Every Christmas Chicago’s Daley Plaza is transformed into a german Christmas wonderland known as the Christmaskindl Market (http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/). Rows of evergreen covered timber houses sell festive goods under the shadow of Chicago’s Christmas Tree while merry visitors sip mulled wine and eat spiced nuts to the sound of choirs singing. It’s almost as if Rick Steve’s European Christmas were transported to this cement plaza right in the heart of the Loop.
Yesterday Ian and I were lucky enough to have a few moments to run over there on our lunch break and enjoy the [less crowded than the weekends] splendor. This market has a special place in my heart: my father took me here for the first time about five years ago and we went every year until he became ill. My father had been to Germany over ten times and said that this market was remarkably similar to its German counterparts – right down to the vendors, who are all German.
If you have a chance to visit the Christmaskindl Market make sure you (i) stand in the long lines for the glass ornament houses, they’re so worth the visit and (ii) try the spiced wine and eat something with sauerkraut (unless you’re a wuss like Ian).
And don’t forget to snack on some delicious potato pancakes and bratwurst…
For the Love of Nike’ s post on the Christmaskindl Market: http://fortheloveofnike.com/2011/12/02/christkindlmarket-chicago-german-christmas-festival/
TooTallFritz’s post: http://tootallfritz.com/2011/12/11/tacky-christmas-has-arrived/
Vino Con Vista’s post: http://vinoconvistablog.me/2011/12/14/christkindlmarket-chicago-2011/