.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  3:04 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Just in from today's "Tribune:"

"Macy's to eliminate 7,000 jobs, slash dividend" by Associated Press


The comment blog is already filling up.

It's important to send letters to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  2:59 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

ABC7Chicago.com, CBS2Chicago.com and others all have stories about Macy's massive layoff and reorg, but NBC5 lets you comment without a login. So make a comment!


Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  2:35 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Sandra Guy has written an article for the Sun-Times.

The comments section appears afterwards--you need a brief registration to participate; Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 The phone call option takes less than a minute.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  2:20 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

"LiMack" is pretty much on the money--Macy's is not. Field's probably would have even had to lay off employees in this economy--but not this big of a percentage.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  1:30 pm CT
Posted by: LiMack

I dunno-----firing 7000 employees and dramatically cutting the dividend makes Macy's look pretty desperate to me! This obviously goes well beyond regional office consolidation and cannot help but cut deeper into Macy's already dismal customer service performance and substandard merchandise offerings.

There isn't a lot of investment capital out there right now, but this would be a wonderful, wonderful time for someone to help Terry out, offer Macy's some much needed cash, and return a true Marshall Field's store to 111 N. State.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  1:30 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

The Chicago Tribune is running an AP story on the changes at Macy's and it's huge layoff. Be sure to leave comments and also be sure to keep a copy of your comments you enter in to the page because the Tribune often updates and publishes revised editions of its web stories, thus restarting the Topix forum.

The URL has moved to the following URL. If you posted your comments in the Topix forum associated with the old article from lunch hour, you need to post them again with the new article.

There are many other similar articles -- be sure to comment where you can.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  1:21 pm CT
Posted by: Michael Russell

Hmmmm. Today's announcement that Macy's will cut 7000 jobs will REALLY help customer service and employee morale. It seems like the end is rapidly descending on Mr. Lundgren. When the shareholders see the drastic deduction in their dividends, maybe they'll see that there is a BIG problem at the top!

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  1:20 pm CT
Posted by: Judy Marth

It's "Terry In Wonderland" again....Oh, yeah, everything's fine..

Yahoo Headline - Macy's to Cut 7,000 Jobs....

Best Marshall Field's Wishes,


Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  1:10 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's confirms that it will be reorganizing Macy's East, West, Central and Florida into one division. The dividend will also be cut. But most sadly of all, Macy's will be cutting 4% of its workforce. Official press releases are at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=84477&p=irol-news&nyo=0; Marketwatch is one of many outlets that have a story on this with a place to comment: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/macys-cutting-4-workforce-quarterly/story.aspx?guid=%7B562D06BC-6B17-4908-ACCB-C0A1ADE742EC%7D&dist=msr_3.

Macy's will also have a live webcast conference call starting at 1:30 pm Chicago time. Check http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=84477&eventID=2088001 for the details and to listen.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2009  pm 6:49 am CT
Posted by: Susan Greene

"Emotional" indeed! In a world starved for beauty and excellence, Field's has more than answered a need. One can live off Walmart if need be, but as has been observed long ago, we do not live by bread and cheap merch alone. Reading all these blog entries has made me more aware of how Field's is entwined in my makeup as a former employe and Chicagoan. Destroying it is like defacing Yellowstone- which I have experienced only once as a small child but nevertheless- it is still mine and I don't want it logged or paved over even if I never see it again. I know it is there- just like Field's used to be. If we wipe emotion out of our lives, obviously we are dead. So I will prefer to shop happily in a clean and beautiful store in preference to some shabby discount paradise.

Apart from the disappointment in Macy offerings, the real issue is the loss of soul here, let's face it. The other Field stores were fine in their own rights but NONE could hope to be what the State Street store was, because the combination of quality merchandise and fine service with an emotionally stirring and satisfying space is supreme. It was all of a piece, a unified triumph from the gold gift seals in the shape of the Field's shield logo (at least til the 70s or so) to that TIffany ceiling. MMmm. You couldn't eat the place- maybe that is why the Frangos taste(d) so good! Perhaps Marshall Field could teach Lundgren a thing or two if he was disposed to listen.

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009  6:00 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Macy's ill-fated decision to convert Marshall Field's to Macy's has been compared countless times to Coca-Cola's 1985 folly, Coke II.

While Coke was smart enough to bring back original formula Coke and dub it "Coca Cola Classic", It's only now that Coke is closing the story by dropping the "Classic" moniker from its flagship product. That's almost 24 years after the story started.

Both the Saturday editions of the Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Times have stories about Coca-Cola finally dropping the word "Classic" from Coca-Cola bottles, cans, etc.

Here are some excerpts from the NY Times and it's very uncanny how it could also be about Macy's and Field's--except the part where Coke listened to customers and brought back Coke "Classic":

...said Paul Worthington, the head of strategy for the branding firm Wolff Olins. "They failed to understand the emotional significance to people that messing with Coke would have, and that's gone down in history."

As soon as new Coke was introduced, Coca-Cola began getting hammered. Employees had to work overtime on its complaints hotline, where it was receiving an average of 1,500 calls a day. People started hoarding containers of the classic formula, formed groups like the Old Cola Drinkers of America, and even boycotted the company in protest.

Ten weeks after introducing the new Coke, and after publicly vowing that the original formula was gone for good, company executives brought it back.

Coca-Cola Classic began to outsell new Coke almost immediately, and revived the company's sales.

The full story is at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/31/business/media/31coke.html

The quote from Mr. Worthington is especially canny. Mr. Lundgren has come across many, many times as being oblivious to the emotional nature of Field's. During the 2008 Macy's sharaeholders' meeting, Mr. Lundgren dismissed my comments about Field's as simply being an "emotional" thing. If Lundgren doesn't understand the emotional nature of making a purchase, how can he be running Macy's?

The other parallels are numerous, of course. The only exception was that Macy's still hasn't been smart enough to bring back Field's in service, style, quality and name. Here's hoe the NY Times article closed:

It was "a humbling experiment," Donald Keough, Coca-Cola's president, said at the time. "Some cynics say we planned the whole thing. The truth is, we're not that dumb, and we're not that smart."
Too bad Terry Lundgren seems to have only a lot of hubris.


While the NY Times article does not have a place to comment after the article, you can send a letter to the editor at letters@nytimes.com. You should do this by tomorrow (Monday) just because the NY Times doesn't often print letters that are received more than a couple of days after the article was published.

Another option that is to bring up the above points in the Sun-Times article on the same topic of Coca-Cola. They have a comment area afterwards (for which you need a very simple, free registration, as well as their letters areas.

The article is entitled "Coke cleans up its 'classic' blunder" and can be viewed at http://www.suntimes.com/business/1406801,CST-FIN-coke31.article

The comments section appears afterwards; Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 The phone call option takes less than a minute.

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009  5:21 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All

I must admit that I REALLY enjoyed the wonderful page on the farewell of Filenes--- This is of course the page for the FIGHT FOR Marshall Field's and of course I FULLY support the restoration of Field's in service assortment and style in completion --and not simply the name --and to be free of the tyranny of the red star!

The Filenes page however is neat and worth a look -- the one picture juxtaposing the red star store name sign and the Filenes clock across the street I believe is FROM INSIDE the former flagship of The Jordan Marsh Company -- yet another wonderful piece of Americana and another great store killed by the reds.

I DO applaud the reds on their maintenance and mordernizing of the Great Clocks -- I AM very happy about that

I had the opportunity recently -- at a party-- to try a few recently produced traditional Frango mints -- they were on a tray on the buffet table with dessert choices -- still in thier "Frango paper cups" I took them because I had not purchased them and I have not had any in such a long time -- they seemed very waxy and pasty and not melt in your mouth - has any one else had any recently and has any oneelse noticed that they simply do not seem as good ?????? I hate to think it but I wonder if the reds have directed cheapening of the recipe to increase profit margin??

Thanks all


Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009  11:31 am CT
Posted by: Justin D.

I attend a midwest Big 10 university. My marketing professor made it clear to us at our last lecture that Macy's made the very worst mistake possible in getting rid of the Marshall Field's style of quality merchandising, unique product lines, special customer service and name. He sees no way that Macy's can endure the wrath it has brought upon itself by its own bad decisions.

I'm only 22 and I miss Marshall Field's too!

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009  9:22 am CT
Posted by: Eleanor

My cousin works in the Downtown Chicago Visitor Center. She tells about how often daily she deals with saddened and upset visitors who have tried macy's on State, but find it depressing. They mention how it is not uplifting and truly exciting, as when it was Marshall Field's. Many state that they could go to Macy's in San Francisco or anyplace. They say they will not be returning to visit in Chicago since Marshall Field's was the reason they visited Chicago. The visitors are astounded as to why Macy's would deliberately destroy such a world-famous and established name and retail culture in Chicago, as Marshall Field's. It does not make common sense, nor business sense, when businesses should be making themselves unique and special in these competitive and recessionary times. Why in the World could this happen to Marshall Field's...and Chicago...and us personally!

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  11:15 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

The well-spring of support and passion with which Field's supporters come out fighting for its return is always amazing and humbling.

I do have to offer my own personal opinions on two posts today.

With regards to Macy's consolidating the various regions, the reality is that having various regional divsions is an anomaly to Macy's. JCPenney, Sak's, Nieman's, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Sears, and many more are not split up like Macy's. For this and various other reasons, I don't see this consolidation as a last act of desperation but just bringing things in line with the industry of national chains. Of course, I wish Marshall Field's was separate.

With regards to the Great Clocks, the fact is that these clocks have increasingly been having problems with keeping time for long over a decade and long before Macy's took over. The mechanics of these clocks has been very outdated. While the Great Field's Clocks have always been the grandest, there used to be other similar clocks up and down State Street and they are gone because they are too much to keep up. One that comes to mind used to be on the corner of what is currently Sears on State. Of course, the Field's clock is the GREAT CLOCK that is synonymous with Chicago. Based on what I have been able to determine from speaking with preservationists, what they are doing to the clock is really on par to what is being done with the modernizing of Buckingham Fountain. My perception is that the rehab of the Field's Great Clocks are very much in keeping with proper preservation practices. It appears that Macy's has done a good job with respect to the clocks; yet, one might wonder if they did so grudgingly.

That's not to say that it's OK that Macy's got rid of Field's. Absolutely not. But it is clear that no matter what Macy's does, even if it's perfect, it will never make up for the loss of Marshall Field's. As such, Macy's will never succeed in Chicago. Field's loyalists make it clear.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  2:58 pm CT
Posted by: L. Grand

Here I found an impressive photo of the David Jones Elizabeth Street Store in Sydney, Australia.


Thank you to our fans in Australia and from around the world for adding your voice to our cause!

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  2:53 pm CT
Posted by: L. Grand

To Mark in Boston:

I love your tribute page to Filene's. Thank you for directing us to see it.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  1:37 pm CT
Posted by: LiMack

Macy's last desperate act? Link to NY Post article below.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  10:43 am CT
Posted by: Pat C

Hi all !

Remember when working or shopping Downtown , you could set YOUR watch with the time on the Marshall Field Clocks. Or if you met someone "under the Clock" at Noon meant 12:00 !

Not 11:25 on Randolph St., and 11:41 on Washington St.

Macy's has finally figured out, that the Historical Clocks, on the Chicago Flagship Store, show the INCORRECT time. This "Time Change" will tell, if they can get this one Right. They are putting a GPS system on them, so that the Clocks run on time.

It only took 2yrs ! Let's keep an eye them !Time will Tell..

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009  12:04 am CT
Posted by: drew

Here's a tribute to Boston's cherished Filene's department store, another local icon destroyed by the Red Menace:


Date: Friday, January 30, 2009  9:57 pm CT
Posted by: Matt

The bit about the Frangos made in Chicago is now being covered on CBS 2 and Sun-Times Sister paper, The Southtown Star.


Southtown Star--you can use your Sun-Times login to leave comments:

The Sun-Times article about the Frangos mentioned last night appeared on page 2 of today's print edition of the Sun-Times. There was also a blurb and a photo about the Field's clock being rehabbed inside.

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009  2:22 pm CT
Posted by: Anne

The whole reason Frangos matter is because of Marshall Field's.

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009  2:21 pm CT
Posted by: Mark in Boston

Here's a tribute to the last day of the Filene's flagship. When looking at these photos, keep in mind that the store was designed by Daniel Burnham after he designed the State Street store as well as Wanamaker's flagship.


All that is left of the Filene's flagship in Boston today is the facade in certain places. The rest has been gutted as part of redevelopment.

Mark in Boston

Date: Friday, January 30, 2009  3:55 am CT
Posted by: Kenneth Bruce O'Toole

Hi: from Sydney Australia. I would like to relate a bit of history. Our David Jones Elizabeth Street store Sydney was modelled on Marshall Field store Chicago. Completed in 1927 the store on the corners of Elizabeth, Market and Castlereagh Sts in Sydney being 10 floors in height was a huge inner city success ever since it was opened. The management and architects etc: travelled the world in the early 1920's to take in the retail trends. The building of the Elizabeth St, store with huge retailing floors, a "Great Restaurant" on the 7th floor made the store "the place to shop" especially for women. The building originally fitted with 12 elevators in single line the largest battery of gearless electric lifts in the "British Empire"with escalators added in 1937. The store is listed on Australia's National Heritage list.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009  10:09 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Sandra Guy has written a new article for the Sun-Times explaining why Frangos manufactured by Cupid Candies in Chicago have been delayed. They will be sold in local Macy's stores soon.

As always, it is helpful if you offer comments in the blog that follows the S-T article as well as by writing letters to the editor or even leaving a brief message on the Sun-Times Talk-Back phone line. The login and password is well worth the effort because it helps our cause.

The article is at

Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009  1:14 pm CT
Posted by: Jim Gonzalez

What happened to all the great mechanics that repaired the Marshall Field Trucks at the Diversey location? I worked with them for 20 years and would like to know where they are now. Call me 847-698-4459

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009  10:07 pm CT
Posted by: Sharon E.

What was stated by this sampling of Marshall Field shoppers in 2006 and 2007, has proven to be even more true today.


Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009  9:32 pm CT
Posted by: BF

We got 2 buttons from some of you people at the Xmas windows on State Street. We wore them and gave them away already, BIG HIT! Looking forward to receiving more from you.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009  4:10 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Wonder if "those wacky folks at macy*s" have looked at a calendar recently? The outside entrances at one suburban Pittsburgh mall still have the red "Believe" decals posted. Meanwhile, many of the merchandise tables in the downtown store still have signs like "GIVE Alfani" and "GIVE Charter Club." Maybe they "believe" that the signs left over from Christmas will "give" shoppers some ideas for Valentine's Day.

Speaking of the downtown Pittsburgh store, curtains still cover display windows on Forbes Avenue--though not enough to conceal the holiday decorations from view. A new LUSH department is incorporated into a display window on the Smithfield Street side of the building, and that area was busy and looked nice from outside.

Although it's January and the frigid temperatures and inclement weather will last well into March, some window displays feature 1960s type mini skirts in retro colors. The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed to the Super Bowl this weekend, yet none of the display windows featured Steeler merchandise. Guess the new and exciting "My Macy*s" program didn't think to capitalize on the Super Bowl frenzy.

The store DID feature lots of Steeler clothing such as shirts and hoodies, but not much else. When Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl contenders in the past, Kaufmann's (and Horne's) had wide assortments of clothes, pennants, and other items. In fact, the local department stores ALWAYS had "team shops" with wide selections of merchandise featuring the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

I must say the downtown Pittsburgh store was very clean, and that tile on the main floor was bright and shiny. The restrooms were clean and bright. Although the building has been well maintained, the merchandise selection continues the downhill slide. Lots and lots of empty space and stock spread to take up space. I look for a major downsizing of selling space as less merchandise is stocked.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009  11:21 am CT
Posted by: al

I stumbled onto your web site while reading MarketWatch comments on luxury brands.

I haven't been in a department store in years, even though I initially worked in retailing at Woodward & Lothrop in D.C. years ago. What I remember was the stores that counted were the "family run" stores like Marshall Fields, Wanamakers were the icons and leaders.

After leaving retailing, everytime I was in chicago I would shop at Marshall Fields. I loved their white shirts!! and they kept a file on me with a real live person who would fill my order.

thanks for your effort, just remember that Macy's can never, ever be Marshall Fields!!!


Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009  10:40 am CT
Posted by: gle

The "Sun-Times" has an article about Hartmarx' attempts to find a buyer to keep it alive.

How could Hartmarx do well when entities like Messy's threw it out in exchange for Donald Trump, etc.? All the more reason why Marshall Field's and it's popular name brands should not have been eliminated.

"Ailing Hartmarx hopes to size up a sale" January 28, 2009 by Sandra Guy


Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2 360 Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

There is also a comment blog with an easy, free registration.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009  8:11 pm CT
Posted by: Rich W

I think by the end of this year, if not before, the efforts of all the Marshall Field's fans will yield positive results. The era of greed has bubbled over, and companies are now having to fight for survival using all the creative and differentiated methods that made companies like Field's as great as they were. I think the red star store is finally coming to terms with their disastrous money-losing strategy and may finally do right by Marshall Field's. Even Lunkhead himself seems like he is admitting defeat with his "sameness" comment. Remember how Chicago was supposed to be re-educated as shoppers and learn to love the blandness of m*cy's? Even better, I think what all us here have done will lead to other such efforts around the country.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009  7:54 pm CT
Posted by: Elwin S.

Because of Macy's being everywhere, malls have become even more boring...and hurting financially. Just like Wal-Mart stores, every city has Macy stores and they have become meaningless.

Previously, in spare time, I would shop in a Filene's or Jordan Marsh in Boston on business trips, or Burdine's for its special Florida offerings, or the Jones Store in Kansas City, or Foley's in Colorado, or The Bon Marche in Seattle...or Marshall Field's in Chicago or Minneapolis, now I just drive past the malls because I have a Macy's back home that I avoid!

I was speaking with a major mall manager on a recent midwest trip, and she said that General Growth (the mall owner) is hurting financially from the recession to some degree, but in more so because Macy's is not a special destination store in their malls, and people stay away. So much for the "sensation across the nation" that Macy's hoped it would be with a nation full of Macy's. It backfired. All they had to do was to "listen to their customers". We know best, because we are the shoppers and know what we like and want.

People have a special liking for special stores that mean something to them. They are willing to travel for the special experience. Marshall Field's, I'm calling you back to where you, and only you belong.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009  7:45 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

I still walk through Macy's 5 days a week and thought I would give you a report of what I've seen. It was moderately crowded during Christmas, but maybe it just seemed crowded because of all the tables they crammed in the aisles which made it difficult to walk through the store. Also, the parking lots had plenty of space. Much as I love Christmas, I used to curse Christmastime before 2006 because it would be so hard to find a space in my garage; they'd all come in for Marshall Field's! I actually used to say, "I can't wait for the holidays to be over so I can have my Marshall Field's back." Now I'd give anything to have Field's back and so what if it takes extra time to park! Of course, Macy's Christmas sales were abysmal, and they are now closing more stores. I guess Lunkhead's plan is to just downsize until --- oh well, I guess that's where his plan ends.

Now it is after Christmas, and the store is once again like a bowling alley on the first floor. No obstacles down that long hall between Randolph and Washington. I counted one Macy's bag as I walked through today, and I used to average 2 bags.

Like so many Chicagoans, I still miss Marshall Field's in the worst way. It was so much more than a store. It was a place that held great memories, Chicago history, holiday traditions and great merchandise and service. It had a good ambience and was a place where everyone felt good. It was where you registered for your wedding and dined in the Walnut Room with your best friend, and where your sales associates knew you by name and went that extra mile. It is three years since the conversion and I still have intense brand loyalty, and I hope investors are listening! Field's can and should be brought back.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009  5:01 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

In a new MarketWatch story, Terry Lundgren laments that upscale department stores suffer from sameness and not responding to what consumers want.

That's exactly why we want the return of Marshall Field's in service, quality and spirit, as well as name.

"It's time to make sure you've got exciting inventory," Terry Lundgren, chief executive of Macy's (M), said. "Certainly industry inventory has to be in line with consumer demand. It's been out of whack for too long. There's too much sameness. You need to have merchandise harder to find and have it special."
Let the readers of this article know that Mr. Lundgren contradicts himself by leaving a comment.


Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009  10:08 am CT
Posted by: Susan

All of the stores that S.B. and Jim McKay list have, in one way or another, some of the qualities of Field's. But only Field's has all of the qualities. J & R is indeed an international shopping destination with a lot of variety, at least in the categories it markets too. But its service doesn't match Marshall Field's. Abt matches Field's in its spirit of variety, service, innovations and hometown pride, but Abt isn't an international shopping destination. And so forth.

A while back, I believe it was this site that was in fact quoted in the Tribune or Sun-Times about Nieman's and Bergdorf's.

I miss Field's!!!!!!!

Date: Monday, January 26, 2009  10:21 pm CT
Posted by: Lois Anderson

Nothing Beats Marshall Fields. I shopped there all the time in Chicago, the burbs and in Wisconsin.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2009  9:21 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

To build on Jim's post: Field's could be a division of something else. For example Bergdorff is owned by Neiman Marcus and it is run as a very successful destination store in New York City. Harrod's is a single store operation with a website. Even Abt Electronics in Glenview is a good example. They believe in customer service, carry some lines that no one else does, and blow away the competition (Best Buy, Amazon.com, etc.) in the razor thin margin world of electronics! If varied businesses from department store to electronic stores can do it why can't Field's. It can!!!

Date: Monday, January 26, 2009  4:27 pm CT
Posted by: gle

I'm sure if Field's were to return as a stand-alone store on State Street, people would stampede from all over, which would be very good for Chicago. There would definitely be jobs for sales associates as well as security guards, and they might even need to take reservations. Chicago would once again be a destintation for the Marshall Field's unique experience, as it was the store's early days.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2009  1:41 am CT
Posted by: Lisa S

I miss Marshall Fields. I have fond memories of waiting for hours just to sit under the great tree. This year, Macy's did not include Uncle Mistle Toe and Aunt Holly. When I was in my teen, we no longer stood in line to eat under the tree, We went to the Bowl and Basket instead. Each time I would order the same thing. Cheesy Chowder with a roast beef sandwich. We would have Frango Mint Pie for desert. I still go to the State Street Store every year with my Mom and Dad, my 3 children and sister and her 3. It is a tradition that we refuse to miss. I remember how big the toy floor use to be. It went on forever and I would ask Santa, in the cozy cottage, for something special. It was a time of magic and wonder. If I had the money, I would buy it back and reestablish the greatness of Marshall Field's again. I know Atlanta would love to have Rich's back. Go Pink Pig.

If any one knows where to get the recipe for the Cheesy Chowder, could you please e-mail it to me.

My vote went to the reinstatement of the Marshall Field's State Street Store. I would love to see it look and feel like the store of old

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009  1:09 pm CT
Posted by: anthony cuozzo

From the east coast, I commend you all for the steadfast efforts and commitment. Over the years I shopped Marshall Field's many times and was always overwhelmed at the selection, quality, service and the obvious pride of the employees. They knew they were part of something big. One always felt special shopping there.

I do think many of us Brooklyn natives felt the same when we lost our beloved Abraham & Straus to the evil forces of Macy's and Newark people saw "their" beloved Bamberger's nameplate retired (although Bam's was long a division of Macy's). Of course Abraham & Straus was not quite the same level today that Field's was, but it was our own. Over the years, Macy's has usurped every individual department store possible and leaves us with few options. Here in Connecticut, the Macy's stores are poorly maintained, dirty, with lackluster merchandise carelessly displayed. This is true for mall locations that were originally Macy's and those that were turned into Macy's after their acquisition of our local May Company outposts (G. Fox/Filene's). There is simply no reason to even attempt to buy anything there. I won't shop there, EVER.

I hope that these efforts you are making ultimately make a difference and are rewarded. It is high time "geniuses" like Lundgren stop taking our choices, traditions and history away from us.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009  12:13 pm CT
Posted by: mds

I miss Marshall Field's. I need some new shirts! My FIELD GEAR "The Big Shirt" and "The Sport Shirt" shirts are starting to wear out and nothing compares to them.

Milwaukee, WI

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009  11:34 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Here's a case buttressing the perspective that simply bringing back Marshall Field's at State Street would work. Some argue that multiple Field's stores are needed in order to create economy of scale and capitalize on the flagship. There's some truth in that and I personally would like to see more than just State Street come back as Field's in quality, service, spirit and name.

However, consider New York City's J & R on Park Row. For those not familiar, J & R is a store that sells appliances, electronics, DVDs, records similar to a Best Buy or Fry's. It's laid out across several stores not unlike Chicago's fondly remembered Polk Bros. City North on Central Avenue back from the 1940s through the 1980s. J & R is a single location and it's a destination. Just as Field's was one of the surviving department stores on State Street (that department store row), J & R is a surviving destination from the radio row of shops that existed in the area decades ago. People come from all over to shop J & R--local, national, and international customers all shop J & R. And J & R is a huge success between its Park Row collection of shops as well as the jr.com website. Some items from J & R are even offered at Macy's Herald Square, sorta like Barbara's books, etc.

J & R is a huge success as a single destination store and web site. Field's has that quality--plus it has so many other qualities that J & R does not from Chicago history to international retail trend setting to being a cultural trend setter and so much more. If J & R can make it as a single destination, Field's would be a huge slam dunk.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  10:13 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Regarding Jon C's post as well as the followup by David and a mysterious message by Cathy J:

For various reasons too complicated to explain here in this context, I managed to screw up some special circumstances surrounding Jon's post. The part "nothing about Macy's" was a private comment sent by Jon to only me; he meant that article didn't say anything about the first lady recently shopping at Macy's on State--not that the article didn't say anything about Macy's fashion activities at State Street since the conversion from Field's. My apologies for the error and the confusion, especially Jon.

David does bring up a very important point here at this site. We DO try to play fair --as David aptly demonstrates--when we make our case for the return of Field's and welcome respectful clarifications from all including Macy's associates, provided a source for the correction is given and the correction is made with respect. We used to have open posting in real time until some Macy's supporters and, yes, some employees, abused that, some going as far as to crash this very blog. On top of that, when is Macy's going to start playing fair? I could go on and on...


Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  6:12 pm CT
Posted by: Mike M

Maybe it's been mentioned here before, but there are few great old photographs and illustrations about Marshall Field's at www.pdxhistory.com/html/marshall_fields.html

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  6:10 pm CT
Posted by: Jon C.

Here's a black and white photo of Field's at Christmas just a few years ago:


Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  1:09 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Chicago-area-based suitmaker, Hart Marx, has filed for reorganization under bankruptcy laws. Hart Marx made many of the suits sold by Marshall Field's. Even before MayCo bought Field's, Hart Marx also made suits for sale at May Department stores. When Macy's came in, they stopped carrying many of Hart Marx's product. Here's more loss to our community caused by Macy's takeover of Marshall Field's.

There's at least three stories about this on the web. Please write letters to the editor. Please leave comments after each web-based article.

Chicago Tribune:

Send letters to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Chicago Sun-Times:

Send letters to letters@suntimes.com and/or call Sun-Times TalkBack at (312) 321-2360

Crain's Chicago Business:

Send letters to letters@chicagobusiness.com

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  11:21 am CT
Posted by: Mike M

My wife and her friend out in the Bolingbrook area went shopping last night. They could have gone to the Macy's in Bolingbrook. Did they go? OF COURSE NOT. Instead, they went to the Kohl's on Weber Road. They wouldn't be caught dead shopping at Macy's, even though it was closer to them.

They both spent a couple hundred dollars at Kohl's. Get it, Macy's? People are driving MILES just to shop somewhere else.

Macy's will NEVER be accepted here in the Chicago area. Macy's is losing tens of millions of dollars at the former Marshall Field's store locations. Macy's on State Street is a ghost town. If Marshall Field's is brought back, shoppers will return in DROVES.

Chicagoans will continue to boycott Macy's until Marshall Field's is brought back in name AND quality. To Macy's shareholders, please dump your current leadership before your stock is worth $0.00 per share.

The boycott is working!

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  12:23 am CT
Posted by: david

The entry by "Jon" with the article from the twincities.com piece states that "Marshall Fields was the king of Midwest fashion". True. But then he goes onto state that it says "nothing about macy's".

But that's not true. It goes onto state that Federated gobbled up Fields in 2005 and singled out the State Street store to features Chicago desginers.

I'm no macy's fan. In fact haven't spent a dime in the place after having spent literally thousands at Marshall Field's and pray for its miraculous return, but fair is fair if we're going to report what is written- particularly if we're going to include the link to it.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009  12:02 am CT
Posted by: Jim

Regarding a couple of recent posts:

There are more qualified people to respond as to why perhaps the former Carson's flagship and 108 N State might have been rejected by other department store operators. However, do consider that the configuration of the floors at both locations are, by the standards of some, not the most ideal for the large department store operations of today. Also keep in mind that the Carson's store needed some extensive rehab--most notably the exterior ironwork--that would have been especially expensive and disruptive had Carson's. With the deal for Fox and Obel to move into 1 S State cancelled, it would be great for a department store to move back into this space--ideally Carson's if it survives Bon-Ton's problems.

And to respond to some private emails regarding posts like Jimmy Gimbel's most recent -- yes, even if Macy's did take out an ad similar to the one that Carson's ran on Wednesday, Chicago would still balk. The real underlying message of those who respond like Jimmy or to the recent 11-store closure is that no matter what Macy's tries, Chicago will not accept anything less than the return of Marshall Field's in quality, service, spirit and name.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009  9:56 pm CT
Posted by: drew

I was speaking with a friend who was in suburban Cleveland recently. He said that he and his wife visited a macy*mart (formerly Kaufmann's, originally May Company).

The first thing that "impressed" them was the LOUD music--jazz, then classical, then 1980s vocal selections. They wondered why there was no rhyme nor reason in the musical selections and noted the music was annoying rather than relaxing. To add to the mix, the young men's department blasted heavy metal sounds followed by hip hop--competing with the loud jazz.

While two tables were set up for the cosmetics giveaway, there was no one in line this particular evening. How pathetic when macy*mart can't even give stuff away.

They noticed the large tables piled with Christmas merchandise. It's unusual to see this much clearance merchandise in late January. Even at 80 percent off, there was nothing worth buying.

Of course, there were racks and racks of clearance merchandise--50, 60, 75 percent off. Children's clothing was stocked along racks of discounted men's clothing rather than in the children's department.

They said the home store was bland--lots of drab Martha Stewart bedding and bath lines. The kitchen department was totally nondescript. JC Penney and Kohl's had nicer displays and assortments than an allegedly "fine" department store.

My friend and his wife said "The store just looks CHEAP." They commented that merchandise quality was obviously discount store level. The wife noted that the store didn't have any attractive displays to highlight merchandise. She said that the so-called "better dresses" didn't fit on the mannequins, and the store staff used straight pins along the backs of the dresses to make them look somewhat presentable. How tacky! She also said that much of the women's clothes were wrinkled, like the sales people just took them out of shipping boxes and put them on the racks.

Needless to say, they made NO purchases at macy*mart but were able to find some things at Dillard's.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009  1:54 pm CT
Posted by: Field's Fan

Looptopia--Chicago's take on Paris' White Nights all nighter--is being changed. This year it will be a series of events held once a month May through October, ending at 11:00 pm.

You will remember that last year, Looptopia was the context of a very successful button campaign. Since Looptopia is geared towards late teens to early thirty-somethings, it was notable that this group was so enthusiastic about wearing "Forever Marshall Field's" buttons.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009  5:42 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Very classy you folks at Carson's.

Full page ad in the Chicago Tribune with a beautiful picture of the Chicago skyline. The purpose of the ad was to send congrats to Obama.

And under the Carson's logo, a tagline that said something like, "Chicago's store for more than 100 years."

And Macy's, well those wacky folks are having that never-ending oriental rug sale that has been running for like two years already.

Gayle was right in here blog entry. The perception of Macy's is a clearance store. Gee, remember all their talk about not having sales because Macy's offers "everyday values"? Ahhh, right.

So now that the "My Macy's" program is up and running, has anyone notice a difference in merchandise selection. My guess would be NO.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2009  12:46 am CT
Posted by: JasonM


Any thoughts why L&T, JCPenney, or Von Maur would not go to the old Carson's building or the shiny new 108 N State? It is a State Street vs. Michigan Ave thing? Sure they might not get the tourist crowd (even though I think 108 would get them)... but they would also probably get a pretty good deal. We are in a bad recession and the one thing that landlords would want is a tenant with a long term lease?

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009  9:05 pm CT
Posted by: Jon C.

Periodically, Field's Fans will refer to the BATUS-ownership years of Marshall Field's (1982-1990). I thought you might be interested in learning more about the retail group of BATUS. The acronym BATUS stands for The British-American Tobacco Company - United States Group.

It's interesting to note that Marshall Field's was only one of the many department stores owned by the BATUS Retail Group. Sister stores were Gimbels of New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee; Ivey's of Charlotte, NC; Frederick & Nelson of Seattle, The Crescent of Spokane, Saks 5th Avenue, and even, surprisingly, Kohl's!

Here is the full link for your information:


Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009  8:37 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

LiMack, Nice story. I've only stepped into Macy's twice, once in San Francisco because my friends had to use the bathroom in Union Square and once in NY because I wanted to compare the Herald Square location with my memory of Field's. No comparison, Field's wins hands down. Never stepped in a Macy's in the Midwest. Why would I ruin my memory of Field's. I'm not going to surrender my memory to Macy's. No way!

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009  1:37 pm CT
Posted by: Cameron Bailey

I was holding a door open for a young mother pushing a child in a stroller at Nordstrom's entrance in Oakbrook Mall. She was carrying on a cell phone conversation and merely smiled, nodded and mouthed the words, "Thank You".

While I was still within listening range, she said in a loud voice on her phone---"NO! I'm not going into Macy's to look for it. It's not Field's anymore. There's no reason to shop there. I'm buying it here at Nordstrom's".

Isn't that the next generation which macy's leaders said would "Love" Macy's?

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009  9:29 am CT
Posted by: Evelyn Daley

The "MAGIC" of macy's?? The customers have DISAPPEARED!

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009  7:35 am CT
Posted by: Susan W. Greene

After a couple of months following this blog, I think my thoughts about the silliness of M-thinking (?) have boiled down to this:"Give the lady what she wants" shows a brilliant insight into what I would like from a store, and it is not about merch, or not entirely. Not about service- entirely. It is about perfection and delight. Superbness. A merchandising effort carried off with grace, elegance, intelligence, dignity, intensity, and delight. Even if it was empty, the building says it all. A crumbling clock, duct tape, sloth..... shortcuts, stinginess do not offer the lady what she wants. Not nohow. That I can find anywhere.

I have as computer "wallpaper" one of those postcard images of the first floor with those perfect mahogany counter-islands and everything so magnificently laid out before the viewer. Maybe it's just me, but that era, before they saw fit to rip those out, was bliss as far as I was concerned. The other image I recently discovered showing a view of the silver counter with its alcove of the Best Stuff behind, really gets to me- it's not only a sweet "blast from the past" but it reveals that while I am certainly not upper class or upper middle class, I know when I am in the presence of greatness and love it. I think in MF's case, what makes it even better than merely stepping into a Tiffany's of the same date, is knowing that one is beholding the tip of a fabulous iceberg: there is more than silver and jewelry- there are stockings and ribbons and buttons and chocolate and you-name-it. Shopper feeding frenzy in a palace! Anyone suggesting we will get over losing this to a Philistine Empire is amazingly dense.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009  9:44 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

Oh, Jimmy Gimbels, where were you when I needed you?!

I have only ventured into the M store 2 or 3 times since 2006, of course never to buy anything. Last night, I wanted to partake of the free cosmetics giveaway from the class action suit, so I decided it would be fitting to go to Macy's Oak Brook wearing my Field's button and ask for free merchandise.

The store was dirty, run-down, and oddly merchandised. Women's fur coats are in the men's department. Regular women's coats are downstairs next to kitchen goods. The beautiful (closed) Bistro Restaurant is covered in scuffed and dirty drywall. The counter behind men's fragrances had huge chunks of the wood veneer torn off, but I guess most people don't notice under all the dust. The women's fragrance counter had testers thrown and scattered all over, and the little white fragrance cards spilled onto the floor.

The line for the free stuff stretched throughout the store, but there were few people actually shopping. I can tell you, most of the people in line I doubt ever set foot in a Field's in their lifetime--it was the stereotypical bargain hunter that was there just for a freebie.

I was looking around at the tacky merchandise and general run-down condition of the store, and the woman behind me mistook it for interest. She kindly offered to hold my place in line if I wanted to do some quick shopping. I explained nicely but loudly that I would never shop at Macy's. She asked why, and I began to tick off the many reasons. By this time, I had the attention of several other women in the line.

They all said the same thing---they shop at Macy's "for the super clearances--80% off!" I asked if they had ever made a significant full-price purchase at the store. Not one had. They all said they shopped mostly at Penney's, Kohl's, or Carson's, but shopped Macy's for super discounted stuff. I pointed out the cracked floor tiles, dusty counters, tacky displays, etc., and asked if they found the store appealing. They all shrugged, and said "but 80% off..." As the conversation progressed, it was very clear that none of the women had a whit of loyalty to Macy's, or held the store in any esteem. They simply cruised it for deep discounts. Sort of like a bigger version of Marshall's or TJMaxx, only not as clean.

I guess Terry has established his demographic.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009  9:00 am CT
Posted by: Jon

I came across this article. Near the end, it refers to Marshall Field's as "TheB Fashion King of the Midwest". It also states that Michelle Obama shops on North Rush Street and online (J. Crew etc). Nothing about Macy's.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009  10:00 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel

I think Field's supporters will find the "Seeking Alpha" piece, "Macy's Should Monetize Its Former Brands", to be very interesting.


Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009  4:31 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The seekingalpha.com website has an article that admits Messy's made a big mistake by eliminating names of many traditional department stores, and suggests a return of some popular brand-name items.

I don't think that's enough, and assume many Field's Fans feel the same way.

"Macy's should monetize its former brands" January 18, 2009 by Garland Pollard

There is a comment blog, with a simple registration requirement. In fact, back around Dec 22, there was another Seeking Alpha article on Field's and Macy's and you may already have a login registration from when you commented then.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009  3:47pm CT
Posted by: gle

I took a peek through the State Street store during lunch to see who was interested in the free cosmetic giveaways resulting from that class action suit involving several major department stores.

There were very long lines for the freebies, and the lines moved fast. People took their little aqua-colored boxes or pink plastic tubes and moved on. I did not see lines to buy cosmetics at the cash registers. For the most part, black-clad sales associates seemed to stand by their empty registers and watched the lines, answered questions about what was being given away, and told people where the end of the line was.

I went over to the Walgreen's a couple of blocks away. There were people in line there to purchase cosmetics. There are always long lines in that Walgreen's.

Incidentally, Messy's windows on the State Street side are once again black-partitioned with "pardon our appearance" signs. Some windows on Randolph and Wabash had, well, headless manikins in red briefs and boxes of heart-shaped candy. A couple of windows had inauguration memorabilia that was a little more respectable.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009  1:11 pm CT
Posted by: Mike P

Just wanted to comment....

I went to River Oaks Shopping Center last night to take care of some business, and yes I walked through the M-store. Went down to the candy section and noticed that there was more Godivas out than Frango Mints.

In addition, where they had their Christmas displays, they had everything at 75% off...I was picking through the stuff they had left and geez I've found better ornaments and decorations at Wal-Mart. Now I know when I worked at Fields during Christmas of 2001, the stuff they had on clearance was nowhere near as junky as this stuff was...even the stuff they had on sale at the end wasn't too bad.

Oh yea the store was empty...hardly anyone around...but the parking lots were full and other stores had decent foot traffic (for 8pm). I had gone over to Sears, JC Penney, and Carson's and saw they had at least double the foot traffic that the M-store had for that time of the evening.

And for the record, I was also looking for a hat for myself....The M-store had hardly anything I was looking for. Penney's had the best selection.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009  11:54 am CT
Posted by: JC

Here is a Chicago Tribune article from September 5, 2006 entitled, "Hard Core Fans Stay Loyal to the Brand. It's interesting to read articles from a historical perspective to see how points taht were made, actually prove out over time.

Click to read the entire article:

The following is only a part of the entire article, which I want to emphasize. Mr. Frank Guzzetta's remarks that "shoppers will discover that once the name is changed, they will discover that they like Macy's after all" could not be further from reality as it exists more than two years later.

Exerpted quote:

Macy's, for its part, is taking the dissent in stride and banking that once the name is changed, shoppers will discover that they like Macy's after all.

Frank Guzzetta, chairman of Macy's North, read and responded to most of the angry letters and in about 30 cases said he called customers himself.

Macy's isn't taking anything away, he said, but simply changing the name. The building, traditions and merchandise assortment will remain "fundamentally" the same, he said.

