Union Square is undoubtedly the heart of downtown San Francisco shopping. Like any good plaza should be, it is the perfect meeting point or rest stop for any weary urban wanderer. Often hosting art shows and the site of the city’s giant Christmas tree and holiday ice rink, the square’s offerings change throughout the year.
At the center of Union Square is the Dewey Memorial, a dedication to Admiral George Dewey’s victory at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War, erected in 1903. The plaza is bounded by the historic Westin St. Francis hotel, Macy’s and numerous other internationally renowned shops. It featured the first underground parking structure when it was added in the early 1940s.
In 2002, Union Square reopened to its current paved appearance, allowing for more walking space and easier maintenance. Today, the square features two cafes and a ticketing booth for discounts on local shows.