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Macy’s in Chicago, Illinois: Experience the Magic at the Iconic State Street Store

By: Amy Nance

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Macy’s on State Street in Chicago, Illinois is where classic American retail meets a classic American city.

Since 1858, this historic building has elevated the cultural influence of Chicago, serving as the setting for iconic movies, parades and endless shopping. It’s a perfect complement to a city full of history and exciting attractions. Now one of only four flagship stores, Macy’s State Street is more than just a shopping experience; instead, a visit here is more akin to walking through a gallery in a museum that also happens to sell clothing brands, housewares, gifts and furniture. What makes this legendary building and store so iconic?

All Access Pass to History and Architecture

Macy’s State Street makes a point to celebrate its distinct architectural features. First, stop at the Visitor Information Center, where city concierges will help you customize an itinerary and purchase attraction tickets. Sign up for a tour of the building, listed as a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places (while you’re there, grab a Visitor Savings Pass, which can be used at the State Street store and Macy’s Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile). Size up Macy’s noble granite pillars out front, view the Great Clocks at each corner outside and then experience the Austrian chandeliers, walnut wood panels, indoor fountains and the Tiffany Ceiling, featuring 1.6 million pieces of iridescent glass.

The ornate Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's State Street

The ornate Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's State Street
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Dreamy Dining

Like something out of a classic movie, the grand Walnut Room restaurant on the seventh floor is a Chicago institution, serving up definitive dishes such as short rib and tenderloin alongside comfortable (and updated) favorites such as chicken pot pie. Check out the Room’s wine bar for a little post-shopping refreshment. For something even more down-to-earth, visit cozy InFields, which is set up like a neighborhood pub with menu offerings to match. Grab global cuisine to go at Seven on State, a scrumptious food court, or stop for a light lunch at Frango Café.

Step into the Walnut Room for world-class dining.

Step into the Walnut Room for world-class dining.
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Poised for Premier Shopping

With seven floors of retail space, Macy’s State Street runs the gamut in terms of merchandise on offer, from electronics, textiles and cookware to maternity clothes, a Fur Vault and specialty shops like The Art of Shaving, Sunglass Hut and Barbara’s Bookstore. Browse a wine shop, buy gourmet foods and then pick up serveware to present it with here. A well-regarded bridal salon resides on the fourth floor, while the My Stylist service can assist you in finding the right outfit or accessory for that special dinner or vacation, selecting from among the best designers and brands.

Browsing the latest styles at Macy's on State Street

Browsing the latest styles at Macy's on State Street
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Getting There

Chicago is easily reached from international destinations via Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Macy’s on State Street is located in the city center.

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