"When customers come to the store and see that we have what they want and see that they like it, that's the only way to win loyalty," Guzzetta said. "There are probably a number of people who won't give us a shot because to them it was about the name. It's not rational, it's emotional, and I can't change people's emotions. Our wish is the next generation will become emotionally attached to Macy's."

Truth be told, Macy's has taken MUCH away, not simply changed the name, referencing the sentences above. Additionally, Mr. Guzzetta stated that the building, traditions and merchandise will remain the same.

The building has become neglected in ever-present, obvious dust, unpolished "Marshall Field & Company" brass plaques, unsanitary restrooms, unsafe food, floor tiles in the floor cracked, and duct-taped, rather than repaired with proper respected, graffiti not cleaned off the exterior of the building until management was told by several Field's Fans, exterior famed trademark clocks which are either not operating or show the incorrect time, etc.

Many traditions of Marshall Field's have been dropped or cheapened, and those that remain, macy's has taken full credit for originating.

Merchandise quality has changed dramatically in a noticeable downward trend. Designers who felt they did not want their fashions shown at Macy's, left the store in droves. Others were kicked out by Macy's, as being too high fashion. The multitude of price points and selection of brands have totally disappeared at Macy's. Clearly Macy's is NOT Marshall Field's. Most everything HAS changed, along with the name!

Finally, customers have shown that they "do not like Macy's afterall"!

P.S. You will find three of our mainstay Field's Fans referenced and quoted in the article---Gail Heriot, Pat Craven and James McKay. "Well done", Gail, Pat and Jim. Thank you for all you have done for our cause!

Date: Monday, January 19, 2009  4:38 pm CT
Posted by: LiMack

A couple years ago I responded in the comments section to an article about Macy's/Fields which appeared in a Cincinnati newspaper. I was very firm that Macy's was absolutely reviled here and would not succeed in Chicago. I stated firmly that I would never set foot in Macy's. Believe it or not, just recently I received a follow-up email from the author of that article inquiring as to whether I was still "avoiding" Macy's. Needless to say I told him that I was!

Date: Monday, January 19, 2009  10:35 am CT
Posted by: Marilyn D.

My brother is a vendor rep. One of his accounts is Macy's Inc. in Cincinnati. He has overheard two conversations from staff that they wished they had preserved the Marshall Field's name and left things the way Field's was. The cost of changing each and every store's signs was enormous, and then multiply that by how many stores were converted! An average store had three signs, some four, of the former department stores names. Each job including making the new signs, rewiring, measuring for the new macy's signs, removing the old, and attaching the new ones, and new decals for each entry door for one store could exceed $15,000.

Then add on the additional advertising to entice former Field's shoppers in, and you have a business situation that was clearly NOT worth the changeover.

The initial statement of saving money by having all the same bags, rather than separate Marshall Field's bags is miniscule compared to the sign changeover jcosts alone.

Was it all worth it, Terry Lundgren, especially now that we know what a failure your macy-fication plan turned out to be!?

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009  9:29 pm CT
Posted by: Garland Pollard

Thought you all would want to read this post; it's about the need for Macy's to try to incorporate many of the different brand names that were once part of their system, and not just Marshall Field, but Burdines, Meier and Frank, Wanamaker, Filenes. Love to get your thoughts. Some people think its nuts (see comments on Seeking Alpha post) but I think it's nuts not to recognize it when you have a great brand and not use it.

On the Seeking Alpha website:

Same post on my website:

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009  4:09 pm CT
Posted by: J

Rumors have it that the likes of Von Maur, JCPenney, Lord and Taylor have been approached or have considered the possibility of moving into the former Carson's flagship on state or 108 N State Street. In all cases they have passed. Maybe they will reconsider at some point. With Fox and Obel cancelling out of moving to the primo space at 1 S State, it's even conceiveable that after the economy revives, Carson's could come back, now that the expensive exterior renovation has been completed with City funding.

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2009  11:01 am CT
Posted by: Kurt Gerhardt

From the January 9th Business Week:
"Chief executives of retailers with high debt levels are expecially vulnerable, says retail consultant Howard Davidowitz.
He points to Terry J. Lundgren, CEO of Macy's, as someone who needs to make significnt progress after poor 2008 results and the ill-timed acquisition of May Co. 'It's life or death'", says Davidowitz. Now is the appropriate time to act for those with the vision to return the State Street Marshall Field's buildings to a viable "destination" retail center instead of Mr. Lundgren's ill-considered attempt to block a competitor to Bloomingdale's. Water Tower Place affords Macy's a position on Michigan Avenue. Will they even be able to keep those doors open? The Loop needs a retail magnet for the tens of thousands of those who don't have the time or inclination to shop on Michigan Avenue. With its easy accessibility, a Field's return would return State Street to a place where people want to shop. A retail center with tenants that already have a presence on North Michigan and perhaps a major tenant like Von Maur would create new interest as we emerge from the current recession. Restoration of the iconic and irreplaceable buildings would restore Chicagoans' spirits and recreate a reason to be on State Street for locals and tourists alike."

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009  6:03 pm CT
Posted by: Brad

Daniel Harcourt asks fellow Field's Fans to keep a look out for the date of Macy's next annual meeting of shareholders, so I thought I'd give everyone some help.

Last year's Macy's annual meeting was on May 16th, so this year's should be around the same time.

Macy's, and all public corporations, must provide notice of their annual meeting of shareholders and provide the company's proxy statement through a DEF 14 D filing with the SEC. Last year, Macy's filed this form on April 1, so it will likely file the form for this year's meeting and proxy statement at about the same time.

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009  11:33 am CT
Posted by: Janis D.

I was ordering a cup of coffee to-go at the 900 N. Michigan Avenue shopping complex where Bloomingdale's is located. I overheard two women, on break, wearing Bloomingdale's nametags saying words to this effect---(this is the jist of their comments, as I recall):

"Yes, our business is way down. I keep hearing comments from people how much they miss Marshall Field's and how Bloomingdale's does not have all the departments, merchandise quality and service as Field's. I must say I have to agree. I was a big Marshall Field's shopper myself, and I haven't been able to get excited about shopping for Christmas for three years now. Terry should have kept Marshall Field's, pure and simple."

Other person: "I've felt that more and more people are finally realizing that Bloomingdale's is owned by Macy's too. People are taking it out on us now and boycotting us. There definately is an empty gap without Field's, sorry to say, that we can't fill at Bloomingdale's. They should have realized that by now."

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009  9:11 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

Do you know if shareholders can bring up suggestions on how to run the business? What I'm thinking is that Macy's Inc. has a lot of debt (we all know this). They are getting to a point where they HAVE TO figure out a way to reduce it. Could one suggest at the shareholders meeting that they sell the trademark Marshall Field's and the building 111 N State to reduce debt? The building was appraised during the real estate boom at $1.2B the trademark is worth a lot too. This may be a way for us to no lose the associate of the two and get Marshall Field's back at the same time. Sounds like a win-win if you ask me!



Date: Friday, January 16, 2009  6:32 pm CT
Posted by: Darrid


interesting comments about Macy's

Date: Friday, January 16, 2009  12:04 pm CT
Posted by: Fran

To be sure there are many differences between Macy's and Circuit City, but this part of a Marketwatch article could have been written about Macy's:

From: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/circuit-city-plans-liquidate-no/story.aspx?guid=%7BC302D694%2D4EF3%2D42FA%2DBBF0%2DA11450A5209C%7D&siteid=bnbh

Even before the recession and plunging consumer confidence led shoppers to curtail discretionary spending, the retailer struggled with declining traffic and sales. Not only has Circuit City been hurt by poorly located stores, but also its plight worsened in the wake of a failed management strategy to fire higher-paid employees, who were able to push more profitable sales. The move further hurt customer service and alienated shoppers, according to analysts.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009  9:40 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

Someone wrote pointing out that the 11 store closures announced last week were most all for stores in dying malls where the likes of Sear's and Penney's had already pulled out. In a case or two, there were two Macy's in the same mall. In another case, the store was bascially a gift shop in a hotel with three employees. Given that, the writer implied, why should the closure of 11 out of 800-plus stores (less than 2%) be such a big deal to Field's loyalists? Moreover, only one was a Field's for just four years and that was in Minnesota. Yet, between here and many forums, the response included 100s of replies from shoppers angry with Macy's!

But that writer is almost like family. The point is that regardless of no matter Macy's does, they will always be looked upon as killing something that was almost like family. Until Field's returns in quality, service, spirit and name, they will never get a favorable reaction, let alone business.

They can only end this bad will by bringing back Marshall Field's.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009  6:48 pm CT
Posted by: Cindy B.

As someone so eloquently put it on New Year's Eve ---

"I want MY Marshall Field's!

YOU want YOUR Marshall Field's!

We ALL want OUR Marshall Field's"...NOW!

Sounds like another good chant to use at our next protest rally as we march around the historic Marshall Field & Company building in Downtown Chicago!!

-Cindy, age 22
Chicago Born, Chicago Proud

Marshall Field's IS Chicago, Chicago is Marshall Field's!

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009  2:51 pm CT
Posted by: Son of Zelda

It'll be a cold day in hell when I set foot in Macy's.

Oh, wait a sec, it IS a cold day in hell today.

But I'm still not going into that crappy store.

Bring back Marshall Fields!!!

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009  10:00 am CT
Posted by: J

I noticed that the comment about Macy's in the article that gle cites is only in the on-line edition and not in the print edition.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009  9:46 am CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Tribune" has an interesting article about the Obama daughters' upcoming challenge to be role models. It also quotes one of their young admirers of the Obama girls as saying, "I also have really good fashion sense. I like to go to Macy's."

I wrote to the tribune and the author of the article that kids need to be taught about the corporate rip-off that a store like Messy's really stands for, not encouraged to support it.

"Pressure on Obama Daughters to be Role Models" January 15, 2009 by Dahleen Glanton

Letters can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and dglanton@tribune.com

There is also a comment blog

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009  10:19 pm CT
Posted by: Boris

If Macy's leaders were only intelligent enough to realize what a distasteful image the Red Star has in the logo of Macy's, they should change it. Many, many shoppers have their ethnic background in the former Soviet Bloc countries. Those people and also those of all other ethnic backgrounds who grew up during the terrible Cold War as U.S. citizens, hate Macy's in the very worst way. Macy's red star symbol represents horrible loss of freedoms and dictatorship. It is not a pleasant thing for anyone to remember.

Why would Macy's even WANT to have a Communist Star for a corporate symbol?? It doesn't take many "smarts" at all to figure out how, should we say, politically INCORRECT it truly is for people who had family members be killed or suddenly "disappear" never to be seen again. It is absolutely the most distasteful thing about Macy's...along with the awful service and things they try to have us buy. As an immigrant from Hungary, I will NEVER set foot in a Macy's. My wife is from Poland and she is still angry at Macy's and always will be until they leave Chicago. (Maybe Macy's doesn't know that Chicago is home to the largest group of Polish people outside of Poland itself. They should know Chicago better. They just think they know everything.

Marshall Field's was a nice store! I miss it so much. The sales people were so wonderfully patient, understanding and helpful to me. It's all so sad for me and for so many of my family and friends. How could this happen in the United States of America, my country??!

Thank you for this computer website and all you do. Good Luck.

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009  9:01 pm CT
Posted by: drew

More clueless advice from Wall Street. The so-called experts are calling upon the Red Menace to cut costs, although the cutbacks in merchandise offerings, sales personnel and other amenities have driven customers AWAY. Weren't many analysts praising Mr Lunkhead's vision of a nationwide department store as a guaranteed money maker? Perhaps the "experts" think giving the customers less will generate more profits.
Mr Lunkhead seems to resist further consolidation of operations and notes that a "localized flavor" is important. Wonder if he is FINALLY starting to realize that "one size doesn't fit all."

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009  7:32 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


Please keep an ear out for this years Macy's Annual Shareholders meeting. There's still time to buy Macy's stock-which gives you the RIGHT to attend the meeting and make your voice heard. I did it last year with a humble 1 share. It felt great standing what was probably 20 feet from Mr. Terry Lundgren himself and telling him that 'I want MY Marshall Field's'. A few other Fieldsfans were in attendance as well-and they also spoke out in support of the return of Marshall Field's. The Macy's Annual Shareholder Meeting is usually in mid-May, so don't forget to buy Macy's stock and plan to attend the Macy's Annual Shareholder Meeting and voice your support for the return of Marshall Field's.

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumburg, IL

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009  7:19 pm CT
Posted by: Greta B

It was amazing how many people I have overheard say words to this effect over the course of the past months:

-Shopping is no longer fun and satisfying without Marshall Field's!

-I could always find things to buy at Marshall Field's.

-Field's made shopping easy.

-You could always find the perfect gift at Field's.

-Macy's has a depressing atmosphere with all the black uniforms, dirt and bland merchandise.

-I've given Macy's quite a few chances, but they always fail.

-I want so much to have Marshall Field's return.

-Chicago is not the same without Marshall Field's.

-Chicago was Marshall Field's and Marshall Field's was Chicago.

-Why did Macy's have to come in here and ruin things?

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009  10:45 pm CT
Posted by: Marianne C

Field's--Not Macy's.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009  12:32 pm CT
Posted by: John D.

Hey Field's Fans...and regional department store enthusiasts---

Looks like macy's CEO, President and Chairman, may be under the gun to perform in 2009, if...(and I do repeat "IF")...shareholders and the board of directors, "hold his feet to the fire", so to speak.

Here is an article from BUSINESS WEEK, dated January 9, entitled "CEO Pink Slip Watch". Terry Lundgren is mentioned as possibly being in jeopardy because of the high debt, and the ill-timed...(and misconducted, may I add)...acquisition of May Department Stores, Inc.

Mr. Harold Davidowitz, retail consultant, is quoted as saying that Terry Lundgren needs to make "significant progress in 2009".

Ms. Nanette Byrnes, the author of the article, is to be commended for her factual reporting and for being so bold as to suggest that Mr. Lundgren may in fact be receiving some of his own treatment, his very own PINK SLIP of dismissal.


Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009  12:05 pm CT
Posted by: Mark R

While never having lived in Chicago, I knew of Marshall Field's while a teenager living in far west Texas. Back then, we didn't have internet. So, I found a sweater in a GQ Magazine that I wanted. I called Field's and ordered it, sending them a check. The sweater arrived about 3 weeks later with a portion of the amount I'd sent them refunded since the item was on sale. That was back in 1981, and I still have the sweater. Recently, I wore it (yes, it still fits!) and received several compliments on it. Thank you, Marshall Field's, for having a part in my wardrobe history - past and present!

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009  12:14 am CT
Posted by: drew

While sales plummet nationwide, "those wacky folks at macy*s" alienate their dwindling customer base as they close a profitable store:
Since the sales were "stable" and the Heights Plaza store maintained community support, wasn't it a foolish decision to get rid of something that's actually working? Although there is a newer, larger store a few miles away, wonder how many of the shoppers who supported the Heights Plaza store won't patronize the other store?

As with the debacle of destroying Marshall Field's and other regional department stores, Mr Lunkhead continues to prove that he is totally unresponsive and indifferent to customers. His misunderstanding of brand (and community) loyalty shall push the weakened chain into bankruptcy as his arrogant decisions generate even greater ill will toward the Red Star Store.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009  4:31 pm CT
Posted by: Michael Russell

One of my employees ordered three Swarofski crystal snowflakes from Macy's in Appleton. She was told that they would come from the Chicago store. After three weeks of no snowflakes, she called customer service. They transferred her 6 times, and finally she was cut off. She again called and was transferred 3 times, and was put on hold for 20 minutes. She finally hung up. Nobody could track the order, or knew how to find the merchandise. This NEVER would have happened at Field's. I just have to warn the Appleton, WI Macy employees....you have a very irate customer heading to your store in the next couple of days. I'd take cover!!! I hope Mr. Lundgren reads these posts. Macy's needs to get their act together!!!

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009  2:06 pm CT
Posted by: J.L.

Please let me know. I have PURPOSEFULLY & SUCCESSFULLY boycotted Macy's ever since the change. Our city (Chicago) was built before and after the great fire and was culturally enhanced by Mr. Marshall Field and his peers/subordinates/successors. It was corporate arrogance to put the Macy's name on ANY store or historic building in Chicago. They could have handled this a thousand ways better but, NO. So let the profits and sales continue to decline!!!! If they don't come around, maybe some other, more intelligent and tuned-in retailer will buy them out.

I frequently saw the Marshall Field's truck in my neighborhood ( and at my own home) I NEVER see a Macy's truck. Folks here have switched to local Honquest Furniture, John M Smithe or others.

This has been a big change for me, I frequented Woodfield and State Street several times a month for as long as I could remember. Fragrance, Handbags, Linens, Furniture, my mattress.....etc. I haven't shopped in Macy's even once and turned down a gift card at a charity raffle I won and explained politely that I don't support that store and I would appreciate if they didn't either.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009  1:05 pm CT
Posted by: Claire E

In my work as a bank teller, I have assisted a number of customers who write BOYCOTT MACY'S AND BLOOMINGDALE'S on their deposit slips. I have also witnessed several cases of people writing BOYCOTT MACY'S AND BLOOMINGDALE'S in green ink, along with your website on their personal checks. These have been noticed by several bank employees whom I know, and they certainly get supportive, positive conversations going between customer and teller. It's one more way to spread the word. Since macy's is everywhere, bank customers all over the U.S. may catch onto this idea. Also, my husband is a mail carrier and he said he personally has seen a few examples of the same on the front and backsides of mailing envelopes.

It is so amazing how the Pro-Field's movement is getting stronger and stronger. All I have to do is to mention Marshall Field's, and people immediately get that "Oh---Let tell you how much I miss Marshall Field's" look on their faces.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2009  12:17 pm CT
Posted by: Melinda

I am a former Chicagoan who lives in Tennessee. I won't even shop at a Macy's here after what they did!

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2009  5:41 pm CT
Posted by: KarenS

I'm so glad there are so many people keeping the faith alive! I have successfully kept up my vow never to spend a penny in Macy's after the change, and unless parking at Woodfield Mall forces me to, I never set foot in Macy's either.

I used to spend quite a bit at Marshall Field's every Christmas. I really miss the quality of merchandise and the "one-stop shop" experience. Macy's will never see a penny of my hard-earned cash for their disrespect of a cherished Chicago tradition.

My dream is that Macy's will unload these Chicago stores that no one wants to go to and that someone will see that there is a potential gold mine in bringing back the Marshall Field's brand and quality in Chicago.

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2009  2:16 pm CT


Date: Saturday, January 10, 2009  12:35 pm CT
Posted by: Anne Marie

Marshall Field's was class. Marshall Field's was Chicago. I shall always refer to that venue as Marshall Field's, and I hope it returns to itself. MARSHALL FIELD'S forever!!

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  5:17 pm CT
Posted by: drew

This store survived collapse of the steel industry, loss of manufacturing jobs and "changing demographics," but fell to the Red Menace:
I had friends who lived in this area north of Pittsburgh and have shopped this store many times. Lazarus "upgraded" this former branch of locally owned Horne's into a full-line department store with the addition of a nice home department. Although this was a small store, sales clerks bragged that this location did more sales per square foot than the much larger Monroeville Mall store. The brand names and better quality merchandise sold by Lazarus were replaced with the poor quality house brands and unappealing, nondescript merchandise favored by the Red Menace.

Although Mr Lunkhead acquired a much larger Kaufmann's location in a new mall a few miles away, the better merchandise was soon replaced by his standard fare of overpriced discount store items. The Pittsburgh Mills store is beautiful and well-maintained (so far), but there is nothing worth buying.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  5:10 pm CT
Posted by: C.C. Chicago

I wrote this letter a couple of weeks ago but it has not appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
Dear Ms. Aiyero,

I have tried and tried shopping at Macy's on State St. and I haven't found much worth buying. Recently, I purchased a 5.33 oz. box of Double Chocolate Frangos. These used to be one of my favorites. The chocolate tasted so bad, I actually spit it out. (In the old days of Marshall Fields, I could easily eat a half a box of these Frangos with no problem.) They were definitely NOT worth the $8.50 I spent on them. I returned the entire box to Macy's. Since then, I've been wondering, were they stale? Did Macy's change the recipe? Huh?B

The same day, I went to the fourth floor to look at boots. I couldn't find anything I really wanted to buy, even they seemed to have tons of merchandise. They had a lot of booties, which as we both know are basically useless in a Chicago winter. We get too much snow here.B

I went to the woman's washroom on that floor. All I can say is... oh my. Either the stall doors were missing locks or there was no toilet paper. Either there was no hot water at a sink, or the sink wasn't working at all. They seem to be saving money by not purchasing air freshener. This is NOTHING like the Marshall Field's I know. They used to have the cleanest bathrooms downtown.B

I also saw an ad in the Tribune for pre-Christmas sales at Macy's. The deal was purchase $60.00 in cosmetics and you get two free watches. Well, I noticed that the roman numeral 4 on the watches was incorrect. Are these free watches factory rejects? I certainly don't want one of those. Just what is going on at that store?

I'm going to frame my old Marshall Field's credit card as a reminder of what was once a grand store and a beacon for Chicago.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  12:38 pm CT
Posted by: gle

A Macy's press release in yesterday's Tribune" stock quotes (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go) has comments by Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retial, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

"Department Store Union Leader Speaks Out on Macy's Closings"

In order to deal with the current retail crisis and subsequent job losses, the Union calls for congresional action in the form of support for President-elect Obama's investment and recovery program to create jobs, and approval of an Employee Free Choice Act to expand unionization.

While these measures might be good for the country as a whole, and many Americans have confidence in Obama, I don't think that is what will help Macy's. Lack of jobs and unions isn't what ails Macy's. Destruction of customer goodwill by destruction of quality and of local department stores is more the issue. A simple restoration of Marshall Field's in name, quality and service (most likely through new management or ownership) would do more good in that area.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  10:50 am CT
Posted by: GW

This is certainly what all Field Fans have noted for years.


Macy's Goodwill Writedown May Speed Stock's Spiral

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  10:48 am CT
Posted by: Darrid

Check page 3, great article!


Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  10:36 am CT
Posted by: Janice Van Patten

I feel so strongly about the loss of Marshall Field's, I now live in New Orleans where they have opened a new store. I will never set foot in that place. Such great memories of the State Street Marshall Field's. My husband and I looked at the Christmas windows there on our first date almost 20 years ago. That other store does not even come close to the quality and service of our Marshall Field's.

If you needed a gift for any occasion Marshall Field's was were you went because the name stood for quality and you were proud to give and receive a gift from there.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  10:14 am CT
Posted by: Jay

Someone should buy all of the Macy's stores that are closing and make them Marshall Field's! I love MF so much! I just feel dirty going into any Macy's thinking about how great Marshall Field's was back in the day. Whenever I visted a Marshall Fields store, it gave me such a sense of security. Now, the world is a cold sad place.

One thing that would bring me into Macy's would be more red! I love the red decorations. Red carpet, red signs, red uniforms. RED EVERYTHING. Macy's, if you want my business, GIVE US MORE RED!!!!!!!!! But first, bring back Marshall Field's.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2009  12:35 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

Macy's cannot close stores in the Midwest b/c it would go against their national strategy. Without having the Midwest region they cannot justify a national TV buy, or national magazine advertising, etc. I believe that even though Macy's is bleeding a lot of red in Chicago and Minni... it has no choice but to keep the stores open. It "needs" a national presence. Just b/c 11 other stores closed (and none in Chicago) does not mean that Macy's is not a failure!!!! It is!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  10:24 pm CT
Posted by: Joseph From CA

While I feel for the employees that will be losing their jobs, I really have to say that Macy's brought this on themselves. How dumb to they think consumers are? Did they really think they would win us over with mediocre merchandise, meaningless "sales", C-list celebrities, and ill-maintained stores? What did they think was going to happen?

I was clearing some stuff out of my closet the other day, and I found some Field Days mailers that I got during 2005 and 2006, and it really made me miss Field's. My last trip to Chicago was in March 2006 during a Field Days event, and I felt like a kid in a candy store, 111 N State was my playground. Field's gave the customer a feeling of freedom. Nothing was unattainable. Wide selections of high quality merchandise at reasonable prices with fantastic service. What more could we ask for?

Unless Macy's swallows its pride and alters its strategy, there will be many more stores closing. In a tough economy like this, you're not going to win shoppers over with a dull, uninspired assortment of merchandise. Hold tight Field's fans, we're gonna weather the storm, and we will come out on top.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  7:20 pm CT
Posted by: Diana Summers

I loved Fields, the merchandise was good quality and they stood behind their products. In the 50+ years my family shopped at Fields there never was a problem that was not promptly fixed with courtesy. I kept the Marshall Fields charge account that morphed into a Macy's card hoping for a return to the store we knew, but will be cancelling it now. Recently I had a charge for something purchased several states away, that I did not buy. When I questioned the charge Macy's sent me a copy of the receipt: WRONG NAME, WRONG SIGNATURE, and the person used a driver's license number instead of the Macy's credit card; but they still wanted to bill this to me.

It took almost 3 monts ot clear it up and only after an attorney letter that threatened to sue Macy's for violation of my privacy. Anyone who has a Macy's charge card should read each bill very carefully.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  6:32 pm CT
Posted by: R.S.

The closings of Macy's stores reminded me today of our loss of Field's!

We need our Marshall Field's!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  6:01 pm CT
Posted by: North Sider

KeepItWrigley.org is shutting down as of Dec 29. It's there but it claims to be going away.

I congratulate those who operate this site and who hard work has continued without interuption. This site has been the inspiration for other sites and other similar causes like Grant Park and saving Wrigley Field.

You are very committed to Marshall Field's! I hope we are rewarded!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  5:39 pm CT
Posted by: Hank

I can't bear to even enter the State Street store anymore. It is like a discount department store by comparison. It is poorly kept up and it is filthy.

What disrespect for a shopping palace that was Marshall Field's!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  5:23 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Even though none of the Macy's stores closing are in the Chicago area, it's heartening to see that it still was one of the top five stories on ChicagoTribune.com. At one point today it was number two! Over 135 comments as well.

Are you paying attention Macy's? Chicago will NEVER accept Macy's!

Give your customers what they want.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  4:21 pm CT
Posted by: Michelle

Field's was profitable before Macy's moved in, posting $107 million in its worst year during the last 10. Also, Field's sales were trending up for the two years immediately prior to Macy's takeover.

As far as Field's State Street store is concerned, Field's landmark store attracted more than 9 million customers each year and generated more than $250 million in revenues the year before becoming a generic outpost of Macy's national chain. Only after the change did the sales revenue and customer traffic plummet.

Given these facts, perhaps it's fair to say that it is Macy's own arrogance and aggressive expansion plan that killed Marshall Field's successful regional, high-end department store. The loss of Chicago area tax receipts, jobs and tourism appeal are the result for which Macy's is to blame.

Rather than staying the course, perhaps Macy's will now consider listening the customers and tourists who they've lost and bring back Marshall Field's in name, merchandise and service.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  4:04 pm CT
Posted by: Stuart L.

Glad to see this site is still going. A few weeks ago, I even ran into your people handing out pamphlets on State Street.

The recession is bad. Macy's was doing badly BEFORE the recession.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  3:43 pm CT
Posted by: Alan, Rockford

This is only the beginning of Macy's going out of business sales.

The stores that are closing are mostly in economically depressed areas where an overpriced store like Macy's can't make it.

Look for more closures including in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  2:29 pm CT
Posted by: Collin

Check out this article in the Huff Post. Macy's has ticked off customers coast to coast. It's amazing the amount of resentment they have caused.
I bet you Terry Lundgren didn't think this was what "the new sensation across the nation" was going to be. Everyone else knew better!!!!!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  1:02 pm CT
Posted by: Ellen

As someone recently posted:

Marshall Field's Forever! Macy's NEVER!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  11:26 am CT
Posted by: Lucy from NE Minneapolis

More reaction on the Twin Cities losing their 'Macy's'

I love the comments people have been posting with regard to the Twin Cities losing one of their oldest Dayton's/Marshall Fields locations.


Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  10:28 am CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's press releases in today's "Tribune" stock quotes section (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go):

"Macy's, Inc. Same-Store Sales Down 4.0% in December"

"Business Wire Retail Report On December 2008 Retail Sales Figures"

Incidentally, the "Sun-Times" has one Associates Press article on Messy's store closings:

"Macy's will shutter 11 stores"

Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  10:16 am CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's is planning to close 11 stores. State Street is not on the list.

The "Tribune" has several Associated Press articles, and there will probably be more. Some have comment blogs and some don't. Some are repeats of the same article, but with a different comment blog.

This one has a comment blog

"Macy's to close 11 stores after weak holiday sales"

"Macy's will close 11 underperforming stores in 9 states; Dec. same-store sales fall 4 percent"

Excuse given by Lundgren:
"These closings are part of our normal-course process to prune underperforming locations each year in order to maintain a healthy portfolio of stores," said Macy's Chief Executive Terry J. Lundgren in a statement."


Another comment blog

"Oil prices fall further on jobless claims and dismal retail sales numbers"

"Department-store operator Macy's Inc. said Thursday it will close 11 stores in nine states C3 affecting 960 employees C3 and lowered its forecast for the fourth quarter after one of the weakest holiday seasons in years."

No comment blog

"Wall Street opens lower as Wal-Mart posts disappointing sales figures, cuts outlook"

"Other retailers brought more disappointment. Macy's managed to post better-than-expected December sales, but the department store operator lowered its fourth-quarter outlook and said it was closing 11 stores."

Comment blog

If anyone still has time after reading this post, letters to the "Tribune" can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  10:01 am CT
Posted by: Ann B

Well, well, well. Terry Lundgren has closed eleven stores after the Christmas season. Too bad one wasn't in Chicago. When will the Macy people realize they are not wanted here? I want the solid rock of retail that is and always will be Marshall Field's. Marshall Field's name is synonomous with Chicago. We need it back. And not just the name, but the quality and class it always brought with it.

Macy's, stick to what you do best; having a parade on Turkey Day.

Bring back Field's!

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  8:50 am CT
Posted by: Zsa Zsa

[AP] Macy's will shutter 11 stores in 9 states

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  8:46 am CT
Posted by: A.B.

I am tired of not having my favorite store, and our Chicago icon, dismissed by that stupid Macy's.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  8:31 am CT
Posted by: W.J.B.

I was reading your website and am happy to know there is a movement to bring back Marshall Field's!!

I have been a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and can remember being a kid growing up, my mom, grandmother, sister and others would do lunch in the Walnut Room under the tree the day after Thanksgiving. It was a tradition.

Once I was old enough, I shopped Fields frequently. The service was unmatched and when Macy's took them over, the service has declined tremendously.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  8:06 am CT
Posted by: Lucy of NE Minneapolis

From the Twin Cities newspaper:

Macy's will shutter 11 stores including Brookdale

Another sad day for those of us who grew up shopping at Dayton's, then Marshall Fields.

Take care everyone.


Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009  4:17 am CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


I just wanted to share my most recent experience at what should still be the Woodfield Marshall Fields, sadly under control of Macy's. Last night I went to Woodfield to shop at a couple of stores at the mall. Since what should still be Marshall Field's was centrally located, I walked through the store to get to my destinations. Much like when Marshall Field's was still there, as I was preparing to leave I looked around when my eyes fell on a Lionel Train set. On top of the train set box was a Lionel Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade boxcar. At first, I merely shook my head and started to walk towards the exit when I decided to pick up the Macy's boxcar and take it to a salesperson. I shared with the gentleman that had the boxcar been a Marshall Field's Thanksgiving Day Parade boxcar, I would be making the purchase. Because it says Macy's, I will be returning it to where I picked it up. When Marshall Field's was still here, I made many such impulse purchases through the years-in most cases not caring about the price of what I was purchasing. With Macy's, I didn't even bother to look at the price as I didn't want it. Consequently, when I attended the Macy's 2008 Annual Shareholder Meeting I told Mr. Lundgren to his face that the reason Macy's was never in the Chicagoland market prior to the acquisition of May's is because we didn't want them-and that still holds true!

During this past holiday season, I interacted with countless people who refused to set foot in any and all Macy's and Bloomingdales stores-let alone purchase or accept anything from Macy's or Bloomingdales. These people were rejecting Macy's in the same way I refused to purchase that Lionel boxcar. I heard on WBBN radio 780 last night where Macy's is due to release holiday earnings today 1/8/09, and that they are also expected to announce the closing of up to 10 stores-possibly along with the earnings announcement. It's really quite a shame that the stubborn stupidity, arrogance and the complete lack of competent management by Terry Lundgren is driving the company into the ground. Surely somewhere in Mr. Lundgren's employment contract it states something to the effect of maximizing shareholder value. The return of Marshall Field's to Chicago would be a very good start in that direction.

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumburg, IL

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009  1:59 pm CT
Posted by: J. V.

Keep up the fight!

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009  10:15 pm CT
Posted by: Mary

It has now been three years since I have set foot in Field's. I am a history teacher who has a social studies book that mentions Marshal Field's as the first example of retail store in the U.S. but to me it was more personal. My grandmother, a victim of the depression, used to take me to Field's on state and we would "Wish and Dream" shop. She would cut out Field's labels to sew in her clothes to give them class. When she died 40+ years ago, we found labels and more bags than most stores had in stock. She never brought anything anywhere in anything but a Field's bag. She always told us that it showed that you had taste. Even when I lived elsewhere in the country I kept my Field's account active and sent all wedding and other presents from Field's. When I see that Macy's Red Star, I just think that she would approve of my boycott,

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009  11:15 pm CT
Posted by: David

There's a marvelous reference to Marshall Field's in the January 5th issue of "The New Yorker" in the "Talk of the Town" section under "Secret Agent Dept.: 'Whistle Blower'".

The piece describes a spy operation that "started a long-investigation into Chicago graft and that ultimately caught the governor of Illinois trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat."

The reference: "She would slip the tapes to her F.B.I. handlers at Marshall Field's makeup counters in malls around suburban Chicago".

True New Yorkers KNOW local color versus that of conglomerate takeover...

PS: When crossing State & Washington today looking south I noticed for the first time that on the other side of the Marshall Field's building is an exposed white brick wall with the painted words: "New York Company". Indeed!

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009  6:30 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

It will be interesting to see if Macy's releases December sales figures when other retailers do so (except Sears/Kmart) this week.

As you will remember, Macy's stopped releasing monthly figures with this fiscal year; however, they resumed for October and November. If they say nothing about December, it suggests they must not be thrilled to talk about things or even explain how they did less worse than most others in this bad economy.

as has been pointed out here before, it's not about making Macy's do poorly: its about making things change enough at the top to recognize what a mistake it was for Field's to be discontinued. Bring back Field's!

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009  6:23 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

While we boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's--not even buying a single Frango--there is one sort of exception. If you've had the misfortune of receiving a Macy's or Bloomingdale's gift card, be certain that it gets spent! If you cut it up, throw it away or otherwise don't spend it, Macy's gets to keep ALL of the money! At least least if it's spent, they keep much less!

So if you have one of these cards, buy nothing more than the amount of the card. If the thought of having anything in your house purchased at Macy's and Bloomingdale's is too disturbing, donate the gift card to a charity or buy clothes that you can donate to a charity. Buy items on clearance or other items with thin or no profit margins for Macy's.

Just let Macy's have as little as possible of the value of that card.


On another footnote:
When you click on a poster's name on this blog, the email address often comes up as "onfile". This means we have the poster's email address but it is being kept private. If you wish to respond to that poster via email, let us know by emailing mailto:postmaster@fieldsfanschicago.org We can forward on your message, or we can send a message that you would like to be contacted by the poster.

Sometimes, when we are uncertain if someone wants their email address posted, we leave it out. It's always easier to give it out later if that is what the poster wants.

Thank you!

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009  1:13 pm CT
Posted by: Janice C.

You are an awesome group of people. I've seen you on State Street and I've been greeted by several of you at pro-sports games in Chicago and on the commuter trains. You have great stamina and dedication to your purpose. You have the vast majority of Chicagoans behind you on your goal of reinstating Marshall Field's as a cultural, historical...and retail icon in Chicago and the Midwest. I, like so many thousands of others, do not understand how the "Keep It Field's" petition of 60,000+ names was completely ignored by Terry Lundgren. It demonstrates his "I know best" attitude, which is already turning around and kicking him where it hurts---his corporate and personal financial bottom line. He should know by now that the customer is always right!

Date: Monday, January 5, 2009  10:05 pm CT
Posted by: Kelly C.

Those wacked folks at Macy's are set to make another attempt to market the store as a national icon with a great and noble history. Next month watch for the publication of Macy's: The Store. The Star. The Story. by Robert M. Grippo (Square One, $29.95).

The review in Publisher's Weekly for 12/22/08 concludes, "Grippo...depicts how Macy's has remade itself with the times and for the changing needs of its consumers--who will delight in this affectionate tribute." What consumer craves fake brands, inferior fabric and workmanship, ersatz sales, B-list celebrities, coupons loaded with fine print, double billing, and lunch with a side of fruit flies?! (Hold me back!)

I also have to wonder if the book covers the wholesale takeover and elimination of much of American retail history. Marshall Field's, Famous Barr, and Meier & Frank are all gravel under Macy's wheels now. There is nothing great or noble about the last couple of years of Macy's history.

Field's forever; Macy's NEVER!!

Date: Monday, January 5, 2009  10:05 pm CT
Posted by: John E. I. J.

On my last trip to Chicago Dec. 2008 I noticed very few looking at window Christmas,holiday display in macys windows on state.Only A handful entering store what a difference than the throngs that marshall fields drew. Marshall fields A great store my late wife and I really enjoyed and I continued to shop at after her passing. I refrain from Macys in Chicago and Rochester N.Y. I hope Marshall fields returns, A real icon. John N.Y.

Date: Monday, January 5, 2009  10:05 pm CT
Posted by: I hate macy's

I found a comment that I thought funny on the department store site that was mentioned earlier.

"And Macy's advertised in 1910 that it could keep its prices so low because the store had no "lavish interiors, concerts, or trading stamps," a claim likely aimed at Siegel-Cooper, one of Macy's main rivals."

I looks like even back in 1910 macy's had dirty carpets and didn't change burnt out lightbulbs. Just like today, clean carpets and working lightbulbs would make their interiors too "lavish."



Date: Monday, January 5, 2009  10:05 pm CT
Posted by: Caroline Appleby

Seeing Eleanor's recipe for Marshall Field's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, reminded me of six other of Field's famous and most popular menu items that I have prepared. I have seen this recipes in many sources. My own church has a recipe book containing these recipes. I've also seen them in my son's school Parent-Teacher cookbook. Here they are for your very own reading, cooking and baking...and eating enjoyment while we wait for the genuine thing---Marshall Field's---to return. I'm sure you will agree that our lifestyles have not been the same without Field's shopping and dining.
Thank you for this website and what you all are doing. I have been reading this website for about two years and this is the first time I have written.

We cannot let up our efforts. Use every opportunity to tell others, whom we meet in our daily lives, not to shop at Macy's or Bloomingdale's for what they did to take away our Marshall Field's, temporarily.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009  10:05 pm CT
Posted by: Sharon Evans

Marshall Field's was my "escape". Whenever there was bad news in the world, or if a family member were having health problems, I would take a stroll into Marshall Field's to clear my mind for an hour or two. It was the best therapy of all. The truly exciting displays or merchandise and the numerous departments of a true department store, along with the pleasant sales employees uplifted me considerably. Stopping for lunch in one of Field's dining rooms with a friend, was the best prescription to "recharge my batteries" and cheerfully go out and face the world!

Thank you for what you doing to bring back Marshall Field's. Because of my doctor's mentioning this computer site, I have learned how to use a computer by taking a class at our senior center. It has meant so much to me to read what others say daily about missing Marshall Field's too. It's been good for me because I do not feel alone in my feelings. Good Luck! Bless you.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009  7:35 pm CT
Posted by: carole johnson

Macys actually told me that I had to specifically ASK for a shopping bag (with a handle) to get one after my purchase spending $150.00. Give me a break. I miss Field Gear so much. Their brand is cheap and looks like a teenie bopper.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009  4:53 pm CT
Posted by: Jack K

The "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" NOT --

In the January 2009 issue of GH, the Good Houskeeping Research Institute tested Luxe Cashmenre Sweaters (p72)They ran 42 tests and recommended 5. Brooks Brothers, Jones NY, Lands End, LL Bean, and Ann Taylor. in tbe "Not So Good" category were Kohls and "MACYS Charter Club Crewneck for women fared poorly on pilling... "

Surprise Surprise. Hey Terry are you listening to the national press?

Poor Quality, and we all know from here in Chicago and elsewhere that other old name local stores taken over by Macy's cannot hold a candle in service especially to Marshall Fields!

