Carson Pirie Scott & Co.

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Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (1904)
1 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois


STATE STREET STORE DIRECTORY 974,000 sq. ft.

Lower Level
The Honey Bear Shop • Tartan Tray CafeteriaCarson's Budget Store

First Floor
State Fine Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Fashion Watches • Handbags • Dress Accessories • Umbrellas • Hosiery • Gloves • Millinery • Blouses • Slipper Bar • Cosmetics • Wig Bar • Sunglasses
Wabash Leather Goods • Luggage • Wabash Shoe Shop • Cameras • Books • Stationery • Adult Games • Coins & Stamps • Optical Shop • Amlings Flower World • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Active Sportswear • One Plus One • Isle of Man • Men’s Dress Furnishings • Men’s Furnishings • Chicago Shop

Second Floor
State Bed Linens • Bath Shop • Closet Shop • Sewing Center • Fabrics • Art Needlework • RSVP • Daytime Lingerie • Bras • Body Fashions • Leisurewear • Junior Lingerie • Smart Spenders Lingerie • One Step Ahead Intimacies • Maternity Shop • Marimekko Shop
Wabash Men’s Suits • Men’s Outerwear • Men’s Sport Clothing • Student Shop • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Clothing • New Dimensions • European Design • Casual Sportswear • University Shop • Boys Clothing • Boys Furnishings • Boys Prep Warehouse

Third Floor
State Smart Spenders Sportswear • Smart Spenders Dresses • Young Smart Spenders Dresses • Daytime Dresses • Casual Dresses • Women’s Smart Spenders Dresses • Women’s Sportswear • Boys Shop • Girls Shop • Girls Accessories • Sugar n Spice Shop • Children’s World • Young Teens • Preteen Shop • 1 to 6 Shop
Wabash Millinery • Casual Shoes • Shoe Salon • Women’s World • Beauty Salon • Canned Ego • Ice Cream Parlor • Photographic Studio

Fourth Floor
State Ms. Dresses • Ms. Sportswear • Ms. Suits • Ms. Jeans • Leather and Suede Shop • All Weather Coats • South Room Coats • Miss Carson Shop • One Step Ahead Coats • One Step Ahead Dresses • One Step Ahead Sportswear • The Rage • Better Sportswear • Better Blouses • Avenue Shop • Ascot Shop • Six O’Clock Dressing • Young Designers • North Room Coats • Fur Salon • Inner Circle
Wabash Icelander Shop • Junior Savvy Sportswear • Active Sportswear • Junior Attitude • Kenzo Shop • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Bus Stop • Moderate Sportswear • Teen Shop • Wabash Dresses • Wabash Coats

Fifth Floor
State Lamps • Furniture • The Scandinavian Shop • Yuletide Shoppe • Rural America Shop
Wabash Sleep Shop • Concept • Lay-a-way • Customer Service • Toys

Sixth Floor
State Custom-Made Draperies • Decorator Pillows • Decorator Bedspreads • Ready-Made Draperies • Casual Furniture • Rugs and Carpeting • Clock Shop • Major Appliances • Stereos • Records • Hardware • Toys • Sporting Goods • Pictures and Mirrors

Seventh Floor
State Table Linens • Silverware • Dinnerware • Crystal • Decorative Accessories • Bar Shop •
Housewares • Electrical Appliances • Lamps • Floor Care Center • Pet Shop • Bulk Housewares

Eighth Floor
State Highland Room • Heather House • Epicure Shop
Wabash Carson’s Grill

Ninth Floor
State 36 South Restaurant 

BRANCH STORES

Evergreen Plaza (1952/64)
Evergreen Park, IL
239,000 sq. ft.
The Highland Room
Tartan Tray Cafeteria

Woodmar
(1954)
Hammond, IN
110,000 sq. ft.
The Heather Room
 

Edens Plaza (1956)
Wilmette, IL
212,000 sq. ft.
The Buffet

 


Hillside (1956)
Hillside, IL
125,000 sq. ft.
 




