Getting out of the cold at Macy’s

Last Saturday, my trek to downtown Chicago included a quick stop at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) on State Street to view the Great Tree in The Walnut Room restaurant.

These huge, holiday trumpets were first used some eight years ago, and Macy's continues with this tradition. I wasn't able to get any decent shots of the animated window displays, and as I was chilled to the bone, I hurried inside.

These huge, holiday trumpets were first used by Marshall Fields some eight years ago, and Macy’s continues with this tradition.
I wasn’t able to get any decent shots of the animated window displays, and as I was chilled to the bone, I hurried inside.

The decorations were pretty much the same as last year's, but quite impressive nonetheless!

The decorations were pretty much the same as last year’s, but quite impressive nonetheless!

I made my way up to the 8th floor, to look down on the Great Tree, taking a few close-ups of the sumptuous ornamentation--the huge, bright stars...

I made my way up to the 8th floor, to look down on the Great Tree, taking a few close-ups of the sumptuous ornamentation–the huge, bright stars…

...and the gold, silver and copper splashes festooning this almost 40 foot tree!

…and the gold, silver and copper splashes festooning this almost 40 foot tree!

Making my way through the crowds, I ventured down an escalator to the 7th floor, to get a 'full' tree shot. The Walnut Room was packed with diners, long waiting lines and oh-so-many people! It's a real plum to be able to dine under the Great Tree, and I and others are so very pleased that Macy's has kept this tradition since the takeover of Marshall Fields.

Making my way through the crowds, I ventured down an escalator to the 7th floor, to get a ‘full’ tree shot.
The Walnut Room was packed with diners, long waiting lines and oh-so-many people!
It’s a real plum to be able to dine under the Great Tree, and I and others are so very pleased that Macy’s has kept this tradition since the takeover of Marshall Fields.

I had finally warmed up, and just had to get away from the crowds but…

...I saw these, and saw the sign "SALE--all silver jewelry 50% off" and succumbed immediately! After the discounts had been taken, I paid $11.81 plus tax for this $35.00 pair of beauties!

…I saw these, and saw the sign “SALE–all silver jewelry 50% off” and succumbed immediately!
After the discounts had been taken, I paid $11.81 plus tax for this $35.00 pair of beauties!

Ooooh!  Merry Christmas to ME!

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Last week and yesterday

LAST WEEK

For several days last week, my spare time was spent getting the Christmas decorations together.

This is just one of the results:

The red and green wreath from last year was ttoally revamped, using gold-leafed pears, small gol and deep green balls, and gold-tipped large pine cones. The old red and green lights were replaced with warm white LED lights, which use about 4.5 watts per 50-light string...I'm very happy I purchased them!

The red and green wreath from last year was totally revamped, using gold-leafed pears, small gold and deep green balls, and gold-tipped large pine cones.
The old red and green lights were replaced with warm white LED lights, which use about 4.5 watts per 50-light string…I’m very happy I purchased them!

Some close-ups:

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YESTERDAY

It had been quite foggy for several days, but yesterday’s was the thickest.

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Thrilled with being able to take the time to go out and photograph a few things, I walked over to Sherwin Beach to see the effect of fog at the shore.

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Just to the south is the veranda of 1205 W. Sherwin Avenue, a beautiful spot to look at the lake which had virtually disappeared.

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Finally, I headed back home, but not before photographing my own window.

The lights were wrapped around the wreath intentionally...and it's great that it can be seen quite well, even at mid-afternoon, so that all can share the beauty of the Christmas season!

The lights were wrapped around the wreath intentionally…and it’s great that it can be seen quite well, even at mid-afternoon, so that all can share the beauty of the Christmas season!

On the Magnificent Mile: VIII

At the InterContinental Hotel

Elegant Christmas decorations begin at the Michigan Avenue... Entrance

Elegant Christmas decorations begin at the Michigan Avenue entrance…

...and continue in the spectacular lobby with a curving staircase!  Note how the lights are reflected in the marble side of the staircase.

