|The famous clock at Marshall Field's State|
Street store in Chicago.
Among the "firsts" by Marshall Field's was the concept of the department store tea room. In the 19th century, ladies shopping downtown returned home for lunch; having lunch at a downtown restaurant unescorted by a gentleman was not considered ladylike. But after a Marshall Field's clerk shared her lunch with a tired shopper (a chicken pot pie), Field's hit on the idea of opening a department store tea room, so that women shoppers would not feel the need to make two trips to complete their shopping. To this day, the Walnut Room serves the traditional Mrs. Herring's chicken pot pie.
|The South Grill Room, Marshall Field & Co., Retail Chicago.|
Marshall Field was famous for his slogan "Give the lady what she wants." He was also famous for his integrity, character, and community philanthropy and leadership. After his death, the company remained to the very end a major philanthropic contributor to its Chicago-area community.
|Left, Marshall Field's Wholesale Store around 1890, Center, 1934 Marshall Field & CO. Store for men. Right, 1934 Narcissus Fountain Room at Marshall Field Co.|
- 1905 Magazine Article with photos
- Jazz Age Chicago (2006) Marshall Field and Company history
- Encyclopædia Britannica Comprehensive article on Marshall Field's
- Dan Skoda and his colleagues are bringing new sparkle to Marshall Field's #148, September 1995, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, April 23, 2003
- One last stroll down memory lane before big change, KARE11.com, April 5, 2006
- FieldsFansChicago.org Marshall Field's fans blog and Macy's boycott site
- Darrid.Com A Tribute to Marshall Field's
- Bring Back Marshall Field's Desiring a Return of Marshall Field's
- Marshall Field's Last Day, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006
- Field's green fades to red Chicago Tribune September 9, 2006
"Marshall Fields and Christmas were practically synonymous. Generations of Chicagoans and out-of-towners made a pilgrimage to the legendary State Street department store to shop for gifts and enjoy Fields marvelous holiday ambiance and superb quality service. This video blends historical images and Christmas music from a bygone era with latter-day clips to recreate a whirlwind tour of the palatial building circa 1945-1955. Stroll down Candy Cane Lane, dine in the Walnut Room next to the Great Tree, and visit Santas Cozy Cloud Cottage. Fields became Macys in 2006. Macys has continued some of the holiday traditions, but the magic and soul of the old store are now just memories."