Chicago Heights (1959)
1560 Otto Blvd.
60,000 sq. ft.

Randhurst Mall (1962)
Mt. Prospect, IL
198,000 sq. ft.

 



Gateway, Chicago (1967)
120 N. Riverside Plaza
11,000 sq. ft.

 








Yorktown (1968)
Lombard, IL
230,000 sq. ft.
Casa de los Brezos Restaurant
 




Marquette Mall (1969)
Michigan City, IN
81,000 sq. ft.
 
Lakehurst (1971)
Waukegan, IL
231,000 sq. ft.
The Heather Room
Image courtesy Gruen Associates
 








Lincoln Mall (1973)
Matteson, IL
164,000 sq. ft.
The Heather Inn

North Riverside Park
(1975)
North Riverside, IL
180,000 sq. ft.
The Heather Inn

Pierre Moran Mall
(1977)
Elkhart, IN
85,000 sq. ft.

47 comments:

  1. My partner remembers eating at the Restaurant in O'hare airport. Anyone have pics, or rember the name of that Restaurant. He know's it was part of Carson's.

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    1. Mickelberry's

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    2. I recall a Tartan Tray cafeteria at O'Hare in one of the round bits attached to the main terminal -- hadn't realized there was a restaurant...

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  2. They had a branch at the Prudential Center that closed during the '80s. Any other info on that?

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  3. In the 70s, I saw a reference to the Prudential store, but I have had a hard time finding any reference to it in The Chicago Tribune. I would assume it was a small store catering to office workers at the time, much like the Gateway branch.

    BAK

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  4. Carsons aquired the 20 door Block & Kuhl Co. (1865-1960) of Peoria in 1960....B & K had a great history......................

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  6. In the book " What Makes Shopping Centers tick"
    The author says that Carsons had 8 stores by 1960.
    Downtown, Prudential and 6 branches. You have 5 listed prior to 1960. Does anyone know where the 6th one was located?

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  7. Carson's had additional stores, in other Illinois cities, including Aurora, Peoria (CPS purchased Block & Kuhl 1n 1959) and the article could be referring to one of these. When I am able to research the Bock & Kuhl Co., the answer may become clear.

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  8. After Carson's purchased Block & Kuhl, most of those stores formed a separate Peoria-based division from the main Chicago chain. The Aurora and Meadowdale stores were integrated in the Chicago division. The Meadowdale store was destroyed by fire, just a day or two before JFK's assassination.

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  9. Does anyone remember the signature bread CPS served at its restaurant at Honey Bear Farm in Powers Lake, WI - It was the best bread ever and I would like to try to recreate it- Was it an applesauce bread with apple butter or what?

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  10. Is this the old Rau or Raus Store in Chicago Heights?

    Chicago Heights (1959)
    1560 Otto Blvd.
    60,000 sq. ft.

    My Mom used to shop there in the 50's

    refoxx@cox.net

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  11. Hello Roger:

    Yes, it is. Carson's acquired it in 1959 and converted it to Carson's. I believe that the original name was The Rau Store. At first, I looked at the address on Bing Maps Aerial, but it appears to be gone. Later, I found a picture.

    A store could never get away with a hanging sign, such as is shown in the picture, in this day and age of regulations. I assume that it was later changed to Carson Pirie Scott & Co.; I plan to make an exhibit of the former Block & Kuhl stores Carson's bought at the same time. Pictures of these show a vertical, three-block Carson's logo as signage on these stores and I assume that the Chicago Heights store was similar, even though it was a part of the Chicago, not Peoria, division which operated stores all over Illinois and adjoining states.

    Bruce

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  12. Would you care to look more info about the Aurora location that CPS acquired from B&K?

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  13. My Grandmother Blanch Collins worked there downtown in the budget lady's dresses for 35 years. They gave you a pin for certain many years you worked there. I also have her ID card. She passed away in the 70's. I would take the El downtown and surprise her and she would take me to the Tartan for lunch. Great memories..

