I have wanted to visit the Christkindlmarket in Chicago for several years. Somehow we never made to Chicago over the holidays. Too much going on, too much snow, and too little time kept us from Chicago after Thanksgiving. This year I was determined to make it to the Christmas market, it was the one thing I wanted to do on this visit.
We arrived in Chicago on a Friday evening just before the rain started. We almost made it to the Radisson Blu (free Friday night stay thanks to their last fall promotion) when the heavens opened up. Trying to crush through the crowd under the entry awning with luggage is no fun in the cold rain.
We enjoyed our room for a couple of hours and hit the business lounge for some snacking. I was a little resigned that I was not going to be able to visit the Christmas market on Friday night. We were contemplating hitting the hot tub vs putting on pjs and ordering food.
Around 7:00 it looked like the rain was letting up. By 7:15 I had convinced Daughter to put on the coat, hat and gloves to brave the weather. The rain was down to a light drizzle as we walked to Daley Plaza past the window at Macy’s.
As negative as the weather seemed it was perfect for visiting the market. The wind was not too bad in the plaza and the crowds were pretty small.