There will be added star power at the Walnut Room of Macy’s State Street store as TV and radio personality and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest kicks off a cherished Chicago holiday tradition next week.
Seacrest, joined by a 4-year-old Make-A-Wish child, will light the “Great Tree” — a tradition launched by the former, much-missed Marshall Field’s 107 years ago. Joining in this year’s noon Nov. 8 celebration will be Mt. Prospect’s own Lee DeWyze, the winner of season 9 on “American Idol.” DeWyze will sing three songs as part of the festive event.
The Macy’s Great Tree stands 45 feet tall and will be adorned by 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights. New this year: a light show adding extra oomph to the tree with four color themes happening each hour.
Also on Nov. 8, Macy’s will unveil its popular holiday windows along State Street. This year’s theme is “The Journey of the Christmas Wish,” and will happen to coincide with the store’s opening at 9 a.m. that Saturday.