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  14. We shopped a few times at the downtown store, but we used the Marquette Mall store in Michigan City frequently. I still have the huge crystal punch bowl set, I gave to my mother in the early 1970's. Still as impressive as when I bought it for her. Quality products.

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  15. Carson's had a large store in downtown Kankakee for years - I believe late 1950's to 1990, when it moved to a mall in Bradley where is still exists today.

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  16. Please credit your image sources. The Lakehurst image is owned by Gruen Associates and was loaned for use in my flickr photostream.

    --JR

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  17. I have many, many fond memories of eating in the cafeteria with family and friends from our suburban neighborhood in the 1950's; I remember the napkins had their emblem "CPS"; the hot open-faced roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes were superb, and there were many items from which to choose, all favorites of the times; I am saddened that CPS and Marshall Field & Co. are both gone.

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  18. I worked in the shoe department on State Street for two years in 64 and 65. Then I became a secretary to three buyers in infants, girls acessories and childrens furniture. Their names were Shirley Powell, Betsy Ross and Rich Rudy I was there for awhile and transfered to Basic Stock with Mr. Becker. We would wrote orders for all the stores for the basic merchandise that was sold. I got married at this time and bought my furniture in the Scandinavian Shop. Modern furniture came in style then. They also had an Israel Dept. with all wonderful things made in Israel. My husband also commented that I never came home a day without a CPS purchase in my hand. I took the IC from the South Side of Chgo and a CTA bus to work. I used to eat at the store or Walgreens across the street. What wonderful memories and I am so excited that I found this site.

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  19. Thank you for the memories - I need to update this page with more information that I have found; I am preparing a page for the Carson's stores in outstate Illinois purchased from the Block & Kuhl Co. in 1961. Stay tuned!

    Thanks again,

    Bruce

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  20. My dad was an electrician at the State St store. As a kid I remember going through the bowels of the building, riding the service elevators and seeing all of the odd little offices and workrooms...more mysterious and exciting to me then than any video game odyssey of today.

    You have an excellent site here.

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  21. I grew up in the State Street store and would love to find a menu from the Heather House. Any ideas? Thank you for a fabulous site! Such a trip down memory lane.

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  22. The original Carson's restaurant at Edens Plaza was called the Edinburgh Clock. It had a hand-painted mural of the city of Edinburgh on it's back wall and was a full service restaurant.

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  23. In 1963, when I was 16 years old, I applied for and got a job as a sales representative at Marshall Field's downtown store. I sold fabric yardage. I bought a Singer sewing machine for $99.00with my first paychecks. I still have and use that machine. I loved working at Field's. I usually had a hotdog and shake for lunch at the basement counter but at the holidays my friends would meet me at the Walnut room for a meal. My friends and I always met at "The Clock". I have never shopped at Macy's.

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  24. Carsons' Elkhart store closed in 1980. Carsons would indirectly return to Elkhart via a re-branding of an Elder-Beerman store into a Carsons.

    Carsons also took over the former Wieboldt's store @ Harlem-Irving Plaza after the chain went bankrupt in 1987.

    Additionally, Carsons took over a 63,000 sq ft store formerly occupied by Edward C. Minas until it closed its doors a year or two ago.

    The Woodmar store was originally a 66,000 sq ft two level store. In the mid-sixties, a third level was added and additional space connecting the store to a enclosed mall structure was erected, bringing the square footage to 110,000.