By the way this was brought to my attention by my wife, who has also pinned and leafleted on State Street to Save Marhsall Fields!!


Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009  2:49 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Several comments have been made about the covenants the Red Star Store holds with various mall operators.

At a holiday gathering, I was speaking with a young lady who works at a specialty store in a suburban Pittsburgh mall. We were talking about the dismal holiday sales and she mentioned that her store did very poorly this year. She explained that her store is located in the Red Star concourse and the foot traffic is terrible. She said store managers hate the Red Star because customers aren't drawn to the concourse since Kaufmann's was converted. This girl is a college student in her 20s (Mr Lunkhead's prized demographic) and she said that while her friends enjoyed shopping at Kaufmann's, they think that Red Star is just an overpriced Steve & Barry's.

Several others joined our conversation and added commented on their extreme dislike of the Red Star Store. Cheezy store brands, worthless coupons, poor selection, lack of brand names, high prices were some of the reasons these people avoided the Red Star. Everyone laughed about Martha Stewart homewares--the same stuff sold at Kmart!

As I've posted previously, most shoppers in the Pittsburgh area just ignore the Red Star. A small Nordstrom recently opened at Ross Park and Saks Fifth Avenue has long held a downtown location. Even JC Penney and Kohl's are adding better brands and offering wider selections. Having an outpost of the Red Star evidently isn't the draw for shopping mall operators that Mr Lunkhead envisioned.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009  11:25 am CT
Posted by: S.C.

Keep up the fine work, Field's Fans. I live away from Chicago, but it seems that whomever I talk with about Chicago, the subject of how terrible Macy's stores pops up immediately. People always bring up how much they miss Marshall Field's and how bland shopping is now in Chicago and the U.S. The results of your boycott, your pins, your brochures, your letters of the editor, your radio appearances, your own personal efforts in communicating how important it is to bring back Marshall Field's, and writing to blogsites, is taking deep root in people all over Chicago, the Midwest, the U.S. and the World. Even people who wanted to think that Macy's would keep the stores the same and tried shopping at them, have come to realize that Macy's is nothing but a pack of broken promises, un-truths, and terrible service.

Spread the word whenever you can! Boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's!!

We want Marshall Field's sales associates to know too that we have deep feelings for them , and want them back too, with the new Marshall Field's rebirth. The employee associates at Field's were what brought the special chemistry of Marshall Field's together! You made it happen so gloriously!!!

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  7:47 pm CT
Posted by: G.A.

With January comes the end of Macy's fiscal year. It's time to start ramping up our writing to Macy's board of directors. Sure, most of them are likely pals of the CEO/Chairman/President Terry Lundgren but they still need to be contacted and reminded of how stupid it was for Mr. Lundgren to dump Field's.

Maybe this year's tweaking of Macy's directors will remind them of a special opportunity that they missed out on this past holiday season when they didn't bring back Marshall Field's. Handwritten notes on Marshall Fields bags the most effective?

WHY alienate Chicagoland?

Reverse your course and allow the Marshall Fields Brand displayed.

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  7:29 pm CT
Posted by: Donald

Imagine this scenario:

Terry Lundgren, CEO, Chairman and President of macy's inc., riding around in his Hummer H1 armored SUV, driven by his own military-trained security guard on New Year's Day, 2009, talking to himself...

I can't believe those "emotional" Marshall Field's lovers are STILL at it! If I didn't know better, I think they are getting even stronger!

I thought for sure they would have disbanded a couple of months after the purge...(I mean, "MERGER")...and forgotten about all this silliness.

Why didn't someone warn me???

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  7:10 pm CT
Posted by: Mary Anne in Minnesota

I am a Chicago-area native now living in a Minneapolis suburb. I too grew up with Feild's, was appalled when Lungdren & Crew chose to convert every Feild's store to a Macy's, and miss Field's terribly now. And I don't shop there, even to buy my beloved Frangos. My family and closest friends know that I'll be flatly offended if they ever buy me anything from Macy's. Bless you all for what you're doing - Field's was so much more than just another department store, and nothing will ever take its place.

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  5:10 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

I've heard from a couple of well-informed sources on the "double charging" at Macy's and have done some research on this as well.

I have found out that Macy's is not alone in this sort of computer error and other retailers have had similar problems.

If these were Macy's credit cards being double billed, then Macy's would be able to contact these double billed customers. These are bank debit cards that were double billed. Some of these are of thetype you purchase as gift cards at checkout stands like at Dominick's, Walgreen's, CVS, etc. and are not even registered to names. Unlike with Macy's own credit cards, Macy's can only contact the credit card issuer and not the owner of the debit card.

While this failure says something about Macy's IT systems, what will be really telling is how Macy's handles things in the next month or two. Any retailer will make mistakes--how will they correct things and compensate customers for their trouble? Double billed customers are supposed to fax their statements to Macy's: will the customers be reimbursed for their faxing expenses? I don't have a fax or fax modem anymore--that's two or more dollars at Kinko's for me and I would assume others. Will Macy's see that credit records aren't blemished in the event that their double-billing caused overdrafts for private customers? Field's would have seen that the customers were thoroughly taken care of...what about Macy's?

I think anyone should be allowed a mistake as long as they work swiftly to redress things. I think people would be a lot less worked up here if Macy's addressed their bigger mistake in a swift fashion by quickly bringing back Field's. There was a lot of talk here about "good will" last week. With Macy's having "negative good will" with regards to former Field's customers, it's not surprising that such people have little good will towards Macy's when they make other mistakes like the accidental double billing.

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  4:08 pm CT
Posted by: Rex

I understand Macy's is coming out with a post-holiday DVD. It's called "Meltdown on 34th Street."

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  3:13 pm CT
Posted by: JC

At our extended family's reunion at Thanksgiving time, we made a pact that between the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, each of us would carry a Marshall Field's green shopping bag WHEREVER we went--the malls, grocery stores, to school, to college classes, in casual restaurants, fast-food places or fancy restaurants, medical appointments, to church services, car repair appointments, etc...wherever, whenever!

Our experiences were astoundingly amazing!!! Thirty-three (33) members of our extended family from pre-teens to great-grandparents, carried Field's bags all over creation, wherever we went! We had so much fun getting so many Pro-Field's reactions and comments that we are not stopping at New Year's Day. We're going to keep on carrying them, as long as they last. (As everyone knows, the paper used to manufacture the shopping bags...(even in the May-ownership days)...was so thick and sturdy, that they will last through much of 2009, perhaps through 2010!)

We encourage all of you to do the same. It's fun...and most of all, it demonstrates a strong point, for all to see, and all to join---


Marshall Field's Green Shopping Bags: The perfect Show-and-Tell item. Never leave home without them!

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  11:59 am CT
Posted by: Simon Milon

Changing the world-class, famous name, Marshall Field's to Macy's, would be on the same par as changing the internationally famous name, Harrod's or Selfridge's of London to Macy's. Sheer lunacy! Has Lundgren gone "batty"?

Simon Milon,

International Trader

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  11:52 am CT
Posted by: Simon Milon

Here is how the change from Marshall Field's to Macy's has been reported in Europe's CIAO Travel Magazine. International business and personal visitors only want Marshall Field's too!


Keep up the good work, Field's Fans. Thank you for the MF pin and brochure on State Street! More power to you!!

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  9:51 am CT
Posted by: Melinda Cooper

I will NEVER shop at Macy's!!! I grew up shopping at Marshall Fields and I miss it so much!!! What were they thinking to close it???? There are enough Macy's stores, and I am not impressed with Macy's at all! How could they just take over like that??? I no longer live in Chicago and I will probably never go back. The only thing that would me get me there again would be to visit Field's!

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2009  9:36 am CT
Posted by: Marilyn M.

I happen to be one of those silent Marshall Field's shoppers who have been behind you all along. Let me tell you. for every active one of you all, there must be 10,000 Field's silent shoppers who refuse to shop at Macy's. Macy's has ruined all the sheer specialness of shopping. Corporate greed, and now the execs of Macy's are paying richly for it.

Was it all worth it, Mr. Lundgren?!?

Date: Friday, January 2, 2009  9:07 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


Happy New Year 2009! Hopefully, this will be the year that Macy's Inc. realizes the error of its ways and brings back Marshall Field's to Chicago.

After work today, I decided to stop by Woodfield Mall to check out a few items on sale at a few stores. Naturally, I'm still drawn to the area of the mall that should still be Marshall Field's, so I decided to walk into the store to see how it looked. I specifically went downstairs to where the Frango Mints are as I miss them terribly, but refuse to purchase them at Macy's. I was surprised to see signs which appeared to indicate that Frango Mints were on sale at 50% off. I don't know if it's because Marshall Field's has been gone for so long or what, but I honestly don't recall Frango's ever being on sale at 50% off under the Marshall Field's name. I could be incorrect-and if genuinely so I will gladly concede. I do have many real and honest memories of people buying Frango Mints by the large Marshall Field's bag full-and in a couple of cases I remember people needing to use maintenance carts because they bought so many! A lot of people in and near the Chicagoland area bought them as gifts for friends and family around the country-and mailed them as special gifts to people near and dear to them.

Another observation I found interesting is that there just seemed to be an aweful lot of holiday merchandise still left over. Martha Stewart-even Christopher Radko ornaments-what appeared to be marked off by as much as 75% still sitting there. Now I remember well how Marshall Field's deeply discounted holiday merchandise starting the day after Christmas-I just don't remember them having SO MUCH remaining at such deeply discounted prices this long AFTER Christmas. Much like with the Frango Mints, I could be wrong-and if genuinely so I will gladly concede-but I just don't remember Marshall Field's having so much holiday inventory so deeply discounted this long AFTER Christmas.

One thing I want to point out if I am proven incorrect on my above observations: If in fact Marshall Field's did discount Frango Mints so deeply and if Marshall Field's did have as much holiday inventory so deeply discounted so long after Christmas, then Macy's obviously can't be doing any better than what they CLAIM that Marshall Field's was doing in Chicago. By taking away Marshall Field's, Macy's spent A LOT of money to take away a powerful brand in Chicago only to produce the same or-as I suspect is the real case-worse results than what Marshall Field's produced. My point here is that as a Macy's stockholder, I expect that when management spends MY MONEY that they do it in a manner that yields me BETTER results and returns. As a part owner of Macy's Inc, it appears that management wasted a lot of SHAREHOLDER MONEY converting and consolidating-yet my ROI (Return On Investment) doesn't seem to justify the money spent.

As at the beginning, I wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2009-and for me, one of the best ways to ensure a Happy New Year is with the return of Marshall Field's. Marshall Field's is as Chicago as it gets!

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumburg, IL

Date: Friday, January 2, 2009  8:38 pm CT
Posted by: Cheryl S.

My cousin was telling me over Christmas dinner that she witnessed a novel approach to the continuing "Boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's" movement. She went to her son's suburban high school basketball game and she saw parents selling tickets who were also nicely asking spectators to boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's. My cousin said she overheard many parents in line saying they were already passively boycotting Macy's by not shopping there. Others said they said it was "easy" to boycott Macy's because Macy's has nothing they want and how they miss the REAL magic of Marshall Field's!

She encourages Field's Fans who are parents or know parents who assist in their children's school activities to somehow work comments of "Boycott Macy's" into conversations with other parents, and teen-agers for that matter.

Keep spreading the word more and more in creative ways.

Boycott Macy's...AND Bloomingdale's. (It's so easy!)

P.S. Isn't it sad that conversations over Christmas dinner have to be about how we miss Marshall Field's, rather than our excitement over what Marshall Field's gifts we gave and received? That Terry Lundgren is certainly the grinch that stole Christmas. How can he live with himself and does he have any conscience at all about how he has destroyed well-liked regional department stores all over the U.S., turning them into what Drew of Pittsburgh coined...

"Macy-Marts" with no service, class, none of the distinctive designer fashions or the "perfect" gifts we loved to give.

Date: Friday, January 2, 2009  3:13 pm CT
Posted by: L. Grand

Happy New Year, Field's Fans!

I finally found the time to post a new entry on my webpage (Matchless Marshall Field's). Some low-calorie recipes from a 2005 Fitness Magazette. I wish everyone a very prosperous new year, and anticipate with you all the return of Marshall Field & Company!


Very Marshall Fieldingly yours,

L. Grand, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009  5:17 pm CT
Posted by: D.C.

With my "I want my Marshall Field's" button and a green canvas Maarshall Field's bag, I'm the envy of Washington, D.C. People tell me how thrilled they are to see the button and the bag. Most of all, they miss Marshall Field's!

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009  1:34 pm CT
Posted by: D5

Thank you all for your hard work to restore a Chicago institution. We are loyal to Marshall Fields only.

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009  12:04 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

Hi, Field's Fans!

Two Macy's headlines have stood out in the last few days. First of all, Fox reported that Macy's stock dropped 62% in 2008. Secondly, they've been double charging people's credit cards! And we all know, with their level of service, how soon that will be cleared up. And pity the poor shopper who doesn't scan his/her credit card bill and notice the double billing. It won't be long now.

I hope you all had a great holiday season, and that next year is even better. I have high hopes that this will be the year when it becomes crystal clear that the Macy's takeover of all the May stores was a giant step backward and that this realization will eventuate in our dream coming true. I offer a New Year toast to all of you who have kept the faith in the return of Field's. May our future even SURPASS those wonderful Field's memories.

Your steadfast friend,


Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009  1:17 am CT
Posted by: Miller

In responce to Joyce Lee's post of December 19: A great deal of the extensive Marshall Field archive was dontated to the Chicago History Museum-CHM (formerly the Chicago Historical Society-CHS). They have several exhibits planned, and are to also maintain the exhibits on the 7th floor of the Marshall Field building as well. They also have in their collections (and on display) the famous Norman Rockwell painting of the State-Randolph clock and clocksetter, featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, c. 1945. As you'll recall, this was part of a struggle between Target and Federated/Macy's, prior to going to CHM.

Several items are rumored to still be in the Target archives in Minneapolis, and other famous items, like the oil portrait of Marshall Field, which for years was in a wall case at the Washington Street (State Street Room, on access with the Tiffany Dome) doors have vanished from view. Other items like Marshall Field's personal cash box/safe dating from the 1860s/1870s, have also been removed from view since the takeover and/or sale by Target.

At the re-launching of the State Street Store as Macy's in 2006, they were selling many duplicate menus, brochures, etc, which must have been part of the archive, from what I could tell. I was also shocked to see fragments of Chicago-School and Prairie School buildings for sale. Gulp! It was just to hard to look at them and out-of-towners like Macy's wouldn't understand the great loss of these buildings, let alone the loss of a great retail institution, like Marshall Field.

In viewing all of the recent publicity, I can't help but think you should add Michael Bloomberg (of Bloomberg news, Mayor of NYC, etc.) to your list of sympathetic investors. Bloomberg has broken many stories on the transition and losses and I think he understands the American public...or at least his news firm does.

Happy 2009!

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009  12:24 am CT
Posted by: Eleanor Field

Happy New Year to all of you who appreciate Marshall Field's and are work so hard to return it to its rightful place in Chicago, the Midwest and our daily lives.

I decided to stay up late tonight to see the new year in, thinking it would send a good omen that 2009 would be the year of the "Great Return"! I'm munching on some of my very favorite cookies. Not just any ordinary oatmeal raisin cookie, but Marshall Field's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! They were baked and sold at Marshall Field's Bridge Restaurant at the State Street store decades ago. Here is the recipe. (Mmmmmmm!) I encourage all to bake them, share and eat them on these cold winter days or anytime, to help keep the tradition alive for generations to come!


I Want My Marshall Field's! You Want Your Marshall Field's We ALL Want Our Marshall Field's!!!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008  6:59 pm CT
Posted by: MDM

I happen to find your website by doing some research about Marshall Fields and I cannot believe that I found you.

I am so glad that there are still people out there that care about the tradition that is Marshall Fields and how it represents Chicago.

I used to work for Fields back in the early 90's at both the Hawthorn Mall store in Vernon Hills and the Old Orchard store in Skokie and I still cannot believe that Macy's had the nerve to "kill" Fields! I think it was should I say "sacrilegious" and "disrespectful" of them to do that.

Anyway, I look forward to wearing the [I Want My Marshall Field's] buttons. I live in Madison and we do miss the Marshall Fields that was in Hilldale Mall. I do miss the Frango Mints!

Thank you all for all you do.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008  5:18 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Those wacky folks at Macy's have issues with simple math. Example: How many Macy's stores are there?

Macy's tell investors they have 810 stores. (per M web site)

Macy's press releases state 850 stores.



There are 810 Macy's stores, 40 Bloomingdale's, and a total of 850 stores run by Macy's, Inc. Perhaps that is the story--or maybe not.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008  5:12 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Those wacky folks at Macy's are at it again! This story his the news wires on 12/31/08:

Macy's Inc. is warning that some of its shoppers who purchased items Dec. 20 might have been charged more than once.

The Cincinnati-based retailer said a system error caused some debit cards to be charged multiple times, according to the Associated Press. The error occurred from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at stores in its central and eastern divisions, which includes all Ohio and Kentucky stores. The number of people affected is thought to be small, but Macy's is urging customers to check their bank statements all the same.

Interesting how Macy's is doing nothing to contact the customers to alert them of double-charging. Customer must check their statements and then contact Macy's. And you all know how helpful Macy's is when is comes to customer service or helping people with credit/debit issus. Let's see if our local media outlets pick up on this story.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008  3:20 pm CT
Posted by: C. C. Chicago

To Kurt Gerhard: Wasn't the Carson Pirie Scott building on State St. supposed to be divided up and turned into smaller stores? Yet there it sits, cavernous and vacant.

I see the Marshall Field's store on State St. as being a great site for another Nordstrom, another Lord and Taylor (since the one on Michigan Ave. was turned into an American Girl,) a new and bigger Carson's? A Von Maur? (we don't have one in Chicago.) Something else besides being divided up into little stores. Little stores already line State Street.

I must say, even after walking through Macy's a few times before Christmas, I didn't buy any Christmas presents there. I bought things almost anywhere else, at Nordstrom, Carson's, Anthropologie, Fannie May, Wolferman's, Starbucks, Borders, Yves Rocher, etc., etc. Zip from Macy's.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008  1:26 pm CT
Posted by: Drew

More "outstanding" customer service from those wacky folks at macy*s:


Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008  7:06 pm CT
Posted by: Alan

While it's sad to see another icon go, at least the new owners of Maurice Lennell intend to keep the brand alive and open new stores in the area. It sounds like by the time they came in, the old facility was already sold by the bankruptcy estate.


It's interesting that since the whole Marshall Field's debacle, companies who have taken over Chicago icons have gone to great lengths to avoid doing what Federated did.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008  6:59 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

After I read the full Time Out piece, I think Ms. Nusser might be in support of Field's coming back--but I have to admit, it's a little hard to understand where she is comeing from. Complicating the interpretation is that "Time Out" is NYC-based and has had pro-Macy's-tinged comments in the past.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008  6:41 pm CT
Posted by: Tom

In Time Out Chicago Magizine, Madeline Nusser notes in an artical about the Chicago History Museum, states that "This season, rather than crying about Macy's (please, please stop doing that), reminisce on old times with Chicago History Museum historian Rosemary K. Adams's new release, 216 pages featuring glossy black-and-white photographs plucked from the vast CHM archives."

Artical link is.. http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/museums-culture/69693/past-and-presents

Comments to Miss Nusser about "crying about Macy's" can be sent via the Time Out Chicago Magizine website at. http://www.timeout.com/chicago/section/contact-us

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008  4:53 pm CT
Posted by: drew

What a surprise!


Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008  12:19 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Jimmy Gimbels uses his incredible psychic powers to make these startling predictions for 2009:

1. Those wacky folks at Macy's will distribute a press release stating "sales and revenue are meeting our projections.C. The Chicago Tribune will print this story on page one.

2. Several weeks later, Macy's will issue a press release that "due to the difficult economic climate (or cold weather or hot weather or snowy weather or sun spots), we are lowering our sales and revenue projections for the quarter.C. The Chicago Tribune will not cover this story.

3. A person will post comments on various blogs that Macy's is wonderful and a huge success. And, the Chicago stores are attracting more and more shoppers. Scores or Field's Fan will prove him wrong with post after post after post.

4. Macy's will continue to take credit for traditions like "the great treeC. by announcing Easter and Fourth of July were both their ideas.

5. As hard as it is to believe, a person will actually be able to use a Macy's coupon, I mean shopping pass, to buy merchandise - even with all the exclusions in little red type. Said customer will later return the Macy's-branded item because it fell apart in the wash.

6. Macy's will announce yet another "exclusiveC. designer with "exclusiveC. merchandise available only in its stores. IC-m getting the impression the name could be Pierre Cardin or Bill Blass...or Curious George.

7. The "My Macy'sC. program will be replaced with another half-hearted attempt to court shoppers. This new program will be replaced by a newer program to bring back customers which, in turn, will be replaced with an even newer promotion. The Chicago Tribune will print gushing articles on all the campaigns. Shoppers will yawn and resume shopping at Lord and Taylor.

9. The "great treeC. will be renamed "the Macy's holiday treeC.. It will be covered from base to crown with blood-red flocking, cheap cardboard stars and 350 red lights. The lighting ceremony will feature Macy's latest designer, Trini Lopez.

10. The State Street store will get a new manager who will continue the Macy's policy of repairing worn carpeting, loose tiles and wall cracks will duct tape.

11. Macy's will have yet another one-day sale (that actually lasts two days) featuring the "lowest prices of the season." Retail analysts will determine that Macy's has 65 different "seasons" every year.

12. In another shocking move, someone at Macy's will finally figure out that our dear, ex-con Martha Stewart does not spell her last name S-T-E-W-E-R-T.

13. Macy's will announce that production of Frango Mints "will really, really return to Chicago. We are serious this time."

I could go on and on but my head hurts. Happy New Year to my fellow Field's fans and to all former Field's employees. We still love you!

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  10:13 pm CT
Posted by: Jon C.

Please consider the following website...


..as a New Year's present to each of you for all of your dedication, support and active work in honoring Marshall Field's and all regional department stores. The website is very comprehensive and dynamic. You may also contact Ms. Whitaker through the website.

The website is produced by a department store author, enthusiast and expert, Ms. Jan Whitaker. You will find histories of various department stores, as well as other information and links from which to appreciate all local and regional department stores, including our own Marshall Field & Company of Chicago.

The question-and-answer discussion portion is especially enlightening.

P.S. Richard of Houston, a regular poster of Field's Fans, should appreciate the recipe for Shrimp Salad at the former upscale Sakowitz department store of Houston.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  5:05 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

By Stephen Rosenman

In my previous two articles ("Macy's' Goodwill Is a Red Flag" and "Macy's Insecure Covenants: The Goodwill Trap"), I wrote about Macy's (M) problems with debt and its dependence on goodwill to shore up its balance sheet.

Macy's has serious other difficulties.

Macy's has way too many stores. In 2005, it acquired May's Department Stores at $11 billion. It now has a total of 856. With a total of 155 million square feet of space, Macy's is almost a third the size of Manhattan. Unlike the densely packed Big Apple, Macy's

is sparsely populated with shoppers. There lies the problem: credit strapped shoppers in a floor space you could house three million.

The consumer is not shopping. Christmas is traditionally Macy's big season. Spendingpulse, Mastercard's research arm, reports holiday season sales for luxury down 34%, women's apparel down 23%, and men's down 14%. Macy's has predicted its same store sales will be down 1 to 6%. That prediction is unrealistic given the terrible way the shopping season is turning out. Expect a 14 to 15% decrease in comparable same store sales at best.

Macy's profit margins have become disastrous, falling from 3.99% to a negative 0.8%. I think those terrible margins are here to stay.

Macy's' hope currently rests on its EBITDA. That hope is quickly becoming dashed. EBITDA was $3.5 billion 2006, $3.4 billion 2007, $2.8 billion TTM. Q4 2007 wasn't a bad quarter for EBITDA. That number will be replaced by what is working out to be a far weaker Q4 to be reported February 2009. For the last three quarters, EBITDA was $1.3 billion. Q4 2007 EBITDA was about $1.4 billion. Q4 2008 will be far lower, probably $0.9 billion. That makes for a 2008 year EBITDA a dismal $2.2 billion. Next year looks far worse.

The company hoped to use its coming year operating cash to pay down its burgeoning $9.8 billion debt load (see Q3 conference call transcript). $950 million of debt comes due in 2009. It looks like Macy's will have to dig into its short term credit facility to cover that shortfall. That's a temporary fix. The company will need to find longer term financing (bonds for Macy's are trading at 14 to 15%) and Macy's will need to refinance more debt coming due in 2010 and 2011.

Macy's 20 new covenants to maintain its credit facility lifeline may be breached if their EBITDA keeps falling. The company was forced to rework their previous covenants that depended on eroding equity positions.

Disclosure: Author holds a short position in M

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  4:43 pm CT
Posted by: Gayle

Hi all,

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

I just heard today of a class action suit that was settled in which Macy's was a defendent. As it turns out, it was a suit involving the major cosmetics companies and major department stores---price fixing, I think. It actually predates Macy's takeover of Field's, and Field's (through Target) was also a defendent in the suit.

Here's the interesting part: if you ever purchased certain high-end cosmetics from certain stores, you are eligible to receive a free cosmetic product as settlement. Here's the link:


I'm going to go get my free product from Macy's. Of course, I won't spend anything in the store.


Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  1:31 pm CT
Posted by: I hate Macy's

I just saw a macy's TV commercial on NBC at 1:24 p.m. today (Monday)

I had to rewind the box several times to make sure I heard the commercial correctly. It did clearly say this:

"Nearly perfect Hotel micro cotton towels... on sale now!"

Nearly perfect?

Now macy's advertises national wide on network TV that they sell seconds! I couldn't believe this!

Have they sunk to a new low?

Can you ever imagine Marshall Field's selling seconds, let alone advertise this fact nation wide?

More of macy's re-education of the public.

Yup, just ring it up one more time for...

The "Magic" of macy's.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  11:32 am CT
Posted by: Jeff S

Bring back Marshall Field's!! A couple of things I'd like to share: 1. Next to the visitor center at the State Street Store there are white and green t-shirts emblazoned with Marshall Field's across the chest for sale. The guy behind the visitor center desk said they are selling like hotcakes! I could not tell if these are new, old stock or if these are actually being produced for sale. He did say "more will be coming in." Does anyone have any information on that?

2. Does anyone know what happened to the Tiffany dome and fountain that was in the Mens Grill across the street in the Mens Store? It was taken down in the 1970's when the store was converted to multi-use.

3. Does anyone have information about the Tiffany dome/skylight that is at the roof level high above the Walnut Room? As best I can tell, the ceiling that you see now in the Walnut Room was put in sometime in the 1950's, judging from pictures in books with dates. From an old menu, and from old store directories that I have seen, reference is made to the Tiffany Dome up above the Walnut Room. I also wonder why they lowered the ceiling in the Walnut Room. I can only surmise it was done because of fire code when they still had a live tree in there at Christmas. Anyone know about any of these things? I'd appreciate anyone's information.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  11:24 am CT
Posted by: gle

The Seeking Alpha website has some more not-so-good forecasts for Messy's.

"Retail Winners and Losers this holiday season" December 29, 2008

"Macy's Problems Have Just Begun" December 29, 2008

There is a comment blog that requires an easy registration.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  9:30 am CT
Posted by: gle

I went by the State Street store after work on Friday, the day after Christmas. I noticed a lot of people milling through the State Street side of the store (especially teenagers and people with little kids), but there were no long lines by the cash registers. There seemed to be an average of one customer per register, not exactly the after-Christmas-sale crowd. The other side of the first floor (with all the men's underwear) did not have as much foot traffic. Mobs of people were rushing down State Street, and I got the impression they went in the door simply because they were on State Street.

Also, boxes and boxes of Frangos were stacked all over the place, like books stacked in a library. Nobody was buying them!

I checked out Sears down the street. Sears did not have a lot of foot traffic, but there were long lines by all the registers.

I miss Marshall Field's after-Christmas sales, before-Christmas joy, and all the other things.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2008  12:39 am CT
Posted by: Field's Fan

5. Wedding Registries

In the 1900s, it was customary for only close family members to give wedding presents. But gradually, newlyweds came to expect gifts from friends, as well. Detecting a trend, department stores started to direct engaged customers to their home furnishings and kitchenware departments, encouraging them to think of their weddings as a time to acquire the tools for domestic life. In 1924, the Marshall Field & Company department store in Chicago created the first wedding registry, and the "traditionC. took off. Today, up to 96 percent of American couples register their weddings.



Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008  9:57 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

We celebrated the holidays with a Secret Santa at my house. There were gifts from Lord & Taylor, Carson's, and others. We wish Field's was here. Not just for the holidays but for everyday!

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008  1:30 am CT
Posted by: Sean Courtney

Well, for the second, and hopefully last (until Marshall Field's returns), time I went into 117 N. State Street today. The reason: my wife got a sweater for Christmas from her relative in New England, and it was purchased...at Macy's. (Trust me, this relative just cannot grasp the concept of "don't get us anything from X Store" -- to her, a store is a store, no matter what.) And unfortunately, the gift receipt didn't allow for a monetary refund -- it was store credit only.

Just wanted to post a few observations...

- My wife did offer SOME positives: 1) she always liked the cashmere at Macy's (she's from New Jersey, so she's known Macy's her whole life), and 2) the store on State Street is much cleaner and more put-together than the 34th Street flagship (which isn't hard to do, IMHO).

- Overall, the store looked to me like just another mall store. Marshall Field's was always unique, though.

- The staff didn't seem to be, as my wife said, "together" in their appearance.

- The staff, IMHO, was difficult to find.

- The carpets were filthy.

- While we were waiting for the lady at the checkout counter try to explain to a customer that despite what her receipt says, the gift card wasn't usable because the cash register said so [and the other cashier on the other side of the counter was giving HER customer similar grief, so two customers getting oh-so-wonderful treatment].

- While I was watching the two cashiers argue with their customers, I said, "Whatever happened to 'Give the lady what she wants?'" Don't know how loud I was about that.

- The old Marshall Field's signage stripped from the elevators (some of whose floor indicators were burnt out) exposed bare metal doors, with the "State Street" verbiage still faintly visible as an imprint.

- And perhaps my proudest moment was watching my wife buy a Marshall Field's cookbook (there was a huge display of them for $4.95, and another customer walked by and told us that they were good cookboks) and some novelty buttons with the "EZ EXCHANGE" card, thereby not giving Macy's one thin cent.

- My most shameful moment: while we were waiting to exchange the sweater, my wife jabbed me and said, "We should have worn our Marshall Field's buttons!" D'OH!!! I asked Gail to send me a couple, and she sent me at least a dozen...why, o why, did we not think of that?!?!

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008  9:00 pm CT
Posted by: JamesfromCA

I thought I'd share the latest from the "flagship" store here at Union Square San Francisco. In today'S SFGate which is the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle there was an article entitled Post-Christmas Shoppers Can't Save Grim Season, a woman named "foodiegirl" in the Comments section wrote and I quote:

"Been in the Macy's Union Square ladies room lately? I thought I was in a third world country, not the purported west coast "flagship" of America's greatest department store. Raw sewage was overrunning the floors and nobody did anything about it because they were "understaffed" as explained to me by a harried saleswoman. A wise woman once said " you can't save your way to success".

Why should news like that be limited to the local online newspaper I thought this example of a success business operation should have better publicity! Just my small contribution to helping macy's and their bottom line!

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008  7:03 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

This Fox Business analyst thinks Macy's will go bankrupt in 2009. We often talk about sales and how many people are in a store. This analyst reminds us of a point less frequently made here: that Macy's has convenants to draw certain amounts of customers to their wing in the mall so that the smaller retailers can benefit from traffic. So if you were a merchant who agreed to pay a higher rent to be next to Marshall Field's clientele and now are losing traffic because it's been replaced with Macy's clientele, then there is a beef. I don't know what Macy's covenants are like but some anchors can be fined or lose their lease under such circumstances.

It's not about Macy's bankrupt as it is about what ever it takes to force Lundgren's hand to give us back Field's!!!!

Here's the video from Fox Business; be sure to click the "+" icon and view the loose transcript.

Fox Business: Retailers Facing Bankruptcy in 2009


Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008  11:50 am CT
Posted by: BF

When going to the mall, we pass through Macy's carrying Marshall Field's bags. Macy's wants us to forget how good Field's was. We will not.

Date: Friday, December 26, 2008  6:17 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Alfred from Washington DC led the leafleting charge on State Street this afternoon where, in a fashion similar to last Saturday, it seemed rather quiet for the day after Christmas. Still, leaflets supporting the return of Field's were warmly received and "I Want my Marshall Field's" buttons were eagerly snapped up and worn by Field's fans!

Thanks to all who made it possible, especially Alfred.

Date: Friday, December 26, 2008  4:08 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Here's another Messy's hype in a "Sun-Times" article on last-minute shoppers.

"Last minute shoppers find bargains" December 25, 2008 by Sandra Guy


Letters to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 Sun-Times reporter Sandra Guy can be contacted at sguy@suntimes.com

There is a comment blog that requires registration.

I don't imagine any news sources will make as big a deal to interview people returning Messy's gifts.

Date: Friday, December 26, 2008  1:16 pm CT
Posted by: Gerry Ahrens

I cannot tell you how many positive comments we got on our "I Want My Marshall Fields" buttons on our coats. THANKS again for passing them out during the Window Displays and Thanks again for a couple extras for friends.

People WANTED to know where to get more information so after awhile we DID remember the site name AND spotted it on our own buttons so we could tell people but for those of us who are big Fans, give away extra literature (the small green info strip) which is a great idea to begin with.

We agreed with the boycott BEFORE the Mocy's attitude became so caustic and do NOT buy anything although we do walk through. HOWEVER, we have become fans of "Infields" in the basement. We aren't even Sports Bar people but it is good enuf and a little nostalgic with the INFields Name. Is that breaking the boycott?

Date: Friday, December 26, 2008  9:10 am CT
Posted by: gle

There is a letter to Ellen Warren in the "Tribune" from a person asking if it is possible to still find Field Gear. Ms. Warren responds that she checked with a Macy's rep and was told that the customer should start a campaign to get it back, and that "Macy's listens closely to customer feedback and takes it into consideration when making buying decisions."

"Keeping kids busy"


Letters can be written to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and answerangle@tribune.com

There is also a comment blog to post.

Date: Thursday, December 25, 2008 
Posted by: Field's Fans Everywhere

Happy Hanukkah!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Happy Kwanza!

Happy Boxing Day

...and Happy Holidays to you!

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  5:17 pm CT
Posted by: Chris

One other point I forgot to mention on my last post was Mr. Buffet has made money during this economy. Even if what "M" says is true (and I frankly don't believe them)and that MF was losing money, I don't see that happening with someone like Mr. Buffet in control.

Would it be possible to have an on-line petition which we can all sign and then it is sent on to Mr. Buffet?

Finally, I will be traveling to Chicago next week for New Year's and I've been surfing the web to figure out where to shop and dine. I sure do wish MF was still around; I so enjoyed spending time and money there.

Note from the webmaster:
In the three years-plus that this website has existed, there have been many intelligent and astute ideas about who should be contacted about purchasing former Field's stores and the brand "Marshall Field's" from Macy's--even the idea of who should purchase Macy's in hopes of getting new owners who understand that Field's needs to come back for the stores to make the most money. Parties suggested for petitioning have ranged from Mr. Warren Buffett to the owners of Lord & Taylor to Goldman-Sachs and even Target and many others.

But getting a buyer is not the problem. There are more than a couple would-be buyers who would pay a premium in obtaining the stores and rights to Field's. The problem is that Macy's does not want to sell these stores. Macy's execs don't want Field's to come back. The current people in charge of Macy's are not going to sell Field's to Warren Buffett or anyone else. Too much pride is at stake for Macy's. We boycott Macy's to influence a change in management who will bring back Field's in quality and service as well as name. We're not about killing off Macy's-- we're about pushing for the return of Field's and to represent what the consumer truly wants--Marshall Field's!

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  2:26 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

For those without access to cable, here's a link to the HGTV segment on this year's store windows. Someone commented that the designer was shown in front of the Water Tower store but in fact it's also made clear that the windows are in the Marshall Field's building with even the clock shown. It is curious to see how many showed up for the Herald Square unveiling and that the Chicago unveiling seems to have week attendence or not be shown at all.


Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  12:16 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

There's two articles in the Chicago newspapers today that require your response: two more stories about the Woodfield store staying open 24/7 through Christmas eve.

Chicago Tribune:

Please leave comments in the "Topix" section that follows and also letters can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and kataiyero@tribune.com

Chicago Sun-Times:

Please be sure to leave comments at the end of the story in the S-T "pluck" comments section. A Login is required. Also email letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  10:58 pm CT
Posted by: gle

WGN TV Channel 9 is planning some kind of Chicago Christmas memories program for tonight at 9:30 p.m. They showed pictures of what looked like the tree in the Walnut Room for their preview.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all Field's Fans! Thank-you for your hard work and participation.

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  10:21 pm CT
Posted by: drew

If consumer trends toward "quality" and support of firms with "long history" hold true, macy*mart is in even more trouble in the year ahead:
Mr Lunkhead's foolish destruction of iconic stores with years of community goodwill may prove even more disastrous in this worsening economy. His poor quality, overpriced trendy merchandise offerings are no attraction to folks concerned about what lies ahead.

On the other hand, Marshall Field's, Kaufmann's, Burdine's, Rich's, Foley's, Lazarus and the other regional department stores had strong ties to their communities and were TRUSTED to offer a wide selection of quality merchandise at price points appealing to a large number of shoppers.

Because macy*mart has failed to connect with shoppers across the country and is perceived as NEITHER a retailer of quality or value, a total shakeout of Mr Lunkhead and his top management and restoration of brand names, quality and service will be the only salvation.

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008  9:27 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

A few things...

1 - There really is not place like Field's for the holidays. I feel it again this year.

2 - There are some great sales at high end retailers like Saks. I went into the men's store on Michigan Ave and already reduced clearance items were an extra 50% off. If you have a little more to spend this holiday it may be worth it to check out some high end retailers (they're giving some good discounts).

3 - Joe Baur I have to disagree with your request for Chicago to "help Macy's." If someone slaps you in the face why would you want to talk to them let alone help them? Same with Macy's. We've moved on. If anything this Macy's "fiasco" helped me remember the importance of supporting retailers, manufacturers, etc. that have a value systems similar to mine. I spend money at Von Maur b/c they are family owned, treat the customer like royalty, and care about the community. I spend money at Target b/c they give 5% of their profits to the local community and have better living wages than Wal-Mart. I buy SC Johnson products because they are a family company and support their employees. There is NO REASON for me or anyone to shop at Macy's. They not only don't do anything good they do things others would never do - try to obliterate local histories.

4 - The credit crunch may be good news for Field's Fans. Macy's is over extended. A similar situation happened to MGM Mirage owner of 10 Vegas hotels. To help pay down debt they recently put Treasure Island hotel on the market. They sold 1/10 LV Strip hotels to raise cash. If Macy's really wants to avoid bankruptcy they could sell 111 N State (the building) and Marshall Field's (the trademark) to an investor. They would get top dollar. My guess is in the upwards of $1.5B. For those that have shares in Macy's... is there a way that "ideas" just as this can be brought up at shareholder meetings? I'm serious. Is there a way to suggest this? Either overtly or implicitly?

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  11:01 pm CT
Posted by: Mary

This story talks about Macy's being open 24/7 until Christmas Eve. The Woodfield Macy's is described but it seems the only line of customers was at the Starbucks near the outdoor North entrance. Apparently dead otherwise.


Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  9:15 pm CT

I BELIEVE that I sent ZERO dollar at Macy's during 2008.

How about you?

Now Lord and Taylor is another matter. Hmmm, great selection, fair pricing, "real" sales, clean and attractive stores, and wonderful customer service. Everything you don't get at the M-store.

Lots of comments in this blog about the ugly "Great Tree" and the disappointing holiday windows. People, when Jimmy Gimbels tell you the window are uninspired and the tree bleeds red, you can take that to the bank. Happy holidays to all and remember that Jimmy Gimbels goes to Macy's so you don't have to!

Now I go off topic to remind all of you that Marshall Fields is the "joy of shopping, but Gimbels, my dears, is "the store of a million gifts."

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  4:12 pm CT
Posted by: Alan F

Our family misses Field's. Instead of Macy's, our family spent our money at Von Maur, Lord and Taylor and Norstrom. Crate and Barrel too.

Bring back Field's and our money will be back too.

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  2:49 pm CT
Posted by: Kurt Gerhardt

Field's was a tourist destination in the center of downtown Chicago that created businesses and wealth around it. It can be again if investors have the imagination to realize its potential.

