AtoZ Blog Challenge – M- Marshall Fields


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When I was a little girl, my mother would take me to see the dolls in the toy department at Marshall Field’s. There were electric trains in cases that the children who were tall enough, could stand, nose to glass, to watch go around. It was a time when strangers helped children find their mothers who had gotten lost! Field’s is a part of the story where generations of children have ridden the escalators while holding their mother’s hand. I couldn’t write a novel set in Chicago without writing about Field’s. If you have time you can read an earlier Chicago Tour Blog I wrote about this special place.

When the cab pulled up at Fields, over two hundred and fifty protesters were gathered under the famous Fields clock at State and Randolph. Katherine, led Elizabeth into the throng. Everyone was sharing their stories. A woman standing next to Katherine said, “I brought my granddaughter here when she was little to buy a Rothschild coat, and was told they no longer carried them. I was indignant. I told the sales woman, ‘My mother bought my Rothschild coats here, I bought my daughter’s coats here, and I am here to buy my granddaughter a coat!’”
They stood for over an hour listening to one another’s remembrances, united in their deep regret that Fields’ would no longer be called Field’s. When it was time to head back to the office, Katherine said, “Chicago cares about local lore, forget official titles. It will be a long time before Comiskey Field is called the U.S. Cellular Field or Marshall Field’s is called Macy’s. You can count on that.”  From my new novel, Facing East


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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7 Responses to AtoZ Blog Challenge – M- Marshall Fields

  1. Marshall Fields is my all-time favorite store. Especially at Christmas.

    • My mother never learned to drive and so we would take the train downtown from Evanston. In the new book I write about seeing the dolls at Christmas time when Field’s had a huge toy department. In my mind’s eye, the walls were covered in doll cases. Perhaps you went to Field’s before the big box stores took over selling toys. Thanks for visiting my blog. Come back soon.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Ah, Marshal Fields and the glass elevator and those mints! Wonderful memories…

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    One the last trips I took my mom on was to Chicago and of course to Marshall Fields. She remembered it as a girl growing up.

  4. John Holton says:

    You know about me and Mary and our relationship with Marshall Field’s. Need I say more?

  5. Been there twice. Awesome place. Don’t ask for rings under $10 there. They will laugh. 🙂

  6. DonnaMcDine says:

    I’ve never been to Chicago, but I remember Macy’s in NYC fondly during the Christmas season! Still do!

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