Chicago is amazing during the summer, but winter visitors are in for some seasonal perks. City ice rinks open. Christmas trees go up along Michigan Avenue. And the Macy's on State Street decorates its windows for the holidays.
This Macy's is one of the largest department stores in the world, and it decks itself out. Trumpets are strung above the street just south of the Chicago Theater's iconic sign. The downtown shopping district's winter lights go up, and the Macy's windows tell stories worth standing in the cold for.
When you decide it's time to go inside, look up at the Tiffany ceiling and prepare for seven levels of retail. Furs are on the third floor. A salon is on the fifth floor. A food court is on the seventh floor. And the upscale Walnut Room—known for its fancy holiday meals and Christmas trees—is on the eighth floor.
As you're wandering around, you might notice floor markers that say Marshall Field's. You haven't gotten that lost. The building used to be Marshall Field's flagship store before that chain was bought by Macy's in 2005.