If Macy's insists on owning the Michigan Ave. store and suburban stores (until they declare bankruptcy), perhaps a group of investors wanting to make some real money might consider buying and making the State Street store "Field's Center". It might be a cross between San Francisco's reconfigured Emporium and like London's Selfridge's, a group of open high-end and moderate shops with a complete restoration of the building with special attention to the restaurant floor and architectural details. Now would be a good time to start with the economy in recession, which will end about the time a project like that could be completed (giving employment to painters, construction workers and restorers). The elements we all remember (the food, candy and high quality goods, particularly American made, the immense satisfaction of being surrounded by architectural beauty) could be returned to the shopper tired of Macy's second-rate quality and "big box" store's limited selection and feeling of impoverishment. We are now at the end of "bottom line" mentality and making "little plans" for they don't "have the power to stir men's souls". Having worked for Federated Department Stores (owners of Macy's and Bloomingdale's) I can attest that they simply don't have the imagination or guts to do anything really significant.

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  2:34 pm CT
Posted by: gle


'Tis just days before Christmas and throughout Macy'stown, hardly a Frango is selling despite being marked down.

Bright red "Believe" t-shirts are hung neatly with care, in hopes that a customer might actually be there.

The line to the Walnut Room's a bit longer today, while that great big RED tree still scares many away.

The shoppers don't crowd near the windows like old, but many run by just to get out of the cold.

Now suddenly what to my eyes doth appear--but a dark green delivery truck and eight tiny reindeer!

"I must fill these orders by Christmas Eve without fail. I've had to hire extra elves--just to open my mail."

"I used to hear kids ask for dolls and hot wheels, now I've got all these letters saying, 'BRING BACK MARSHALL FIELD'S!'.

"If the spirit of Christmas is what Santa's about, then Field's Fans sure know it, of that there's no doubt."

"You've kept alive a dream for some cheer in the world. You won't accept gloom, no matter how hard it's hurled."

"Please keep up your voice, it sure needs to be heard. We must bring back Field's, so let's continue our good work!"

And I heard him exclaim as he sped out of sight, "Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!"

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  2:34 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Here's a great one to read and to post to. No login required but you do need a valid email address to confirm your post.

This article says that Macy's new financial deal (the one that made it stock shoot up last week) is based on the faulty premise that Macy's didn't lose the value of good will when it jettisoned brands like Field's and Marshall Field's. As such, Macy's is still in big, big trouble owing in big part to the MayCo (and Field's) acquisition and consolidation to Macy's.


Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  2:00 pm CT
Posted by: Joe Baur

I am writing this to share how I feel regarding Macy's and Marshall Field's.

There are special places and people who come into our lives. These special places and people will always have memories and stories.

Marshall Field's was this great place; much like our grandparents we cherish them. However, like a loved one they often go. We hold those memoires in our hearts and share them with our friends and loved ones. Marshall Field's is gone, it will not return, as much as I would love it to come back. Like that grandparent, it shall live in our hearts.

We need to focus our energy on telling Macy's what kind of products and events we want. In a world that is uncertain, we need to support all businesses that are American. So many businesses are going under, and so many are out of work. Do we really want to do this to our neighbors? Lets make the best of this. Life moves forward and our memories will live forever. Lets change Macy's here in Chicago to something that other Macy's stores do not have, the heart and soul of Chicago.

Thank you,


Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  12:59 pm CT
Posted by: Mrs W

Here's an excerpt:
"A number of major names, such as Macy's are in trouble over the long run and we will undoubtedly see more retail bankruptcies in the New Year" according to Britt Beemer, founder of America's Research Group.
Our Christmas shopping is almost done and -0- was spent at a Macy's store again this Christmas. It's so sad for Macy's because it didn't need to be this way; they picked this fight and we are winning. All we want for Christmas is a return of the iconic Marshall Field's to 111 N. State!! Thank you again, Neiman's, Carson's, Von Maur's and Lord & Taylor for filling in for Field's.

Happy holidays everyone,
Mrs. W

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  8:57 am CT
Posted by: Donna

Thank you for my "I WANT MY MARSHALL FIELD'S" pin. I am wearing it proudly wherever I go. While walking past 111 N. State Street on Saturday on my way to the Chicago Theater, I noticed you all. You were very polite, in the manner of the Marshall Field way of doing business. I walked past two hours later, and passers-by, one-by-one, were approaching YOU all for pins! (From what I witnessed, I did notice that not one of them walked into the store after obtaining one of your pins.) Chicago residents and visitors from all over, after more than two years, still want Marshall Field's back.

From what I overheard on the sidewalk, people are impressed by your efforts and are supporting you. What a fine group of ladies of gentlemen!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukka!

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  7:23 am CT
Posted by: katherine

My husband and I recently visited the windows at Macy's and were so disappointed at what we saw. We really miss the old days of Marshall Field's, the fond childhood memories and the uniqueness that it gave us at Christmas time. Keep up the great work at trying to bring back a Chicago icon!

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2008  1:20 am CT
Posted by: Charlie M.

Regarding Chris' idea of contacting Mr. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the legendary Berkshire-Hathaway Corporation in a letter-writing campaign, the information is already at the the Berkshire-Hathaway website. Here is the address:

Mr. Warren Buffett
Chairman and CEO
Berkshire-Hathaway Corporation
1440 Kiewit Plaza
Omaha, NE 68131

Phone: 402-346-1400


It certainly would be nice to see the name, Marshall Field & Company added to the list of the quality companies of Berkshire-Hathaway, wouldn't it?


Mr. Buffettis known as one of the most preeminent and most successful businessmen in America, and the World. Notice how he has seen fit to maintain the individual names of the company's many subsidiary companies, and not change them all to B-H?

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukka!!

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  10:32 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

I was in Walgreen's over the weekend and saw their display of Whitman's Samplers, Russell Stover and other chocolate. They ALL had "Best By..." dates. Yet, Macy*Mart is now making the expiration date of Frangos invisible to the customer? Hey! That's the magic of Macy's!

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  9:51 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All

Merry Christmas

& Happy Hanukkah

I can't express my disappointment at the lack of Field's for Christmas

I am so saddened to hear about the windows at State street - But I am not surprised -

it is amaising to me that red star actually put out a different Christmas bag for the season.

Where Marshall Field's is concerned-----

Bedford Falls has been turned into Potterville !!!

Take Care All

The Real B

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  5:25 pm CT
Posted by: S.R.

! Some of my very best childhood memories are of going to Marshall Fields with my greatgrandma every Christmas! I'm so upset that it's not there anymore! I will help in any way that I can!

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  1:53 pm CT
Posted by: Phil Eichler

Yesterday I watched a program on HGTV on 2008's Department Store Christmas windows. The show starts at Macy's Herald Square and also ends there. Their New York window dresser states early on that he's doing the same windows in New York and Chicago. (so much for "localization" or Amy Meadows)The show then goes on to Saks, Lord and Taylor, Neiman's, The Bay, etc. Every time one of these places had the unveiling, there were huge crowds, crowd control barriers. So it's time to go back to Macy's in Chicago and their window dresser goes to Water Tower Place! Probably had no idea there are two Macy's in downtown Chicago. Without explanantion, next thing you know, they're at State State Street for last minute details and the unveiling. There was almost no one present for the unveiling, maybe several dozen people, unlike all the other stores, where it was hoardes of people. They also showed the unveiling of the great tree with little explanation. I have a feeling that this New York guy had no idea there even was a great tree, so nothing was planned for it. Maybe that's why it is so bad this year.

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  9:59 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Regarding the letter cited by gle in Friday's Tribune on line, the same person from L.A. was also the author of the letter that appeared in the print edition of yesterday's Sunday Sun-Times. In fact, the letter in the Sun-Times was the same as the Tribune letter except the Sun-Times letter editted the letter to:
In all my years of living and visiting Chicago, we always would go to Marshall Fields on State St. and always loved to go when it was Christmas time to see that tree inside the store. So what makes Macy's think it could take over Chicago? We all think of New York as Macy's.
Be sure to chime in with your comments by emailing letters@suntimes.com and talkback@suntimes.com in addition to the Tribune.

Date: Monday, December 22, 2008  9:55 am CT
Posted by: gle

The "Tribune" "Voice of the People" online edition for December 19 has a nice pro-Field's letter with comment blog.

"Memories of Marshall Field's"

The letter talks about not wanting Messy's to take over Chicago. I think that says it very well.

Also, it's great to see all the new commenters on this blog. Interest in the return of Marshall Field's is NOT dying out.

Please continue to write to the "Tribune" in favor of Field's at ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  8:41 pm CT
Posted by: Joseph From CA

Been a long time since I've made a post on here but I wanted to give a field (or should I say Field's) report from southern CA.

The other day I walked through one of my local Macy's (South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, CA) which is a converted Robinsons-May store. This store suffered from years of neglect under May's ownership and continues that way as a Macy's. In spite of the fact that it was only a week before Christmas, the store was only moderately busy. By contrast, the Nordstrom in the same mall was much busier. In the home section there was only one sales associate to ring up the purchases. I counted at least 5 people in line, at least 2 of them were turned down from being able to use the coupons on their purchases because of, surprise, THE DOZENS OF EXCLUSIONS.

I overheard the sales associate tell one of the customers that she would get a discount if she opened a Macy's account. Her response was "I don't want a Macy's card". There was a small display of Frangos at 40% off, but of course there were no takers. It made me sad to see this pitiful display of Frangos. I thought back to my two previous trips to Chicago and the entire Frango section at Field's on State and how the wonderful mint aroma permeated the entire department and how at practically every register throughout the store, you would see at least one box of Frangos.

If Field's was still around, even in this tough economy, I know it would still have done well. No other store I have shopped at has had the perfect combination of high quality merchandise, reasonable prices, and top-notch service like Field's had. I did all of my Christmas shopping online this year from various retailers including Lord & Taylor, Dillard's, Nordstrom, etc. If we still had Field's, I could've done it all in one fell swoop. Macy's Inc would've had a gold mine, but instead they turned it into a junkyard.

Merry Christmas Field's Fans, and let's hope that 2009 will be the year of the Miracle on State St.....the return of Marshall Field's.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  8:26 pm CT
Posted by: Chris

Has anyone contacted Warren Buffett to see if he'd be interested in purchasing the Chicago store from "M" and re-opening Marshall Fields? I would think he might be sympathetic to the cause...

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  7:49 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

My family shopped from 2pm to 11pm last night at The Woodlands Mall and the surrounding shopping centers. Lots of traffic. My favorite store since Foley's demise is Dillard's. They have increased the designer labels tremendously. In talking to a gentleman in the men's department, I found out The Woodlands location is the 4th largest grossing store in nation, behind The Galleria, Willowbrook and Memorial City. However, he said they announced internally (nothing in the papers as of yet) that they are closing Lake Jackson, Texas City, Greenspoint, West Oaks, Deerbrook and others right after Christmas. Dillards was packed. They, of course, do much more business than Macy's. I suspect we will see tons of Macy's store closures after Christmas. How in the world they have lasted this long I will never know. It appalls me that they still call their One Day sale the Red Apple sale which was a Foley's original.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  7:16 pm CT
Posted by: sentimental4fields


I am a history teacher and it tears me apart to see these "squatters" steal such an important piece of our Chicago history from us. It bother me even more when, during the Great Tree lighting, Richard M. Daley advises Chicagoans to shop at Macy's rather than just looking at the windows. What kind of steward for Chicago is he anyway? Then again, I guess that I can find the answer to that question with some of the other political crises in our community! At times, I think that too much time has already passed and

However, I am heartened by the outpouring of emotions that so many people, including the multitudes of out of towners share on this site. It's also good to see that so many young people feel the same passion for the return of Marshall Fields.

As a teacher, I share my feelings for macy's with my classes every single chance that I get. They ALL know that if they could all get together, the very best Christmas gift that they could give me would be the return of Chicago's glorious Marshall Field & Company. My kids overwhelming tell me how much they too loved Marshall Fields. We talk about "carpetbaggers" in class and I use macy's to illustrate this concept to my kids. I have taught them the "5 Themes of Geography" and have used the concept of "Place" to help them better understand my disdain for macy's. "Place" uses all of the unique characteristics of a location to best describe said location to others. I have taught them that macy's has taken away a big piece of Chicago's "place" and that is one of the reasons that I along with many, many others resent them so. I teach them about economics and use macy's as a clear example of what not to do as a business leader. This also turns into a great conversation on supply and demand and what can happen if you flat out refuse to supply your customer base to meet their demands. I also teach a financial lifecycle class where the kids have a $5,000 windfall to invest in the stock market. I ALWAYS have the kids to look at macy's returns and use this as an example of a bad investment. The lessons that I can squeeze out of macy's debacle seems endless. I guess that I should be grateful for all of the material that they've provided for me, but I would gladly give it all up for the return of my Marshall Fields. My point is, as a teacher, I am teaching my students a very valuable lesson on civic pride and believe me when I say, of the 120 impressionable minds that I come into contact with daily, the overwhelming majority of them already carry a deep disdain for macys thanks, in large part, not to me, but to their parents. For all teachers out there, please use macy's pigheadedness as a teachable moment for your kids as well. We will continue to carry the responsibility of shaping the minds our our city's y outh - especially as it pertains to macys - terry lundgren needs to focus on cleaning up the Marshall Fields stores for the eventual sale to someone that will return this gem to its rightful position in Chicago!

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  6:20 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay


The letters to the editor page of today's Sunday Chicago Sun-Times featured a letter from an out-of-towner lamenting the loss of Field's. This was in the print edition but I have not found it in the on-line edition. I will post more info in a bit, but do plan on chiming in by sending in a letter to the editor as well.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  5:00 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to all who helped make out leafleting and button distribution a huge success yesterday as well as throughout the holiday season.

About yesterday: despite expectations by many--probably even Macy's and all State Street merchants--it was definitely not the busiest shopping day of the year out on State Street. There were fewer shoppers out in general. Those who were out seemed like they were out on a mission and not much more. And as par for the course this holiday season, Macy's bags seemed fewer as the afternoon wore on, apparently after the 1 PM door busters period ended. The economy is clearly making a difference in the number of shoppers out there as well as the amount of things being purchased. Just think if Macy's had brought back the special Marshall Field's store on State Street for this Christmas, they would have had something that made them stand out instead of having to bait customers with coupons and post-Christmas clearance-style pricing.

What was especially interesting (as always) were the families who wanted buttons (mom, dad, the kids) and the minions who still come to have their picture taken in front of the Marshall Field's plaques. Can you imagine if Macy's had taken those down? Of course, their removal is prohibited by law.

Thanks to all who helped, especially gle.

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

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  4:44 pm CT
Posted by: Kurt G

Standing in line near the Walnut Room, overheated in my mittens, knit cap, scarf, jacket, rubber boots with the annoying metal buckles, waiting to see the huge real tree that we'd gotten a glimpse of on WGN-TV when it was being brought into the store. The smell of chicken pot pies, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, we hoped we'd get a table at least close enough to see the tree. In other seasons, we'd go to the Narcissus Room or English Room for what my mom called a "bite to eat". But not at Christmas. It wasn't Christmas without being in that room with all of our dark green Marshall Field & Co. shopping bags surrounding the table. I always had a piece of their apple pie with cheddar cheese. At some point I'd have stopped to stand on the step at one of the marble drinking fountains we'd pass on the route up or down the escalators. I remember the domed-glass tubes next to the fountains containing cone-shaped white paper cups. I thought they were beautiful. For weeks I'd watched Uncle Mistletoe and Aunt Holly on our seventeen-inch RCA Victor TV and I was ready for Christmas. As we made our way out of that incredible store, I thought no where else had a store like that and, many years later, I found out I was right. Then it was through the first set of doors into the burst of heat while we made sure that we were all together annd through the next doors for the outside and State Street and the cold, slush and tinkling Salvation Army bells.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  12:39 pm CT
Posted by: qtpi

Every time I see a Macy's , I will show my button proudly.

I miss that store. A huge piece of my life and childhood, gone...

Thanks for the great site!!

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  9:24 am CT
Posted by: Emily M

I am from Elgin and every Christmas ( as I am sure many familys do) me and my family would ride the train down town to see the Fields window and christmas decor that I could only dream of. I started going when I was 2 years old and now I am 20. I remember going there as far back as my memory lets me but usually every year it was the same thing. The night before we went I couldnt sleep. As we walked down state street towrds Fields my heart would be racing with excitement and as the huge gold trumpets came into sight I knew we reached the most magical place in the world. I would see HUGE crowds,hear music playing from every direction, People laughing and smiling , Fields give me the feeling of christmas. Every year they always seemed to out do themselves with their window displays going around the front of the store from side street to side street and they were awesome!! But inside was where the real beauty was!

- When I found out Macys was soon going in the Fields store downtown I cried. I knew it would never be the same, and it hasnt. This year in 2008 the window display consisted of 4 windows with some crap i have never heard of! They dont do half of what Fields did. Many people think I am weird because of how much it bothers me but it was something that I wanted my children to see and feel. and it breaks my heart that they may not and its just not the same.

I found out about this website yesterday and I Hope to help do something about Macys.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008  4:08 am CT
Posted by: Jeffrey

Chicago is losing its character step by step. Marshall Fields, The Berghoff, the total destruction of Maxwell street. I come through Chicago on my way home at Christmas. I used to work there and back in the 70s visited the Marshall Fields store on State. It was a magical place where quality counted. It was like stepping into another world. Last year I went in the Macy's store - all the charm, quality, everything was gone. Maybe they can turn it into a Walmart...isn't that the way America is going? Marshall Fields=quality, Macy's=mediocre, Macy's CEO=idiot. Count me in as one who will never buy again at the State Street Store - unless something magical happens...you know what I mean.

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  10:07 pm CT
Posted by: James L

We are, or were, very loyal shoppers at Marshall Fields. We will not step foot into a Macy's store. I saw a woman wearing the button for bringing back Marshall Fields and from the website we got our pins that proclaim "Forever Marshall Field's"--YES! We wear them proudly!

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  10:02 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

Hi all,

Tonight I was at the Bed, Bath & Beyond store in Bolingbrook doing some last minute Christmas shopping. The service was wonderful and friendly, and they had lots of good bargains. As I was standing distractedly near some small appliances, I became aware of a conversation taking place between two women standing nearby.

Apparently, the store was out of stock on something they wanted to purchase. One woman said "we can run across the street to Macy's, I'm sure they have it." The other woman said "oh sure, Macy's will have it---at twice the price! I'm not going there!" With that, a BB&B employee swooped in, and said "I can call other stores to find one in stock, or I can order it and have it shipped to your home, and we'll waive the shipping charges." The women smiled happily and followed eagerly to the computer where the sales associate checked stock.I followed too, just to hear the outcome. She located the item at another store, called to hold it for the ladies, and gave them careful directions to the other location. They left happy. I was happy too, that Field's-like service still exists at some retailers.

I spent a lot of money at BB&B too..money that would have been spent at Field's.


Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  9:38 pm CT
Posted by: Jack

Was in Norhtbrook Court today and took a walk thru the M store. In the Christmas ornaments, there was a Great Clock Ornament. It was lovely and I might have been tempted to purchase it, but it was done in BLUE not Fields <and clock color -- GREEN>. Those wacky folks at Macy's just don't get it, and never will. When they have a chance to make a sale, they blow it. Stacks of Frangos throughout the store too, but did not see any takers.

Not many Macy bags in the mall proper either.


Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  7:06 pm CT
Posted by: Kim H

It's not only Chicagoans who miss Marshall Field's! I live in Milwaukee, and we had a Marshall Field's in Mayfair Mall. It was a wonderful store! I miss it so much! Field's own brands were so good--well made and reasonably priced.

I also loved going to Chicago at Christmastime to see the Field's flagship store. The giant tree, the way the whole store was decorated, the many restaurants, the feeling of luxury that permeated everything.

Messy's can never compare! I wonder what they think Milwaukee's taste is like! Truly. I walked through the ladies' department looking at sweaters and was shocked. I could have been in Wal-Mart. Cheap velours and cottons with horrible plastic buttons. Terrible. The shoe department has also fallen far from what it used to be--the whole store is a pale ghost of itself.



Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  6:03 pm CT
Posted by: Lee

Thank you or the pin on State Street today. It was great to see you out there. It was great to see people whereing pins in support of Marshall Field's.

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  10:29 am CT
Posted by: Janine

I work for a company with a large traveling sales staff. We often remark how we miss Marshall Field's and the various regional department stores that were ruined by macy's. In the past, we would use off-duty time to shop at Marshall Field's, Burdine's, Foley's, Jordan Marsh, Liberty House of Hawaii, The Bon Marche, Kaufmann's, Strawbridge & Clothier, Rich's, Famous-Barr, Jones of Kansas City etc. Now they are all Macy's and all the same. Why should we even enter one of them when we are visiting? We have a Macy's back home that we avoid like the plague. B-o-r-i-n-g! No customer service! Dirty and messy counters. Nothing against JCPenney, Sears, Kohl's who are national department stores, but we just won't make an effort to shopping at them when we travel either, because we shop at them when we are at home. Thank goodness for Carson's and the other Bon-Ton stores, and also Von Maur in the Midwest!

Everyone---please keep the boycott against Bloomingdale's and Macy's. Help bring back Marshall Field's with your contributions!

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  7:21 am CT
Posted by: Rick L.

I keep hearing from my friends...

How could Macy's CEO be so ignorant, and downright stupid in ripping away Marshall Field's from us, while at the same time promising that nothing would change and everything would be the very same except the name?? We all know that virtually EVERYTHING has changed! His words were a boldface lie! It's another ecample of corporate greed and non-caring.

Also, Mr. Lundgren is stubbornly not backing-off despite the low sales figures. Everyone knows keeping everything about Marshall Field's would be a no-brainer and a natural corporate decison. People of ALL ages LOVE Marshall Field's. It's a tradition for all of us.

We refuse to shop at Macy's or Bloomingdale's too and we keep telling others.

Rick Age 23

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008  2:02 am CT
Posted by: Linda S from SoCal

This season I'm wearing a pin that I purchased at the Oakbrook Marshall Fields store in the 1990's. I can picture buying it at a counter that backed up to the escalator on the first floor. It's three houses decorated for the holiday season. Two houses have Christmas wreaths and trees, and the third one has a menorah in the window. I've never seen anything like it. I've worn it for many years, and it has held up better than other Christmas jewelry I've purchased elsewhere. Small things like this pin are why I miss Fields so much. It wasn't expensive, but it is a nice piece that's just a little different. I hope for the day when Fields returns.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  11:23 pm CT
Posted by: David

"Judith W." your "Yes Virginia..." letter is a heartwarming delight! Bless you. It reads beautifully for its grace and truth.

Jim, I'm surprised that you were surprised that the remodeled Woodfield m-store floors were cluttered with merchandise. Really? These are not folks who miss a moment's opportunity to shove something in our faces. Subtlety is not their strong suit. Though I did notice their "Believe" campaign includes the "R.H. Macy's" label on the mailbox to Santa. Found memories tied to non-Lungren/Federated days.

Anyhow, I love all the new people posting and their comments. This is such a marvelous effort. There are times I have my doubts and then I read these posts and hear the continued buzz on the streets and in the hearts and homes of Chicagoans and many elsewhere. (Only Wednesday I heard folks discussing the loss of Marshall Field's and "real" Frango mints as "why" they were in line at Fannie Mae to buy chocolates for gifts when the saleswoman interupted and spoke about how pained she was by the macy's takeover and how she never stepped foot in the store again.

To Jim and to all a good, good night- and days to come!

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  11:06 pm CT
Posted by: B



I unfortunately had to attend a funeral today and I took the day off (without pay) so that I could ----After the funeral in the afternoon I went to the local mall (in Pennsylvania) to do some Christmas shopping --there was a nice sale at JCPenney-----

I walked through the local red star store -- I was interested to see their Frango display -- I had to ask FOUR sales associates where they were -- One associate had no idea what I was asking for ---

There were large displays for Godiva and also Harry London chocolates--- a candy company from Ohio --with good candy -- better than Godiva--

The Display and collection for Frango was as follows ---

Four --4 -- one pound boxes of traditional mints

Two --- 2 --- cans of regular cocoa powder.

That was iT !!!!

I asked the sales associate who knew what Frango was and where this "display" was located ( which was the lowest shelf On one of the shelve units holding Harry London varieties of candy) if they had sold a lot of Frango and that was why there was so little --

the response---- " oh no -- we Never have much of that stuff -- I don't think I have ever seen anyone buy any --- Are they any good?"

My response to her was " they used to be delicious". I thanked her for showing me where they were and I then left the red star and headed over to JCPenney. I also shopped Kohl's, Target, and Marshall's-- Higher end shopping is not really in the plan this year --like so many other people -- But I would have found a way to utilize Marshall Field's for ALL my gifts if it were available --- and with the "Thirteen Hour Sale" that Field's would have had I am certain that I would have been successful in finding nicer -better quality gifts at prices that were totally acceptable -if not great!

How I Miss Field's ! --- As we ALL do !

The Real B

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  6:55 pm CT
Posted by: Steve J T

Memories of Marshall Fields

December 19, 2008

In all my years of living and visiting Chicago, we always would go to Marshall Fields on State St. and always loved to go when it was Christmas time to see that tree inside the store. So what makes Macy's think it could take over Chicago? We all think of New York as Macy's; lets leave it as that.

On my last trip to Chicago, when Macy's took over, it was like having lost a good friend. What a mistake that was to change the name and store. Can't they just fake us all out and just say Marshall Fields: Owned by Macy's?

Since all the stores here in Los Angeles have lost their names to Macy's, I think "why do I want to go there since they have killed all the malls?"

We used to have a great grocery store call Hughes Markets and now they have been taken over by Ralph's (aka Kroger). If only they would have been smart and left the Hughes name, more shoppers would have stayed.

--Steve J. Thomason

Los Angeles, Calif.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  6:20 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

It's a month or two between the times I check out a Macy's store in the Chicago area. This afternoon I ended up at the Woodfield Macy's, the first time since last spring when the store was still being "remodeled".

I found the store to be somewhere along the lines of a mediocre Carson's or JCPenney and I was surprised at how different it was from when it was Field's. It seemed that they simply shuffled things around rather than actually remodeled. I didn't expect to dislike it as much as I did. I was surprised to find that the floors were much more cluttered with merchandise. The Starbucks sign inside was like a strip mall and not a classy store like Field's. The home department seemed closer to Kohl's than a Field's. The lighting in the area seemed harsher than I remembered it as Field's.

As posted earlier this week, it was not uncommon for Frangos to be sold out this late in the shopping season, at least of certain flavors. The tables seemed overstocked with Frangos -- especially Candy Cane which used to be my favorite when I would buy them from Field's. Most all of the Frangos were on sale--even the mainstay regular Frangos. They never needed to be on sale this late in the holiday season when it was Field's. And the freshness dates, as reported by others, have been replaced with product codes--no way for customers to tell how fresh the Frangos were as far as I could tell. And it seems even Gertrude Hawk has been removed from the boxes, replaced by notes that say made in the USA for Macy's in New York. Several of you have already reported this. It comes across as if Frangos will be a lot less standardized. Why in the world would I want to pay extra for Frangos in a Chicago box when it says Macy's, New York, NY on it?

I think the best I could say about the store is that Macy's simply seemed generic. As a shopper, should I visit the store with red and white bags at JCPenney, Sears, or Macy's? Like last Spring, I ended up shopping at Penney's again. Seemed to be the best quality, price and value of the three. Then I shopped at Nordstrom and reminded me a lot of Field's and something like I'd like Field's to be like revived.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  4:57 pm CT
Posted by: Burma

Marshall Field's was my mother's favorite store while we were growing up in Chicago and visits to Cozy Cloud Cottage and lunch in the Walnut Room were always part of our Christmases. I live in Florida now (but hope to move back to Chicgao in the next couple years.) Today I was shopping at one of our malls here. I walked right past Macy's and bought what I wanted elsewhere. I can't be in Chicago right now to protest on the street with you but felt I did a bit here.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  3:52 pm CT
Posted by: P

Bless you all for keeping up this effort. I've wondered many times, as time goes on, if the fervor of this cause will lessen. My friends know I will not set foot in Macy's, now or ever.

I'm always encouraged when I hear from you via the newsletters such as last night's. Because I live in Indiana, I can't always help, but I am always there in spirit. Especially encouraging are any news items you post that indicate Macy's is not doing well in Chicago, an account of what happened at the stockholders' meeting, or followup reports on how the rallies went--so that the lurkers among us can stay informed--and be encouraged. It's always amazing to me how companies will suffer or even tank but wouldn't even think of asking why--wouldn't even think of listening to suggestions or to customer attitudes....and then usually end up blaming their problems on something that has little to do with them.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a big thank you for what you're doing.......Cheers

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  2:41 pm CT
Posted by: Judith W.

The following is my response to Macy's Christmas campaign:

Dear Editor,

Some of my friends say there is no Marshall Field's. That there is only a store called Macy's. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Marshall Field's?



Dear Virginia,

Your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the greed and shortsightedness of a foolish age.

Yes, Virginia. There is a Marshall Field's. It exists as certainly as the great city of Chicago. How dreary the world would be without the memory of its magical toy department, its glorious Christmas windows, the crowds scurrying past the corner news stand to escape the cold and the roar of the "L"---to be surrounded by the beauty of fine jewelry and Fields Afar. There would be no warm apple pie under the Big Tree in the Walnut Room, no Aunt Holly and Uncle Mistletoe. We would have no sense of wonder walking through the third floor travel dept., seeing telephone books from all over the country, no doorman named Charley who would open to visitors the world of high fashion in the 28 Shop.

We would have no memory of rooms filled with beautiful furniture, if showcases and shelves brimming with fine stationery and delicacies like Swiss Mint Ice Milk.

Not believe in Marshall Field's! You might as well not believe in generations of Chicagoans who entered its doors with pride and the belief that it was worth the price of leaving all they knew and loved in other lands. That store called Marshall Field's was a link to those very people who made our world a better place through their courage and hard work.

No Marshall Fields! Thank God it was real. And it could be again. We can bring back Marshall Field's, Virginia. And it will continue to make glad the heart of childhood for generations to come.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  12:13 pm CT
Posted by: Of Note

Just a reminder that there is another item about Macy's in today's Tribune about Macy's having sales, blah, blah, blah.

Please post comments at:


Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  12:11 pm CT
Posted by: Yavonne

Some more insights into the "magic" of macy's, and most of these are by my fellow inner-city and urban teens and young adults. We realize the true class of Field's...and miss it more and more with macy's too.


macy's--How much do I hate thee? Let me count the ways...


The department store killing spree by macy's.

We are all united in our feeling against Macy's!

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  12:02 pm CT
Posted by: Joe

Lake County Examiner has a bit about Macy's 24/7 hours. You can leave comments without any need for a login.


Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  11:40 am CT
Posted by: Peter


Yes, I believe it's way past time for Marshall Field's to come back. I believe Macy's has worn out any iota of welcome it might have had anywhere.

How can someone like Terry Lundgren write letters about believing in Santa Claus when he's such a real-life Grinch about Marshall Field's??????????

I believe in many great and worthwhile things. I also believe that Terry Lundgren is a phony who could care less about Field's, the spirit of Christmas nor the true spirit of his own "Believe" campaign.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  10:43 am CT
Posted by: Joyce Lee

I applaud your efforts to work so hard for the return of Marshall Field's. My interest is in locating and preserving the archives. Some years ago I was in touch with someone who was trying to find out if the photo archives were still in Chicago or had been moved to Minnesota. She was not able to find out. For me, Field's was more than a place to shop, it was a community and part of my family. My grandmother was employed there as a baker, and my grandfather was a gunsmith in the mens' store until he retired. Field's was the only place we shopped. I'm sure that many other families have had the same experience. While name calling and Macy bashing might make us feel better, I think it's important to preserve and publicize the history of the store on a more human level. I was inspired by the photo archives on the 7th floor. Is anyone looking into this?

J Lee

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  9:14 am CT
Posted by: Stephen G.

In the first 31 pages of today's section 1 Chicago Tribune (Friday, Dec. 19th), there were 15 full page Macy advertisements and one half page Macy advertisement! Basically 50% of section one of today's Tribune (up to page 31) is one big Macy ad! It was actually hard to find any news item until you went into the back sections!

Steve - Northbrook

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  7:52 am CT
Posted by: Barbara

My husband and I promise to wear "I want Marshall Field's" buttons and walk through our local Macy's (not buying anything, of course).

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  7:46 am CT
Posted by: GRA58

Macy-mart open 24/7? How do you spell desperation? I wouldn't shop there during regular business hours. Why would I go there at 3 AM?

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  6:07 am CT
Posted by: Joe C in WI

When I go to Mayfair Shopping center, I walk through the store with a Marshall Field's fan pin, where Macy's has taken to crushing the Field's store (it is NEVER busy in that place!) People don't even use the parking area around the store!)

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  3:13 am CT
Posted by: Helene M. M.

Store front windows, memories of times past, long lines beautifuly decorated trees, the best dressed windows and lunch in the walnut room. Since I can remember Christmas in chicago always meant spending a day shopping at Marshal fields. I was just a child with my grandmother and I recall she saw an allergator bag the cost was $100.00 . Todays price would be about $800.00. My grandmother debated all day wheter to buy that beautiful allergator bag.

So many memories of times past were spent at Marshal fields at Christmas time.No other store brings back memories like the Marshall fields icon. More than a dept store. Marshall Fields was an experience filled with wonderful sights sounds and beautiful memories.

Bring back the memories.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  2:22 am CT
Posted by: Alex

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what companies made Field's private label merchandise? It's safe to assume Oxford Industries made at least some of their men's dress shirts because of the inclusion of The Lifetime Collar. From the location listed inside of one of their men's dress shoes, it's possible they came out of the Weyco plants (known for Florsheim and Stacy Adams).

I ask this as more of a curiosity. I got to thinking about this after I bought a pair of brand new Field's private label dress loafers at a resale shop. The price label was still on the bottom of the right shoe, and it stunned me that though they were of far better quality than Macy's fare, they cost less initially - originally priced at $79.99 - surrealistically, a clearance price for Macy's inferior quality.

Well, maybe not "stunned," but it made me think.

Date: Friday, December 19, 2008  12:16 am CT
Posted by: PNK

The whole thing with Macy's Believe thing is that macys is going to donate a dollar per "letter to santa" to a childrens charity. Remember to ask everyone to write a letter to santa to bring back fields--but remember not to buy anything at Macy's! Boycott Macy's until they bring back Field's! Or at least sell the store to someone who will run it as Field's!

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  11:58 pm CT
Posted by: FieldsFansChicago.org


       Newsletter Number 17

       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008


     The Busiest Shopping Day of the Year
       Noon-5:00 pm (and beyond)
       Under the Great Clock at






       Other topics in this Newsletter











     SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2008
     The Busiest Shopping Day of the Year
       Noon-5:00 pm (and beyond)
     Under the Great Clock at


While the day after Thanksgiving is considered the official start of the holiday shopping season, many experts considered the Saturday before Christmas as the BUSIEST shopping day of the year. 

Please join us on State Street this SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, from NOON-5:00 pm.   Email us LeafletATFieldsFansChicago.org letting us know the times that you can assist even for just an hour or two.   That way we can have sufficient leaflets to distribute and can establish coverage throughout the afternoon.

Helping on this special mini-protest activity will help to remind Chicagoans that it still wants its Marshall Field's! 

Come early!  Come late!  It's fun and exciting to let people know about our cause to bring back Marshall Field's.



There's no place like Marshall Field's, but thanks to S.B. and friends at FieldsFansChicago.org, we have an incomplete list of shopping alternatives that in one way or another capture some aspect of Marshall Field's. 

While we wait for the inevitable return of Marshall Field's (and continue our boycott of Macy's and Bloomingdale's), there are a number of other fine Chicago retailers who are deserving of the dollars you used to spend at Marshall Field's.

Near the end of the shopping guide,  you will also find some suggested books that make for the perfect last-minute gift for any Chicagoan.

As we enter the last week of the holiday shopping season, consult our "2008 Shopping Guide" at http://www.fieldsfanschicago.org/wheretoshop.html



Even if you own a single share of Macy's, Inc, stock you are entitled to attend Macy's annual shareholders meeting.  At the end of the meeting all shareholders have the opportunity to address Macy's CEO in the presence of Macy's Board of Directors, other Macy's execs, and representatives of the media. 

This past May, Field's supporters holding Macy's stock attended the meeting and confronted Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren about the return of Field's.  The Macy's, Inc. execs weren't happy to see and hear from us, but it really made a difference in our quest to bring back Field's.

If you can do this in 2009, it would be a great help to our cause.  Be certain to purchase shares of Macy's, Inc. stock as soon as possible and plan for a trip to Cincinnati.  Today, Macy's stock was  $10.42  per share.  While we have no official info about the dates and location associated with the 2009 meeting, consider that in recent years, the meeting has been typically held in Cincinnati in mid-May with those holding shares at a cut-off date two months prior in mid-March eligible to attend.

Stay in touch with our web site and blog for updates on our activities on behalf of the return of Marshall Field's.  The official information about Macy's, Inc.'s shareholders meetings is made available via investor relations links at http://www.macysinc.com 



One way that Field's Fans can  help is wearing and displaying special items in support of bringing back our Marshall Field's. 

Reprising one of our 2006 slogans, "I Want My Marshall Field's" buttons are back!  Help by wearing one of our buttons while out and about during the holiday season and beyond.  The buttons will be distributed this Saturday afternoon, December 20 underneath the Great Clock at State and Washington.  Thanks to all who have made this possible--past and present--including Doris, Alfred, J. and especially Gail, among others.


       Get Out The Word!

Spreading the word how Field's can come back is easy!  Download Adobe Acrobat PDF files to print your own leaflets.  

Pass out leaflets-the very same kind that are passed out under the Field's clock at State and Washington-at any place it is permissible in the public way. (Please note that this excludes the premises of most private shopping malls.)
Print and carry some with you or in your car. You can hang them anywhere you find community bulletin boards-your apartment building, coffee houses, student unions at universities, laundries, community centers, your country club, church,...the possibilities are endless.

Please see http://fieldsfanschicago.org/leaflets.html for instructions and links to download and print the latest edition of our bookmark files.  Tell everybody how and why Mashall Field's should be brought back.



As a Field's Fan, you can help bring back Marshall Field's.  We Field's Fans make a difference by keeping Field's in the public eye. When Macy's inevitably fails in the Chicago area, we don't want it to be glossed over as if it was simply about sales figures.

Please let newspapers, television, radio, web media, blogs, news comment boards, and public officials know that both the public and the private good is best served when Marshall Field's is restored to 111 North State Street.
When you see ANY story in the newspaper, on television, or on the web about Marshall Field's, it is essential to respond--even if you think the story is favorable towards the return of Field's.  People need to be reminded that these stores have slipped so much because they are no longer Marshall Field's and they can only be brought back up by being restored as Marshall Field's stores.

These suggestions are made for responding to media articles or TV news segments:
*  If responding to web-based blogs, bulletin boards, or news comments areas, please remember to keep a copy of your post in case it is lost or deleted.
*  If submitting a "Letter to the Editor" by the internet, send it in a standard email message. If  you submit via email, you have the opportunity to cc: or bcc: a copy to yourself--submitting via other methods on the internet means you probably won't have a dated copy of your response, if you get a copy at all. If replying via web-based form, remember to cut-and-copy the contents for your own records.   It is very important that you keep a copy for your records.
*  The Letters to the Sun-Times should be sent to: letters@suntimes.com
*  The Letters to the Tribune should be sent to: ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com
*  The Letters Chicago Tribune Magazine should be sent to: TribMag@tribune.com
*  The Letters to Crain's Chicago Business should be sent to: letters@chicagobusiness.com.
*  If submitting by US Mail, make a photocopy of  your letter.
*  Please remember to include a daytime phone number for verification purposes.
*  Be certain to indicate in your letter that it is "for publication."
*  Remember, items submitted to the "Letters to the Editor" section should not be cross-posted to other forums like the fieldsfanschicago.org blog. The publications request exclusivity.
*  Be succinct as possible. Longer items don't have as  much of a chance of being published. While there are many facets to the loss of Field's, consider focusing on just one or two facets that will best help the larger cause.
*  Even if your letter does not  get published in print or web media, remember that the media takes note of the public's pulse.  Every letter reminds editors and producers that this is still indeed a very important issue.



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 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 donate@fieldsfanschicago.org as to how and where to send a check.  Alternatively, PayPal contributions are accepted at donate@fieldsfanschicago.org
All contributions are solely channeled to offset our activities.

Thank you for your amazing support!



