The Great Tree: a Chicago holiday tradition for over a century

The Great Tree: a Chicago holiday tradition for over a century
The Great Tree 2019. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Macy’s on State Street kicks off the holiday season with
the return of its iconic holiday traditions. Beginning on November 6

Macy’s 114th Annual Great Tree

For 114 years, the Great Tree has been the centerpiece of the Chicago holiday season. This year’s Great Tree theme features a journey of discovery and triumph as a very special reindeer takes to the
sky to help Santa Claus bring joy to millions of children, all made possible when she finally believed.

Located inside the historic Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street, the Great Tree stands 45-feet-tall and hangs from the ceiling versus sitting on its base.

Since the tree hangs from the ceiling, the very firstpiece to be installed is the star that sits on top. Section by section, the team steadily lifts, constructs
and decorates the tree from the top down until completed. Generations of families have grown up withthis holiday tradition, making a point to visit the illustrious tree.

Holiday Dining in the Walnut Room

The beloved holiday dining experience returns to the Walnut Room on a reservation-only basis throughOpen Table. The Walnut Room will feature its holiday menu, including Mrs. Hering’s beloved chickenpot pie, cider glazed turkey as well as Frango® ice cream pie and more.

Holiday dining in The Walnut Room starts today, November 6 and continue through January 9, 2022.

All customers dining in the Walnut Room will also have the opportunity to walk around the Great Tree and take a photo.

Reservations are required and must be booked exclusively on

Additional information about the holiday dining experience is available at

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