Jade Phillips, formerly of Minooka, has great insight into the life of the fairies in the Walnut Room at Macy’s, 111 N. State St., Chicago.
Phillips, a graduate of Minooka High School and Columbia College, understands the magical atmosphere in the Walnut Room, where she has worked since 2008.
The iconic Walnut Room, with its grand tradition of having families dine during the holiday season, brings its own special magic this time of year. The 45-foot tall tree is lighted in early November, and families in their best dress come to view the tree, eat and have their wishes granted.
Phillips has developed a special connection to one of the wish granters, a fairy at the Walnut Room. In helping the Minooka-Channahon Life write this story about the life of a fairy princess, Phillips made the connection for us and this is what was relayed, through Phillips, by the fairy herself, of course.
The Snow Fairy, one of the Walnut Room Princesses, told Phillips that she grew up in the North Pole. The fairy said she got her degree in theater at the Fairy Princess Academy of Dramatic Arts.
The princess remembers feeling the magic and traditions of this historic Macy’s restaurant from the moment she first came to the place. At that time, the room was in need of a wish fairy to grant wishes under the great tree, so the Snow Fairy, with her training from the North Pole, was an excellent candidate.
“So every day I get to visit people young and old, sing songs, tell stories and grant wishes,” the princess said. “I’ve loved every minute of every day for the last six seasons.”
About two years ago, the Snow Fairy decided to write a children’s book, which she admitted took the great support of family and friends. With the help of illustrator Chelsea McCombs and uderthe direction of the Flightless Fairy Publishing Company, the fairy published her book.
The book, the fairy said, is based on her journey from the North Pole to Chicago at Christmastime.
The book features many Chicago landmarks and is said to be geared toward children of all ages. The book is sold in the Walnut Room restaurant at Macy’s where the Snow Fairy appears on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until New Year’s Eve.
For information about the book, visit flightlessfairies.com