The FieldsFansChicago.org blog is a place for Field's Fans to talk about Marshall Field's and what it means to them.  Stop on by to share thoughts, comments, news and rumors.  The URL is http://www.fieldsfanschicago.org/blog



A very special "thank you" to all who helped make the 9/9/2008 rally and book event a success including Joan Greene, Gloria, Mike, Gail, J., A., David, and many, many others and, of course, Marianne and Alfred.  All named and unnamed are our heroes!
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.

Please remember that your efforts to help bring back Field's are greatly appreciated, respected and admired.  Your work is already making a difference, putting the breaks on Macy's disregard for Marshall Field's and what it means to Chicago.  Spread the word.  You are helping to make history.



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Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  6:58 pm CT
Posted by: Scott

Keep up the great work, it's a cause worth fighting for!!

Thank You!

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  3:31 pm CT
Posted by: Donna

Mr. Lundgren - If I could have one wish it would be to restore the Marshall Field nameplate! How hard headed are you to see that Chicago not to mention individuals outside of Chicago want Marshall Field's back. You already own the name, bring it back along with all of the special things that made Marshall Field's a special place to shop! My last day of shopping in a former Marshall Field's store was on September 5, 2006 - I bought my last purchase and sadly walked out know the next day Marshall Field's would be gone! Until the Marshall Field's name is once again gracing the Chicago area stores, I will continue to boycott Macy's and shop elsewhere.

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  3:20 pm CT
Posted by: shopless in Chicago

Another Christmas season is upon us with the dreaded "M". The State Street store is just not the same. Some can say all of the "excess red" is for Christmas. We all know it is Macy's attempt at trying to convert Marshall Field shoppers. I, for one, still have all of my green Marshall Field's bags, still proudly display my Marshall Field clock and other speciality ornaments that say "Marshall Field's" on my tree and refuse to buy anything at "M". Terry "Dumbrain" has to realize the its just not the economy that is keeping shoppers from the store. It's that red star and the "M" name that's doing it. How hard would it be to convert the Chicago market back to Marshall Field's? I am so sick of hearing how "Macy's and Bloomingdale's" are names associated with high end and quality merchandise or hearing that both are "America's Department Stores". NO - those are NEW YORK'S Department stores. I have heard many even outside of Chicago lement the loss of their local name plate stores to "M". If they want to stay a float - bring back Marshall Field's and you can rest assure sales in the Chicago area will surge! Marhsall Field's forever!

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  9:50 am CT
Posted by: gle

The "Tribune" has a not-so-pleasant review of Messy's Santa experience, along with Santa's at other

The writer of the article actually says the, "... aura recedes at the doors of Cozy Cloud CottageC3a sort of Christmas-themed haunted house/waiting room." He also uses words like, "it's crass" and "... the first thing you notice in Santa's sitting room is the corporate chill, that fireplace without a fire, ....."

"Hidden Claus" By Christopher Borrelli

I remember so clearly my first visit to Marshall Field's to see Santa in 1959. It was a child's dream come true. I didn't mind the long wait because there was no other place I wanted to be. Everything--which seemed larger-than-life--was festive, sparkling and designed to make a child happy, definitely not for corporate show.


Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  9:00 am CT
Posted by: Field Fan

Chicago Sun-Times business brief notes that Macy's stock went up about 18 percent yesterday as a result of their negotiating a bank deal with JP Morgan and Bank of America enabling Macy's to have more flexibility in paying off $950 MILLION in dept next year. Of course, Macy's shares have slid 61% this year and its bonds have traded at non-investment grade.

Be sure to leave comments beneath the article. You do need a login to comment at the S-T but the slight effort is worth it.


Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008  8:09 am CT
Posted by: Nancy

I have a friend who has a shrine to MF&Co. I going to give her an "I Want My Marshall Field's" button.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  11:05 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

we had an officer holiday party and there were two boxes of frango mints. one dark brown the other the familiar favorite forest green. i looked at the mints and my mind had a jarring image. dark green the color of marshall field's was now macy's the always-red-everywhere store. i looked at the box and it was so strange. no field's script, no chicago, nothing. I WAS SURPRISE THEY KEPT THE BOX GREEN!!!! i don't understand macy's, nothing makes sense anymore, just like getting rid of Field's made no sense!

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  5:58 pm CT
Posted by: Al H.

I grew up in that State Street store and have never set foot since it was taken over.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  4:31 pm CT
Posted by: Rex B. W.

The late Mike Royko said of ketchup on hotdogs "Ketchup on hotdogs is wrong because it is not right." Well, Macy's is ketchup on our Chicago.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  3:04 pm CT
Posted by: Linda

I just discovered the website today - it's wonderful. I sorely miss Marshall Fields; I refuse to set foot in Macy's.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  2:56 pm CT
Posted by: gle

I checked out Frango Mints at the State Street Store. They seem to have pulled them out of the corners and are displaying them in more prominent places on the first floor for Christmas.

At the lower-level Frango counter, I asked a sales associate if she knew where Frangos are made now. She referred me to another associate who said they are made in Pennsylvania.

Most of the boxes said something like "made exclusively for Macy's, New York." Some also said "proudly made in USA" with an American flag. Some had a 2006 copyright, and some had 2008. One shelf on the lower level had Chicago scenes with Millenium Park, and said the mints were manufactured by Gertrude Hawk in Pennsylvania. Other boxes with the same picture said "made exclusively for Macy's, New York."

Incidentally, the blue graffiti finally is off the Washington and Wabash name plates.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  2:04 pm CT
Posted by: Margie P.

I heard about this web page on Bob Sirott's Noon Hour show on WGN today. I'm glad someone is doing something about Marshall Field's. Please sign me up for bringing it back. Macy's just isn't the same, especially State Street.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  1:35 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Excellent interview on WGN radio this afternoon with Bob Sirott and Jim McKay of this web page. Count me in!

I'll look for you out on State Street this Saturday!

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  11:23 am CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Boy the comments are flying fast and furious in support of bringing back Field's . This is all in response to the article in the Tribune today. The business section had a photo that looked like a Macy's ad at the top.


Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008  9:28 am CT
Posted by: gle

The weather outside is frightful. It reminds me of the time my grandmother got on the "L" and went to Marshall Field's in a blizzard because they were the only store that carried the right ribbon for something she was making. Marshall Field's didn't have to be open at Midnight. They had enough customers during the day.

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  7:23 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Chicago Tribune has a bit from Sandra Jones about Macy's keeping the Woodfield store open 24/7 starting on Saturday and running through Christmas Eve at 6 PM.

This isn't in the article, but the guy who came from the NYC metro area, believing it's easy to be convincing by trading in his Giants hat for a Bears hat, started the 24/7 idea at stores in Queens. Now he's trying it here at Woodfield.

Support the cause of bringing back Marshall Field's by leaving comments below the article at the following URL. And be sure to keep a copy of your comments in case they change the url of the story tomorrow and reboot the comments from scratch for the new article. [Link updated Noon, 12.17.08.]

In addition, letters can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and smjones@tribune.com

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  4:05 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Every now and then, I hear a Macy's person say, "Well Field's wasn't Field's for a long time" or "Field's wasn't doing well anyways."

As if that were true, it sure doesn't justify that Macy's is much, much less like Field's and Macy's is doing way worse than the Field's!

Such people are just so wrong!

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  12:31 pm CT
Posted by: Larry Lubell

Bring Back Marshall Fields and I'll shop there.

Larry Lubell

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  11:24 am CT
Posted by: Susan Weber


Macy's does not belong in Chicago.

Macy's is dirty'ing up our city and malls.

They do NOT have the style, the class the Marshall Field's possessed.

I am still in shopping shock. Please...

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  8:38 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

For all the ladies looking to go shopping with friends... going to Lord & Taylor for this Clinque gift may be the place.


Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008  12:45 am CT
Posted by: David

Dear Fields Fans:

It was with sad amusement that I listened to Suzanne, a co-worker, tell of her & her mother's visit to The Walnut Room this past weekend. Her mother was visiting from Wisconsin and insisted on going saying it was "a long-time tradition". Once there, Suzanne said that her mother never stopped complaining about how "It's just not the same as when it was Marshall Field's" and how "mismanaged the line" was or "poor service" etc.

Suzanne said that she warned her and got a worse ear-full as they walked around the store.

She said that they were not alone. In response to her mother's comment that things "weren't nearly as well-run or nicely decorated" their waiter smiled and shared: "Almost ever table I've waited on this season has made similar comments. It's as if everyone feels this way. We've mentioned it to management and they just nod and say 'we know'".

I've no idea what this means. Suzanne said that it's common knowledge that the former Marshall Field's stores are all way underperforming since turning macy's and that the block of them is being shopped around for an independent buyer. She added: "Hopefully they'll have better taste and restore it to what it was". Indeed!!! Now THAT would be something to "BELIEVE" in- other than the "Miracle on 34th Street".

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008  9:51 pm CT
Posted by: Amy C.

When I traveled during the long Thansgiving week-end from Minneapolis to Miami connecting through Chicago, I must have been stopped by 75 people all along the journey.

You see, I was carrying one of my forest green dark forest Marshall Field shopping bags. Many people would notice it and exclaim such phrases as:

"Where did you find a Marshall Field's store??"

"Where in the world did you ever find an open Marshall Field's? You just HAVE to tell me! I've been lost without Field's!"

As an airline attendant was assisting me in securing the overhead compartment---"Is that what I think it is?! Marshall Field's! Did Macy's finally give up...I hope, I hope...I hope!"

Outside a Macy's (formerly Burdine's of Florida)--- "Marshall Field's! You made my Christmas. O.K., tell me where...please!!!"

At a security inspection checkpoint in Chicago: "Oh, Marshall Field's! What memories. Oh, I see you button! Good luck in bringing back Marshall Field's. Growing up I remember how nice the sales clerks were, and we were just ordinary people! I'll make sure to treat your bag carefully as it is scanned!"

Seat partners along the way made fond comments about Marshall Field's too.

I told each person to boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's. (Some did not realize that Macy's owns Bloomingdale's.)

It's obvious Marshall Field's is known all over...and missed!!

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008  4:44 pm CT
Posted by: Susan Greene

I consider Field's my Alma Mater- one, anyway. I grew up in Chicago and later Oak Park. Went to college at the School of the Art Institute, and worked my way through -- at Field's in Section 70, phonograph records. 9SW (9th floor, South Wabash). I knew just about every nook and cranny of the store (or so I felt) and I still walk there in my dreams occasionally (have lived in NYS for 40 years). It was not just a store. Making it more flash by yanking out the mahogany fixtures on the first floor was a stake through my heart. I hope they are still in the attic or the sub sub basement. At least they have corrected the 1940-50s (?) heresy of covering over the view into the atrium. Lovely as the new core is, I miss the shock of switching from the mahogany and glass ambience into the midnight of the alley with its looming trucks to dash between the State and Wabash sides. As a kid I loved the cast iron balustrades and marble stairs; later I loved the art deco elevators, the perfect Walnut Room (it's gotta have light blue with the walnut please). I am sorry the Narcissus Room and the English room were dumped. Name a department: each was its own captivating world, except the dismal young girl's clothes department which during my time, was a dreadful cement gray overall, as I recall. The 1960s was a good decade because things were getting fixed up, even our orphan section which was long overdue. Some of the newly designed departments were really well done. I sewed, therefore I haunted the wonderful fabric department, and the (pricey) button counter on the first floor, the source of splendid finishings. We could walk right out onto the el platform from the 2nd floor China department because the el ran the other way round then. Nice. Well, I like department stores, probably because of the combination of design, fantasy, theater, and presentation. Sigh. In its heart Field's can never be M--Y.

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008  9:15 am CT
Posted by: Ian

was walking down the street just the other week, and i was given the pin that read: I want marshall fields!

See, my brother had for a while now already been telling me how he wanted to "boycott New York" since that's where the dreaded Macy's hails from - the store that he says tarnished Chicago. And though boycotting NY is a tad extreme, he's at that age where passions are strong and blood flows heavy!

Regardless, I agreed with him on the fundamentals: it was a shame, MF's over Macy's, etc

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008  2:09 am CT
Posted by: TJH

I find it a true shame companies such as Macy's and, even most noteworthy, AT&T are merging divisions back together again after once breaking up (for a reason obviously). It is a shame to see a landmark disappear such as Marshall Fields..

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008  1:34 am CT
Posted by: regina

This site is very intresting. views of Others are nice. some people are explained about their Christmas festival celebrations.This site is very usefull to every one.

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008  10:09 pm CT

Those wacky folks at Macy's seem to have a problem getting facts straight concerning Frango Mints. Here are actual product descriptions (Source: macy's.com) from different Frango products:

C/ "Since 1918, Frango has been cooking up batches of savory, yet refreshingly melt-in-your-mouth mint chocolate." Umm, there was/is no Frango making the mints. Mints are made in Pennsylvania.

C/ "These are Chicago's famous Frango chocolates from the State Street Store. Actually they are Marshall Field's famous mints." Again, mints are not from State Street. Some boxes are marked, "Made expressly for Macy's, New York.

Fun fact: Take a look at the "Believe" meter in your local Macy's warehouse, err, store. I've been in three stores where the hands are off the scale....to the negative side. It only shows that no one believes in Macy's.

Merry Marshall Field's to all.

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008  8:37 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


Today I made my annual visit to the Woodfield store that should be Marshall Field's. My annual visit includes bringing one of my green Marshall Field's shopping bags into the store-as ALL of the shopping bags coming out of that store should say Marshall Field's. I proudly wore my I want my Marshall Field's button and walked around on all three floors. When I went to the basement, I was happy to see that there were boxes of Frango Mints which also had the Marshall Field's name on them. I checked the back of the boxes and was relieved to find that they must be newer boxes as they clearly said something to the effect of being distributed by Macy's. If only the Marshall Field's name were still on the outside of the building and a green Marshall Field's bag with a receipt from Marshall Field's would have been given for the sale, I would have purchased several boxes-I really do love Frango Mints. I made mention of this to the sales lady-not in a mean or rude way, but in the hopes that she would pass on the information to her bosses. I saw quite a few people in the store, but not a whole lot of big Macy's bags. I firmly believe that if Marshall Field's were still there that there would have been several BIG green Marshall Field's bags filled with merchandise. I have no doubt that our boycott of Macy's and Bloomingdales is having a real affect-not to mention those of us who are continuing to purchase Macy's stock. I still carry extra Marshall Field's buttons with me and glady hand them out to anyone who comments on the button I'm wearing. With everyone doing what they cay, we will bring Marshall Field's back home where it belongs. I want my Marshall Field's because Marshall Field's is as Chicago as it gets!

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumburg, IL

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008  4:18 pm CT
Posted by: John P K

The clock at State and Randolph was stopped! I see very little red Macy's shopping bags being carried. There are HUNDREDS of red American Girl bags however. This was on a busy Saturday yesterday.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008  7:59 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to all who helped make button and leaflet distribution under the great clock at State and Washington a huge success this afternoon and early evening, especially gle. Whole families asked to have the opportunity to wear "I Want My Marshall Field's" buttons on State Street.

As I met and spoke with the variety of people out on State Street, it became even more clear that the primary draw for most of the shopping at Macy's were the coupons and the "Saturday morning until 1 PM" doorbuster bargains. Selling things at clearance prices before Christmas may increase sales but it certainly doesn't do much for profits.

One lady had tears in her eyes and expressed appreciation and gratitude for all who were doing what they could to drive home the point that Marshall Field's must come back and that Chicago is not the same without it. Of special note are the many teens and twenty-somethings who excitedly request buttons. But most notable of all are the grade school kids who also want their Marshall Field's!

See you next Saturday (if not sooner) out on State Street.



Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008  7:34 pm CT
Posted by: Frank

Thank you for the pin on Marshall Field's button on State Street today.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008  2:12 pm CT
Posted by: Deborah H.

I'm so disappointed in the windows this year. Why would anyone travel down to State Street to see a half dozen windows with junk in the other windows?

I hope the bosses at Macy's realize how dumb they are and how much of my business they have lost.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008  10:13 am CT
Posted by: Leslie O.

Long time Chicagoan temporarily displaced to Pittburgh here.

Regarding Frangos, Macy's does next to nothing to promote these candies. If they really wanted to turn Frangos into a national brand they certainly have done nothing that would help that happen.

Recently I read that Macy's will begin selling local candy brands in other stores as part of the push to have Macy's be local. They just seem to throw everything together. They never get it.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008  5:34 am CT
Posted by: Anne

I poked my head in the State Street landmark store yesterday. Way too much red everywhere. I checked out the Walnut Room and the Tree. Again, just poking my head in there. No way I would eat or buy anything at the store. The Walnut room came no where near to matching crowds that would be there in years past when it was Marshall Field's. And the Tree!!!! AWFUL! It looked like it belonged in a bordello.

The infatuation with red must be one of Terry Lungren's fetishes. Terry, Wake up! Target is the red store -- and people actually like shopping at Target.

Forest Park

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  8:57 pm CT
Posted by: John S

I don't care how many coupons they print and throw at us, I refuse to Shop at Macy's.

It's like the only way they can get people in the store is to give everything away.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  1:35 pm CT
Posted by: Gayle

I'm in the aviation business, and every day I get an emailed trade publication. Each issue ends with a quote from business leaders. The focus lately has been on improving service. This is today's quote:

"Right or wrong, the customer is always right."
--Marshall Field,
department store developer

This is, of course, no big surprise. Oddly enough, they've never quoted Terry.....

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  9:03 am CT
Posted by: Jan Whitaker

I think Field's Fans who have pleasant memories of the Walnut Room and other restaurants and tea rooms in the Marshall Field store will enjoy reading the history of the store's tea rooms on my blog Restaurant-ing Through History (which is dedicated to the history of American restaurants). I include some little-known details about the history of Field's restaurants.

Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to everyone!

Jan Whitaker


Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  5:59 am CT
Posted by: Yet Another Field's Fan

The Tribune article about the Olympics 2016 shop has been updated at the Tribune.com site. There is a new version with the Topix comments section restarted all over again. So if you left them before, you have to leave your comments again.


Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  12:28 am CT
Posted by: Sylvia R

I still miss Field's. Macy's simply is not Marshall Fields. Whatever happen to hanging onto a little bit of history?

I try to save whatever I can from Field's. My grandmother sent me a doll from there when I was little and everything that came in a Field's box was sure to be special.

I just saw these neat window display pieces on eBay. Out of work right now, or I would bid. One was item number 120348849384.

So here's to all those years of visiting my grandmother in Chicago and going to see the tree and windows at Marshall Field's.

What does Field's mean to me -- Chicago, Nona, cold weather, that big clock over State Street and lunch in the Walnut Room with my mom and grandmother.

What does it mean that it is gone -- Chicago is a different place.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008  12:23 am CT
Posted by: Eric Fuentes

Just a comment about Nancy's concern about Macy's ad placement. Actually, these ads are bought in advance and the advertiser does not know what specific article will be next to the ad. They only know the section and page numbers (ie: BUSINESS, SPORTS, front page, back page, etc.)

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  5:17 pm CT
Posted by: missing field's in ohio

Living in Cleveland, I grew up with Halle's which was part of the Marshall Field family. Field's sold Halle's to another firm who closed it within 6 months. I missed the quality merchandise that Halle's sold so I would venture to Illinois a few times a year to shop not to mention every December. When Marshall Field opened stores in Ohio, I would drive to them even more frequently. When the fatal day arrived (September 6, 2006) and Marshall Field's became Macy's, my trips to Toledo and Chicago ceased. There was no longer a reason to go to Chicago without MARSHALL FIELD'S. I try to explain this to many people and tell them how would New Yorker's feel if Macy's name was changed to Kaufmann's (a former May Company nameplate that was retired when Marshall Field was) and the store in New York was now referred to as "Kaufmann's at Herald Square". I want to see MARSHALL FIELD's back---as a matter of fact, I also want to see KAUFMANN'S back. Macy's just doesn't do it--they need to go back to New York!

Keep up the good work and maybe next Christmas, I can shop once again at MARSHALL FIELD'S!

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  4:33 pm CT
Posted by: drew

The lost "goodwill" among shoppers is now accompanied by the declining "goodwill" values reflected in the Red Star's financial statements:


Perhaps Terry didn't get the memo: macy*mart has generated so much "ill will" nationwide that even "A Miracle on 34th Street" couldn't turn things around at this point.

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  4:01 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Here's another one to write to the "Tribune" about:

"Best Christmas Tree" by Barbara Brotman


This review of holiday trees claims "The Great Tree that drew generations to Marshall Field's on State Street still beckons at Macy's." It labels the tree a beauty, but does admit it "looks more red than green." It also recommends weekday mid-afternoons as a good time to get seats in the "prime viewing area at the foot of the tree."

I can't remember there ever being a good time get seats near the tree at Field's. At least the wait was well worth it.

Write to the "Tribune" at ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and bbrotman@tribune.com

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  3:50 pm CT
Posted by: Mike Doyle

First of all, thanks to all who have come to browse my Macy's/Fields coverage on my blog, Chicago Carless. I was thinking recently what a missed opportunity the whole Santa letter promotion is.

Kids write letters. Macy's makes donation. Macy's then ignores actual letters. So whatever those kids wrote to Santa in whatever heartfelt way they did is lost/useless/goes unread, take your pick.

Meanwhile the Chicago Tribune prints kids letters in the paper, helping their wishes come true and creating a really hearfelt promotional opportunity for everyone. Even the Post Office understands that marketing potential, by giving citizen samaritans a chance to read and answer kids letters to Santa.

How on earth the idiots in Macy's Cincinnati national headquarters could have missed this obvious and compassionate opportunity is truly mind-boggling.


[From the webmaster:
Mr. Doyle's recent Huffington Post writing on the holiday windows can be viewed at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-doyle/macys-state-street-cost-c_b_142523.html.]

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  1:56 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's is still trying to pull the olympics card, according to today's "Tribune."

"Olympic boutique opens at Macy's State Street" by Sandra M. Jones

Note that a new version has replaced it on 12/12:

The article says this boutique is on the 7th floor through the holiday season and possibly beyond (good thing they mentioned it--not too many people go upstairs, especially the men who can get their underwear on the first floor now). The article also states that Messy's got in trouble with the International Olympic Committee for merchandise they had last year which violated logo regulations.

There is a blog for comments.

In addition, letters can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com and smjones@tribune.com

CHICAGO wants to support CHICAGO olympics through CHICAGO's favorite store--MARSHALL FIELD's!

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  11:34 am CT
Posted by: Maryanne

There have been several responses to Ann Gerber's endorsement of Macy's. Check them out and add one of your own.


Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008  8:34 am CT
Posted by: Nancy

Macy's takes the cake in tastelessness today!

Look at their ad on pages 6 & 7 of today's Sun-Times. It's an ad that spans both pages intertwined and snaking through an article about the Blagojevich corruption scandal. It's not simply an ad at the bottom of the page. And it's ad for children writing to the Make A Wish Foundation with the big red mailbox poking up out of the ad into the horrible article about the deeply troubled governor involved in some terrible problems.

Macy's, you are tasteless and sick to have the Sun-Times place such an ad on a news page like that!

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  11:26 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

I'm a customer of North Community Bank... a local community bank here in Chicago (it is an amazing bank for anyone looking for customer service, friendly staff, and no-fee checking). They have a few dozen locations on the north-side of town. I've noticed their window advertisements say that new customers get a gift card with a new checking account. The gift cards are for a variety of stores. The most prominent one in big, bold red letters is macy's. Every time I go in and speak to the teller I mention how disappointed I am that they are giving out macy's giftcards. I say "You know that no one in Chicago would ever shop at Macy's." The teller today responded and said "Yeah, I know. We can't forget Marshall Field's." She then went on to say that macy's paid the most and that was the reason for their prominent display compared to the other retailers. This got me thinking about two things (1) she must have been asked questions about macy's many times already. she knew why macy's was the most prominent retailer (2) macy's must be real desperate to connect with the "locals" since it is doing these efforts via a community bank.

Keep up the fight! Macy's can't keep going the way it is for much longer.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  9:55 pm CT
Posted by: GRA58

I stopped by the former Field's building on State Street today to write my letter to Santa. Using a Field's green crayon, my letter asked for the return of Marshall Field's, noting that the Grinch had stolen it.

It's a shame what the current occupants have done to the store. The landmark clock at State and Randolph didn't tell the correct time. The Great Tree was overdone in red (must be part of the "re-education" effort). The wall along an escalator between 7 and 8 was stained with rust from what appeared to be a water leak. Classy.

There were people in the store, but nothing like you'd expect this close to Christmas. Some poor misguided souls were actually buying, but everything seemed to carry multiple discounts. The carpetbaggers can't be making money on those sales. And with almost a billion dollars in debt coming due in 2009, the clock has to be ticking on these yahoos.

This was the first time I had been in the store in over a year. It's sad. Like seeing a picture of a deceased relative. I used to do all my Christmas shopping there. Now none.

Keep up the boycott.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  6:07 pm CT
Posted by: Brad S.

I was reading a blog article about Circuit City and other retailers that are in Chapter 11.

There were over 120 responses but the one that was ranked second most popular was a post about Macy's and how poorly it is doing since it dumped Field's. The poster said that macy's had 100s of millions of dollars due in 2009 and Macy's would likely be in Chapter 11 as a result of it's poor job converting as well as the bad retail climate. 120 respsonses. This was ranked 2nd most agreed to out of them all.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  2:40 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Does this latest strategy from "those wacky folks at macy*s" sound familiar to those of you in Chicago?


Each greatly heralded change indicates that Mr Lunkhead's folly of identical, bland, generic department stores from coast to coast hasn't generated much interest from shoppers. Too little, too late.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  10:04 am CT
Posted by: John E. I.

On my last trip to Chi. Last week and state St. carsons gone Marshall Fields gone very sad very few shoppers compared to 2000 I hope Marshall fields returns and or macys dont just close like carsons very sad but macys brought it on themselves. I would love to shop there again . John Rochester N.Y.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008  8:23 am CT
Posted by: Peter

Man, these Macy's folks must be really desperate. Coupons! Coupons! Coupons! Coupons! Coupons everywhere!

They are on the back page of a section of the Chicago Tribune today! Another coupon on the back of N'Digo! And more still in the sun-Times and everywhere you turn! How are these Macy's people making any money? They are not! I thought Macy's was doing away with coupons. I guess not.

Any sign of the Frangos made in Chicago?

I haven't seen 'em!

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  8:50 pm CT
Posted by: Fred Martin

As reported on The Corner at NationalReview.com :

"Life is just one disappointment after another. Heading back across Manhattan to Penn Station yesterday from National Review, I had the idea to stop in at Macy's to buy my Christmas jigsaw puzzle. Inquiring at the entrance, I was told that toys are on the eighth floor. Up the escalators I went. Sure enough, there on the eighth floor was a modest alcove containing piles of teddy bears and a rather unimpressive model train running round and round on a table. On the other side of the alcove was a huge chinaware-and-glass department.

I mooched around a bit, then accosted one of the sales assistants in the teddy-bear alcove.

Me: Excuse me, is this the entire toy department?

She: This is it.

Me: But this is, like, Macy's.

She: I get this a lot.

So there you are. The entire toy department at Macy's C3 at Macy's! in Herald Square! at Christmas! C3 is about the size of your kitchen."

The author goes on to say that, except for a small china department, the entire 8-floor Herald Square Macy's is filled with clothes. What can these people be thinking?

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  6:34 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Ann Gerber is a legendary Grande Dame of gossip who has a slogan along the lines of that it's not essential you read her column but you miss a lot of fun when you don't read it. That's not quite the right words but the intent is a healthy and funny perspective on gossip columns. She is very opinionated and has been writing for methinks four decades or so. For a long time she has written for the Sun-Times but she later moved her column to the Sun-Times' local newspapers.

While she has supported the "Save Grant Park" cause, she has been blase about the loss of Field's. In fact, about two years ago when the Skyline newspaper was still owned by the Sun Times, she had a front page column complete with headline admonishing those protesting the replacement of Field's with Macy's, even criticizing Jim McKay by name in the column.

Subsequent letters to the editor pointed out that she was actually helping the protesters of Macy's. She laid off after that -- mostly.

I could have some details wrong but that's pretty much it.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  3:23 pm CT
Posted by: Maggi

The store is not same as Macy's as it was when it was Field's. I refuse to shop Macy's.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  12:18 pm CT
Posted by: Shirley C.

I see that there is a colloquialism out there now. It means the same thing as making a major mistake! It's "Pulling a Lundgren"!


Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  10:08 am CT
Posted by: V.L.

I am a loyal Marshall Fields fan!

I was born in Chicago and grew up going downtown with my Mother, going to the Walnut room and seeing the windows at Marshall Fields every year since I can remember. I continued to go in my older years and it was always very special to me. Christmas wasn't complete unless you went downtown to Marshall Fields and went to the Walnut room and seen the windows.

Now, my one joy at Christmas is gone. The class of Marshall Fields is gone and Macy's doesn't hold a candle to the style, prestige that Marshall Fields had. Macy's could of left the store Marshall Fields as Target did. And now, our loyalty has come through...Macy's sales are hurting, especially in Chicago!

I went to an expo in Florida about a year or so ago. Macy's had a booth and was handing out coupons. I woman handed me a coupon for Macy's and I handed it right back to her and told her that I wouldn't use it. She looked at me with a confused look and asked why? I said that I was from Chicago and was loyal to Marshall Fields. She then said " I just don't get you people". I told her that if she would of grew up in Chicago, and spent her Christmas's at Marshall Fields, that she would understand. I said how would New Yorkers felt if Marshall Fields took over Macy's and changed their store, that they would feel the same. It would be the "Marshall Fields Thanksgiving Parade". I think she understood then.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008  10:08 am CT
Posted by: Judy M.

I clicked on the link in Joe's 12/6 post...Ann Gerber had the audacity to say "we will shop at macy's - gratefully"...Yikes!! Who IS this woman!?! I left a very nice, but to the point post and am looking forward to her response. I basically said NO ONE I know will even go near macy's. And as far as saving jobs and the store...no jobs were saved as most of the Field's associates were terminated or just left and the store is just a shell with tacky merchandise and bad service. AND they spent a lot of money on 15,000 lights and 4,000 ornaments, but can't fix a door or an elevator???? I really would like to know how these people can think the way they do...

Happy Holidays to all!!! Think of sugar plums dancing at Marshall Field's next year!!!! Our New Year's resolution for 2009 - BRING BACK MARSHALL FIELD'S!!!!

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  8:42 pm CT
Posted by: J.A., back in Florida

It was so good to meet the Field's Fans under the clock in Chicago! We had a great trip and enjoyed wearing our "I Want My Marshall Field's" buttons! Alot of people noticed them and said they liked them too. What luck that we ran into you, who would have ever thought it would happen! We are glad we did and want to thank you very much for the buttons! Good luck in this adventure and we all hope it happens, we loved Marshall Fields too!!

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  7:51 pm CT
Posted by: JC

Thank you Peter for bringing up the point about the old macy press release, which bragged about macy's supposed new contract with Cupid Candies of Chicago for production of FRANGO mints. I've wondered too. People with whom I have spoken cannot find them either.

Sounds to me like one more in a long line of broken promises by CEO, Chairman and President Lundgren of macy's. I discovered long ago that he loves to hear himself make pronouncements in press releases that end up never actually happening mysteriously.

Mr. Lundgren has once again proven that he is: ALL SHOW AND NO GO".

He speaks with a lot of hot air, just like in his macy's parade balloons!

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  5:37 pm CT
Posted by: Caroline

I happen to have worked for two major airlines, United and American, as a flight attendant. I can say that the majority of my associates would each spend several thousands of dollars at the Woodfield Marshall Field's store on layovers each year. (If we had more time, we would take an adventure through the State Street store for a real treat!) We looked forward to shopping at Marshall Field's because Field's was distinctively different and unique from other U.S. department stores. Marshall Field's was the place where our international travelers went to shop. Field's was pure class and sophistication and truly Chicago!

Now our layovers are nothing special since I can most assuredly say that we do not shop at macy's. Why should we? Macy's stores are everywhere and they are boring with overpriced, cheaply-made, unstylish fashions. We will venture into Nordstrom's, but when you get down to it, Nordstrom's are in most of our other major city hubs. We want something that is definitely CHICAGO at which to shop when we are in Chicago to completely satisfy us!! Please bring back Marshall Field's in every way we remember!

P.S. My friends comment how gratifying it is to see your MARSHALL FIELD'S FOREVER pins being worn by passengers on our flights as we walk up and down the aisle checking seat belts.

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  8:56 am CT
Posted by: JC

The periodical, "The American Culture", had an article entitled, "Macy's Name Change Backfires" a while ago.

Marshall Field's is mentioned.

Here is the summarizing sentence:

"When Macy's starts giving better service and value and considering its customers' desires before its corporate strategies, things will turn around---and not until then."


Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  7:51 am CT
Posted by: Darrid

If anyone saw Good Morning America today they had an interesting clip about stores that overcharge in their pricing compared to sales. Macy's was the last shown and theirs was the most overcharged as compared to advertised prices. Interesting since they spent all the money for the tacky in-store scanners. No wonder prices aren't right, there is no one there to correct the prices.

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008  7:16 am CT
Posted by: Janice K

Remember when Bergner's bought out Carson Pirie Scott? They adopted the Bergner's logo for the parent corporation and sales went down - they realized the value of the name Carson's to Chicago. When they emerged from bankruptcy and reversed their decision and renamed the parent company Carson Pirie Scott.

The same can happen w/Field's. Macy's is NEW YORK, Field's is CHICAGO. You can tell the value of a name is how the customer's perceive it. Do you see anybody who save's Macy's boxes like we all do when we got a Field's box ... nope! Enough said! Bring back Field's and I'll shop there again!

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008  6:56 pm CT
Posted by: Mike M

My sister and her family live in Crystal Lake. Each December, she picks a weekend day to get up early with the kids, go to the Metra Station, and take the train downtown to spend the day in the Loop.

The biggest part of that trip has always been the visit to Marshall Field's store on State Street.

For the first two years after the switch to Macy's, they still came to the Loop. They still wanted that "downtown Christmas experience." But what did they do this year?

They went to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. I went with them. We had a great time and I do not mean this as a swipe at Woodfield. It's a very nice place.

Why did my sister bring her kids there instead of downtown? "It's hard to go all the way to the Loop," my sister said, "and without Marshall Field's, the trouble of traveling downtown isn't worth it."

Think of my sister's family and multiply that by a thousands of families. Why bother coming to State Street? The experience just isn't the same. Just think about all the lost tax revenue to the City of Chicago. And think of the lost revenue to all the stores and restaurants in the State Street area.

The Macy's debacle has, without a doubt is hurting our city. And it is making our children's Christmases and their Christmas memories less special.

There is a way to fight this. BOYCOTT MACY'S.

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008  5:49 pm CT
Posted by: Jon

Warm memories of A Field's Christmas:


Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008  4:39 am CT
Posted by: Alexandra

I miss Marshall Fields. I will not shop at Macy's. I look forward to getting our buttons so that my family and I can wear them and help support the fight to bring back Fields.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008  10:50 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

A huge Marshall Field's "Regards" to all who helped make leafleting and button distribution a huge success today--with special thanks to Gloria for her inspiration.

The crowds on State Street are different than in the past two years. There seems to be fewer people, fewer people shopping and fewer people viewing the windows. And there are clearly many more complaints about the windows overheard as well as vocalized to me. And it seems people are simply cherry-picking the "doorbuster" deals and limiting themselves to the coupon deals.

Stated one lady, "I came all the way from California. There's no way I'm going to shop Macy's when I could do that at home--but I won't! Not after what they did to Marshall Field's!"

Finally, well wishes for a good visit and safe return to "J.A." and "RRSKJDAIA" and their three friends from Florida. (See their posts from Saturday, November 29.) They stopped by to offer support and pick up some "I Want My Marshall Field's" buttons to wear on State Street.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008  7:14 pm CT
Posted by: Mark

My mother wears a Forver Marshall Field's pin on her coat whereever she goes this holiday season.

Thank you all for doing this!!!!!! We are dying to have Field's back!

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008  4:30 pm CT
Posted by: J.C.

I just came across something that really frosts me on this bitter cold day, more than the windchills. It's Lundgren being interviewed on NPR on Nov 24.

It's a long one, but more than half-way through it, it replies to the question on why 800+ macy stores are the best way to have gone. He says, in his own words, that Marshall Field's was not big enough to get a Tommy Hillfiger contract with its "small" number of stores. He does not mention that Hillfiger's contract would have been to Macy's INC (corporate) which would have included MF, even if under the MF name. It's another way he "spins" and the interviewer did not pursue his comment further.

There are other points, and I'm sure you and other FF's will catch and have your opinions as well. There is space available at the end for remarks.

Check this out and see another juicy way Lundgren is trying to "tap dance" on his decision. Be sure to respond.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008  12:50 pm CT
Posted by: Joe

Here's one to respond to, Field's loyalists.

Former Sun-Times society and gossip columnist Ann Gerber is at it again shilling for Macy's in the pages of the Chicago Skyline.


Writes Gerber,

"THE GREAT TREE AT MACY'S State Street store was lit by designer Tommy Hilfiger with Mayor Richard Daley and Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren on hand to see the l5,000 lights and 4,000 ornaments create a spectacular display. Hilfiger has a new book, Iconic America. ... WE LOVE MACY'S. Sure, we would have preferred that Marshall Field's was still viable, but it isn't. Macy's saved the store and jobs, and we will shop there, gratefully."
We will? Yeah, right, tell that to the people who got laid off at the Diversey warehouse, or who were pushed out and replaced by part-timers. And tell that to the likes of Amy Meadows and loyal, indespensible employees like Ms. Meadows.

And while we're at it how does the drop in sales at State Street and other Chicago-area stores since the conversion from Field's to Macy's make Macy's "more viable" than Field's???? IT DOESN'T!!!

Please explain to Ms. Gerber and Skyline that Chicago will NOT gladly shop at Macy's.

Let Chicago Journal neighborhood newspapers, the "Skyline" and Madame Gerber know the real facts. There's an area beneath the column to comment. No login is required but all comments are moderated. So keep a copy of your comments and post them here if they choose not to put them on their web page.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008  2:52 am CT
Posted by: Charlie

How many of you remember two years ago, when the first months of the Field's conversion to Macy's were not appearing to be working? Terry Lundgren, Macy's CEO, stated that the customers needed to be REEDUCATED to love Macy's. In other words, is was not the Red Star store's fault that Macy's was not be accepted---it was the customers' fault. The term "reeducated" sounded like "reindoctrination" to me and to a whole lot of others. "Reeducated" sounded appropriate for what thousands call the Communist Red Star symbol of Macy's. How arrogant and forceful can you get??! Terry Lundgren needs to go, or else Macy's will steadily sink more into the mud. Bring back Field's quality merchandising, great professional employees, clean stores, all the departments that made Field's...Field's, in addition to the famous, international name...Marshall Field's!!!

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008  9:15 pm CT
Posted by: B.E.

Thank you for all you folks are doing for this cause.......same here with Bullock's - Macy's just plainly doesn't care. I hope this changes soon! I was born in Chicago and have many relatives there. I am spreading 'the word' here in California!!

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008  6:10 pm CT
Posted by: drew

How "exciting" that macy*mart continues its holiday "magic":
This is more evidence that macy*mart is totally focused on New York! How are young children in Chicago, Boston, Miami, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas or wherever supposed to connect with macy*mart since this video is all about New York? We don't see Kohl's, JC Penney or walmart sponsoring TV specials centered only on their hometowns, yet macy*mart continues to rub its New York connection in America's collective face. Mr Lunkhead must "believe" that New York exemplifies "magic" throughout the entire country.

For the holiday shopping season and thereafter, let all the New Yorkers support macy*mart because both the residents and the retailer show total disdain for the rest of the nation!

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008  12:05 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

Has anyone seen in Macy's stores the Frangos made in Chicago by Cupid Candies? This was much ballyhooed by the media a year ago. I've been a couple of stores. I can't seem to find them and neither can the clerks.

Did this really happen? Was the deal canceled? Was this a lot of hype? Or did the Chicago-made Frangos really get made?

Someone should inquire.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008  10:23 am CT
Posted by: Maryanne

Today's Tribune had at least eight pages of ads that completely filled or at least dominated entire pages. If sales are up it's because they are practically giving away merch. Or so it seems. And I have never seen so many coupons. I thought coupons were supposed to go awway.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2008  8:23 am CT
Posted by: Bill W.

I refuse to shop at Macy's. They suck. I want Marshall Field's.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008  9:43 pm CT
Posted by: Roderick

I find it deplorable to learn of the unethical tactics that Macy's supervisors use on sales associates to force credit applications on innocent customers who already have credit accounts. It's well known in retail, that happy employees make happy customers. If the macy employees are unhappy, can you blame them after reading these comments?
This would NEVER occur at Nordstrom, Carson's, Saks, Von Maur, JCPenney or Neiman-Marcus. What a hell-hole it must be to not only shop at macy's, but clearly to WORK at macy's! It's all Terry Lundgren's doing...or UN-doing in this case. When will the board of directors wake-up and when will the Wall Street analysts and media reporters stop protecting Lundgren and reveal him for what he is? What a awful fate for the legendary, famous Marshall Field's and all the other regional department stores! Their founders must be turning over in their graves.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008  7:38 pm CT
Posted by: John D.

