Macy’s holiday display shows Chicago buildings on New York streets


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CHICAGO – Macy’s is garnering some attention for a confusing holiday display.

According to, the Macy’s on State Street is sporting a new window display in its store. The artwork depicts two people, Alex and Bella, who travel the world for the holidays on Santa’s sleigh. Their last stop is “The best place to celebrate in the galaxy,” where down below the Macy’s Day Parade is seen roving through the streets of Manhattan.

The confusion: The buildings are from Chicago, not New York.

The display clearly shows the Willis Tower and the Crains Communications building, two of the most recognizable structures along Chicago’s skyline. A building strongly resembling the Hancock tower is also seen in the background.

The department store is claiming the move was intentional. Macy’s spokeswoman Andrea Schwartz told Chicagoist:

“We are thrilled to have a new theme and story to tell this year in our animated holiday windows, ‘Santa’s Journey to the Stars.’ We have teams in NYC and Chicago who work on the creation of these ‘imaginative’ windows and not always are they true to geography. We hope people enjoy the newness.”

According to the report, Schwartz added, “We also wanted to showcase Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC – but wanted to make sure the viewer saw Chicago first.”

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