And this weekend it was announced that Carson Pirie Scott will be closing its downtown location. The closure of the 600,000 square foot store is part of the long decline of State Street, once one of the world's premier shopping districts:
State was once studded with department stores. Among the names gone forever are Montgomery Ward & Co., Rothschild & Co., Schlesinger & Mayer, the Fair, Mandel Bros., Goldblatt Bros. Inc. and others.
Sears left, then came back. Marshall Field's remains, though it is about to become Macy's. Others are long gone.