8 Midwest Cities You'll Love at Christmas
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Chicago: The Walnut Room
Heads tip back, eyes widen and mouths stretch into smiles as guests gaze upon the Great Tree in Macy's State Street Walnut Room restaurant. The 45-foot-tall tree -- swathed in 10,000 twinkling lights -- has lifted Chicagoans' holiday spirits for 103 years.
Despite New York-based Macy's takeover of Chicago's iconic Marshall Field's, Chicagoans have kept the storied Walnut Room holiday tradition alive. Crystal chandeliers, tuxedoed waiters, fairy princesses and a menu with longtime favorites, such as Mrs. Hering's chicken potpie, captivate visitors. The restaurant does not accept reservations during holidays; get a pager so you can shop while you wait. (312) 781-3139; visitmacyschicago.com