On the Magnificent Mile: XI

At American Girl Place
(in Water Tower Place)

To begin, a cheery, beauty of a wreath, to get you in the mood!

To begin, a cheery, beauty of a wreath, to get you in the mood!

Next, a Golden Ribbon and Stars...with every way a little girl can get her wish!

Next, a Golden Ribbon and Stars…with every way a little girl can get her wish!

And then…the DOLLS!

As I understand, these dolls are very coveted by little girls, and you can purchase a ‘girl-size’ matching outfit for your daughter!

Little girl dolls, even baby dolls, and loveable teddies, too!

Little girl dolls, even baby dolls, and loveable teddies, too!  Hope they aren’t cold, sitting in that glittery snow?

Up on the snowy hill...the perfect place for every doll to play...even bay doll seems to be having fun!

Up on the snowy hill…the perfect place for every doll to play…even baby doll seems to be having fun!

Instead of icy igloos, the dolls warm up inside extra-large open ornaments...that's the fantasy of a doll's world, and a very creative display!

Instead of icy igloos, the dolls warm up inside GIANT open ornaments…that’s the fantasy of a doll’s world, and a very creative display!

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On the Magnificent Mile: X

At the Park Hyatt Hotel

It’s not a very technically ‘good’ shot, perhaps because I expected a bit more from this place.  I did much of their original outdoor planting before they opened in 2000, and know the interior quite well.  Though the address is 800 N. Michigan Avenue, this entrance fronts Chicago Avenue.

Pretty BLAH, as festive Christmas decorations go...I did not even go in to photograph their collection of Chihuly glass!

Pretty BLAH, as festive Christmas decorations go…I did not even go in to photograph their collection of Chihuly glass!

The little half-block long ‘western’ Michigan Avenue is where the carriages pick up their clientele, so the horses are always there, like this lovely mare:

All decked out, but she looked very, very bored...she was listening though, as her ears kept flicking back and forth!

All decked out, but she looked very, very bored…she was listening though, as her ears kept flicking back and forth!

If you turn 180 degrees, you face the western facade of the Water Tower, which was one of only a few downtown Chicago buildings to survive the Great Fire of October 8, 1871.

It's been more heavily decorated in past years.  There is usually a photography exhibit inside, but I didn't go in this time, because I had another destination, just kitty-corner across Michigan Avenue!

It’s been more heavily decorated in past years. There is usually a photography exhibit inside, but I didn’t go in this time, because I had another destination, just kitty-corner across Michigan Avenue!

At Water Tower Place

This year's theme is "Charlie Brown's Great Exhibit", sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry.  It's a wonderful change from the somewhat scary 'dancing harlequins' which were used for more than five years!

This year’s theme is “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit”, sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s a wonderful change from the somewhat scary ‘dancing harlequins’ which were used for more than five years!

Smaller trees, such as this one, are at the escalators which lead to the second floor...and are thoughtfully and sumptuously decorated.

Smaller trees, such as this one, are at the escalators which lead to the second floor…and are thoughtfully and sumptuously decorated.

Everywhere else, it’s huge lit snowflakes and lights dripping from the ceiling…quite an arduous installation!

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When you arrive at the second floor atrium, the elevators, normally see-through glass, have been covered with (from this side) several story-high “Peanuts” characters…here’s Lucy and Snoopy!

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After riding to the third floor (and getting my ears re-pierced–Christmas gift to self!), I walked back over to the escalators and found this maquette of the Water Tower…nicely done by ‘unknown’!

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Oh, lest I forget, I did see something I absolutely loved on the third floor…and I don’t remember which store!

Both these outfits belong in my closet, but I really took the shot because those little paper things truly intrigued me!  Maybe next year I'll do something with them as an inspiration?

Both these outfits belong in my closet, but I really took the shot because those little paper things truly intrigued me! Maybe next year I’ll do something with them as an inspiration?

On the Magnificent Mile: IX

At 900 North Michigan Shops

From Wikipedia:900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the eighth tallest building in Chicago and the 25th tallest in the United States. It was developed by Urban Retail Properties in 1988 as an upscale sister to Water Tower Place, one block southeast, and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile. The building features a large, upscale shopping mall called 900 North Michigan Shops.

