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Macy's Holiday Window Displays 2011 - A Chicago Christmas Tradition

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About 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:

Macy'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 Chicago Christmas Guide 2011. And close to the Macy's holiday window display is Chicago's Christkindlmarket.)

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Admission:

Admission to see Macy's holiday window displays is free as the windows are located along State Street. For the first time ever, an animated holiday window will be located on Randolph Street featuring characters from the CBS TV special, "Yes Virginia."

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:

Seven animated holiday windows along State Street tell the story of how Macy's celebrity-inspired ornaments for its Great Tree on display in the store's Walnut Room were created, including ornaments created by Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, and more. (Tip: Be sure and look up when viewing the window displays as 42 holiday trumpets line the top of the windows along State Street.) Past stories the holiday windows have told include Cinderella, Pinocchio, Harry Potter, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Snow White, and Mary Poppins. (Tip: Another really cool holiday display to check out this season is the Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights.)

Macy's Holiday Window Displays - Trivia:

Some fun things to know about Macy's holiday window displays include that it took eight months for the animated holiday windows to be created; a team of 60 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 44 years.

The Great Tree at Macy's:

Macy's Great Tree has been in The Walnut Room for 104 years. The theme for this year's Great Tree is "Macy's Star-Studded Believe Tree" and includes 14 seven-foot trees that circle the base of of the Great Tree each featuring ornaments inspired by Macy's celebrity designers, like Martha Stewart, Rachel Roy, and Tommy Hilfiger. (Tip: Each ornament retails for $10, with 10% of the cost benefiting the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.) The Great Tree stands 45 feet tall with more than 2,000 ornaments and 15,000 LED lights. (Another 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.)
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