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Dreams of Field’s: Famed Chicago Store Embarks on Overhaul

Marshall Field’s is reinventing its wheel with a three-month renovation of its State Street flagship in Chicago and an expanded vendor leasing program.

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The retailer will devote more than 20,000 square feet to its oriental rug gallery, which will make it one of the largest rug collections in the country, Hughes said.

Despite the fact that many chains have struggled since Sept. 11, 2001, Hughes said the extensive renovation to the State Street store was not a difficult sell.

“An advantage of being part of the Target Corp. is that they have a good understanding of the legacy and tradition of Marshall Field’s and they’re committed to preserving it,” he said. “It wasn’t hard to sell the corporation on this.”
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