About a month ago, a Field's Fan noted that Terry Lundgren has a security person assigned to him, and he also has been given an amored Hummer H1 vehicle by the macy's Board of Directors. We wondered why he thinks he needs such security protection against the masses. Is it an imagined state of Hollywood Star image, a "wanna-be" Hollywood model, that is behind all this security protection? So far, I have researched whether or not the CEOs of Dillard's, Saks, Neiman-Marcus, Bon-Ton or Von Maur department stores have such heavily armored military type of vehicles and security entourage, and I can fine none for any of these business executives. Could it be that they are too busy ensuring their stores reflect customers' preferences and tastes, listening to them and providing the best quality in merchandise and service and they have no imagined state of aristocracy whatsoever?

To the Macy's Board: Why is there a need for something like this, if a CEO is doing his job in a business-like manner and listening to the suggestions of customers?


Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008  4:10 pm CT
Posted by: Lake Forester

Terry Lundgren will go down in history as the one who refused to give customers what they want and destroyed the regional, classy and favorite American department stores. On the other hand, Mr. Marshall Field daily lived the credo: "Give the Lady What She Wants".

No matter what excuses he comes up with, the fact is, Terry Lundgren committed the worst mistake in retail business when he downscaled department stores to the lowest common denominator of Macy's. Macy's are no magnet at all when it comes to visiting other cities. Nothing personal against JCPenney, Sears, Kohl's and others, but when you visit Chicago, would you say, "Oh, I can't wait to stop by JCPenney's. I'll spend all day there, even though I have one back here at home"!

Continue to boycott Macy's and Bloomingdale's! It's working more and more with each month!

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008  10:16 am CT
Posted by: Tom K.

"Spots N Dots", a daily broadcast industry newsletter, reports that Messy's will need to refinance $950 million in debt which comes due next year. They also reported that Moody's and Standard & Poor's "cut back their respective outlooks to 'negative' after the company lowered its profit forecast for the year". FYI, that means Messy's debt is now "just a notch above 'junk' status" according to the WSJ. That means their debt is now on equal footing with the crap they sell!

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008  10:13 am CT
Posted by: gle

Messy's reports November same-store sales were down 13.3% in their press release in the "Tribune" stock quotes (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go), however Lunkead still insists, "These are extraordinary times and I am proud of how our outstanding organization is responding to the challenge."

"Macy's, Inc. Same-Store Sales Down 13.3% in November, Including Anticipated Negative Impact of Calendar Shift"

A December 4 "Tribune" article from Associated Press isn't so much in stubborn denial. There is a comment blog where we can say what we all know--a return of Marshall Field's would be a return of customers.

"After-Thanksgiving boost can't save retailers from posting sales declines for November" by Anne D'Innocenzio.

"Tribune" stock quotes for Messy's gives a further breakdown of sales figures:

"Business Wire Retail Report On November 2008 Retail Sales Figures"

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  11:15 pm CT
Posted by: T.S.

I thought the world of Fields and now that Macy's is around it isn't nearly the same.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  7:01 pm CT
Posted by: drew

I had to pick up a friend who was arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday. He wanted to walk around after his long flight, so we decided to visit nearby Beaver Valley Mall. Of course, we went to have a good laugh at macy*mart.

The first reaction upon entering the store is RED--red everywhere. Red ornaments on trees, red decorations hanging from the ceiling, red tablecloths, red trim, red sale toppers, red stars glued to the floor--too much, too cheap looking, too garish. While the first floor contained many people walking around, not many were carrying a Red Star shopping bag. The second floor was deserted--we were approached by salespeople at least five times.

My friend wanted to look at Christmas tree ornaments. He picked up a Martha Stewart bird--several pieces of styrofoam, a bit of trim and feathers priced at 7.99. Even though the ornaments were half off--plus an additional discount for using a macy*mart credit card, this particular item couldn't have been worth more than 25 cents. The ornaments were overall blah and cheap looking.

There were piles of the classic "Miracle on 34th Street" video displayed near a Santa mailbox. He had a coupon and decided to purchase the video. Guess what--the coupon discount wasn't valid because the video was a "special item."

The FAO Schwarz "department" consisted of a small display of nondescript toys. Looking at the entire "department" took about two minutes because nothing was worth a second look. Walgreens and CVS have larger and more extensive selections than this!

I truly "Believe" that a visit to macy*mart is a absolute waste of time!

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  6:43 pm CT
Posted by: Vicky

Now that Field's has been replaced by Macy's, I shop at Nordstrom and Von Maur.

Keep up the good fight.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  6:43 pm CT
Posted by: drew

According to this article, macy*mart's stock is "in a tailspin":
How much longer will "those wacky folks at macy*s" allow Triple Headed Terry to continue his folly? The consumers haven't responded to "the magic of macy*mart" because they are shopping for quality and value, not tacky and overpriced.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  11:44 am CT
Posted by: S.B

I just heard the news that both Fox & Obel and another retailer pulled out of the Carson's building. I don't know how I missed this since it happened about a month ago. That building was made for a department store. Do you think it makes sense to email Von Maur and encourage them to take a look at that location. I understand how they want to be on Michigan Ave but the Carson's building would be more suited to their look/feel. Just a thought. It may be nice to have a high-end retailer on State Street again.


Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008  8:02 am CT
Posted by: Michael Trenteseau

To everyone who's commenting about how awful the State Street Christmas decorations are this year... they're planned two to three years in advance. 2006 and 2007 were the last of the Field's plans. 2008 is what M***'s is.

In past years, I'd be looking forward to my annual trip to Chicago next week to wrap up my Christmas shopping. No more. M***'s lost thousands of dollars of my business, and so did the hotels and restaurants I'd have patronized.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008  5:42 pm CT
Posted by: S.B

I'm not sure if this "Wish List to Santa" effort is going on in New York or SF... but if it is it may make sense for someone there to drop the request of "Restore Marshall Field's in Chicago." The Chicago management may already be trained in how to ignore the customer, but a manager in SF or NY may be caught off guard and actually send it to someone in corporate... who may bring it up to others. It would be a good way to make some noise outside of Chicago.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008  5:15 pm CT
Posted by: Steve

Regarding Macy's charity event for Make A Wish with writing letters to Santa, has anyone considered how much they are spending on advertising? There's been multiple full pages in the Chicago Tribune and many other papers. I bet they are spending a quarter of a million dollars on this just in the Chicago area, at least. Do they really thing they are going to get a quarter of a million letters deposited in their mailbox? I don't think so. Macy's should just give the money to Make A Wish. And some readers have the nerve to criticize a few hundred people with protest signs.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008  1:54 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

Chicagoist is suggesting what gle, Steve, Daniel and some others have already been suggesting here: use the "letters to Santa" mail box "Make A Wish" promotion to leave letters asking for what all of Chicago wants: the return of Marshall Field's.

The article is at: http://chicagoist.com/2008/12/02/making_macys_wish_a_chicagoist_chri_1.php

There's always a lot of discussion and comments after Chicagoist pieces; please participate. You will need a free login to contribute.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008  12:04 am CT
Posted by: Tom

Watch this clip, Terry Lundgren always see things differnt than everyone else. He thinks he is right even when proof to the contrary is presented to him.


Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008  12:02 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

Macy's huge debt load is really going to make this holiday "do or die" for them. They will continue to exist but they will definitely have to figure out ways to raise money, which may include selling assets. Hopefully one of those assets will be 111 N State and the trademark Marshall Field's.

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008  10:01 pm CT


Date: Monday, December 1, 2008  9:41 pm CT
Posted by: Beth Walsh

Just an FYI for anyone wanting to re-capture some of the Field's Christmas spirit.

There will be a presentation at the Oak Lawn Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2pm titled: Chicago Christmas Nostalgia. Among the traditions and memorabilia will be a portion "help you recapture fond memories of the window decorations at Marshall Field's"

For more information call the library at 708-422-4990 or visit www.oaklawnlibrary.org

The library is located at 9427 S Raymond (on 95th St between Cicero and Central) in SW suburban Oak Lawn.

Admission is free.

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008  4:14 pm CT
Posted by: Mike M

Tens of thousands of people saw the Field's Fans leafleting this past weekend. People are happy that the fight Marshall Field's dream is alive and well.

We have just begun to fight. People are staying away from Macy's in droves. The boycott is working!

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008  8:47 am CT
Posted by: A leafletter

After seeing the smiles and the way people grabbed our leaflets on State Street over the weekend, it is very clear that Marshall Field's is still Chicago's favorite store. Even people who came out with a Messy's bag came over and begged for leaflets and thanked us, like Marshall Field's is what they really wanted.

It's important to remember that not falling for Messy's discount strategies in a difficult economy is the way to continue to send the message that we really want Marshall Field's. Please shop at Sears or someplace else that has discounts and who never knocked Marshall Field's off the planet.

Have a great holiday Field's Fans!

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008  8:25 pm CT
Posted by: Mary F.

I enjoyed meeting the enthusiastic supporters of Marshall Field's last night on State Street by the old Marshall Field's store. Macy's is not the same.

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008  3:46 pm CT
Posted by: Rick

What's the deal with Macy's shopping bags for this Christmas?????

The Macy's "Believe" bags look almost the same as the Sears "Grant A Wish" bags which are in their second year. Macy's is copying Sears! Marshall Field's never needed to do that!

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008  12:24 pm CT
Posted by: Jack K

Was in Lake Forest yesterday, at Market Square to visit a store that carried a particular item not available elsewhere. Of course the anchor was and still is the Marshall Field's Building. Thanks to the hard work of Lake Forest, the Marshall Field's signs are still in place, and the awnings are GREEN. If I am not mistaken, LF had it declared a historic site so it cannot be changed? J Crew occupies the north side of the main floor and there are construction permits for remodeling of the south portion of the building. When I went into the store I was visiting, one clerk eyed my "Forever" pin and made a comment how she liked it and she cannot believe Marshall Fields is gone. She related that she was originally from St. Louis and that she will never shop "M" because of what they did to Famous Barr as well.

I gladly took off my pin and passed it to her and she giggled like a kid at Christmas -- She was in her 20's -- isn't that the market share "M" thought it was going to capture???

Sorry we could not be downtown this weekend to leaflet/pin as we had a ball last year.


Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008  11:01 am CT
Posted by: Peter

NY Times story about Black Friday. Terry Lundgren sounds really low key in this story. Is he becoming contrite and humbled?

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008  1:58 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

For those women looking for a cosmetic gift this holiday.... Clinique Beauty Wonderland at Lord & Taylor starts 12/5. I was on the Old Orchard website and I saw this.


Beauty Wonderland. Discover precious Clinique treats with big benefits. With any Clinique purchase of $25.00 or more. Sale starts December 5th-24th.

The Bag: A festive modern cosmetics bag in an embossed metallic design.

The Products:

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Repairwear Intensive Night Cream

7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula

Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo-Matte Formula in Pink Slate

Lash Doubling Mascara in Black

Different Lipstick in Shy

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008  9:35 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Scroll down through this article to read about Black Friday at the downtown Pittsburgh Red Star Store:
An interesting comment that the scene was quite busy two years ago--that was when the store was Kaufmann's flagship. Guess shoppers realized that going to the Red Star Store isn't worth the bother.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008  9:02 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to everyone who helped make today's leaflet and button distribution session another huge success, especially Carol and gle.

It was like a busy Saturday out there--but not a busy Saturday during the holiday season. It seems like there are fewer shoppers on State Street this year.

As always, many, many people repeated the same message again and again: "I want my Marshall Field's!"

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008  4:35 pm CT
Posted by: In Medinah, Illinois

I refuse to shop at Macy's but I did take a gander at the Walnut room tree.


Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008  12:52 pm CT
Posted by: J.A.

Hi, My friend just told me about this web page. I live in Florida and my 4 friends and I have been coming to Chicago to shop the first week in Dec. for about 5 years, we just loved Marshall's Fields and we were so sorry to see it change to Macy's! We want Marshall Fields back too!! We love the Walnut Room and the big tree! But since it has changed to Macy's it is just not the same!!

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008  10:43 am CT
Posted by: RRSKJDAIA

We are five friends from Florida who have traveled every year for the past five years to shop at Marshall Fields in Chicago. We have Macy's down here; we don't want to shop at Macy's; we want to shop at Marshall Fields. We were so disappointed when Marshall Fields closed.

"Black Friday" & Saturday, November 28 & 29, 2008

You can help bring back Field's during the holiday season by being a part of our leaflet and button distribution campaign. Out on State Street for our third holiday season, we continue to remind everyone that we are still here, we still care and that Chicago--indeed the world--still wants the return of Marshall Field's!

There's two ways to help:

One is to join us during our "intensive leafleting session" on State Street under the great clock at State and Washington
from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm this "Black Friday", November 28 and Noon to 5:00 pm, Saturday, November 29. If you plan to help, you can just show up, but it is much better if you email us in advance at Leaflet@FieldsFansChicago.org to coodinate scheduling.

Another is to help defray the expenses of our leaflets and buttons.
Contributions can be made with a credit card using PayPal to donate@FieldsFansChicago.org or if you wish to pay by check, email donate@FieldsFansChicago.org for the specifics including our mailing address. Alternatively, we can work with you to arrange the printing of our leaflets and buttons. Just let us know via email at donate@FieldsFansChicago.org

Huge regards to those who make our leafleting and button activities possible!

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

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  11:40 pm CT
Posted by: Alan

I saw your comment in the Tribune, Jim. It was nicely done. I'll point out that numbers can be deceiving, and while 100,000 might look like a large number, it probably really isn't, particularly on what is supposedly one of the busiest days of the year. I also saw a WSJ article where Lundgren was already crowing about the crowds being "bigger than expected" at Herald Square, as if he could really tell by 3:00PM how the season is going. Notwithstanding that piece, the media seems to be a bit more skeptical now, including the local media. I noticed that the Tribune's Black Friday blog hit a lot of stores up, but not 111 N. State. Make no mistake. The company has a lot of debt and even a holiday season "not as bad" as its competition leaves it weaker. Private equity money is scarce, so a piecemeal sale of prime locations and brand names could be a potential way of raising money to pay down the debt. Marshall Field's undoubtedly would be one of the more valuable brands, and State Street one of the more valuable locations. Let's see what happens.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  9:05 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to all who made leaflet and button distribution on State Street a huge success today, including Gail and especially gle.

Things started out pretty busy like last year's Black Friday. However, after 1:30 or 2:00 pm, there generally wasn't the crush of people on State Street like last year. I remember last year when on more than a few occassions the crowds were so dense on Black Friday that I had to extend my hand upward rather than outward to pass out leaflets. That never happened this year. What's more, I perceived a decline in the number of bags, especially Macy's bags, after that time. It sure seemed to me that a lot of the traffic on State Street was driven by morning doorbusters.

As for the interest in the return of Marshal Field's, it's very clear--Chicago still wants its Marshall Field's. On top of that, there were still the tourists who stopped by, looking for Field's, disappointedi (to say the least) that it was replaced with another Macy's. And then there were the many tourists who stopped to pose for a photo in front of the Marshall Field's plaques.

While we were leafleting, two sets of protesters came by urging a boycott of Macy's. One group protested Macy's sale of fur (for the record, Field's also sold animal fur); the other group also protested Macy's, but, despite our best efforts, those of us leafleting could not figure out what they were protesting--although it was clear it didn't involve bringng back Chicago's Marshall Field's.

I can safely say, more than ever, after three holiday seasons as Macy's, Chicago--indeed the world--really wants the return of Marshall Field's in service, quality and spirit, as well as name at 111 N. State.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  7:02 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

The windows are awful. There are so few of them. They look like they whipped out a bunch of toys from the FAO store and threw them in the window. Could someone tell Macy's that wrapping windows in advertisements is not what people come to State Street for?

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  6:59 pm CT
Posted by: Sharon

I enjoyed speaking with your representatives today on State Street.

It was refreshing to be called "Madame" by the gentleman I spoke with about resurrecting Marshall Field's. Spoken like a true Field's associate. They aren't that polite at Macy's.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  12:15 pm CT
Posted by: Bob

A lot of people passing through the woodfield store. Looked like the purchases were for the black Friday come-ons. That's about it.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  12:23 pm CT
Posted by: Zelda

Hi, Field's Fans!

Terry Lundgren's PR person must be working overtime, because TL has been all over the media this week. A few days ago he was interviewed on NPR (Marketplace), spinning away, as usual, trying to turn straw into gold and sounding smug and chipper as usual. However, toward the end of the interview, Kai Rysdall nailed him with questions about the wisdom of having converted all the May Co. stores (including Field's) in 2006, when, Rysdall said, people were IRATE. He also pointed out the ridiculous irony of the Macy takeover being predicated on a national brand, when they are now talking about "going local." It was great.

Then this morning, Lundgren appeared on Good Morning America, where he could hardly talk! Really, he could hardly get a sentence out. The only thing noteworthy was his statement that when Macy's big notes come due, they had enough cash to pay them. Well, let them! When the stores go down, let them short themselves in the ensuing bankruptcy!

And finally, a note to Anna and all the other Macy's and former Field's employees: It is not you we are against; it is Macy's, and what they did to our one and only Marshall Field's. Since the folks at Macy's refused to listen to reason (and yeah, we hate them for that), they will have to suffer the consequences. This means huge business losses. But ultimately, their failure will make it possible for someone else to buy them out, and buy back the Marshall Field's name. We realize that many of you depend on Macy's for jobs, and in today's economy, job security is very important. But please know that all the Field's fans hope and pray that you will keep (and in many cases RETURN TO) your jobs, only under very different conditions, under the MARSHALL FIELD'S BANNER.

I walk past the 111 N. state Street five days a week, and when I look at those lame Christmas windows, I think about Amy Meadows, who once made those windows so special. She was one of the many Field's employees let go by Macy's because her expertise was too costly for them. I want Amy Meadows, and all the other valuable employees, including the former maintenance workers, who must be shocked at the deplorable condition of our once-great store, to return. And that is my Christmas wish for all of us.

With love,

Your Friend in Field's - Zelda

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  12:15 pm CT
Posted by: Dr. Steven F Kellogg

A Chicago landmark for quality and community spirit.

Bring back Marshall Fields

Dr. Steven F Kellogg

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  11:27 am CT
Posted by: D. Scott

I have a question for die-hard state street Field's fans. There was a cake that was available in The Bakery, The English Room, The Bowl and Basket, and occasionally at other restaurants in the store. It was an individual Chocolate cake. Two layer, chocolate frosting with chocolate shavings on the side and top. The manager of The English Room called it a Charruse. I am trying to see if anybody out there might have a recipe for that cake. My husband MISSES it! Thanks!

(I have a taste for one of those English Room sandwiches,Cheesey Chowder from the Bowl and Basket and a Hot Dog and Frosted Malt from the Budget Floor!)

Date: Friday, November 28, 2008  11:09 am CT
Posted by: Jon

Regarding where the cameras were placed for the Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving morning.

It's obvious why they didn't show the Macy's in the Marshall Field's store building when broadcasting. Macy's parade in NYC was being broadcast on Channels 2 & 5 at the same time. Why would they want to even slightly remind viewers to check out the other NON-CHICAGO parade. Did Macy's even pay for anything towards the Chicago parade? I bet not. And the Macy's float was awful! It was just a Macy's logo! After what they do in NYC this is what they do here in Chicago? And they claim that the Chicago flagship and the city itself is just as important as NYC?

NO WAY! Macy's also disrespects our parade and shortchanges us on the floats. Another reason Macy's is not Chicago and will never be accepted!

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  11:34 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

They didn't show Macy's on State Street during the CHICAGO parade because Macy's was busy sponsoring the NEW YORK parade on the other channels.

So much for Macy's liking Chicago as much as New York.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  8:23 pm CT
Posted by: JLB

The Huffingont Post has an AWESOME review of the obvious holiday cost cuttings at Macy's on State Street this year including the shrinkage of the windows and the sad tree. Hope the link works: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-doyle/macys-state-street-cost-c_b_142523.html?show_comment_id=17904739

[Of course, keep in mind that the same author has been critical in regards to attempts to bring back Field's, including the efforts here.]

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  CT
Posted by: FieldsFansChicago.org

Happy Thanksgiving!

See you out on State Street tomorrow for our annual intensive Black Friday Leafet and Button Distribution activities.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  12:02 pm CT
Posted by: A.

Regardless if the Obamas or any other politicans shop and do a photo op at 111 N State tomorrow or any day, it's important to remember this fact: The reason any politician or anyone famous chooses that store is that it was the Marshall Field's flagship for 154 years, not because it is currently being run as Macy's.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  10:29 am CT
Posted by: John

I must say, I truly love how since 2006 tThe McDonald's Christmas Parade does NOT focus, nor acknowledge Macy's in anyway, except for the same float they use in the Pride Parade, as being part of Chicago. That year, the first without Marshall Field & Co., the main area of focus for the television cameras was directly in front of Carson Pirie Scott, as an homage to the fact it was their last Christmas on State Street.

This year, it is front of NY & Co., which is fine by me.

It is almost as if....Macy's does not exist in Chicago...during the parade.....how wonderful if that were true the other 364 days of the year...

WHY??? Has the Board of Directors NOT DEMANDED him to step down?!?! What is he holding over their heads.

I have worked in corporate for a few Fortune 500 companies, I have seen CEO's dismissed for less......why has he not been terminated?!!?!?!?!?!!?

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  6:01 am CT
Posted by: Alan Herman

After making my monthly visit here, I read about the articles written and saw an article cited and the idea of writing to the blog for the article. I was going to make a quick comment, but here is what I ended up writing. For all of you going through bad times, hang in there with the hope and spirit of promise and of future.

(response to Chicago Tribune article 11/27/2008)

It was my annual rite of passage into the Christmas season. I would fly from wherever I was living (I am a travelling consultant) and fly in to go to Christkindlemarket and to do all my shopping at Marshall Fields.

The quality was outstanding, the selections enormous and the prices fantastic. I would have alot of stuff shipped from the store and the rest taken with me. I remember the green Fields bags loading me down as I hailed a cab to go back to the hotel.

This year, I have not been able to find work for awhile and make $7/hr as a dishwasher instead of making six-figures as an engineer. It is, by far, my most depressing season ever, and it is also my first time I will not be living or flying into beautiful Chicago and experiencing those smells, sounds, tastes and love of Chicago that always made my Christmas.

If there WAS a Fields, I would find any way to get there. For what little money I have now, I would at least been able to get a few quality gifts, or at least have gotten the spirit by looking at the Fields great tree, or looking at the windows outside. Tears came to my eyes on many a Christmas, while I stood there with snow falling and breathing vapors the only thing in my way of looking into the animated windows, because I had felt the apirit and love of Christmas in Chicago.

This year it a very sad Christmas and the tears come because not only will Marshall Fields be there, but neither will I,this year, for the first time in memory.

This year I worry how to make paymeny on my car which I feel everyday will be repossessed and my storage unit in Chicago that has all my memories and belongings from when I lived more comfortably.

If you are in anywhere the position I am in, just pray to God for economic recovery, jobs, our health and that someday we may once again see the Marshall Fields open their doors and bring us that great Spirit we so miss.

I will surely deeply miss you Chicago these days ahead and pray for a better future for all of us.

God bless everyone and have the safest and happiest of Holidays.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  2:53 am CT
Posted by: Josh

Ever since this happened; I never parked my car near any Macy's store. I was born and raised in Wilmette and I remember Marshall Field's really well like everybody else does.

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  6:28 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All

Happy Thanksgiving

I was decorating for Christmas and got out my green Marshall Field boxes with garland. I put them under the tree and they look so wonderful -- I put a Field's bag behind the tree also --

Friday, if I had not already done it -I would go and see the Christmas windows and get a look at the Christmas bag for the year

I really miss that

I will never forget how intricate and beautiful the bags were --whether simple like the "oh what fun it is" bags or intricate like the nutcracker bags of the late 90's -- each year they were so great and they were so sturdy and strong-- it would make me happy inside --to take family and friends Gifts from Field's in those wonderful bags. they were decorations unto themselves!

Take Care all

The Real B

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  4:58 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

This holiday season there will be a lot of people visiting Chicago for shopping. Please take a moment to comment on Yelp and let everyone know what we feel about Macy's on State Street, Michigan Ave, Old Orchard... the more the merrier.


also worth posting on

finance.yahoo.com (the financial community)

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  4:47 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Thank you to "Anna" for your reminder of the inside view of former Field's employees who now work for Macy's. In this economy, not everyone has the option of a perfect job, or even a job. I do feel for your position.

My comments and those of many others are primarly aimed at Lundgren, but perhaps it doesn't always come across that way. I will try to show more care with future posts so the blame is directed where it is intended, not at employees caught in the middle.

We would love nothing more than to see Marshall Field's brought back so the sales associates can discard their "mourning" black and celebrate a return of non-stop customers.


Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  2:49 pm CT
Posted by: gle

We are making a difference.


Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  2:39 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Mr Lunkhead said that he would "hate to have a bunch of regional department stores" to compete in this economy. Guess what--he has a nationwide chain of identical overpriced discount stores that aren't able to compete!
Someone posted a link that mentioned his Herald Square outpost isn't doing well with foreign visitors. That iconic store is no longer a tourist attraction; Mr Lunkhead has turned a NYC landmark into just ANOTHER mass merchant that is nothing unique. Going to NYC to shop at Herald Square is nothing special any more since macy*marts are everywhere. It rebranding Chicago's Marshall Field and the other regional department stores, Mr Lunkhead has also devalued the macy*s brand in its home town.

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  1:54 pm CT
Posted by: Doug

Nothing official has been announced but a story in Crain's Chicago Business is betting that the Obamas will be taking the media along with them on a Black Friday or Saturday shopping trip to Macy's on State Street.

It's simply a rumor, but if so, it's too bad. Will he greet those of us leafleting in protest [of Macy's] Friday?

You can leave comments but you need to create a simple login at Crains to do so.


Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  1:45 pm CT
Posted by: Valerie Stephan Brown

In 1969 I moved from my father's house in Deerfield, IL to live in the THREE ARTS CLUB, a residence for young women, on Dearborn and Goethe streets. I was an Interior Design student at THE CHICAGO ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. After starting my "pocket money" career at TING-A-LING'S, a little old fashion ice cream palor, where I waited little wooden booths and a few stools, as well did "soda jerk" work. This store was around the corner from the PLAYBOY Movie Theatre, not far from the Chicago PLAYBOY MANSION that was a block over. I needed more money for books and since I had been raised shopping in MARSHALL FIELDS (I could get around the store by myself and knew the location of the departments), and it was a few blocks from school, I decided that was where I would work. When I applied I told them I only wanted to work in the WALNUT ROOM, I knew that this was where people really took their time to eat, and then there was the four story CHRISTMAS TREE. During the Christmas season people would wait with babies even, in the Chicago winds of winter outside, to get a seat at a one of the tables that fanned out from the base of the tree. The lines behind the velvet ropes would go on for hours, to simple have a lunch and FRANGO MINT ICE CREAM PIE, and go home to tell the neighbors you seat next to the four story CHRISTMAS TREE, oh and yes, you saw Santa Claus and got your list... But is was the Walnut Room experience that got the points. On a visit back home to relatives who still live there, I stopped by MARSHALL FIELDS for a visit down memory lane and to get some ASSORTED FLAVORS OF FRANGO MINTS (the classis Frango mint is still the best out of all of them), for family and friends who do not know of the mints. I had been there in the past and things were the same BUT on my last visit I was saddened to see all the changes. I now remember older freinds would express saddness over changes of others places, and I would remark "Well, you know progress!!". I now was hit with that awful pain they had had that I did not understand, until now. But the worst of the worst was to see the CHRISTMAS TREE in the WALNUT ROOM had been chopped down in size and the beautiful ceiling closed off to make some shop area. I was sick to the stomach. I walked through an area where they had construction walls up with pictures of the history of MARSHALL FIELDS and among them was a picture of the Christmas Tree at its full height. With saddness in my heart I knew they were trying to save the old classic store by adding all the new types of style... I now am as my older friends were in shock both by the changes and passage of time that I cannot change or control. I now live in New York City because of an acting career dream and have been here since 1981 but always thought MARSHALL FIELDS would be in Chicago because of the long history and living through the infamous CHICAGO FIRE, just like the WATER TOWER. I have lived long enough to see several Chicago department stores go out of business, and at those moments I remember thinking how scary that was that something so big and strong would just disappear. Then it happen here in New York to GIMBEL'S across from MACY'S. A store that was in the movie MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, is now totally history. So I am a big girl I know this stuff happens BUT when I heard that MACY'S took over MARSHALL FIELDS, I thought okay, they have the money to save and return MARSHALL FIELDS to its former glory and design. I then heard of the name change and remembered by maternal grandmother's rage over STIX, BEARS AND FULLER (sorry I am not sure of spelling) the store in ST. LOUIS, MO where she bought me my first bra, not trainer the real thing. This was her store as she lived and worked in St. Louis all those years. Now I was feeling her pain in the same way, I feel robbed and raped of my personal history with a part of my teen years and my home town's history that was truly OURS my a copycat from another state, but was born and bred, died and raisen again, twice. The CLOCK, the BUILDING, the HISTORY, the INTERIOR DESIGN OF THE BUILDING, THE CHRISTMAS TREE, the WALNUT ROOM AND TEA, the FRANGO MINTS and the FRANGO MINT ICE CREAM PIE, all of this and my remembers of shopping in "my store" pushed asided as if all of those who could have possibly have these memories is DIED by now. You see that way no one will protest the name change, the removal of I very much loved name plate with that really cool and like no where else style of script of the name MARSHALL FIELDS, just in a wink of an eye is gone. All credit for any of the history of the past now being given to MACY'S. Sorry but did they not have enough with that in MACY'S in movies, on television shows, on and on. WHY DID MACY'S HAVE TO BUY AND THEN STEAL OUR MARSHALL FIELDS? What's next, will the city rename the CHICAGO WATER TOWER to MACY'S TOWER. I tell this story so you can use it to point out the slap in the face of all CHICAGOANS from the past and to the present, and let me mention those who have died thinking their children and grandchildren would always have this histroy and store to shop in, they too have been robbed.

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  12:28 pm CT
Posted by: JWC

Speaking of Marshall Field's...and how much of the heart of Chicago that it is...

In the 1970s and 1980s, when I would be returning back home when I was in the U.S. Air Force, a vacation or college, I remember a vivid reminder of Field's in O'Hare Airport. While walking between gates, passengers would see a large forest green, black and white back-lit sign with the words---


Beneath the lettering was the 8 foot tall image of Marshall Field's State Street Store and famous clock. I felt proud to be in Chicago, the home of Marshall Field's!

Seeing that, I KNEW I was back home in the Midwest. It's obvious that Marshall Field's WAS the internationally-known beacon and cultural icon of Chicago. (Somehow "Macy's welcomes you to Chicago" would not have any feeling whatsover, because macy's is that anywhere-anyplace-bland type of store.)

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  9:47 am CT
Posted by: Robert

Well, it will be Marshall Field's weekend...at least at my house. I'll be putting-up my tree and bringing-out my collection of Marshall Field's green gift boxes to put under my tree. Hey does anyone remember when Field's used to give away red boxes with gold script during Christmas?! Gees...those lasted forever and were continuously recycled! I'll also be setting-up my collection of Field's Christmas shopping bags, too. Besides for world peace, relief for the suffering and jobless, the end of the war in Iraq...I pray that next Christmas we'll be celebrating the return of Marshall Field's.

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  8:46 am CT
Posted by: DF

The boxes are out, Marshall Field's they say

not a red star insight to Lundgrens dismay.

The tissue is opened with glee and delight,

its a Fields Christmas at our home tonight.

With Santa Bears, angels and ornaments galore,

oh how we dream of our flagship store.

To those who leaflet and protest the mess

you offer hope to bring back the BEST!

The Great Tree, the clock, The Trend House are ours,

the windows that sparkled don't need to show cars.

The Frangos, the shops and splendid main aisle -

belong to Chicago, we have world class style!

Close to your heart may your memories be kept,

continue the boycott they go further in debt.

As Uncle Mistletoe has taken flight on our tree

We send these good wishes for all to see,

A Marshall Field's Christmas to All and to messys GOOD BYE!

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008  7:32 am CT
Posted by: JC

With all that's going on in the world today, we all could use a little Field''s right now. Well stated, David. So true.

Marshall Field's with all its true excitement and adventure was a perfect "escape" from reality, it seemed, in years gone past. After stepping in the doors at Field's, people were diverted from the everyday personal and national affairs for a few hours. There is NO place like Field's!

Oh, thank you Anna for writing your comments. Everytime I think of Marshall Field's, the professional, pleasant and helpful Field's sales associates faces always pop into my mind---everytime, please believe me! You and your fellow associates were the catalyst that made Field's works to uniquely well. We honestly feel for you and appreciate your bravery and courage during the interim period of macy's. It has to be tough and sad for you.

Bring back the superb service, the quality merchandising, the Field's culture and class, the specialness, the forest green shopping bags and gift boxes of all sizes, the Marshall Field's signature script...AND...the sterling, friendly, smiling, professional, expert sales associates! May a Miracle on State Street happen soon for all of us, Anna, especially for you.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  11:13 pm CT
Posted by: Marc in Boston

Hi all... and an early Happy Thanksgiving. We'll be serving Turkey and stuff in Boston on Field's China ... with desert on a glass Field's Chicago Skyline plate. Aaahh the memories. At times like this, it is good to look back nostalgically.

This article popped up in WSJ today


"When Macy's Inc. paid $11.5 billion to acquire rival May Co. in 2005, investors asked whether consolidation could save the department store, or just prolong its decline. So far it looks more like the latter."


"One looming question is whether Macy's will be able to refinance $950 million in debt coming due next year. Although analysts say the company doesn't face near-term liquidity problems, it will likely have to dip into a $2 billion revolving credit facility to pay at least part of the $350 million in debt coming due in April and $600 million due in July if the credit markets don't improve by then."


"He insists the merger was the right move despite a bumpy start that included the closing of nine underperforming former May stores. The combined company's size has helped the chain outperform direct competitors, he says.

Macy's same-store sales, off 6% last quarter, have held up better than its rivals. In contrast, the decline was 10.1% at Bon-Ton Stores Inc., which operates in the Northeast and Midwest, and 13.4% at Gottschalks Inc. in California. Dillard's Inc. posted monthly declines of 7%, 12% and 8% in the period.

By managing inventory and cutting costs, the company known before the merger as Federated Department Stores Inc. boosted gross margins in the latest quarter by 0.2 percentage point, compared to a 3.4 percentage point drop at rival Nordstrom Inc."

All in all, pretty depressing. My take away is that Macy's performance sucks and their long term viability is in question... compared to peers, they suck, just less.

Recent news from Bon-Ton ($1.13/share, down from $15.06 last year!) is scary too - it sounds like they are going to have some challenges ahead with debt refinancing. I wonder how Target - and Fields - would have fared had they kept the department stores division in tact...

Very gloomy times indeed.

Here's wishing everyone some nostalgia this Thanksgiving - and health, safety, and some positive growth next year!

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  10:49 pm CT
Posted by: Jack K

The Winter 2008-09 issue of the Chicago History Museum members bulletin showed up in my mailbox today. On the back cover is our beloved GREAT CLOCK. The header reads "Inside Chicago Fashion"

"Get an in-depth look at Chicago's stylish side. This three part series features fashion icons, designers and historians, who will uncover haute coture, discuss the influence of MARSHALL FIELD's and give you a peek at the future of fashion." Details on page 5. Page 5 offers "The lecture at the museum on March 3rd is entitled "The Marshall Field's Factor. For generations, Chicago-area shoppers flocked to Marshall Field's for its service, selection and style. Join us for a discussion of this iconic institution and itse infulence on clothing and consumer culture nationwide." (Tuesday at 7pm 3/3, $10 single program, $8 for members) Hmmmmmm. WE COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER OURSELVES!!!!.

Macy's still does not get it, and never ever ever will. Give us our Marshall Field's back, in quality, service and style and maybe, just maybe Macy might make a profit in the midwest division. (yeah, and Macy management has common sense --)


Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  8:16 pm CT
Posted by: David

Hello All;

Just put up the tree, and although I don't come to this site as much as I used to, I had to say Merry Christmas to you all.

Put on my 2005 Chris Radko Santa Bear, santa bears from years past, and three clock ornaments, amongst others.

My 2005 frango factory is lit, and it's starting to feel alot like Fields in the house.

Another sad Holiday without Fields, and I know you all feel the same.

With all that's going on in the world, we sure could use a little Fields right now.

Greetings of the season to you all from New York.

Where I encourage as many as possible to shop at only Lord and Taylor, which by the way looks amazing for the season...come see.


Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  7:12 pm CT
Posted by: JasonM

I hear all the news about Chicago being the center of the world with the recent win by Obama. We have so much to offer tourist and locals alike but we're losing a little each and every day. Marshall Field's was such an important part of that. Why on Earth would someone want to come shop in Chicago if every single store is basically what they have at home. American Girl is the closest thing we have to a unique Chicago experience (even though they have one in LA and NY). Marshall Field's State Street WAS CHICAGO. It helped define the city... we need it back. Chicago needs it back.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  4:50 pm CT
Posted by: J

Back in May 2007, a writer asked, "Is Macy's going down?"


It sure looks that way. It sure didn't have to be that way.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  4:50 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The "Tribune" has an article about how tourists are not spending as much on retail as in past years. The comment blog could be a good plce to remind them that if Field's were back, tourists would have a reason to shop in Chicago.

"Holiday tourism slows for some retailers as cash-strapped travelers wary of shopping abroad" by Besty Vereckey

Also check out "Get ready to brave Black Friday" in the "Sun-Times." There is a comment saying a Field's Fan plans to boycott Messy's on Black Friday. Perhaps others can add to that. One does have to register to post in the "Sun-Times."


Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  3:19 pm CT
Posted by: JC

Here is a sure-fire way to get noticed this long Thanksgiving week-end...

If you are traveling by bus, train, airline or even by automobile or by sea, grab ahold of one of your forest green shopping bags with the Marshall Field script, and carry it wherever you go in public. It's sure to get some comments. When people approach you, be sure to tell them to help bring back Marshall Field's by continuing the boycott of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. Inform them of our website. If you have MF buttons, pass them out.

If you are not able to leaflet and join the boycott gathering at Marshall Field's State Street the day after Thanksgiving, how about helping our effort by carrying your forest green MF Shopping bag at whatever stores that you Holiday shop---Von Maur, Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, C.D. Peacock, Sears, Kohl's, JCPenney, Saks, Garrett's Popcorn, Fannie May or any of your other favorite stores and shops.

This way, in case you are slightly shy, let the people who see your MF shopping bags, initiate the conversation with you first! What a conversation-starter! Then you can take it from there talking about everyone's favorite MARSHALL FIELD'S.

Thank you for helping the spirit, service, quality, uniqueness...and the famous international name of Marshall Field's return in all respects.


Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  2:18 pm CT
Posted by: Mary

As noted, when Terry Lundgren announced the decision to deep-six Field's, he asked what difference would it make if the same sales people were waiting on the customers?

Well, Macy's has paid off most of those Field's quality sales people to go away. So much for TL's implied promises.

And so let's hope the few remaining like Anna stick it out. They deserve and need our full support!

Here's to Anna, Marshall Field's and all the employees who made it a success.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  12:06 pm CT
Posted by: D.

Many years ago my Mom worked at the State Street store. And just a few years ago I used to shop at Field's, look at the Christmas windows and then go to Skate on State.

Sadly, no more.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  12:31 pm CT
Posted by: Judy

Too bad they don't feel the same way about Chicago's windows.


Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  10:11 am CT
Posted by: J.C.

First of all, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to You and Yours.

Secondly, consider this story.


It's good to know that there are retailing executives out there, who take a deep interest in knowing what people want, region by region.

Too bad that Mr. Terry Lundgren, macy's CEO does not take the same sincere care and interest. Oh, yes, he probably reads what customers are saying about macy's dumping Field's , but he certainly does not do it with the intention of truly listening to us to make positive changes. Most likely, if he does read about what people say about wanting Marshall Field's back in place of macy's, it is for him to figure out what more he can do to antagonize us, the customers. He would approach it with the bias mindset that what he personally wants is what the customer will get. J. P.S. Please note that only the beginning of the article is displayed, since a paid subscription is required to read the entire article.B However enough is displayed to get the point.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  1:12 am CT
Posted by: Mary D

My mother who has passed away at the age of 85 gave me 4 coffee cups that are white with gold trim and have the skyline of Chicago of the Marshall Field's Skyline. The bottom of the cups states "The Chicago Skyline designed exclusively for Marshall Fields - Fine Bone China Made in England. One cup has a sticker that state:Dunon English fine Bone China.

