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A Windy City Tradition: Macy's Holiday Window Displays 2012

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About the Macy's Holiday Window Displays:

Macy's on State Street is one of the largest department stores in the world and is a Chicago holiday shopping tradition with its famed holiday window displays (The original Marshall Field's where Macy's is today was the first store to ever feature holiday windows.), as well as its 45-foot Great Tree decorated with over 1,200 themed ornaments and 25,000 lights in the department store's Walnut Room. (Tip: For the 4th year, Macy's is bringing back their Believe campaign. Children across the country are invited to drop off their letters at Macy's Santa Mail letterbox. For each letter received, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.)

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Location:

acy's State Street is located at 111 North State Street in Chicago, Illinois. Their phone number is 312-781-1000. (For more Chicago holiday events, check out our December in Chicago Guide. And close to the Macy's holiday window display is the annual Chicago's Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.)

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Admission:

Admission to see Macy's holiday window displays is free as the windows are located along State Street.

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Hours:

Because the window displays can be viewed from the street, they are viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Theme:

This year's holiday windows are themed “The Magic of Christmas” touching on Macy’s history at the State Street store, emphasizing the iconic Marshall Field’s traditions of the past and Macy’s commitment to continuing those traditions today. (Tip: Another really cool holiday display to check out this season is the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights. And don't forget that inside Macy's is Macy's Great Tree, which stands 45-feet-tall and features more than 2,000 ornaments.)

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Trivia:

Some fun things to know about Macy's holiday window displays include that it took more than seven months for the animated holiday windows to be created; a team of more than 50 painters, welders, engineers, costume makers, carpenters, and visual artists produced, created. and installed the windows, with the installation taking approximately one week; and the animated holiday windows have been produced for more than 40 years.

The Great Tree at Macy's:

Macy's Great Tree has been in The Walnut Room for more than 100 years. The theme for this year's Great Tree is “You’re a Star!” The Great Tree is adorned with 42 LED star ornaments ranging from 18 inches to 30 inches across. Giant stars, lit from the inside, circle the base of the tree ranging from 9 feet to 6 feet across. (Tip: According to Macy's, the process for designing and creating the concept for the Great Tree takes approximately six months. It takes approximately 40 to 45 contractors and visual artists to install and decorate the Great Tree over a two-day time period.) The Great Tree will be on display through Sunday, January 13, 2013. (Don't forget that Macy’s SantaLand® is open for children to visit Santa and get their pictures taken with the Jolly Old Elf. Santa will be on hand daily through December 24.)
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