Thursday, October 31, 2019
Macy's on State Street Presents 112th Annual Great Tree Lighting, 52nd Holiday Window Display (Chicago, IL.)
WHAT: Macy’s Great Tree Lighting with Jeff Gennette and Brian King Joseph (12 p.m.)
Macy’s invites customers to Believe in the Wonder that makes the holidays everyone’s favorite time of year during the 112th lighting of the Great Tree at Macy’s on State Street. Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette will join “America's Got Talent” electric violinist Brian King Joseph and a very special Make-A-Wish® child to kick-off Macy’s Believe campaign and the holiday season.
Below are fun facts about the Great Tree at Macy’s on State Street:
· This year, the world-famous Great Tree emulates the Believe in the Wonder theme through the wonder of giving. It features large gifts and festive silver, gold and red colors.
· The centerpiece of the holiday season in downtown Chicago features more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights.
· The Great Tree is 45-feet tall and hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room, the very first restaurant in a department store and the nation’s longest continuously-running restaurant. Since it hangs from the ceiling, the very first piece to be installed is the star that sits on top. Section by section, the Great Tree is steadily lifted, constructed and decorated from the top down until completed.
· A time lapse video of last year’s Great Tree installation is available at this link.
Macy’s Holiday Windows: viewing begins at store opening (10 a.m.)
The 52nd Annual Holiday Windows at Macy’s on State Street will be on display Saturday, November 2, 2019, through January 5, 2020. Macy’s will inspire Chicagoans Believe in the Wonder through the animated story of Sunny the Snowpal and her dedication to making sure Santa’s sleigh travels safely on Christmas Eve.
Guests of all ages are invited to visit and get their picture taken with Santa Claus daily through December 24. Santaland hours and details are available at macys.com/Santaland.
WHEN: Noon on Saturday, November 2
WHERE: Macy’s State Street
111 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60602
WHAT: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration at Maxwell Street Market
WHEN: Sunday, November 3
10 a.m.–2 p.m. - Free Admission
(Market Hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
WHERE: Maxwell Street Market
800 S. Desplaines St.
Día de los Muertos Celebration
The Day of the Dead commemoration is FREE family fun featuring traditional arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, live music and more! The event will celebrate the Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday combining ancient Aztec customs of remembering ancestors during “All Soul’s Day.” For a complete schedule, visit maxwellstreetmarket.us.
Arts Activities (while supplies last)
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Create your own Altars / Ofrendas to design and take home! Local artist Patricia Dominguez will provide altars and have decorative elements for purchase.
- Sugar Skulls - Local artist Araceli Carrillo will guide participants in decorating sugar skulls or calaveras. These colorful skulls have become one of the most popular signifiers of Day of the Dead.
- Free pumpkins to decorate and take home.
- Son Monarcas a Latin Folk Fusion ensemble led by Mercedes Inez Martinez and Irekani Ferreyra.
For over a century, the historic Maxwell Street Market has been offering an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare items. The market is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, including tamales, banana leaf-wrapped tamales, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes.
Programming at Maxwell Street Market is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit maxwellstreetmarket.us or on facebook @MaxwellStreetMarket.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019