I went to Chicago for the Thanksgiving holiday to visit my daughter and family and after our big dinner on Thursday we wanted to get out in the sunshine and do a little sightseeing. Every year from the day before Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve Chicago puts on one of the most authentic German Christmas Markets outside of Germany. I was able to visit this market a few years ago so knew what fun was in store for us as we made our way downtown to Daley Plaza. The weather was perfect, cold and sunny with little wind, so we expected the market to be crowded, but we had no idea!!!! It was difficult to move from one spot to another and getting decent photos was a real challenge. The pictures I did take give you an idea of what the market is like and how fun and festive it is. A giant sculpture by Picaso overlooks the Plaza and all the market stalls. The Chicago Picasso, an unpainted, three-dimensional, cubist sculpture stands 50 feet tall and weighs 162 tons.
It was so crowded when we arrived that the only pictures I could take were looking up.
Beautiful old buildings are reflected in the glass exteriors of new ones.
If you are a stein collector you would love this booth.
A dozen of my nut booths at my farmers’ market would fit into this one that sells roasted nuts and lebkuchen.
There are as many kinds of lebkuchen as there are varieties of sugar cookies. This lebkuchen is dense and spicy.
Bees wax candles, lotions and ornaments
The famous Nuremberg sausages, as big around as your finger and about a foot long. Sauerkraut and mustard are the usual toppings.
Kathé Wohlfahrt’s shop – rows of wall to wall ornaments, pyramids, tree toppers and gift items.
Lighted paper stars
After we had our fill of shopping we headed to Millenium Park and Navy Pier. This photo of “The Bean” was taken from the ice skating rink lower level. It looks like a giant space ship rising out of the trees.
I had never been to Navy Pier before and can understand why it is such a popular place in nice weather.
I hope you enjoyed this little look at Chicago’s Christkindlmarket. If you live nearby or have the opportunity to visit the city during the holiday season this is an event you don’t want to miss.