…and continue in the spectacular lobby with a curving staircase! Note how the lights are reflected in the highly polished marble side of the staircase.

Here's a detail from the large tree, which is at least twenty fee high...lots of beautiful ornaments!

Here’s a detail from the large tree, which is at least twenty feet high…lots of beautiful ornaments!

What impressed me more than that gorgeous tree and garlands was this marvelous mosaic floor of the lobby!  Every tile is set by hand, in the Tiffany style, to catch the light as you walk by.  I searched for info on the designer to no avail!

What impressed me more than that gorgeous tree and garlands was this marvelous mosaic floor of the lobby! Every tile is cut and set by hand, in the Tiffany style, to catch the light as you walk by. I searched for info on the designer to no avail!

As I turned to leave, I looked up and captured the signature Lion's Head in the middle of two griffins...wish I knew the significance of these three pieces of sculpture!

As I turned to leave, I looked up and captured the signature Lion’s Head in the middle of two griffins…wish I knew the significance of these three pieces of sculpture!

I had designed and hand-painted large floral vases for the InterContinental back when I was working for a Special Events firm here, but had never had the opportunity to step inside.  I’m so glad I did, and shall return, as the building has quite a fascinating history, and some wonderful public rooms.

On the Magnificent Mile: VII

At Cartier

The Michigan Evenue entrance, resplendent with a reclining 'big cat' made of lights!

The Michigan Avenue entrance, resplendent with a reclining ‘big cat’ made of lights!

Another 'big cat' of lights sits attentively above the other large window!  And, of course, there's beautiful lit garland hung around each window!

Another ‘big cat’ of lights sits attentively above the other large window! And, of course, there’s beautiful lit garland hung around each window!

This is a side window, with a very unusual 'swirling gift boxes' theme...and gorgeous jewels!

This is a side window, with a very unusual ‘swirling gift boxes’ theme…and gorgeous jewels!

I didn’t forget gifts for the Nurses!

It IS the ‘season of giving’…and these cost next to nothing, as it is all stuff I keep on hand.  But, I do have to admit, a lot of LOVE went into their creation!

I made two of these counter-top decorations for the wonderful Nurses, Priscilla and Yeseni, who work at my doctor's office.  They had no decorations to cheer them, so I hopped the bus yesterday and presented them!It IS the season of giving...and these cost me nothing but TIME and LOVE!

I made two of these counter-top decorations for the wonderful Nurses, Priscilla and Yeseni, who work at my doctor’s office.  They had no decorations to cheer them, so I hopped the bus yesterday and presented them!

At the local antique shop…

…they’re sure ready for Christmas!

Though not near the lake any longer, Jeremy and Betty kept the name "Lakeside Treasures" when they moved  three block north and two blocks west of their former location on Sheridan Road.  They are now in Jarvis Square (1520 W Jarvis Avenue, Chicago IL 60626  Phone: 773.262.9354).

Though not near the lake any longer, Jeremy and Betty kept the name “Lakeside Treasures” when they moved three block north and two blocks west of their former location on Sheridan Road. They are now in Jarvis Square (1520 W Jarvis Avenue, Chicago IL 60626 Phone: 773.262.9354).

Lots of Santas!

Lots of Santas!

Raggedy Ann has a new friend, a Snowman Santa, complete with a carrot nose!

Raggedy Ann has a new friend, a ‘bundled-up-for-winter’ Snowman, complete with a carrot nose!

There's an adorable Nativity creche, only about six inches wide!

There’s an adorable Nativity creche, only about six inches wide!  Looks like everyone smiled for the camera!

Even cuddly polar bears like to play Santa!

Even cuddly polar bears like to ‘play’ Santa!

On the Magnificent Mile: V

At ZARA

A truly beautiful display window...classy and subdued!

A truly beautiful display window…classy and subdued!

Here's a closer look...though I must say, I'm not fond of seeing little children wearing black!

Here’s a closer look…though I must say, I’m not fond of seeing little children wearing black!

ZARA's signage is quite elegant...nothing kitschy about it!

ZARA’s signage is quite elegant…nothing kitschy about it!