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Chicago - Day 4
26 March 2016
I rarely would spend the entire morning in a Macy's store, but that's exactly what I did on this day. Of course, the store is really a Macy's in name only. It's actually the famous Marshall Field's flagship store and despite the name change, it's history has been well preserved. After walking through the store to see the architectural highlights, we discovered there was a flower show going on up on the 9th floor. It was quite impressive! We then headed to the Chicago Theatre for a behind the scenes tour before heading back to Marshall Field's for lunch at the historic Walnut Room. Then it was off to Navy Pier followed by a walk on the Magnificent Mile as the sun set. Before heading back to the hotel, we experienced Portillo's with their delicious Chicago dogs and famous chocolate cake. 

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DAY 3 | CHICAGO INDEX | DAY 5
4-001 Chicago Theatre Sign 4-002 Macy's Clock 4-003 Macy's Clock
Out for a morning walk past the iconic Chicago Theatre
The Great Clocks outside Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on State Street are nearly 120 years old and weigh 7 tons
The Great Clocks outside Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on State Street are nearly 120 years old and weigh 7 tons
4-005 Marshall Fields Sign 4-007 Macy's Clock 4-009 Cubs Display
Marshall Fields department store on State Street is a Chicago institution that is now owned by Macy's.
The Great Clocks outside Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on State Street are nearly 120 years old and weigh 7 tons
We're in Cubs country
4-010 Oriental Theatre Sign 4-011 Macy's Clock & Chicago Theatre Sign 4-012 Macy's on State Street
The Oriental is one of many great theatres in Chicago
State Street landmarks, the Great Clock of Marshall Fields and the Chicago Theatre
The granite pillars at Marshall Fields department store on State Street (now Macy's) are the biggest outside of Egypt
4-013 Marshall Fields Sign 4-014 Tiffany Ceiling 4-016 Clock
Marshall Fields department store on State Street is a Chicago institution that is now owned by Macy's.
Looking up 5 floors to the Tiffany glass ceiling in Marshall Fields (now Macy's)
You don't find clocks like this in modern department stores
4-017 Elevator 4-018 2nd Floor Wabash Sign 4-019 Tiffany Ceiling
The elevator doors look like they might take you back in history.
These plaques in the floor make sure you know where you are when you step off one of the MANY escalators
The Tiffany glass ceiling in Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on the 5th floor is the largest of its kind in the world.
4-020 Tiffany Ceiling 4-022 Tiffany Ceiling 4-023 Escalator Atrium
The Tiffany glass ceiling in Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on the 5th floor is the largest of its kind in the world.
The Tiffany glass ceiling in Marshall Fields (now Macy's) on the 5th floor is the largest of its kind in the world.
As you ride the MANY escalators up through Marshall Fields (now Macy's), window displays let you know what's on each floor
4-025 Walnut Room 4-028 Atrium 4-030 Liberty Torch
The historic Walnut Room at Marshall Fields (now Macy's). We'll be back later for lunch.
Looking down through 8 floors of department store history at Marshall Fields
Passing the Statue of Liberty's torch as we enter Macy's flower show
4-032 Agave 4-033 Barn 4-035 Northwest Display
Agave plant
A bit of country in the big city
This section represents the Pacific Northwest
4-036 Trailer 4-037 Campfire 4-041 Columnar Apple Trees
You don't pack your flowers when you go camping?
This campfire won't set off the sprinklers
Those white trees are columnar apple trees
4-042 New England Display 4-044 Light House 4-046 Washington Monument
Headed into New England
It's not New England without a lighthouse
The Washington Monument of flowers
4-051 Bike 4-052 Bike & House 4-055 Elevator
Just a bike in some flowers
Home sweet home among the flowers
The elevator doors look like they might take you back in history.
4-057 Wit Bird Mural 4-058 Wit Sitting Area 4-059 Wit Lobby
Our hotel, theWit has unique decor, such as this giant bird mural. There are also bird sounds in the halways
The sitting area above the lobby at theWit
The lobby of theWit features these giant angel wing chandeliers
4-061 State & Lake Under L Station 4-062 Chicago Theatre Historic Marker 4-064 Roger Ebert Plaque
Our hotel is right at the State & Lake L station
The Chicago Theatre is a piece of history
The Chicago Theatre started as a movie palace, so it's fitting to see Roger Ebert represented out in front of it.
4-065 Stairs 4-067 Lobby Ceiling 4-068 Lobby Ceiling
The grand stairs inside the Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre has ceilings unlike anything you'd find in today's movie theatres
The Chicago Theatre has ceilings unlike anything you'd find in today's movie theatres
4-069 Call Buttons 4-070 Aidle 4 Sign 4-071 Ceiling
Before radios and computers there were complex panels of buttons to signal the ushers and get patrons seated
New theatres don't feature signs this fancy
Every inch of the Chicago Theatre is amazingly ornate
4-073 Lake Street Sign 4-074 Drinking Fountain 4-075 Theatre Interior
This way to Lake Street
This is about as fancy of a drinking fountain as you're going to find anywhere
The view from the expensive box seats
4-076 Theatre Interior 4-078 Fountain 4-080 Lobby Chandelier
The view from the expensive box seats
This was originally a fountain but it was a bit noisy during movies
The lobby is lit by this huge chandelier
4-081 Lobby 4-083 Theatre Interior 4-084 Ceiling
Looking down into the lobby
The ornate walls and ceiling of the theatre are amazing
The ornate walls and ceiling of the theatre are amazing
4-085 Theatre Interior 4-086 Theatre Interior 4-089 Pipe Organ
The ornate walls and ceiling of the theatre are amazing
The ornate walls and ceiling of the theatre are amazing
The Chicago Theatre's pipe organ console
4-090 View from Stage 4-091 Macy's Topiary 4-092 Walnut Room Bar
Looking out from up on the stage
Our Macy's stores at home don't have topiaries!