I'm wondering how old they were. They were given as a promotional item.

Thank you.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008  12:48 am CT
Posted by: T.

We both miss the quality merchandise that was sold. I still have a couple of Field's sweatshirts that look new and soft wash after wish. Von Maur is now at Polaris which is the closest to a Field's store that we've shopped.

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  10:12 pm CT
Posted by: Wayne

My heart goes out to former Field's employees, especially those who stayed on with Macy's, often against their wishes.

Most of all, I especially feel for those who gave their all in the Dayton's/Field's/Macy's North offices. How painful it must be for these loyal workers to have their jobs gone, coldly laid -off last February, and now to hear about happy holidays at Macy's. While the holidays mean more than a store, these people gave their careers to making our holidays brighter. Then Macy's coldly dumped them against the customers' will.

Macy's! You are the grinch that stold Christmas!!!

thank you "anna" and every Field's employee like her!

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  9:29 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.


Many thanks for your insights. I didn't mean to offend the hard working people of Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's). It is hard to respect a retailer like Macy's Inc. that has no respect what-so-ever for anything - from sales associates, investors (no reporting of same-store sales), to the historic traditions of regional department stores.

Do I want to see Macy's Inc. go bankrupt. Absolutely! In a NY minute. Do I want to forever lose the connection of Field's and State Street... absolutely not. I hope there is a happy ending, otherwise we will be no more than a story to tell the next generation. I. Magnin was a San Francisco institution and even when the Magnin family tried to buy back the name and stores... Federated said "NO!" and forever took the name from the world. It took the Union Square flagship for Macy's and I. Magnin is nothing more than a memory. A book was written called "A Store to Remember."

I don't want to remember Marshall Field's. I want to experience it!

Bring back Field's - name, quality, and service.

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  8:24 pm CT
Posted by: Mulligan


Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  7:02 pm CT
Posted by: Mary K.


Keep the Marshall Field's dream alive for us! Hang in there!

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  3:05 pm CT
Posted by: Paul P.

To Anna.

We respect all you and your fellow Field's camrades have done for us in the past years, decades and centuries. Since it is Thanksgiving this week, it is so appropriate to thank you and all Field's employees, especially those staying with Macy's waiting for that magic day when Field's comes back.

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  1:32 pm CT
Posted by: g

I wish Marshall Field's could come back so the employees have good jobs again and plenty of customers to wait on.

The times I've passed through a former Field's Store, I've felt so sad for the employees. There are some I feel like going up to and giving a hug, because I feel sorry for them and suspect they want Field's back as much as we do so their jobs can return to normal.

Date: Monday, November 24, 2008  11:18 am CT
Posted by: paul c. lewis

I am not from Chicago or for that matter even the United States but reading about the demise of the Marshal Field name made me very angry hence these comments here.

The U.S.A. has always been famed for its great deparment stores, better than anywhere else, and Fields was one of the most famous names of all. I remember hearing this name when only in my teens and had never been to Chicago at that time.

Unfortunately as we all know, large corporations are obsessed with branding everything they own with the same name as they invariably lack any imagination or sensitivity for a local area so Macys are just acting like all the rest.

I wish everyone involved in this project the best of luck and will continue watching progress.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  10:55 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

My dear Anna:

Exaggerations about Macy's?

If only that were true.

With a background in retail management, I think I know what service and quality should be. One thing is for certain, I have never seen them at Macy's. The Men's department is the worst, followed by Housewares. I did give Macy's a try two years. And, yes, I did give them a second chance. But quite honestly, my experience with Macy's poor customer service, messy stores and poor merchandise selection give me no reason to spend money at M-Mart. I am always amazed at what I see and overhear at Macy's.

I drop in on Macy outlets located in Vernon Hills, Northbrook, Old Orchard and Schaumburg to keep an eye on things. What I see are clothes on the floor, employees chewing gum and chatting on cell phones and expired Frando Mints. Please don't get me started those house brands.

Hmmm, not seeing any of that nonsense at Lord and Taylor, Von Maur, or, for that matter, Kohl's or Target. So guess where my holiday dollars will be spent.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  10:34 pm CT
Posted by: Bob C.

Anna, you are one of our heroes!

While we all want Marshall Field's to come back, you will be one of those who make it happen for us.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob Cayton

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  10:01 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

The latest edition of Crain's Chicago Business talks about the impact of the world economic crisis on Michigan Avenue merchants.

The article says Macy's is especially vulnerable because it is so leveraged--probably from the May acquisition including Field's:

It's going to get worse," says C. Brit Beemer, CEO of Charleston, S.C.-based survey research firm America's Research Group. "If you're a highly leveraged retailer, you're a casualty."

Mr. Beemer says his potential casualty list includes Macy's Inc., Saks Inc. and Chico's Inc. b� which have significant debt on their balance sheets and occupy big stores on Michigan Avenue.

This month, Macy's reported a 7% drop in third-quarter revenue and a net loss of $44 million. The Cincinnati-based retailer expects the losses to continue in the final quarter, which last year accounted for 84% of its annual profit. Saks reported a wider-than-expected loss of $42.8 million in its fiscal third quarter and offered a downbeat forecast for the year.


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Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  9:13 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

I applaud your continued efforts to bring back the one and only Marshall Fields. There was no other store like it in the world and it certainly was a grand dame which our other fine regional stores aspired to be. Lundgren continues to act as if everything is rosy and business as usual. I found something amiss recently. Yesterday, I was going through the list on the link that was provided on this site of the "holiday traditions" being marketed at the State Street store and other locations (i.e. the Pink Pig in Atlanta (that was Rich's) by Macy's. There is not one Texas tradition that has been continued anywhere. The one thing that was listed in Austin, Texas was a Macy's creation after the Foley's takeover. There are no animated Christmas windows at the downtown Foley's that is mentioned. This was a Christmas staple for years here. No mention of anything in Dallas or San Antonio, either. Could it be that sales are so bad here that they are not bothering on pursuing the former Foley's customers any longer and are planning to close the stores in this region after Christmas? There has been a big drop in advertising for what is the pinnacle of a retailer's yearly sales as well.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  8:25 pm CT
Posted by: FieldsBagsEverywhere

Saturday,November 22,2008

This past evening, we just happened to turn on TBS television to enjoy some fabulous movies. One of the movies,"My Best Friend's Wedding,"Chicago,was actually set in Chicago back in 1997.

During the movie, an interesting scene was featured in the railway station,where a very unique thing happened. They a woman (an extra most likely) walking behind the main characters twice with a Marshall Field's bag in plain view during one scene. It was so wonderfully obvious to the point that you might have imagined that the producers wanted to make sure the viewer noticed that beautiful soft green and elegant Marshall Field's shopping bag. It was so wonderful.

Of course,we thought we saw one in an airpot (O'Hare) scene too. This movie was filmed in 1997 during a time when Marshall Field's was in full bloom.

Marshall Field's IS a multi-generational family experience to so many people throughout the country and the world. It is a highly respected. It is the place that holds a joyous soft spot in the heart of department store shoppers who love excellent quality,service,style,cleanliness and sophistication.

During these times,it would be wonderful to be able to take comfort in knowing that Marshall Field's will soon return. Oh,how nice it would be to be able to say that.

The greatest gift for shoppers this year would be to have the return of Marshall Field's full experience (not only in name,but in quality,) to its rightful place in the world.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  6:32 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


I just had to post on an incredible experience I had recently. A couple of nights ago I walked into a store wearing my, 'I want my Marshall Field's' button and several employees and customers alike commented on how much they liked my button and miss Marshall Field's. Naturally, I carry 'Forever Marshall Field's buttons in my coat pocket so I handed them out to everyone who commented. To me, this is just further proof that FieldsFans are not just a small group of people, but a much much larger group of people who want something that has in reality been stolen from us-namely Marshall Field's.

Now with Macy's Inc. stock selling for around $5.00 a share, this is the time for us to take control of the company and bring back Marshall Field's. A Corporate Takeover is nothing new for Wall Street. Admittedly, it is typically done by one or a few very rich people wanting to make even more money. There is nothing, however, preventing a large group of shareholders from taking control. There have been many instances in history where shareholders have either removed or forced the resignations of CEO's who didn't do as they should. Now is our chance to send Terry Lundgren a message that he can't ignore.....bring back Marshall Field's or 'You're Fired!'

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumburg, IL

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  5:47 pm CT
Posted by: "Anna"


Over 20 years ago, I started my career with Marshall Field's in the Water Tower store and since moved to a suburban location. Working for Marshall Field's has been the greatest experience of my life. Although I now am employed by Macy's, I stay because I hope and pray that this wrong will be righted. I want to be there for the return of Marshall Field's. I'm grateful for your efforts passing out flyers and buttons and letting the TV stations and newspapers know that Chicago truly wants Marshall Field's back. I'm writing to also let you know that there are still more than a few employees out there who want Marshall Field's back! If only we could wear "Forever Marshall Field's" buttons at work!

I felt the need to write also because a small minority of you who write here appear gleeful in the misfortunes and sad circumstances that Macy's has put itself in. Those of us employees who are behind what this web page is fighting for want Marshall Field's to come back. Yet, I believe I speak for other Marshall Field's-Macy's employees who are offended by those posts that are gleeful and catty.

What has happened over the past three or four years is a sad thing that none of us wanted. This is a tradgedy for all of us. We're hanging on through these difficult times in hopes of a revived Marshall Field's. When posters like S.B. take happiness in projecting a bankruptcy for Macy's it's a fantasy that may not turn out as anticipated. For example, the brand Marshall Marshall Field's could be sold off separately from the State Street store, never to be reunited again. That would be a horrible loss no one wants to see. Why the cheering in that post? When Jimmy Gimbels exaggerates details and presents supposedly funny hyperboles about the service some bad apples provide, you slam those of us Field's girls who still do our best to conduct ourselves with professionalism and integrity.

I'm not saying the Macy's lapses and downgrades shouldn't be reported here or elsewhere. Otherwise they will get away with what they have done. This is serious stuff for real people. People's jobs and life-work are at stake. But criticisms should be with the class and in the spirit of Marshall Field's. The cattiness and sarcasm are in the spirit of Macy's and work against the return of Marshall Field's.

Thank you for your support and continued efforts. Keep hoping for all of our sakes!

Respectfully submitted,


Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  3:42 pm CT


Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  12:56 pm CT
Posted by: Tom

Terry Lundgren never listens to anyone...


Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  12:34 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

While the YouTube interview is admirable in its motives, it misses the mark and is not entirely co-hesive with what most people want and what we want: unlike the YouTube video, we want more than a name back, we also want Marshall Field's back in quality, service and style. As such, the YouTube video is flawed. Bringing back the name Marshall Field's. Slapping the name Marshall Field's on a Macy's store will not work.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  6:50 am CT
Posted by: Exiled Chicagoan

I found this video on You Tube posted on September 2, 2008 while I was watching some old Marshall Field Christmas commercials.


Toward the end, a lot of people thought the name would not return to the store. I hope that the name returns but not under Macy's management. Some company that believes in quality of service and merchandise should buy the old Fields store or at least the one on State Street and bring back the fine quality that Marshall Field was known for. Macy's would ruin that reputation if they simply brought back the name.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  1:07 am CT
Posted by: S.B.

Just imagine... the demise of Macy's will free up dozens upon dozens of trademarks. Some VERY valuable like I. Magnin and Marshall Field's. These can be sold off (along with some of the key retail locations) to the highest bidder. This is really a great example of how the "sum of the parts" is greater than the "whole."

2009 - The year Macy's goes bust!

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008  12:06 am CT
Posted by: David

This year Chicago's holiday "Festival of Lights" was sponsored by none other than Harris Bank. Wasn't this Marshall Field's gig for years, then macy's took it over for a year or so?

So much for the localization campaign.

Macy's has sponsored similar festivals of holiday lights in other cities but not in Chicago. Perhaps someone will verify if Field's ever sponsored the Chicago version.

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008  8:17 pm CT
Posted by: Steve

Just a reminder to write an open letter -- make that a postcard -- to Santa that says "I want my Marshall Field's!!!!" and place it in the mailbox on State Street.

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008  4:17 pm CT
Posted by: A. Earl

I went into the State Street store last night to visit a friend. I had heard how thoroughly awful the tree and windows were, and I wanted to see for myself. When entering the store, there seemed to be traffic on 1. However, as I got to the upper floors, it was like a ghost town. There was nothing original or unique about the decorations. They were basically the same as last year, except the big gold ornaments were painted red. It was just a sea of red.

One thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was the boarded up escalator that goes from 8 to 9. The hand rail was stripped off and the side panels were removed to expose the machinery. You would have never seen anything like that at Marshall Field's. What a nice look for the Holiday season!

The tree looked like someone went to second hand stores to buy old stuffed animals and dolls, laundered them to make them look halfway presentable, and then threw them on the tree. To top it off, more garish red.

Now the windows. What is up with those windows? One word to describe them, BIZARRE. It was like someone was dropping acid before they put those windows together.

My advice is to not to waste your time to go down there. Go to the Kristkindlmarkt instead.

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008  10:39 am CT
Posted by: Virginia

Macy's has an absurd TV commercial attempting to persuade us that it has been part of our lives for a hundred years. It shows clips of shows including "I Love Lucy" during which Macy's is mentioned. My blood boils every time I see it. Marshall Fields - now that store was part of our lives. Generations grew up there and Macy's took it all away. Now I'm a Nordstrom customer. Macy's needs to go away for good.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  10:32 pm CT
Posted by: mds in mt. prospect

Too bad Susan Walker (Miracle on 34th Street) isn't around to ask Santa to bring back Marshall Fields to Chicago! I just love the way they say that macy's (more like nasty's) is "steeped in tradition". I guess that's true - so long as you are steeped in THEIR tradition. I'd like to update Benjamin Franklin's quote and say, "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three years!" It's time to go home macy's - your mom is calling.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  8:20 pm CT
Posted by: Curt Miller

As a fan of Marshall Field's here in St. Louis, I have read the not so flattering comments regarding this year's holiday windows on State Street. Here in St. Louis, our downtown Macy's store (formerly Famous-Barr)is revealing its collection of holiday animated windows this evening. For the last few weeks, Macy's has built up the excitement in the media to get people to come downtown to view the window unveiling. What Macy's hasn't stated in their advertising and press releases is that they are unveiling the same windows as last year! The theme of "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" is being shown again! Maybe Macy's will say it's all okay since it's part of their national holiday theme this year. These animated windows have been around, as they were shown first at the downtown Pittsburgh store (formerly Kaufmann's) in 2006. Can you imagine an unveiling of holiday windows at State street which would show the same windows as the previous year??? The whole purpose of store windows is to excite and then persuade people to come inside to spend money. It's clearly not happening.


Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  4:53 pm CT
Posted by: D.

Hi Guys,

Was loyal Fields customer and employee off and on for my whole life. Haven't walked in to State Street since the change. Christmas is the saddest for my whole family. Would like to show our support this Holiday Season. Miss taking the kids to the Windows like my family did every year. We plan to don your pins to show how we feel.

With this rotten economy, maybe the powers that be will finally get the kick in the pants they need! Hopefully a White Knight will buy them out and restore our store! The Macy's Christmas commercial makes me ill!! What a bunch of hypocrits.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  4:13 pm CT
Posted by: Shirley C.

I wonder how many countless times bits of conversation arise like these at this year's Thanksgiving dinner tables:

"Great dinner, Sharon. What are your week-end plans? If only Marshall Field's were still here, tomorrow I would be shopping on State Street and asking you to come along."

"No I don't know what I'm going to buy for (so-and-so). If Field's were around, I'd have no problem finding something."

"I still haven't gotten used to not going to Marshall Field's Walnut Room for lunch during Christmastime. It's so depressing now. When it was Field's, it was exciting. I'd leave carrying bag after bag, happy all the way."

"Wouldn't it be nice if Terry Lundgren announced that the MF stores are being sold to a group of local investors, as a Christmas/Hanauka present for us?

I know each of you can think of your own. One thing is for certain. Marshall Field's will be on Midwesterners' minds at some point in time on Thanksgiving and all the way beyond!

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! May we all get our Wish.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  4:13 pm CT
Posted by: drew

As I read through this article, I get the distinct impression thst the Christmas display windows at all of macy*mart's regional flagships will be pretty much the same:


Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  1:46 pm CT
Posted by: G

A not so flattering story about Macy's continued problems. It also is interesting about Walmart replacing their CEO. They are the best retail story out there these days and wanted to due it during a period of strength for the company. If only we could get Macy's board to do the same with Lundgren!

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  1:04 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

When one types in Foley's department store or Marshall Field's, guess what site comes up first? --- Nordstrom. They realize the need for quality merchandise and impeccable service and are capitalizing on, and value, the former customers of our regional stores.

I found it interesting that earlier today there was talk in the financial markets of downgrading Macy's to junk status BEFORE Christmas. As the writer said, "in normal times this would occur after Christmas but these are not normal times."

It is just a matter of time till the Macy's ship sinks. There will be massive store closings and, hopefully, a white knight will appear to purchase the names and real estate of Marshall Fields and other valuable regional stores and bring them back to their respective communities.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2008  9:01 am CT
Posted by: drew

Downtown Pittsburgh's famous "Light Up Night" has been the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season. In addition to the Horne's Christmas tree which was a five-story masterpiece attached to the building at the corner of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street in Gateway Center, the legendary department store offered an animated display in the corner windows beneath the tree. Gibels and Kaufmann's always presented unique animated displays and beautifully decorated interiors. Smaller shops and businesses added to the holiday cheer.

Fast forward to 2008. Horne's is gone (after a buyout by Lazarus), but a group of private investors raised money to keep the beloved tree lit; the holiday icon is now called the Unity Tree. The former Gimbels is now a mixed use retail building.

Kaufmann's has been downgraded to another drab, boring outpost of macy*mart. Here is a preview of the "exciting" holiday windows. Just the pictures in the article will make everyone want to run down to view them.


Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  6:44 pm CT
Posted by: Tom

"Macy's Debt Trades Like Junk, Similar to Kmart"


Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  3:36 pm CT
Posted by: gle

The "Tribune" has a "Question of the Day" about "Are you planning to shop on Black Friday?" with a comment blog to say why or why not.

I responded that I plan to boycott Macy's on Black Friday with fieldsfanschicago.org


Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  2:58 pm CT
Posted by: Clint

Debt protection costs on Macy's


Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  10:15 am CT
Posted by: James Miller

While other stores struggle, the fact remains that Macy's stands alone among department stores in being reviled among its previous, long-time customer base, here. Those are the people who would gladly help the management get it right and make it work, if only the ownership would restore the Marshall Field's brand.

Sadly, the Macy's people insist that the customers' wishes be denied, as they puff themselves up and daily hoist their Jolly Roger over what was once a fine old ship.

I pray that the demise of those jobs in question can be spared, but the truth is that the solvency of these functions may well hinge upon the willingness of Macy's to do the sensible thing, and restore Marshall Field's before time runs out for them.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  9:09 am CT
Posted by: "Virginia"

It was with a strange feeling that I wrote my letter to Santa with a green crayon at Messy's.

I remembered my first trip to see Santa at Marshall Field's when I was about 5 years old. When you're only 5 years old, everything seems about 10 times as big.

Santa's cottage and yard--like a fairyland estate fantastically decorated.

Santa's relatives--Aunt Holly and Uncle Mistletoe smiling at all the kids waiting in a very long line.

A toy department that seemed to cover the whole floor and featured life-sized stuffed animals.

A fantastic train set that wouldn't have fit in our living room.

An enormous glittering tree, disappearing up into a dome someplace.

I had no idea that some 50 years later I would be writing a letter to Santa asking him to bring back Marshall Field's. It felt really strange, but I believe Marshall Field's can come back because there are kids of all ages who believe the same thing.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008  7:55 am CT
Posted by: Mitch

The first time I heard Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas," was during the 1952 Christmas season. My mom had taken me to Field's for my first visit. We came from Grand Crossing (75th and South Chicago Avenue) on the IC. We were standing at the last bank of elevators on the 4th floor (children's toys)that had yet to be modernized, when I heard the song come over the store's PA system. Every year at this time I play the movie "Holiday Inn," the movie that launched the song and I go into a realm of nostalgia.

Since the take-over of Field's I can't even bear to watch "Holiday Inn." I refer to it as "The Marshall Field's Movie," as everything in it was done with such good taste, besides the song.

Marshall Field and Company was the retail bosom of all our Chicago families, and no amount of red lipstick applied by a pig can change it.

I was a customer of Marshall Field's. They were a "retail friend" of mine. Macy's...You're no Marshall Field's.

Warm regards to all for the season,


Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  11:43 pm CT
Posted by: Jon C

An interesting 2007 commentary for discussion:


Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  11:11 pm CT
Posted by: JC

Many agree that Von Maur Department Stores' Bavarian Mints are the next best thing to Marshall Field's FRANGO Mints, Field's Fans. The mints and their other candy treats are made by Chicago-based Long Grove Confectioners.


Treat yourself to some fine fresh, tasty mints while we wait for the return of Marshall Field's. Von Maur has free UPS shipping, free gift wrap and a no-interest charge account, plus large blue paper shopping bags. Von Maur has three Chicago area stores, Lombard, Glenview and St. Charles. They are looking to expand to the Chicago Downtown/N. Michigan Avenue area.


Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  8:58 pm CT
Posted by: mja1951

I saw some of the comments about Macy's changing some stores back to Fields, and I for one would be totally against it.

If we have learned anything from the Macy's folks it is that they can never be trusted. Even if they changed the name back to Field's and restored the name brands, while the Macy's management controls our stores, they can never understand how to run a store of the quality of Field's.

A good example of this is Dominick's and Jewel food stores, While Jewel went thru at least 2 different owners, they knew what Chicagoans expected and never really went away from what made Jewel a midwest store.

Dominicks on the other hand, once Safeway got their hands on it, they decided that the West Coast store concept was better for us midwest bumkins and tried to ram it down out throat.

At one time Dominicks and Jewel were neck and neck in market share, now Dominicks is a minor player. They ran the chain into the ground so far that they couldn't even sell it.

I hope that someone who understands what Feild's meant to everyone and will buy back our stores and restore them to what we all expect. But I would rather never see Fields return if it meant having Macy's try to fool us into thinking that they understand what we want and expect.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  4:40 pm CT
Posted by: Yet Another Field's Fan

A few responses to recent posts in the past couple of days.

It sounds like gle went to Macy's Busted Door Sale not the Doorbuster Sale.

One should keep in mind that most retail stocks are doing horribly. Saks went down by something like 25% in value in the past week or so. When Macy's was at the high of $46 some twenty months ago, BonTon, parent of Carson's was around $55. While Macy's is below $6 today, Carson's parent is going for about 85 CENTS a share. So everyone is hurting. But the fact is, they'd have more business today in the Chicago area if they had brought back Field's or had never gotten rid of it in the first place.

Someone posted about Target referencing a past Field's holiday ad campaign. The current Bloomingdale's holiday ad campaign also seems to reference a past Field's ad campaign, " Oh What Fun It Is!" with Tony Bennett. Field's had that slogan for Christmas 2003.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  3:26 pm CT
Posted by: gle

I just got back from Messy's doorbuster sale. I couldn't get in one of the doors because the handle was missing. A few more people were walking through the first floor than usual. And there was a woman or two buying something, but nothing like the mobs I remember from Field's (or even what my neighborhood Sears still has). Teams of black-clad sales associates are still chatting, and even starting to say hello to me now (Field's button and all).

They have a table for people to write letters to Santa, and put them in a mailbox on the first floor near the fountain. Nobody was writing. The crayon box has other colors besides RED, including a lovely green crayon (get the hint, Field's Fans).

Mark-down prices were everywhere, but a most noticeable bargain today is Messy's stock. I just checked the "Tribune" stock quotes (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go). It's 5.88 a share!

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  1:23 pm CT
Posted by: J.A.

I am in full support of bringing back Marshall Fields . . .whenever I went to Chicago that was the one place I wanted to go to!

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  11:08 am CT
Posted by: gle

NBC has a blurb about Messy's 24-hour sale. The comment blog that follows it is already jumping more than the store.

"Macy's to offer doorbuster sales this week"

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  10:19 am CT
Posted by: Robert

Last night, I stopped by the retailer that is currently occupying the Marshall Field's building on State Street. What was once one of the things that made Christmas "Christmas," is now just a sad shadow. It's hard to articulate precisely what the feeling was like...but I felt as if I were revisiting the home of a deceased relative after new people moved in. I looked-around and remembered how it USED to look, and I left feeling so depressed. As we grow older, the meaning of Christmas and our experiences of this season change. But Marshall Field's was always the constant - the one thing that never changed - the one experience that never failed to return all those wonderful memories of growing-up. And not to mention the convenience...I used to do all my shopping over a period of several lunch hours and after work - and hop-on the Blue Line to get home.

I can go-on about what has changed. The men's department moved to the first floor. Walking around, I saw brands like Geoffrey Beane, Hillfiger, Nautica...did I magically get transported back to Carson's in 1987? And of course Donald J. Trump, Alfani and Club Room. The only decent brand I saw was Ted Baker. The second floor balcony, where the higher-end men's shirts and ties used to be - is now tacky jeans and 20-something wear...and there wasn't a soul up there at 5:30 on Tuesday. Signage is cheap, and even the holiday decorations are sparse.

The Thomas Pink store is still there...the only beacon in the men's department. There wasn't a soul in Pink. The men's department, too, wasn't too busy: many of the transactions were returns!

Recently, one of the sales clerks told me that business is NOT good since the takeover, due to a "different type" of clientele that now frequents that store and the general lack of traffic.

I hope and pray that this Christmas will be the final nail in the coffin of Macy's in Chicago.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008  12:11 am CT

Well folks,with respect, can it be said that the words change and believe have been highlighted as some of the most important words of the year ? Isn't change to the great

If the theme for the Christmas season is "believe," then would it be too much to believe in the good will,good cheer and change we can believe in regarding the return of the legendary Marshall Field's ?

Please...won't you make us believe that there is something wonderful on the horizon regarding the return of Marshall Field's in name,service,quality,cleanliness,class and excitement in stores and on the web ?


Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  9:45 pm CT
Posted by: WhyDepartmentStores

Isn't it time to return the regional department stores ? Service, style,sophistication and quality are what is missing. The Macy's experience is a New York experience. Department stores are different than warehouse or bigbox stores. They have a certain cache that is unique to their region. They are part of the heart and soul of a community and should be returned.

This "national branding," is nothing more than a forced papering over of history,quality,excellence.These unique experiences mean so much. Please bring back our department stores.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  9:13 pm CT


Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  8:30 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All

I CAN'T help but take notice --

The Christmas Target ads with little kids putting on a show and singing about how there is no place like Target are completely reminicent of the Christmas ads of Marshall Field's in 2005

For those of you who remember those great ads and the kids -- I wonder if you all agree??

Target continues to learn from and benefit from Field's. Say what you want but the money flow from Marshall Field's built a LOT of Target expansion!

J is ABSOLUTELY Right ------ Stupid red star store had EVERYTHING in place when they became owners of Field's --- ESPECIALLY at State--

Remember the Louis Vuiton in store boutique not to mention many Marshall Field Chicago in-store exclusives-to-Field's alone from years of negotiation and market leadership (in Fashion if not sales)

Stupid red star store -- it is a shame that they can't learn but even more of a shame that they are so stupid to begin with.


The Real B

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  1:36 pm CT
Posted by: JC

HR WORLD is one of the leading trade journals for Human Resources professionals. Guess what, Field's Fans!? Terry Lundgren has made its listing of the "Seven Most Totally Insane Executive Perks".
He is riding around New York City and everywhere he chooses in a armoured Hummer H1 vehicle that is more resilient to gun fire than some of our troops use in Iraq. It is 15 feet long. The writer of the HR article wonders how it is parallel-parked in NYC. What is Terry L. afraid of? Why does he think he needs this heavy-armoured SUV. It costs the shareholders $87,000 a year to equip, we are told.

$87,000---let's see, that would keep five to eight employees from being laid off. I wonder what his private yacht and his corporate jet costs macy's? Does he have a company-paid penthouse, I wonder. I'm beginning to see all kinds of ways macy's can cut back, just on TL.

Just think: A CEO (& Pres & Chairman) who has protection to some degree of the U.S. Presidential limousine and the tanks we use in Iraq!

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  11:36 am CT
Posted by: Phil E

Today's Retail Wire had an article from Women's Wear Daily that stated it is rumored that Macy's will be consolidating into just two divisions after Christmas: Macy's East and West, cutting out more jobs in the process and hopefully appeasing Wall Street. It was interesting to note that the author wrote that Macy's needs to centralize like its peers: Kohls, JC Penny and Sears! Field's would have never been lumped in with those stores....

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008  12:13 am CT
Posted by: Jon Revelle

Hi all!

I have made another Marshall Field's paper delivery van model, this one featuring the green stripes we all know and love!

I also have a smaller replica of the delivery van the waiters and waitresses gave to the children in the Walnut Room as free gifts in the 1950s available for download (as mentioned in a much earlier post)

All you need to do is download the image, print it out "full-page, landscape style", then cut, fold and glue together to create your own Marshall Field's delivery van to use as a Christmas ornament, or a decoration at your work desk, or even something to bring to the next protest on State Street!

The Marshall Field's delivery vans are the first two models shown on my website and are ready for download. Have fun!


Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  2:01 pm CT
Posted by: Matt

Thank you Jason W for the link to the NY Times article written by TL. I can't stop laughing. Please indulge me.

"I THOUGHT I was going to be a veterinarian. I was good in science and in math, and I loved animals."

I don't know what standard he was good in math. I'm not sure that the current situation would reflect that, but call my persnicky. If I was a share holder, I would be demanding this mans termination.

Maybe a career change would be good for him now. Oh, I don't know, as a Veterinarian perhaps. I'm just glad I don't have a pet.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  12:41 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

NBC5.com has a story on how Macy's claims it is becoming more Marshall Field's like. Don't fall for the bait and switch. Please leave comments--no login or registration is required.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  12:32 pm CT
Posted by: Don D.

As you can see by the photo of the writer, Brian L. is an early "20-something" and he wants his Marshall Field's back too! He also finds macy's commercials annoying.
Wasn't this the age group that Mr. Lundren was targeting in making macy's the cool, hip everywhere store...(at last Terry's interpretation of cool and hip)? After all, Frank Guzzetta and Terry Lundgren said they were giving up on getting the middle-age and oldster Field's shoppers back, and said the new generations would really dig Alfani and Charter Club. What age group is left for you, Terry?

Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  10:41 am CT
Posted by: Jane

How very well stated...

Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  8:48 am CT
Posted by: gle

In light of bad holiday retail forecasts and the recent "Trbiune" article that Messy's plans to bring back some lines of Field's merchandise, I feel it's important for Field's Fans to be visible now more than ever before. If you have a button, wear it. It's a very easy way to show that Chicago wants Marshall Field's now more than ever before--in name, quality and service. Nothing less will do.

I was at a large gardening center in my neighborhood Sunday that has their holiday decorations up (nice and tasteful, with other colors besides RED). It's a good thing I had a supply of buttons, because almost everyone I walked past wanted one. A store employee told me she had contact with a Messy's marketing person last week who told her that her store had much nicer decorations than what he had access to for Messy's.

Please continue to participate in responding to newspapers, comment blogs and leafletting. Field's Fans are making an impact. We are making history!

Date: Monday, November 17, 2008  8:41 am CT
Posted by: J

More and more comments have been added to Mr. Mike Doyle's critical article of macy's windows. Now we find out that not only are the windows an eyesore, but macy's in their infinite wisdom discontinued the music which has always accompanied the exquisite animated displays of Ms. Amy Meadows of Marshall Field's.
Mr. Mike Devros, Ms. Linda Peipho and Mr. Terry Lundgren had better clean up their disaster on State Street...and realize that continual ploys will not suffice. Considering they are veteran retail people, it amazes me how they are not in touch. Walk around to see how you stores appear. How about cleaning the graffiti off the historic Marshall Field & Company brass plaques and routinely polishing them, as they were consistently done even in the Target and May ownership period of time...and in general, cleaning up your act? How about making sure the historic, famous MF clocks show the correct time. Have some reverance and respect...and simple common sense in managing a retail emporium.

Instead of dumping Hart Shaffner & Marx suits made in Chicago, and replacing them with Alfani and Donald Trump lines, be classy and stock what people want. All you had to do was to keep the fine merchandising, quality and service of Marshall Field's. Everything was set in place.

As usual, macy's is now reacting to the fact that Chicago will be the home of the alternate "White House" and U.S. Government Executive Center, hosting world leaders. As we have been saying over and over again, Chicago is a leading World-Class city and deserves a world-class, historic, unique department department store---not a bland, everywhere discount store clone. Certainly all this scrambling around is not for the customer, but for Mr. Terry Lundgren's own political image and self-serving interests.

Please sell the former Marshall Field stores to a group who gives the customers what they want. We want not only the Marshall Field name back, but also the fine service, quality merchanise to satisfy all price points, and be a REAL department store. Once again...Nothing less will do.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008  10:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jason W.

Everything you always did not want to know about Terry Lundgren's ego:
Just think, if he would have stuck with his first career ambition, an animal vet, Marshall Field's would still be Marshall Field's.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008  10:15 pm CT
Posted by: Carl

How many of these infamous Terry Lundgren quotes (4 pages) will stand the test of time, Field's Fans??


Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008  7:59 pm CT
Posted by: Richard in Houston

We were shopping today in The Woodlands mall north of Houston. I was browsing the men's cologne counters at Dillards and had asked the sales associate (all those in Dillards were very helpful) if they carried "JHL" cologne by Aramis. She replied that location did not but that Foley's branches and the Downtown Houston store always had it. Without my prodding her, she brought up the fact the Foley's stores were taken downmarket after being taken over by Messy's. She advised she did not work for Dillards - she worked for an independent company and worked at Macy's as well so she had internal knowledge of their goings on. She then brought up Marshall Fields and said she used to work at the Marshall Fields at The Galleria in Houston and loved it. She found it insulting that Macy's took over Fields and Foley's and said they could at least have left their downtown flagships open. The associate also mentioned customer traffic was down at Messy's due to their alienating so many customers after taking over Foley's. All the customers have gone elsewhere - upper tier customers to Nordstrom, Saks and Dillards - the mid tier customers to JCPenney, Kohls, etc.

I think we will see Messy's file for bankruptcy after Christmas with it being sold off in pieces with mass store closings.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008  11:00 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Tomorrow's Sunday Tribune has at least a couple of references to Field's.

One is on page 55 of the magazine section in the Flashback feature. There's a photo of State Street in 1958 when the then-new flourescent light standards were turned on for the first time. The feature talks about how State Street is really where it's always been at to shop during the holidays in Chicago. The Tribune says, "But we know deep down that SHOPPING ON STATE STREET knows no equal for revving up the holiday spirit, ever since MARSHALL FIELD'S unveiled its first Christmas display in 1897."

Further on: "Weight of each clock at the corners of Marshall Field's, er, Macy's: 7 1/4 TONS."

Macy's East (based in NYC) has taken over ad copy from Macy's North (once upon a time Dayton-Hudson) earlier this year. Perhaps it was the folks at Macy's East who brought us "Randolph Avenue" and "Wabash Street". On page 7 of the early edition of section one, Macy's has an ad for the FAO Schwarz shops in some former Field's locations in the Chicago area. The fine print at the bottom from those New Yorkers?

"FAO Schwarz is available in select Macy's stores. Not available at Macy's Bollingbroke, Lake Forest, Louis Joliet, Orland Square, Spring Hill or Stratford."
I'm surprised they didn't also add,
"Not available at Macy's Evanston and Oak Pork."

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008  1:09 pm CT
Posted by: Beatrice

Remember back around 1984? A Chicago-based company named Beatrice seemed to own everything. Beatrice is no more. Many of the brands still survive and have made a comeback. The same will happen to Macy's and Field's.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008  12:43 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

I found myself virtually alone in the Walnut Room today in that ghost town called Macy's on State Street. Just in case you are thinking about taking a peek at the 2008 Christmas Tree in the Walnut Room, my advice is don't bother.



Trust me, the tree is not really worth the effort. It is so obvious that Macy's is cutting corners. The "Martha" tree was bad enough. This version hits a new low. I bet Macy's will fade out the tree over the next few years till it is finally discontinued.

The holidays windows,(what is left of them), are just, um, dumb. Once again, people don't even slow down to take a look.

Macy's again proves there is no magic in Macy's.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  7:59 pm CT
Posted by: drew

Need the perfect gift for that gourmet friend or family member? Head right over your favorite Red Star Store and purchase "Great Gatherings," a cookbook produced by MACY*S Culinary Council. Originally priced at 29.95, the cookbook is now on clearance for 14.95--plus an ADDITIONAL 30 % off. Use your Red Star credit card and save another 10 %. The store I visited had a substantial supply of these cookbooks stacked on the clearance table; evidently "macy*s" and "culinary council" didn't make an appetizing combination.

Also the displays of Martha Stewart kitchen gadgets that "never go on sale" featured 15 % off signs. There was also an ample selection of Martha homewares on clearance.

Frango mints are 25 % off. The "Christmas" package features a small plastic ornament under the shrink wrap--and only $2.00 more than the regular one pound box! How exciting!

See ya at the Red Star!

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  3:23 pm CT
Posted by: Joe

I was just commenting on the Tribune Topix board and wanted to cross post some of my thoughts.

A CNN survey from 2-3 years ago ranked Field's #3 in terms of department store service and Macy's didn't even rank in the top 20. That's been mentioned before. However, consider this.

Marshall Field's was ranked number three behind Nordstrom and Cold Water Creek. Keep in mind that Field's was a regional stores while all others in the top ten were national stores. Nevertheless, Field's was able to scale a national survey due to its high rep among those in the Great Lakes area, as well as those who traveled to Field's from the rest of the U.S. and the world.

And regarding the photo in today's Tribune of the couple shopping for ties at State Street, the ties look so awful and the couple looks so joyless. Yup! That captures "The Magic of Macy's" Someone else pointed out, the store seemed empty save for the two customers--not even sales help shown.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  12:58 pm CT
Posted by: Alan

The Tribune's story today is actually pretty balanced.


This is probably as close as the current management will come to an admission that the rebranding strategy and acquisition of the May stores has been a failure. While their sales nationwide don't appear to have fallen as much this year as some of the higher-end chains, the company does have a lot of debt and not much to show for it. What's entirely possible is that the company is building in the infrastructure to make a piecemeal sale possible when the credit markets strengthen a bit. What better way to pay down debt than to sell off valuable assets, which would include the Marshall Field's brand and the Chicago-area stores?

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  8:45 am CT
Posted by: gle

Lo and behold--look what appeared today's "Tribune!" Is this a sign that Messy's is starting to wake up, or just trying to look like they are? Time will tell.

"Macy's shifts focus to store 'localization'
Chain is bringing back small touches from the old Marshall Field's" by Sandra M. Jones


"Previous Strategies"

Please write to the "Tribune" at ctc-TribLetter@tribine.com and smjones@tribune.com

Both of these have comment blogs

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  8:30 am CT
Posted by: JC

Overheard this morning while standing in line at a coffee shop at a Big Ten University between two gentlemen who appeared to be faculty professors:

I'll have to hand it to them. Those Marshall Field's supporters are amazing. I thought they would just fade away after Thanksgiving, 2006 was over. Not so. They are making a real impact and they keep getting stronger. They've taken on the big corporate bad guys at macy's and making them bleed RED with their boycott. I'll put my money on THEM!

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008  1:17 am CT
Posted by: Will C.

Many of you Field's Fans will remember Ellen Warren's column in the Chicago Tribune last year relating to macy's takeover of Field's. (Ms. Warren is a longtime feature columnist for the Trib.)

The following column entitled, "What a Shocker! Shoppers say that macy is a four-letter word!" It received more reader comments than any other column she had writtten. What's interesting is that the sentiments expressed then, still are felt, but even stronger.


Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  10:34 pm CT
Posted by: S.B.

This holiday is make or break for Macy's. That's it... it has come down to the wire. They can no longer just hang on by a thread. With the debt that Macy's is carrying they have to do something to survive. That "something" could be to sell State Street and Marshall Field's to a PE firm. That would give them some cash (that they desperately need). I would rather see them go belly-up. Why just get rid of Macy's at 111 N State when we can get rid of them across the country!

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  7:16 pm CT
Posted by: Don

There never has been a better time to buy macy's stock. What a cheap ticket price to be able to attend next the shareholder meeting next May. My only precaution would be that macy's, inc. may no longer exist by next May. (Hope you wouldn't mind.)

