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Shopping and Savoring the Best of Chicago’s Flavors


 The Walnut Room’s famous chicken pot pie. (Photo: Macy's State Street)
The Walnut Room’s famous chicken pot pie. 
When you’re in a zone—a shopping zone in this case—the last thing you want to do is stop and think about where you’re going to grab a bite. Lucky for you, a number of prominent retail department stores, luxury boutiques and others have taken this dilemma into account so that customers don’t have to succumb to the evils of fast-food joints. The department store dining experience started at Marshall Field’s in the late 1890s when an employee in the millinery department treated her clients to home-made chicken pot pies. Word soon spread to other departments in the store and demand was such that she started selling them on a regular basis. The manager eventually carved out a space on the seventh floor to sell her now-famous chicken pot pies as well as sandwiches, soups and other bites.