Tiffany Ceiling | Macy’s | Chicago

by Jim and Melanie

We went to Chicago recently to visits friends, see Porgy and Bess with Daniel at the Lyric Opera, and explore some familiar and new places. Here is one of our favorites. More than 1.6 million pieces are in the Tiffany Studios Favrile glass mosaic on the ceiling of Macy’s fifth floor. It was installed in 1907 in the former Marshall Field & Company store at State and Washington.


Not all thirteen floors are in commercial use. Seven are used. We went to the eighth to look down into the atrium at the shoppers below.


This is the view looking up from the same eighth floor balcony. One of the upper floors still has the equipment formerly used to manufacture the famous Frango Mints.



4 thoughts on “Tiffany Ceiling | Macy’s | Chicago

  1. Steve Gingold

    That is some amazing work. Not much similar is being done these days, I don’t imagine…well, maybe the Tibetan Mandala sand painting but those are for a different purpose, I would think.
    Your shot of the shoppers kindled up my acrophobia. 🙂
    We may not ever see the likes of that architecture again unless the worship of profit should wane someday. I can’t imagine any CEO approving that sort of expense just to sell clothing etc.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      It is a beautiful work. There is more in another post coming soon. It is from another building two blocks away.

      Today, we see big box stores with no character. This store is such a fine example of days long gone.

  2. shoreacres

    Oh, my word. What a beautiful building. The detail work is stunning, of course, but the “bones” of the building are equally marvelous. The glass ceiling reminds me of Les Halles, the old market in Paris. We have our Galleria, and it’s both lovely and a real destination for shoppers from around the world. But it’s not the same as this.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      I guess that is why we keep going back every time we visit Chicago. Things like these are treasures as much as some of the art in the museums.

      I am very happy that you liked this. I hope you can see it in person some day.


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