Macy’s Washington Street displays…

…bespeak the gift of entertaining, with mostly traditional themes.

Have a look!

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But…these beautiful vitrines were not created by Macy’s display staff!

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It’s really nice to know that the students seem very interested in carrying on Christmas traditions…and my congratulations to all of them…it’s a marvelous display!

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Merry Christmas to all, and don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa, and some treats for the reindeer, too!

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Shoes! Gah-lor-ee-yus SHOES!

At AKIRA on State Street in the Chicago Loop!

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Some are wonderful…others look as if they came from a cartoon strip!

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And MY favorite?

This pair, from Chinese Laundry!

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Soooo very elegant, aren’t they?

Just a bit early…

…or is Macy’s just a bit needy?

As I walked up Washington Street in downtown Chicago yesterday, I was taken aback with the Christmas decorations already up inside Macy’s (formerly Marshal Field’s) State Street store.  The main State Street windows are still under construction, but the interior of the first floor seems to be in full Christmas season regalia.  I didn’t have time to step inside as I was on my way to vote EARLY…maybe next week, I’ll go downtown again, stop in, and see how much progress is being made on the Great Tree in the Walnut Room restaurant!

 

 

 

There are times…

…when an image just calls out, “Please…Photoshop me!”, and this was one of those times.

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Original Image

After cropping, adjusting Levels to .81, setting Brightness at 5%/Contrast at 45% and adding Photo Filter #85 (Warming) at 27%, this was the resulting finished image:

State Street Caladiums and Begonias

But…as you know by now, I like to ‘play’…and it was one of those ‘watercolory’ type of days which I feel made the image quite perfect!

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Digital Watercolor

Almost 91 years old…

…and still going strong!

The Chicago Theatre–State Street/Lake Street in the Chicago Loop

From the Chicago Theatre’s website, where you can also view several pictures of the interior:

The grandeur of The Chicago Theatre often leaves its visitors breathless. The elegant lobby, majestic staircase and beautiful auditorium complete with murals above the stage and on the ceiling, are components of an amazing building called “the Wonder Theatre of the World” when it opened on October 26, 1921.

The Chicago Theatre was the first large, lavish movie palace in America and was the prototype for all others. This beautiful movie palace was constructed for $4 million by theatre owners Barney and Abe Balaban and Sam and Morris Katz and designed by Cornelius and George Rapp. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain.

Built in French Baroque style, The Chicago Theatre’s exterior features a miniature replica of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, sculpted above its State Street marquee. Faced in a glazed, off-white terra cotta, the triumphal arch is sixty feet wide and six stories high. Within the arch is a grand window in which is set a large circular stained-glass panel bearing the coat-of-arms of the Balaban and Katz chain – two horses holding ribbons of 35-mm film in their mouths.

The grand lobby, modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles, is five stories high and surrounded by gallery promenades at the mezzanine and balcony levels. The grand staircase is patterned after that of the Paris Opera House and ascends to the various levels of the Great Balcony.

The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, more than one half of a city block wide, and nearly as long. The vertical sign “C-H-I-C-A-G-O,” at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the sign and marquee are landmarks in themselves, as is the 29-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ.

Read more here.

These shots were taken last Saturday afternoon while walking north on State Street.  Here’s a view of the theatre from the intersection with Benton Place–notice the water storage tank (used in case of a stage fire) and the signage painted on the brick, making it obvious that the tall building on the south side of Benton did not exist when the theatre was built!

The Chicago Theatre (south facade)–Benton Place

It was not…

…a typical Saturday afternoon on State Street here in Chicago.  A ‘festival with no name’ closed the street to traffic from Van Buren Street all the way north to Lake Street.

There were Mexican dancers on the sun-dappled asphalt…

…a fencing demonstration…

…and, curiously, a man and a woman abseiling down the facade of the Wit Hotel!

There were maps every so often, showing what was where (a lot of tents distributing business brochures), but no mention of a title for this unusual presentation.  There was loud music everywhere, sounding very conflicting, and the few businesses I stopped in had no notice of the street closure.

Quite surprising, but on the whole, it made for some good images, don’t you think?