Roaming Around at the Christkindlmarket Chicago 2017

Roaming Rich finally got to go to downtown Chicago to make my annual visit to the Christkindlmarket Chicago.  A visit here and to Chicago always gets me in the holiday mood.  The Christkindlmarket was started in 1996 as way to bring German culture and trade to the Midwest. The Market is based on the markets found throughout Germany and Europe.  The market takes place in Daley Plaza underneath the Picasso sculpture, just a block from the Macy's(Marshall Field's) flagship store on State Street.  From the minute you enter the very popular and crowded Christkindlmarket you are transported to the traditional Christmas markets found throughout Europe.  The vendors are all set up in wooden stalls selling everything from glass ornaments, wood carvings, blown glass, and other temptations from Germany to Peru!  The food is plentiful with options from traditional bratwurst, potato pancakes, spiced nuts and very tempting candies and sweets.  There is even a very popular beer hall.  A visit to the Chicago Christkindlmarket is a great way to greet the holiday season! The Chicago Christkindlmarket goes until December 24, 2017.  There are two other locations, one at Wrigley Field and in Naperville.  You can get the information at: www.christkindlmarket.com

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 A Sign in a mix of German and English greets you at the entrance.

A Sign in a mix of German and English greets you at the entrance.

 

 

 The booths are laid out around the square.

The booths are laid out around the square.

 If beer stein is on your list, you can find a wide selection here!

If beer stein is on your list, you can find a wide selection here!

 The Food choices are many!

The Food choices are many!

 Plenty of bratwurst to go around!

Plenty of bratwurst to go around!

 Spicing up the nuts!

Spicing up the nuts!

 Plenty of ornaments to choose from!

Plenty of ornaments to choose from!

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 And you better be nice or Krampus has some ideas for you!

And you better be nice or Krampus has some ideas for you!

 Roaming Rich after a great visit to the Christkindelmarket! (He should have worn a hat....brrrr!)

Roaming Rich after a great visit to the Christkindelmarket! (He should have worn a hat....brrrr!)

 And don't forget to get your Gluehwein, Cider or Hot Chocolate in a commemorative mug!

And don't forget to get your Gluehwein, Cider or Hot Chocolate in a commemorative mug!