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  25. Hi my name is Lisa Walker and I am not familiar with the department store everyone is talking about, but i was reading all the posts and the memories everybody has shared are truly amazing. My reason for leaving a comment is because; on Christmas Eve I was lucky enough to observe this gentleman throwing a sewing machine in a dumpster. Of course I quickly rushed over to inquire about said sewing machine. He was kind enough to jump in the dumpster and retrieve it for me. When I took the lid off, I was rather amazed by the excellent condition of this sewing machine. It looks like it has only been used a few times. As I was trying to figure It out, I noticed a round gold sticker on the neck of it "Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co; Chicago, IL". So, of course i had to Google some information about the company. I was hoping to maybe find out how old it is and most important find an instruction manual on how to operate the darn thing. LOL. The top of the sewing machine is an olive green and the bottom is white. If anyone has any information on this particular item, please don't hesitate to email me. lwalker1968@gmail.com. Sorry to have rambled on and on, but I am 45 yrs old and this is my first sewing machine. I'm excited!!!!!!

    Thank You,

    Lisa

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  26. Hello! I am looking for more information about my Grandma, she was an illustrator for Carson's during the mid 40's to 50's. Do you know where I can find out information?

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  27. Hello, my name is Diane, and I was given a set of very old wooden nesting tables. On the under side of the smallest one there is a gold tag that says Made in England Expressly for Carson Pirie Scott And Co. Would anyone have any idea how old they might be, or what their value might be?

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  28. Does anyone have the recipe for the Heather House Pie that they served at the restaurant?

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    1. I worked as a waitress while putting myself through college. I started there in high school. My first job. The Heather House pie was basically baked Alaska. It had a graham cracker crust, filled with vanilla ice cream. They froze the pie and then made a meringue. The frozen pie was topped with that and quickly placed under the broiler to toast the merengue. Then back into the freezer. The sauce was serve hot over the pie and it was butterscotch sauce. You'll use an ice cream sauce and just warm it.

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  29. Bob Craycraft30 May, 2014 09:43

    If anyone would like to see Carson Pirie Scott captured on film, watch "Rent a Cop" with Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli. Some great behind-the-scenes shots as well as the expected sales floors.

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  30. I miss the flag ship Carson Pirie Scott store on State Street. That location was the most upscale store of all Carson's. CPS & Co. should have never sold the landmark building and have kept it and maintained it to it's original elegance. It's sad that is no longer Carson Pirie Scott. Now it's a Target discount store.

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  31. I found a hard cover black journal:
    Carson Pirie Scott & Co
    Adams, Franklin and Market Streets
    Chicago
    The Great Central Market
    Deparments
    This Store Directory refers to each floor having - West Room, North Room and Main Room
    Jewelry was on the fifth floor
    Who was Fred E Clark

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  32. I found a hard cover black journal:
    Carson Pirie Scott & Co
    Adams, Franklin and Market Streets
    Chicago
    The Great Central Market
    Deparments
    This Store Directory refers to each floor having - West Room, North Room and Main Room
    Jewelry was on the fifth floor
    Who was Fred E Clark

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  33. I found a hard cover black journal:
    Carson Pirie Scott & Co
    Adams, Franklin and Market Streets
    Chicago
    The Great Central Market
    Deparments
    This Store Directory refers to each floor having - West Room, North Room and Main Room
    Jewelry was on the fifth floor
    Who was Fred E Clark

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  34. I began my retail career at Carson's as an assistant dept manager in 1975 at Yorktown and was promoted into various depts. By 1977, I was promoted to Assistant Store Manager of the Aurora store which was located in downtown Aurora. It was the old Block & Kuhl store and it was quite interesting to work there. We had a different mix of people who shopped there so we brought in merchandise that was not normally seen in the other Carson's stores. We would have Moonlight Madness sales that were held late at night and attracted some very strange customers. We also had a wonderful restaurant in the store and an old elevator that was run by an attendant. It was very unique! That store closed long ago and the building is still there and is now vacant.

    In 1979, I was promoted back to Yorktown as an Assistant Store Manager. Our sales volume at that time was $26 million per year and I was the youngest Assistant Store Manager in Carson's history.Carson's was a wonderful employer and I have many fond memories of the State Street store, too. We would go to State Street for meetings and to pull merchandise for the Yorktown store. I loved the State Street store especially the lovely columns on the first floor.

