One of the city’s major retail and cultural centers, Union Square also refers to the actual park bordered by Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton streets. It was named before the Civil War as a tribute to the frequent demonstrations in support of the Union troops. The park underwent a major renovation in 2002, changing from grass to granite. That was criticized by some, but for the most part people enjoy meeting there to watch the hustle and bustle of cable cars, hotels, and throngs of shoppers.
Union Square is a paradise for shoppers, featuring numerous department stores—including the venerable Macy’s flagship store, which covers almost two city blocks—as well as exclusive high-fashion boutiques, such as Armani and Dior. The streets are also filled with fine art galleries, featuring the works of greats like Picasso and Chagall as well as those of contemporary artists. Union Square is also San Francisco’s main theater district, offering historic, glorious buildings in which to view Broadway and off-Broadway shows as well as smaller local productions.
Located inside the intersection of Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton streets.