From Wikipedia:
900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the eighth tallest building in Chicago and the 25th tallest in the United States. It was developed by Urban Retail Properties in 1988 as an upscale sister to Water Tower Place, one block southeast, and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.
The building features a large, upscale shopping mall called 900 North Michigan Shops.

Over the entry doors is this beautifully-designed lighting fixture, heavily decorated for the Christmas shopping season.

Over the entry doors is this beautifully-designed lighting fixture, heavily decorated for the Christmas shopping season.

 

Here's what you see when you stand beneath it...pretty, yes?

Here’s what you see when you stand beneath it…pretty, yes?

Let’s go inside!

At Bernardaud Fine China

At Bernardaud Fine China-1

Let’s take a closer look at that spectacular cup and saucer!

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At Michael Kors

At Michael Kors

At United Colors of Bennetton

At Unknown-Cool Stuff

At MaxMara

At Unknown-Weird

At Christofle of Paris

You can purchase this Menorah for a mere $!,000...pricey, but totally gorgeous silver!

You can purchase this Menorah for a mere $1,000…pricey, but totally gorgeous silver!

But the ‘big draw’ this time of year at 900 North Michigan Shops is on the second floor!

It's several stories high, and simply loaded with ornamentation!

It’s several stories high, and simply loaded with ornamentation!

I got closer and, of course, couldn't resist looking up!

I got closer and, of course, couldn’t resist looking up!

So, look with me, even closer!

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Bloomie's Tree-4

Bloomie's Tree-5

Alas, it was time to leave, so I took one last look as I made a ‘wish’ for all my followers to have a beautiful Christmas season, and that we may all have a very prosperous New Year!

I DO love this giant openwork urn, don't you?  I think, if I put my wish into it, it will roll around inside and filter out to ALL!

I DO love this giant openwork urn, don’t you? I think, if I put my wish into it, it will roll around inside and filter out to ALL!

 

There were so many images…

…I decided to turn Macy’s Christmas Windows into a short video!

Enjoy…and have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!

On the Magnificent Mile: VI

At Louis Vuitton

I guess it's 'lucky' to receive a gift of Louis Vuitton, hence the shamrocks!

I guess it’s ‘lucky’ to receive a gift of Louis Vuitton, hence the shamrocks!?

Because I know you’re curious, here’s a closer look at that sparkly bag, and the details on the coat!

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If you broke all those wishbones properly, would every wish come true?

If you broke all those wishbones properly, would every wish come true?!?

On the Magnificent Mile: IV

Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, looking toward the north from Ontario Street

Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, looking toward the north from Ontario Street

At XXI Forever: “Let the Deals Glow”

The Black Window

The Black Window

The White Window

The White Window

Apparently, black and white are the new black and white!

Christmas Windows at Anna Held Florist and Cafe

The curved window at the corner of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sheridan Road, in the Edgewater Glen Neighborhood of Chicago.  Isn't it splendid...and the 'trees' are made of rolled newspapers!

The curved window at the corner of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sheridan Road, in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood of Chicago. Isn’t it splendid…and the ‘trees’ are made of rolled newspapers!

'Shop Local' is a big thing here...it keeps the dollars in the neighborhoods!  I'm not sure what the '99%' means, but it is quite pretty!

‘Shop Local’ is a big thing here…it keeps the dollars in the neighborhoods! I’m not sure what the ‘99%’ means, but it is quite pretty!

Mmm...it's always a good day for steamy hot chocolate in wintry, windy Chicago--with or without marshmallows!

Mmm…it’s always a good day for steamy hot chocolate in wintry, windy Chicago–with or without marshmallows!  I guess Teddys like it, too!

Whoever decorates these window should be applauded...they are always gorgeous and very creatively designed.  LOVE the tree here!

Whoever decorates these window should be applauded…they are always gorgeous and very creatively designed. LOVE the tree here!

Just to the left of the 'deer window' is...what else?  The 'penguins on ice' window!

Just to the left of the ‘deer window’ is…what else? The ‘penguins on ice’ window!

Here's a close-up of the 'ice'...various Plexiglas (TM) and glass vases and display boxes.  I thought it was very nicely done!

Here’s a close-up of the ‘ice’…various Plexiglas (TM) and glass vases and display boxes. I thought it was very nicely done!