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.
Daughter hunted down the best deal for a souvenir mug of hot chocolate at a vendor as we browsed. We could also smell the famous hot spiced wine from other guests as we visited the booths. There were chocolates, butter cookies, brats, nuts, crepes and all sorts of holiday goodies to snack on.
There were so many booths to shop for Christmas ornaments. We took a look at each shop before deciding on our ornament for this years tree.
We saw so many items that would make great Christmas gifts. Nativities, clocks, carvings and chocolates.
It was a great evening to look around. The rain ended and we spent over an hour looking at everything offered at the Christkindlmarket. I would like to go back again next season, maybe make it a yearly event.
The Christkindlmarket is open November 17 – December 24th. Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 8pm. Friday and Saturdays from 11am -9pm. They close early on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
More information can be found at their website here: http://www.christkindlmarket.com/chicago/