The Walnut Room in Mashall Fields (now Macy's) is the first restaurant ever opened in a department store
4-093 Chicken Pot Pie 4-095 Escalators 4-096 Marshall Field Display
The Walnut Room at Marshall Fields is famous for its chicken pot pie
Over a dozen escalators carry shoppers through floor after floor of Marshall Fields' (now Macy's) merchandise
Marshall Field truly was a retail legend
4-097 Clock Display 4-098 Frango Mint Sign 4-099 CFD Fire Engine
A smaller representation of the famous Marshall Fields clocks
Frango Mints are a Marshall Fields exclusive
Everytime I see a CFD fire engine pass by, I expect to see the characters from NBC's Chicago Fire on board
4-100 Wit Hotel Room 4-101 Wit Hotel Room 4-102 NBC Building
Our room at The Wit
Our room at The Wit
The NBC Building
4-103 Navy Pier 4-104 Ferris Wheel Car 4-105 Light House
Navy Pier
The new ferris wheel at Navy Pier is almost done being built
Chicago Harbor Southeast Guidewall Lighthouse
4-106 Army Corps Building 4-107 Ferris Wheel 4-108 Light House
Army Corps of Engineers building
The new ferris wheel at Navy Pier is almost done being built
Chicago Harbor Light Lighthouse was built in 1893
4-109 Sea Gulls 4-110 John Hancock Building 4-113 Lights
Some seagulls hanging out on Navy Pier
The John Hancock Center as seen from Navy Pier
Out at the end of Navy Pier
4-115 Navy Pier 4-118 Magnificent Mile Sign 4-119 Magnificent Mile
A brisk spring day on Navy Pier
Walking the Magnificent Mile
Walking the Magnificent Mile
4-120 Chicago Water Tower 4-121 Chicago Water Tower 4-122 Water Tower Place Elevators
The Chicago Water Tower is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The Chicago Water Tower is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Elevators inside the Water Tower Place shopping mall on the Magnificent Mile
4-123 Lego Marina City 4-124 Lego Sears Tower 4-125 Lego Trump Tower & John Hancock Building
Marina City towers made from Legos in the Water Tower Place Lego Store
Sears Tower and Marina City made from Legos in the Water Tower Place Lego Store
Trump Tower & John Hancock Center made from Legos in the Water Tower Place Lego Store
4-126 Lego Chicago Display 4-127 Drake Hotel 4-128 Drake Hotel
Very cool models of the Chicago skyline made of Legos at Water Tower Place
Outside the nearly 100 year old Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue
Outside the nearly 100 year old Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue
4-129 Esquire Theatre Sign 4-130 900 North Shops Bloomingdales 4-131 Mike Ditcka Way Sign
The Esquire Theatre
Five floors of Bloomingdales inside the Shops at Northbridge on the Magnificent Mile
Of course there's a street named for Da Coach, Mike Ditka
4-133 Chicago Water Tower 4-134 Chicago Avenue Pumping Station 4-135 Chicago Water Tower
The Chicago Water Tower is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Built in 1869, the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station is one of many historic landmarks in Chicago
The Chicago Water Tower is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
4-136 Neiman Marcus 4-137 Apple Store 4-138 Tribune Tower
Neiman Marcus is an imposing presence on the Magnificent Mile
The Mag Mile is even more Magnificent with with an Apple Store :-)
Tribune Tower is lit up (like many buildings) in support of Belgium after the recent terror attack there.
4-139 Prudential Plaza 4-140 Tribune Tower 4-142 Portillo's Chicago Hot Dog
Prudential Plaza is lit up (like many buildings) in support of Belgium after the recent terror attack there.
Tribune Tower's amazing architecture is just as beautiful by night
You can't come to Chicago without having a Chicago dog. This one is from Portillo's. So glad to know to go to Portillos because I'm an Eric & Kathy listener.
4-143 Portillo's Chocolate Cake 4-144 Portillo's 4-145 Portillo's
Portillo's chocolate cake is famous. I knew to seek it out because I've been listening the Eric & Kathy every moring for many years.
Portillo's is a Chicagoland institution. I've been hearing about it on Eric & Kathy's morning show for years. Totally worth the trip!
Portillo's is a Chicagoland institution. I've been hearing about it on Eric & Kathy's morning show for years. Totally worth the trip!
4-147 Fire Engine 4-148 Portillo's Sign 4-149 State Street
Squad 1 fire engine. I was hoping it was Squad 3 from NBC's Chicago Fire!
Portillo's is a Chicagoland institution. I've been hearing about it on Eric & Kathy's morning show for years. Totally worth the trip!
Hanging out our 23rd floor window at theWit to get a great shot of State Street and the Chicago Theatre
4-150 Chicago Theatre Sign 4-151 State Street
Hanging out our 23rd floor window at theWit to get a great shot of State Street and the Chicago Theatre
Hanging out our 23rd floor window at theWit to get a great shot of State Street

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