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Walking with a Macy's bag in Chicago

I bought a winter jacket at the Water Tower Macy’s and had to carry it back to work down Michigan Avenue. I have to admit I felt pretty self-conscious about it, since most Chicagoans hate Macy’s for killing off Marshall Field’s. (and yeah, this is an old photo from October. Since then I have returned the jacket back to Macy’s, and bought another jacket, only to return that one too. Oh the guilt just kills me!)

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Tom Saaristo
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Go to Banana Republic or Eddie Bauer or Sak’s or Neiman’s or … ANYWHERE … to get a winter jacket. I like the shot though. I think the Chicago Sewer is exactly where Macy’s belongs.

PaperGirl
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Dear Matt: I have never and will never, ever set one little shoe-shopping toe inside Macy’s. Ever. Never. When I first moved to Chicago, going to Marshall Field’s was an instant tradition. I loved it there. I loved everything about it. The building, the history, the connection I had to it before I became a Chicagoan — my grandparents used to meet “in front of the clock” when they went on dates. I’m a big fan of capitalism, but the Macy’s buyout of Marshall Fields was, to me, a gross error in judgment and taste. I’ll never shop there as… Read more »

unlikelymoose
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I don’t understand why Macy’s just didn’t keep the downtown Field’s as Field’s. It just shows how self-righteous New Yorkers can be. Building brand is important. So it’s fine to change all the suburban Field’s into Macy’s. But the downtown Field’s was a landmark. Macy’s is built terrible brand presence in Chicago by changing the downtown Field’s.

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Matt, what were you thinking? I like to mock people who carry around Macy’s bags. It doesn’t solve anything, but makes me feel better 😉

Tom Saaristo
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I had this idea this morning as a way to boycott Macy’s. You know how people used to throw red paint on people who wore fur? I was thinking it would be kinda curious and daring to fill squirt guns with green food dye and squirt people’s Macy’s bags with the dye as a symbol of turning the Macy’s bag back into a Marshall Field’s bag.

unlikelymoose
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two words: duct tape

Teech
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Teech

I UNDERSTAND FREE ENTERPRISE AND THAT COMPANIES OFTEN BUY OTHER COMPANIES , BUT WHEN macy’s BOUGHT FIELD’S AND SHOVED IT IN OUR FACES THEY SHOWED US THAT THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT CHICAGO OR CHICAGOANS.JUST OUR MONEY..SCREW macy’s AND new york. I WILL NEVER SET FOOT IN THAT STORE

Tom Saaristo
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I had to come back and say I am very proud of the fact that I didn’t spend one red cent at Macy’s State Street this Christmas. I managed to get everything I needed at other stores and online. I’m disappointed in those who used to support the Macy’s ban who now say it’s a lost cause to boycott and that they have given in. What a shame. We need to continue to show Macy’s how we feel by shopping elsewhere.