Keep boycotting macy's and bloomingdale's. The boycott is is working, folks!

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  6:00 pm CT
Posted by: Peter

Macy's/Federated hit its lowest 52 week stock price today at $6.92 a share. (As part of the market rally, the stock is back up to 8.38)

In fact, that's a 5 year low.

In fact, that's a 10 year low.

As a matter of fact, it's the lowest stock share price since Macy's and Bloomingdale's emerged from bankruptcy something like 15 years ago.

Now I understand this is the worst economy in 70 years, but just think if Macy's had listened to Field's customers after the first or second Christmas as Macy's. Field's would be coming back this holiday season, the one unique bright spot that no other retailer would have had.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  5:12 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

There are stories at ChicagoTribune.com right now all about how Sears is closing seven stores and Office Max is laying off 200+ people.

The Tribune allows you to comment about these two stories, but you are not allowed to comment about the story that Macy's lost Forty-four million dollars.

This is awfully fishy.

NPR had a retail expert on this morning talking about the horrible bankruptcy of Bloomingdale's aka Federated back 15-20 years ago. Here we go again.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  1:58 pm CT
Posted by: James Wright

SO....Field's Fans,

The TRUTH finally comes out.

Macy's Inc. DOES break out financial revenue data for each store!

(Referencing Ms. Houget's recent statement about how the State Street store is doing better. (Ref: "A Field's Fan's" posting, Nov 13, 10:56 a.m.)

Remember when Ms. Houget stated in a conference call to premier financial analysts in the retail industry that her company does NOT break out sales figures for each store?? We questioned it back then because it stands to reason that individual store figures are absolutely have to be known, because they are vital to good management and good decision-making. Any reponsible board of directors and shareholders who really care, should bring into question Ms. Houget's continuation as CFO and how honest she is in her statements to financial analysts, baord members, shareholders, customers, and general public.

If a corporate Chief Financial Officer does not tell the truth about how data is collected and summarized, how can the Board of Directors and the stockholders, and the general public trust her on ANYTHING she says. The truth will eventually prevail and be known. Meanwhile macy's executives are allowed to keep their jobs by a completely naive and non-involved board of directors. When will they wake-up???

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  10:56 am CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

The print edition of this morning's Sun-Times has a different article about Macy's $44 million plummet. This one is written by Sandra Guy and promotes how Macy's is doing so well with localization. Guy has a bit from Macy's CFO Karen Houget that State Street is doing better in terms of sales. I guess this means that they do know how each store is doing invidiually.

This article sure doesn't seem to be online. So the S-T and Sandra Guy needs to be contacted. Responses to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com, talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360 Sandra Guy's email is sguy@suntimes.com

The Tribune didn't even run the AP story about Macy's. Maybe Sandra Jones' retail column tomorrow will have coverage.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  10:27 am CT
Posted by: Matt

Heard about the sad news @ "M" today. What a tragedy, I can hardly contain myself. This is a good one from the head honcho-

"Macy's Inc. remains financially healthy, with strong cash flow, a solid balance sheet and ample borrowing capacity," Chairman and Chief Executive Terry J. Lundgren said in a statement. "We are committed to continuing to aggressively manage expenses and inventories consistent with planned sales levels."

"Financially healthy?" "Strond cash frow?" and the best of all, "Solid balance sheet!!!" Did TL get a degree from CrackerJack or a gum ball machine. Trading under $9.00 for stock doesn't sound financially healthy to me.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone, from San Francisco.


Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  9:52 am CT
Posted by: drew

"Excluding consolidation costs of $16 million"??? Why is Wall Street permitting "those wacky folks at macy*s" to continuously deduct "consolidation costs" TWO YEARS AFTER Mr Lunkhead's massive destruction of regional department stores?


What specifically are these "consolidation costs"? Perhaps macy*mart is calculating the sales that have been lost because of the "consolidation."

Why haven't retail and financial "experts" challenged Mr Lunkhead's backpedaling from "nationalization" to "localization"? Weren't shoppers supposed to want the exact same bland, boring department stores everywhere? Do the "experts" honestly think that the "my macy*s" scheme is going to make any difference in consumer support? Shoppers don't want "my macy*s"--shoppers want MY Marshall Field's, MY Kaufmann's, MY Burdine's, MY Lazarus, MY Filene's...

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008  9:00 am CT
Posted by: gle

I did notice there was no comment blog for the "Tribune" announcement about Messy's 3rd quarter losses. I am writing them about the "oversight." (Incidentally, Fox 32 9:00 p.m. News announced Messy's losses last night.)

I also noticed that foot traffic in Messy's yesterday, even with holiday promotions, was not much different than at any other time. Groups of black-clad sales associates appeared to outnumber the customers, and were even friendly and said hello to me despite my Marshall Field's button.

As John D. mentioned, Field's Fans are outside the store in all kinds of weather. Working to return Marshall Field's seems to get more effort than most people would put simply into entering the store on a sunny day and buying something.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  11:57 pm CT
Posted by: Robert P.

I just saw a picture of the tree. That is the ugliest thing I have ever seen in a very long time.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  11:44 pm CT
Posted by: larry c.

are you kidding me? marshall fields was an asset to the city of chicago, an surrounding areas.they are a pert of history here. taking away marshall fields is like taking away buckingham fountain. bring it back, you wont be sorry.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  10:33 pm CT
Posted by: Michael Trenteseau

"... he's confident in the company's strategies for gaining market share, particularly as its effort to localize stores more is yielding 'promising early results.'"

Wasn't the whole point of destroying, I mean, "consolidating" all the brands under the M***'s name to create one big, wonderful, all-powerful national brand that could do no wrong?

Now we see how Circuit City is doing - they took a page out of M***'s playbook and ran off high-paid experienced sales staff and replaced them with high school kids who have no work ethic.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  8:32 pm CT
Posted by: gayle

I noticed that the Trib is not allowing comments after the story of Macy's 44M loss, but golly gee, you can comment on General Growth's losses.

Since many GG malls have Macy's, that could help explain the losses.

Anyway, I posted to the GG story to ask why the Trib handles business stories differently if the business in question is an advertiser or not.


Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  5:18 pm CT
Posted by: FieldsGREEN


Warm our hearts, bring back Marshall Field's ! What a joyous shopping season it would be !

The last year before the changeover to project star,officials said that they were happy with State Street and Field's stores. Weren't they ?

In a sea of green elegance, and green money, why oh why would a company want to change to red ?

Please....if not for Christmas, please make 2009 the year that Marshall Field's returns in quality,service and excellence.

Thank you and Happy Holidays and please make it Marshall Field's green for 2009 !

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  4:35 pm CT
Posted by: John D.

I agree completely with "Another Field's Fan's" comments about how the Tribune took their normal aggressive role in announcing macy-mart news with NEWS BREAK status. In the past, their news stories pertaining to macy's, have been a reiteration of macy's press releases without any objective analysis on their part. Now, the Tribune (and Sun-Times) are taking it a big step farther in kow-towing to macy's and announcing minor macy news with NEWS BREAKS. I, too, normally accociate NEW BREAKS with emergency situations or earth-shaking event announcements.

I wrote these words to the Tribune in my own comment regarding the Un-Fields-like garish loud red, red, red tree lighting ceremony...but I noticed they chose not to include them in their blogsite. Censorship prevails when the local media finds anything said against their dealings with macy's, their largest display advertiser.

In my journalism classes, we learned that newspaper publishers are required to keep the NEWS departments separate from the ADVERTISING departments, and at no time, should the the two influence the other. So much for solid journalism ethics when it comes to macy's in Chicago! It is truly amazing, isn't it, that Field's Fans efforts have been so profounding effective in expanding the boycott against macy's and bloomingdale's. Despite the media's protective, pro-active macy front as an obstacle, we have managed by various means, thanks to you all, to make a real, unimagined difference in how people perceive macy's needless destruction of a Chicago world-class cultural icon.

Loyal Field's Fans have stood out in front of 111 N. State Street, The Marshall Field & Company Building, thousands upon thousands of hours since 2006! Hundred and hundreds of those hours were in zero degree wind-chills. Their unrelenting sense of purpose and tenacity to our goal, have been major factors in the continual spread of new Field's Fans joining our efforts. Let each of us make every effort every day to do out part. The boycott is working!!

The decision of Terry Lundgren to make macy's the everywhere, bland, nothing-special store is affecting the bottom line of macy's Inc...as well as his own personal finances with his stock ownership. Field's could have been the shining light of the entire company during these times, in which we live.

Keep expanding the boycott of macy's and bloomingdale's. Remember: Every International, World-Class city deserves its own famous historical retail emporium to call its own. For Chicago, that is Marshall Field's, and Marshall Field's alone---with no cheap imitations that are everywhere, anywhere else!

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  4:27 pm CT
Posted by: drew

In reply to Another Field's Fan:

How interesting that Chicago Tribune doesn't allow comments about macy*mart's financial loss. Perhaps the editors are afraid that readers will post too many "We told you so" comments about the destruction of Marshall Field's and other regional department stores.

Perhaps some parallels can be drawn between macy*mart and the Detroit 3 automakers. Both are dropping in share value, burning through cash and losing market share because they didn't listen to their customers and haven't offered what the public wants.

Wasn't there someone many, many years ago who made a statement about giving the customer what they want?

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  2:19 pm CT
Posted by: kevin e.

I have checked www.fields.com often for longer than a year. Just this week I noticed that the address is dead. It doesn't link up with the m store web site any more. Any thoughts?

I haven't kept up with all of the recent postings, so please forgive if this has been noted.

fields.com as well as other former MayCo hotnames like filenes.com, foleys.com, famousbarr.com, etc were deactivated around the time of the two year anniversary of the conversion of the bricks and mortar stores to Macy's. However, Macy's, Inc. apparently retains the rights to the hostnames for another one or two years, depending on which one it is

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  2:04 pm CT
Posted by: Richard P.

Perhaps the biggest threat to Macy's survivability is its book value of 9.8 billion versus share value of 3.65 billion (as of 11/12/08). I would not be at all surprised if a private equity company or investor were to buy the company in order to break it apart.

Assuming the books are accurate, such a firm or individual would make a multi-billion dollar profit even if they had to offer a 50% premium for all outstanding shares.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  1:45 pm CT
Posted by: Another Field's Fan

So let me get this straight: Macy's unveils the Tommy Hilfiger Tree and Tommy Hilfiger Windows on State Street and the Tribune puts it under "BREAKING NEWS" like it's an emergency story.

Then today, Macy's sales and stock are tanking and the story is buried deep within the business web page, not even on the main Tribune page. And then there's no place to leave comments afterwards. I guess the Tribune needs Macy's advertising dollars but they are going to end up losing my readership.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  1:30 pm CT
Posted by: James Miller

It sure must come in handy being so happy with how Macy's is doing in Chicago, as they recently said, since Macy's just announced a 44 million dollar loss, and their stock is now at under nine dollars a share.

Had they brought back Marshall Field's, they might well have been making money, but who needs that when you can "believe" instead, right Macy's?

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  1:18 pm CT
Posted by: drew

All is not well for "those wacky folks at macy*s"--now, during the upcoming holiday season, and for the new year.
Cutting back on inventory, staff and services may be a short term stopgap measure to save cash, but what is the LONG TERM strategy to save this retail Titanic? Naw, Tommy Hilfiger, Donald Trump, and Jessica Simpson aren't going to make any difference. Lunkhead's half-hearted attempts at "localization" won't make a difference either. Too many shoppers have gone elsewhere and the failing economic situation has made matters worse.

As so many others have said, there is ABSOLUTELY no compelling reason to shop at macy*mart. Get rid of Lunkhead and his overpaid, clueless management team and hire merchants who will listen to what shoppers want--and with each passing month it becomes obviously that shoppers DON'T want macy*mart!

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  8:54 am CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Tribune" and "Sun-Times" both announce a $44 million loss for Macy's in its 3rd quarter.

The "Tribune" reports:

"Macy's loses $44 million in 3rd quarter as slowdown in consumer spending continues" by Anne D'Innocenzio

Lunkhead continues his denial, and the "Tribune" states "... he's confident in the company's strategies for gaining market share, particularly as its effort to localize stores more is yeilding 'promising early results.'" I can't believe that guy!

"Sun-Times" coverage states:

"Macy's posts $44M loss in 3rd qtr" by Associated press

I was on State Street Saturday when they unveiled their garish RED, RED and more RED. I was also on State Street for several years when Marshall Field's was there. I can tell the difference--in quality and attendance.

Responses to the "Tribune" can be sent to ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com Remember to leave any comments in the associated Topix blog as well as the very important letters to the editor. And keep a copy of your comments in case the Topix forum is moved or restarted so that you can paste your comments into the new Topix forum.

Responses to the "Sun-Times" can be sent to letters@suntimes.com, talkback@suntimes.com and/or call (312) 321-2360

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008  3:00 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Today's Chicago Tribune has an editorial about Chicago being ranked as the eight most "global city" and what Chicago might do to increase its international profile. The associated Topix discussion blog has ventured into a discussion as to how Field's helped make Chicago a global city and how it should be brought back in support of this goal.

Most often we write in response to stories that are overtly about Field's, Macy's or both; however, in this case, we have a story that doesn't mention Field's but is clearly a launch pad for presenting our case--Field's was much more than a place to shop. Field's helped define Chicago in terms of culture, food, fashion, architecture and history. As recently as the mid-2000's Field's had international fashion shows and still was a major destination.

Please respond both on the Topix blog as well as a formal Letter to the Editor.



As a Field's Fan, you can help bring back Marshall Field's. We Field's Fans make a difference by keeping Field's in the public eye. When Macy's inevitably fails in the Chicago area, we don't want it to be glossed over as if it was simply about sales figures.

Please let newspapers, television, radio, web media, blogs, news comment boards, and public officials know that both the public and the private good is best served when Marshall Field's is restored to 111 North State Street.

When you see ANY story in the newspaper, on television, or on the web about Field's, it is essential to respond--even if you think the story is favorable towards the return of Field's. People need to be reminded that these stores have slipped so much because they are no longer Marshall Field's and they can only be brought back up by being restored as Marshall Field's stores.

These suggestions are made for responding to media articles or TV news segments:

* If responding to web-based blogs, bulletin boards, or news comments areas, please remember to keep a copy of your post in case it is lost or deleted.
* If submitting a "Letter to the Editor" by the internet, send it in a standard email message. If replying via web-based form, remember to cut-and-copy the contents for your own records. If you submit via email, you have the opportunity to cc: or bcc: a copy to yourself--submitting via other methods on the internet means you probably won't have a dated copy of your response, if you get a copy at all. It is very important that you keep a copy for your records.
* The Letters to the Sun-Times should be sent to: letters@suntimes.com
* The Letters to the Tribune should be sent to: ctc-TribLetter@tribune.com
* The Letters Chicago Tribune Magazine should be sent to: TribMag@tribune.com
* The Letters to Crain's Chicago Business should be sent to: letters@chicagobusiness.com.
* If submitting by US Mail, make a photocopy of your letter.
* Please remember to include a daytime phone number for verification purposes.
* Be certain to indicate in your letter that it is "for publication."
* Remember, items submitted to the "Letters to the Editor" section should not be cross-posted to other forums like the fieldsfanschicago.org blog. The publications request exclusivity.
* Be succinct as possible. Longer items don't have as much of a chance of being published. While there are many facets to the loss of Field's, consider focusing on just one or two facets that will best help the larger cause.
* Even if your letter does not get published in print or web media, remember that the media takes note of the public's pulse. Every letter reminds editors and producers that this is still indeed a very important issue.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008  8:24 am CT
Posted by: Mrs. J

I was shopping Sunday @ Carsons in Orland....AND much to my Surprize....the Christmas displays in china & crystal & housewares...were all done up in ......FIELDS Holiday Stripes......6" wide ribbons with, green, aqua, holiday RED.........the Fields Stripes!!!!! THAT MADE ME FEEL SO GOOD!!!!!!

` Must make Lunkhead feel like a Flunkhead.

Mrs J in the South Burbs

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008  12:42 am CT
Posted by: FieldsRespected

Even one of the most respected and longterm vendors at a major shopping channel gives Marshall Field's the respect that it deserves. A longtime customer called and said that she had started buying her quality items long before going onto the shopping channel because of the greatness of the items. Where did she start buying these quality items ???? Get ready.... Marshall Field's !

That's right. The sense of pride that emits from the heart of America, Marshall Field's, is truly something.

America needs Marshall Field's !

They can wallpaper over all of the soft green elegance all they want, they cannot erase the memories and the stark difference there is from the moment you walk in the door.

Please...give us back our Marshall Field's and the dot com website ! It's not just a name,it's a shoppers' paradise that needs to be returned !

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008  12:20 am CT
Posted by: Fields_For_ChristmasFan

Wouldn't it be so uplifting to have Marshall Fields and the world wide shopping from the original dot com website, with a return to serving customers the exciting and enjoyable warming to the heart.

Isn't it exciting to think about how wonderful a return to Marshall Field's script and warming green accents would be ?



Date: Monday, November 10, 2008  5:20 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Huffington Post-Chicago writer Mike Doyle writes a scathing criticism of this year's store windows and Walnut Room Tree. Keep in mind that in previous writings, Mr. Doyle has also been rather skeptical and critical of our efforts to revive Field's including the protests and flyers.

Date: Monday, November 10, 2008  4:26 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

Macy's suspends Magazine advertising for the first half of 2009:


Date: Monday, November 10, 2008  9:15 am CT
Posted by: gle

My overall impression of the State Street store for the November 8 unveiling was an overwhemlingly, overbearingly garish red. (The FLASHY BRIGHT RED tree almost made me think of fires of hell--not exactly Christmas, is it?) The Trim-A-Home department did offer some contrast in color, but was still gaudy enough to make Versailles seem puritanical in comparison. The crowds that used to frustrate me trying to get photos of Field's windows were not present this year. Those that were out there seemed more interested in the news camera than the windows. The seventh floor did have a table with paper and crayons for kids to write letters to Santa and put them in a mailbox. There was a green crayon in the box--get the hint, Field's Fans?

I caught TV news coverage on Channels 2, 5, 7 and 9. All but Channel 2 sort of glossed over it with quick scenes of the RED tree going on, a sentence from Hilfiger or a couple of windows with no people in front of them. Channel 2 was more detailed, and gave Field's Fans Jim McKay a couple of sentences about why Chicago wants Field's back in merchandise, quality and service. They also showed our Mayor next to Hilfiger asking viewers to help out retail for the holidays, and lined up some cute kids with parents in front of the windows to say they loved the windows (from what I saw being there, I think a lot of them loved the publicity).

You'd think after 150 years a store would know how to do a better job and make a better impression.


Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  10:27 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Chicago Tribune, WGN, etc have the story of the Macy's treet lighting and windows listed as Breaking News. Huh? There's a place to leave comments afterwards. Better leave comments.


Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  10:10 pm CT
Posted by: Steve

To macy's newest puppet executive brought in from the East Coast to make macy's in Chicago seen more LOCAL, let us repeat---

Chicago is Marshall Field's, and Marshall Field's was, is, and always will be Chicago! No use in even trying any more cheap ploys. We know a real institution and quality when we see it. You see, we knew Marshall Field's---and macy's, you clearly are no Marshall Field's!

We want the real thing! Sell the stores off to someone who knows merchandising and really cares and has the deepest respect for the traditions of Marshall Field's.


Marshall Field's...as Chicago as it Gets!

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  3:48 pm CT
Posted by: Daniel W. Harcourt II


As I was reading the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I noticed where two pages in the very first section were specifically for Macy's and their newest 'Believe' campaign. Admittedly, Macy's recent attempt at nostalgia is truly a brilliant campaign with one HUGE exception-it only reminds me of how much I miss Marshall Field's. Talk to almost anyone with connections to the Chicagoland area and their nostalgic, fondest memories of the holidagys no doubt include Marshall Field's-a company which had already celebrated it's 150th Anniversary. After having attended the 2008 Macy's Annual Shareholder meeting last May-and at that meeting having Mr. Terry Lundgren attempt to pass off the comments and views of myself and the other Marshall Field's supporters who spoke at the meeting as being merely 'emotional', I have even more resolve to fight for the return of Marshall Field's. On the two pages I referenced in the beginning of this post, there is an opportunity for Fieldsfans to fill in a letter to 'Santa'-and I intend to send my letter to Mr. Terry Lundgren himself-reminding him that the fight for the return of Marshall Field's is far from over. One of the spots in the recent Macy's television commercial is from the holiday movie, 'Miracle on 34th Street'. I think it would be interesting if Mr. Terry Lundgren-and the Macy's Board of Directors for that matter- received the same volume of letters from Marshall Field's supporters that 'Santa' received in the courtroom of the holiday movie, 'Miracle on 34th Street'. It has long been said that 'The squeaky wheel gets the grease'. Maybe, just maybe, if Fieldsfans 'squeak' enough we'll give Macy's executives a big enough headache that they'll finally realize that the return of Marshall Field's is in the best interest of everyone-Chicago, Marshall Field's customers, the Macy's company itself, Macy's employees-and Macy's stockholders. Remember, Marshall Field's is as Chicago as it gets!

Daniel W. Harcourt II
Schaumuburg, IL

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  3:47 pm CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

HEY MAYOR DALEY: People should shop at Macy's becuase it means more jobs? Check your facts. Macy's has eliminated nearly 10,000 positions in 22 months.

HEY NBC CHANNEL 5: You finally got it right when you said in a feature story about the (no not so) Great Tree "in the world famous Walnut Room in Macy's located at the historic Marshall Field's building." Now if Channel 7 would only get it right.

So exactly have far did sales fall at Macy's last October? Press release stated 8%; news stories later stated 13%.

As always, Jimmy Gimbels TRULY BELIEVES it is time for Macy's to go.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  1:54 pm CT
Posted by: Jade

I saw one of your buttons on the cta this week. I love it! I'm going to give it to my grandmother who still uses the signature green boxes for our christmas presents, she now takes them back every year after we open our gifts. You have a great message.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  10:15 am CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Page 20A of today's Sunday Sun-Times has a short story about the State Street store windows.

The story is also on line, along with a special Sun-Times photo gallery on the right side of the home page.

Also in today's Sunday Sun-Times, on page 34A, Sandra Guy's weekly "Sci-Tech Scene" column revisits Macy's Glamorama and its incorporation of computer-driven LEDs into the event's backdrop. Glamorama was held over two months ago.
It's important to present your case for the return of Field's as a response to these articles and others like them. Comments can be left beneath the article--you will need a login but it would be well worth it to create it so you can help bring back Field's. Letters go to letters@suntimes.com or talkback@sun-times.com, or if you are youare pressed for time, please call and leave a quick message at (312) 321-2360.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  9:32 am CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

Both today's Tribune and Sun-Times have ads covering two pages asking kids to fill in the second page with a letter to Santa in Crayon telling him what they want for Christmas. Then they are to bring the letter--stamped--to Macy's and Macy's will send it to Santa.

All kids and kids at heart should fill this out and bring it to Macy's--fill it out with what we all want most. Marshall Field's!!!!!!!!!

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008  6:55 am CT
Posted by: John D.

For Jennifer K.

Thank you for your nice posting after seeing the Field's Fans passing out the flyers on Saturday.

You mentioned that you are ONLY 21. Well, let me tell you, Jennifer, that you personify the age group that still wants true reknown customer service, quality and assorted fine merchandise in all price points, and that overall special shopping, memorable experience. The head of macy's, Terry Lundgren, two years ago when took over the venerable Marshall Field's, indicated that only the oldsters were sentimental about Field's and that macy's was the wave of the future for the new generations. You certainly represent, hopefully, the vast majority of your generation. Pass the word on whenever you get the chance to your friends. Welcome aboard, Jennifer, in joining us. You give all of us faith in the future and you clearly show your maturity and good judgment.

Everyone wants every thing back about Marshall Field's!

P.S. Oh, to be 21 again!

Thank you again.

John D....only 61.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  10:31 pm CT
Posted by: MrMan

The channel 2 news had a story on the store windows and tree on State Street. Both were designed by Tommy Hilfger. Hilfger seemed to be all about how the tree reflected him and how he saw the US. It was all about him. No wonder Terry Lundgren likes to hang out with him. Birds of a feather.

I did see the protester passing out things as part of the story. Yay!

The oddest part was Hilfger, Mayor Daley and Terry Lundgren standing shoulder to shoulder lighting the tree. Then Mayor Daley said it wasn't enough to look at the store windows at Macy's. People also should SHOP at Macy's and other retailers! He said stores like Macy's give people Jobs.

Mr. Mayor, take it from this Mr. Man. I plan to give my money to stores who listen to what I want and let them afford to create new jobs at THEIR stores. Macy's isn't one of those stores. I will not subsidize stores that do not give me what i want. I shop Chicago but Macy's isn't Chicago.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  9:51 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Thanks to all who helped make leafleting and button distribution on State Street a success this afternoon, especially gle.

One thing is very clear, desire for the return of Marshall Field's in quality, service and spirit, as well as name, has not subsided. It's just as strong now as it was two years ago when the Christmas windows and the Great Tree were unveiled then.

It's crystal clear: give the customers what they want and they what they want is MARSHALL FIELD'S!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  9:32 pm CT
Posted by: A Field's Fan

CBS2 TV News has a story about the unveiling of the windows and the Walnut Room tree. The tree unveling was handled by Tommy Hilfiger and Mayor Daley.

But Field's Fans Chicago also stated their position on the return of Field's:

"Marshall Field's is a very unique reason to come to Chicago, so we'd like to restore that in terms of history, architecture, fashion, and culture," said Jim McKay of Field's Fan Chicago.
The full story is at:

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  8:52 pm CT
Posted by: Donald

The vast majority of these comments are from people from all over the U.S. who miss their regional department stores, and despise the "everywhere-sameness-nothingness" of macy's.


Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  8:36 pm CT
Posted by: Jim Wright

Even thought these comments about Marshall Field's were written in early 2006, it's always refreshing to learn more about the manner in which Marshall Field's conducted business and treated customers.

A writer states that she worked at Marshall Field & Company when it first opened at Woodfield Mall around 1970. She tells about the indepth training which sales associates went through to learn the legacy culture of founder, Mr. Marshall Field.


Marshall Field's stores were pure class and made shopping fun and a memorable adventure. Chicago is a world-class international city and deserves a world class store, and that's Marshall Field's...and ONLY Marshall Field's.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  6:18 pm CT
Posted by: JC

Terry Lundgren for Treasury Secretary??!!

Make sure you are seated before reading the blog of one retail writer, Field's Fans! The mere thought of the possibility this guy suggests, really got my blood pressure going.

We already know what Mr. Lundgren did to ruin Marshall Field's and the U.S. regional department stores. Just think what he would do to make the nation's economy even worse.


Note especially paragraph 3.

P.S. The only silver lining to result, at least, would be that he would step down as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of macy's Inc.

[Notice that comments have been closed for the article as well.]

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  2:49 pm CT
Posted by: Jennifer K.

I'm glad that I found this site. I was walking by Field's on State today and noticed people wearing Marshall Field's buttons. If you could send me a couple I'd really appreciate it! I'm only 21 but it will always be Marshall Field's to me and I'd be proud to show that off. Thanks!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  2:18 pm CT
Posted by: Gail

To Jimmy Gimbels, the main who risks his sanity by touring Macy's (so we won't have to): You are indeed in my prayers. I can't bear to go in there myself. Thanks!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008  2:00 pm CT
Posted by: Sandra T.

I was thrilled to see the people passing out the flyers on State Street "under the clock" today. BRING BACK FIELD'S!

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008  8:33 pm CT
Posted by: B

Hi All

It is getting to that time of year when I REALLY MISS Marshall Field's --- I HAVE actually found multiple stores to piecemeal together to replace needed things that Marshall Field's used to supply under one roof and they did it with excellent service and knowledgable sales associates.

Now as we near the holidays I miss Field's becuase I always, also, bought ALL of my Christmas gifts at Field's --there are other stores to aquire nice and beautiful gifts but the experience is NOT the same and some of those other stores have such attitude that I do not even want to go in some of them -- I am certain you all are familiar with those to which I refer. Field's also had such nice Christmas card selections also --- And such a BEAUTIFUL selection of ornaments and Holiday accessories

AND SUCH INCREDIBLE Holiday Bags!!!! Remember those wonderful Holiday Bags -- and SO Sturdy

Happy Thanksgiving if I am not back before then --

Thank You Jimmy Gimbels for going to the red star store -- so I dont have to! (not that I would anyway)

The Real B

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008  6:40 pm CT
Posted by: Jim McKay

Just a reminder that we will be out leafleting under the Great Clock at State and Washington from 11 am until at least 3 pm tomorrow, Saturday, the same day as the tree lighting and window unveiling. If you wish to assist us you can just show up but it's better if you would please email leaflet@fieldsfanschicago.org by 9:00 am for more details and so we know to look for you.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008  1:56 pm CT
Posted by: gle

Here are a couple of Messy's press releases from the "Tribune" stock quotes November 6 (enter "M" for Messy's and hit go):

This one says Macy's same store sales are down 6.3% in October



"Business Wire Retail Report On October 2008 Retail Sales Figures"

Are we surprised yet?

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008  9:00 am CT
Posted by: Jimmy Gimbels

Hey kids, sales at Macy's were down 6% in October. While this does not appear to be as bad as some stores (Kohl's down 11%), keep in mind that sales expectations for Macy's were already lowered several times. In other words, those wacky folks at Macy's had even lower sales than the lower numbers they already expected. My "insiders" confirmed this fact.

I guess Macy's will now get more promotional and offer more coupons. Oh, didn't they say Macy's was moving away from discounts and coupons because they offer value every day? Hmmm. Didn't they also say that the famous nameplates (like Field's) were dropped to take advantage of economy of scale since regional stores could never survive? So now they are back to regional buying.

In order to raise additional money for the grade school, my church sells gifts cards for scores of stores. Can you guess which retailer has not sold one gift card during the entire 6-month campaign? Yep, Macy's! Sellings lots of Crate and Barrel, Penneys, Kohls and Bon Ton (Carsons). We received so many negative comments about Macy's that we took the "red star card" off the display.

It's so good to see old friends at Macy's. By that I mean the same stock of Frango mints from Christmas 2006. Yep, still on the shelf. Is that Easter candy from 2008? Ick.

I've noticed that the shopping carts have disappeared (a good thing) and the price scanners are unplugged. That is also a nice shade of blue duct tape used to repair the carpet in the Men's department. Very upscale, don't you think? And those wacky Macy elves are back again taping and yes, stapling those red cardboard stars on walls and displays.

It appears that Macy's has added something to their black dress code...gum chewing and talking on cell phones. It's my new game. Count how many sales associates are on cell phones. Seriously, where is the "customer focused" training touted in press releases?

Is something going on I don't know about? I'm seeing a lot of MARSHALL FIELDS shopping bags on the train. People carry them with pride...I think they are the new status symbol for carrying things to and from the office.

Guys, have you seen the men's business casual shirts at Macy's. Go ahead, take a look. Then, walk across the mall to Edie Bauer for heavier fabrics, well-attached buttons and straight seams...oh, and a lower price, too.

Jimmy Gimbels risks his sanity by touring Macy's...so you don't have to. Remember me in your prayers.

I miss Field's.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2008  8:38 am CT
Posted by: gle

Elizabeth Brackett from Channel 11 "Chicago Tonight" described Messy's upcoming holiday decorations on Thursday. She said the tree will have a lot of red combined with some of the vintage ornaments. Phil Ponce asked her if she thought the windows will look as good a Marshall Field's did? She sort of hesitated and said she still has trouble calling the store Macy's. She thinks of it as Marshall Field's, and has childhood memories. Then she added it's probably OK for the kids--they don't know the difference. HUH? You think kids are that stupid they might not recognize junk? And why would parents who have memories feel comfortable taking their kids there?

Here's the "Sun-Times" link to today's announcement if anyone's interested:


Comments can be left beneath the article; Letters go to letters@suntimes.com or talkback@sun-times.com, or you can call at (312) 321-2360.

I plan to be with Field's Fans OUTSIDE the store on Saturday, under the trumpets and Macy's red holiday signs that look like they just got dragged out of the closet and not even dusted off. After two years, Chicago still wants our Marshall Field's.

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008  9:23 pm CT
Posted by: Pete

First they said the only thing changing was the name. Last year they took away Santa Bear. And then the lady who did the store windows. And now this year the Cozy Cloud Cottage is Santa Land. Sounds like everything is turning New York----not Chicago.

These bozos just don't get Chicago or Field's, do they?

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008  4:31 pm CT
Posted by: joyce deutsch

I recently had the chance to travel from Southern IL to Schaumburg, went to Woodfield, and walked into the Messy's, where I could feel the energy of Marshall Fields. (still in the air..) Then, I saw they had some brands that must have been left over from Fields, because Messys would never have the good taste to have them- Patricia Locke and Judith Jack jewelry. Well, when I saw the Judith Jack Marshall Field's Sterling clock pin for half price, I bought it. I know, I know. But it was the only, probably the LAST MF clock pin for half price. I also had a conversation with the clerk, who admitted she liked working for Fields a whole lot better. She said, "Well, they ARE trying to improve the Marketplace (eatery) downstairs". I told her about this site. Also, a Chicago souvenir store at Woodfield had a Chicago T-shirt with a large photo montage with a predominant MF Clock. These MF pieces were the best souvenirs ever.

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008  11:54 am CT
Posted by: JC

The Rate-it-All website has 119 reviews of macy's right up to Oct 31st and they are not complimentary.

[ Please be advised that some language in these reviews are very Un-Field's like and could be offensive. ]


Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008  7:49 am CT
Posted by: Jim

Both today's Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times have huge ads for the Saturday tree-lighting event with Tommy Hilfiger, the store windows and Santa.

Of course, Amy Meadows is gone, the Cozy Cloud Cottage is replaced with Herald Square's "Santaland" and Macy's is still arrogant enough to insist they have the only real Santa. The ads point out that there is a Chicago Twist. Yeah, sounds there are at least three more twists.

The ads are now copyrighted "Macy's East".

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008  9:42 pm CT
Posted by: JamesfromCa

I couldn't agree more LGrand if TPTB aren't going to maintain the State St. store which comes as no surprise then shame them! It shows their arrogance that they leave themselves wide open to criticism yet they don't care. Common sense states that if business is way down at that location wouldn't it be imperative that the store look it's very best to attract more customers??

I find the latest commercial hilarious that macy's is airing. It shows some school marm looking for dating clothes so she talks to their various "designers" as if anyone has cared about Tommy Hilfiger or Kenneth Cole since 1989 let alone be interested in what they look like, the less said about the dottering Jessica Simpson the better.

The best part is the camera pans in on this very smart, polished and elegant department store with granite walls etc. This "store" simply doesn't exist, well maybe it does it's called Neiman's or Nordstrom.

IRL the macy's shoe department has boxes and tissue strewn everywhere

with those metal shoe racks filled with clearance items and display tables that look like they've been dragged from behind a pickup truck.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008  7:21 pm CT
Posted by: Roy

Do they realy "believe" that Chicagoans would prefer a marketing campaign based on a movie about a NY store when we had our own real life legend, Marshall Field's?

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008  5:41 pm CT
Posted by: Jane L Stroede

In the 1950's, and possibly a bit earlier, my Grandmother traveled from her turkey farm in southwestern Wisconsin on the train to Chicago. She accompanied her precious cargo, fresh turkeys, to be delivered to Marshall Field's for the holiday season. She raised her turkeys on the farm and with the help of her women neighbors, they were prepared for delivery. Butchered, plucked, cleaned...all by hand, by her and her friends. The money from the turkeys belonged to her and her alone. She used the money to buy Christmas gifts, something our loving but very tight fisted Grandfather just couldn't spend his hard earned money to buy! She could buy a hat, a piano (she always wanted my sister and me to sing for her and the "Rebecca's" her homemakers circle), new drapes if she wanted. It made her independent, out on a farm in rural Wisconsin, to have her own money. She was so proud that the turkeys were purchased by Marshall Fields...as they would have only the finest! She died when I was still a teenager but out here on my farm, even today at 57 yrs old I think of how proud she was and I thank Marshall Fields for giving her that chance. (She used to bring me a jar of their Thousand Island Dressing...the best ever!)

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008  5:27 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

Several links to stories about Macy's and holiday season including events at State Street. Please be sure to read and leave comments and writer letters to the editor.


As gle mentioned yesterday and as printed on page 36 of today's Sun-Times:

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Date: Monday, November 3, 2008  8:41 pm CT
Posted by: Jim

Yesterday's Sunday Tribune had an article about Tommy Hilfiger incluing an allusion to the Walnut Room tree. You can read it and comment at:


The main news section of the same newspaper also had a center spread ad by Macy's touting the move of the mens depaartment to the first floor along Wabash. When it was Field's men didn't mind heading up to the 2nd floor and beyond; as Macy's apparently they want to get in and out, that is even if they come in.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2008  8:46 am CT
Posted by: gle

Today's "Sun-Times" has some of Messy's latest hype for their windows and "Believe" theme:

"Believe in Macy's? You bet" by Lewis Lazare


Letters go to letters@suntimes.com or talkback@sun-times.com, or you can call at (312) 321-2360.


Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008  2:07 pm CT
Posted by: Marie

The headline of a news article says that Macy's is Hosting Clown University. Terry Lundgren should head up the faculty! Of course, another Christmas without Field's is no laughing matter.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008  2:07 pm CT
Posted by: Shirley

Politics and political parties aside, I make my following comments, as a U.S. citizen, on the basis of deep pride in Chicago and reverance and honor for the Office of the President of the United States:

Our next President could possibly have Chicago as his hometown. I have been watching the pre-election newscasts which have shown scenes of Grant Park with the Chicago skyline in the background. One Barack Obama spokesman stated that plans are being carried out for one of the biggest ever celebrations in Chicago history on Election Night. He indicated that the celebration party would have a strong Chicago feel and theme throughout. The spokesman went on to say that the planning committee was looking for venues and backdrops that represent Chicago around the world.

True, Grant Park, with the background of the tall distinctive buildings of Chicago's Loop, can represent Chicago, but I cannot help but think that Marshall Field's would have a full-page ad of the backside of section A, the day after the election. Marshall Field's would graciously and in the finest taste, congratulate Mr. Obama as a Chicagoan and wishing him well as President in these challenging times in U.S. history. Marshall Field's,afterall, is a cultural and historical tradition of icon of CHICAGO to the World.

However, Macy's Terry Lundgren has robbed us of Marshall Field's, and replaced it with a bland, inferior retail store that is in 850 cities around the country, and in now way at all can represent Chicago alone.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008  12:54 am CT
Posted by: JasonM

I went to an engagement party today and bought a gift from Crate & Barrel. Even though there were not that many choices on Michigan Ave I never considered Macy's. Never have, never will.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008  8:56 pm CT
Posted by: Nathan J./MBA

Let me see if I've got this right---

Now they want to make macy's MORE LOCALIZED in Chicago, after it destroyed every thing that made Marshall Field's truly Chicago and forcing the bland macy's on most ever y U.S. Their solution to the mess??? They are bringing in a new executive to direct the Chicago-Minneapolis-Detroit area macy's stores. Who are they bringing to Chicago ?? That person is a longtime macy's EAST Coast executive, who has not experienced Field's when it was Field's--nor experienced Chicago, when Chicago WAS Marshall Field's . (!)

Macy's never has "got it" and never will "get it" right. What a fiasco, when all they had to do was to keep things the way they were when it was Marshall Field's. (Stupid, stupid...and these execs get paid the milli-bucks!)

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008  2:34 pm CT
Posted by: AM

Marshall Fields---a store that had class, quality and meaning. I have refused to shop at any of the Macy's on the east coast in support of Fields and also b/c Macy's has horrible merchandise.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008  12:41 am CT
Posted by: David Parris

Today was my birthday and a memorial one for MANY reasons. Among them a picture perfect Halloween of 70 degrees or so and a walk along the Lake with my partner which led us to the Edgewater Beach Condominum (big pink Art Deco building at Bryn Mawr). We went inside and aske dto walk along the Arcade. The usual displays of marvelous 1930s memorbillia from it's resort hay days were still on display, but an additional one was there as well: A tribute to Marshall Field's filled with priceless collector's items. Check it out!

As our day progressed we went to the Chicago Historical Museum at Lasalle/Clark/North avenues to see the Chic Chicago Exhibit on fashion in Chicago through the centuries. It's amazing; but so is the tribute to our belove Marshall Field's. If your heart strings haven't been totally gutted from this macy's catastrophe, a walk through this will do it.

That said, we ARE fighting for something that is truly worthwhile. It may not be world peace or even a better economy (well...take that back. We ARE fighting for a better economy!), but it is something soulful and intregal to our city and nation.


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