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Friday, September 08, 2006

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Marshall Fields in Chicago has closed its doors for the last time. After more than 150 years as one of Chicago's leading retailers, Marshall Fields has disappeared into the history books. Tomorrow the Fields flagship store on State Street will open as Macy's, the chain synonymous with Thanksgiving parades and New York City.

Chicagoans are not happy about the change. Protests have been underway since the announcement was made months ago, with petitions and letters pouring in to Macy's parent company, Federated. A large demonstration is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning. These activities have united many Chicagoans in support of one of the city's icons.

But Federated feels the name change will pay off in the long run - and so the clock is ticking toward the end of an era.

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