    Someone asked about the Prudential store. It was very small and similar to the Gateway store. It only sold women's clothing and accessories. Carson's would use both of those stores to train new managers and then transfer them to either the buying office or to other branch stores as assistant managers. The Prudential store was closed in the 1980's. Gateway remained open, but I don't remember when it was finally closed. Glad I found this site!

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  35. I too have fond memories of the downtown store and eating at the Tartan Tray on special trips downtown with my sister and mother. I liked it so much I worked at the downtown store in Juniors after High School and then a few years later worked at the Prudential store. I never stepped foot outdoors some days I took the IC to the Randolph Station and walked upstairs to the Prudential Building. It closed in 1984 because of construction happening to the Prudential Bldg and they choose not to reopen. Then I started my career at the Holiday Inn Lakeshore drive as a Reservationist (remember the Pinnacle?) That too is history the hotel is a W now.

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  36. I purchased an old santa and reindeer sleigh set that was historically displayed in the Aurora Dept store...was hoping to get more information on it. it's almost life-sized...fiberglass I think. Reindeer are on cast iron posts...if anyone has info please share

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  37. I remember a large display Santa and sleigh that we used in the windows at Christmas in the Aurora store in the 1970/s when I was the Assistant Store Manager. What was so unique about Aurora was that we had large display windows that went around the outside of the store and we had to change them often. We had a display room full of props and it was fun to design the windows. It was a collarborative effort between the managers since there was no visual merchandising dept at that store. I have no real info about your santa and sleigh except it was probably purchased just for that store from a vendor who sold props for display in retail stores. I'm happy to know that you own it and it didn't end up in a landfill. Enjoy!

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  38. I worked at the Edens Plaza Carson's part time from 1984-1999. They remodeled it in the mid-90's. Before the remodeling they had a restaurant and their designer wear was called the Rotunda. I worked in the Customer Service Dept and have some great memories of the store and it's history. I was able to walk through the second floor during the remodeling and there were this great wall murals which looked like it would have been in the children's dept, that were covered up from what I could only assume was a previous remodeling. When I started in 1984 I had to work a switchboard that you would see in the 1950;s that you wore headphone for and wires to connect the outside calls to phones in the store. It is still one of the nicer Carson's but it not the same store as the store I worked for all those years ago,

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  39. I have a Walnut Dining Room Set that I brought back to IL decades ago from my grandmother's in KS; when she wanted a smaller set. I remember all my family dinners using the table with my Great-Grandmother and Grandparents. My family still laughs at me on holidays but one those childhood memories; I just can't part with. To move it from home to home; the table has to be remove in order not to scratch. When doing so on one of the lower leg sides on the top center is a Carson Pirie Scott Shipping Tag (Ticket Number) from Franklin & Adams Chicago to KS. I'm pretty sure the original building is gone but could tell me when Carson Pirie Scott was in business at Franklin and Adams or possibly had a warehouse there?

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  40. The “Old” Rau store in Chicago Heights burned rather thoroughly in 1939 or 1940. The new store was the largest in town and included a merry-go-round (I think, I don’t remember which way it rotated) on the second floor as part of the Christmas doings.
    TomO

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  41. Does anyone remember the wonderful Christmas displays inside the store by pictures with Santa. I have a number of memories and am trying to find info to confirm. One memory is Santa's workshop where you started the line by receiving a Christmas stocking and then proceeded through the line filling it until you reached Santa. Another memory is the year they did Animals of the North Pole. I recall various animals being in the line to Santa. (this is the one I am trying to confirm because many think I have made this up) PLEASE HELP, thanks

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  42. Do any of the current Carson's stores still have in-store restaurants?

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  43. hello, looking for old photos of the carson pirie scott department which was located in ottawa,il. looking for exterior and interiors photos especially the restaurant. please reply and send me you email to reply directly. thanks

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  44. I can be reached by e-mail at bakgraphics@comcast.net

    I have not seen pictures of that store.

    -Bruce

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