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Marshall Field and Selfridge

October 30, 2013October 30, 2014

When the new ITV and PBS television series Mr. Selfridge launched, it popularized the story of retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge and his success with his London company Selfridge and Co. This series, however, neglects to tell the story of what happened before Selfridge moved to England, specifically the 25 years he spent working at Chicago's Marshall Field and Company.

Beyond breaking new ground in retail, both Field and Selfridge inspired social change. For example, their popularized slogan "give the lady what she wants" helped women gain the freedom to shop and socialize without their husbands. Moreover, their "Bargain Basement" de-stratified economic classes in retail, providing high-quality merchandise at an affordable price.

This panel discussion with Chicago author and historian Gayle Soucek, architectural educator James McKay, and Field and Selfridge expert Alfred Imhoff will consider the still-debated issues of Selfridge's 25 years in Chicago at Marshall Field and Company.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and can be made online. - See more at:

This event is presented by Field's Fans Chicago and the Office of Community Affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Funded grant project of the Illinois Humanities Council.  The Illinois Humanities Council [IHC] is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

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Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Phone: (312) 422-5580
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street, Floor 5 (Millennium Park Room)
Chicago, IL 60602-4801
United States