Marshall Field's last Christmas The trademark clock outside the Marshall Field's State Street in downtown Chicago isn't just counting down the last shopping days til Christmas; the days are numbered for the venerable department store itself. This part of Chicago history is about to undergo a change, with 2005 being the last Christmas season for the Marshall Field's name. Early next year, Federated Department Stores will replace the name with Macy's Chicago, part of the chain's strategy to nationalize its brands. Christmas at Marshall Field's has long been a custom for Chicagoans, from dining under the great tree in the Walnut Room to ogling the spectacular window displays. Though Federated promises to continue many of the holiday hallmarks, many shoppers still marked this season as the last of a great tradition.
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