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The 45-ft.-tall lighted Great Tree in the Walnut Room at Macy's State Street in Chicago

The Great Tree Lighting & Buffet at The Walnut Room in Macy’s State Street

The Walnut Room, located in Macy’s State Street, is one of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks, is known for its spectacular holiday decor and special holiday menu. Many people visit the restaurant annually to see and dine alongside the lighted 45-foot Great Tree that graces the restaurant each November through early January.

The Great Tree hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room and is decorated with over 1,200 ornaments and 15,000 sparkling lights.

The Great Tree Lighting Ceremony is held in early November and includes a live performance by a top star.

The tree lighting kicks off the holiday season at Macy’s on State Street. Following the ceremony, Santaland at Macy’s State Street opens for the season. Be sure to visit Santa and view the animated holiday window displays on State Street.


The Walnut Room’s Special Holiday Menu and The Great Tree Buffet

The Walnut Room at Macy's State Street in Chicago, set up for holiday festivities.

The Walnut Room serves a special holiday menu from early November to early January. Enjoy the Great Tree Buffet, which includes a special kids buffet, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Or, order a la carte plated options that are additional to the buffet. Wine and holiday cocktails, non-alcoholic refreshers and desserts are also available.


$30 adults; $11 kids 12 and under; tots under 12 months free


Service hours vary; please check out this listing: The Great Tree Holiday Hours.


Limited reservations are available. Make a reservation here or join the Walnut Room seating waitlist the day of your arrival by visiting the 7th floor iPad/tech station. The wait time varies throughout the day and day of week. During peak lunch hours of 11:00 am-4:00 pm, the wait can be up to 3+ hours. The shortest waits are usually for weekdays, early morning breakfast buffet and any time during the weeks before Thanksgiving or after the Christmas holiday.

For more information, visit this page.


Take Part in Other Macy’s State Street Holiday Events & Write a Letter to Santa

Check out other holiday events at Macy’s State Street here and, while you’re in the store, write a letter to Santa and drop it in the red Believe letterbox—for every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to create life-changing wishes to critically ill children all across the country.

Location Details

Macy's State Street
111 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60602