Saturday, November 29, 2008

We Visit Chicago's Christmas Market

NEW! UPDATED for 2009: Scroll down!
On the evening after Thanksgiving we went to the Christmas Market in downtown Chicago. We thought it would be fun to see it again. There isn't much that is new, but there seems to be an increase in the number of evergreens which makes it smell very good. Since the Chicago Chriskindlmarket is patterned after the one in Nuremburg, Germany, all the huts (that 's the German term for what you might call "booths") are red and white. There are some tasty things to eat and drink, and yesterday we had the leberkaese, which looks like a meat loaf but tastes like a hotdog. It's often the cheapest option in Germany, but in Chicago it is expensive. If you are budgeting, there is a McDonald's across the street which is much cheaper.
This year, there are more lights and figurines, which make the market more attractive. This is an outside walk- around-and-shop activity, including shopping for food and beverage. The gluhwein was expensive, and you had to keep the cup. Also, it was not too warm. I would suggest the cider, and maybe a flask, for a better drink.

Just when we were about to leave, some street musicians playing Christmas jazz showed up. After a little bit, a man clutching a large bag of popcorn--who sang and danced--also appeared. It wasn't clear whether or not he was part of the original group, but it all worked out fine. I had my camera with me, so I can share the moment as well as the photos I took. Hope you enjoy the video. I liked the music and dance!

2009 UPDATE: Information about Chicago's 2009 Christmas Market is now available online in both English and German, with information on vendors as well as food and drink. An events schedule has been posted. Nuremberg's Christkindl, the young girl with golden hair dressed as an angel (or, as the Germans put it, a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown atop her golden locks), will once again travel to Chicago to deliver the official opening ceremony poem in German and English on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, beginning at 4PM.There also is still time to sign your children up for a fun event new this year: a lantern parade at the market! There is a wider variety of German food available this year, and the currywurst (a cut-up bratwurst covered in curried ketchup sauce and curry powder), a popular German snack, makes its first appearance!

Interested in Christmas Markets in Germany? Click here for Wilmette's report!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a new vendor there that specializes in gorgeous one of a kind, handpainted CHICAGO themed ornaments. They have atleast a dozen, and are exlusively designed for this company. You can see them there or order them online. Of course, they are much more beautiful in person.

Dec 10, 2008, 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

The 2nd Annual Chicago Lincoln Square Christkindl Market
December 4-6
Our Twist on a German Tradition

CHICAGO – November 2, 2009 -- The second annual Lincoln Square Christkindl Market kicks off December 4-6! This year promises to bring the sites, sounds and flavors of the season to the square. Strolling musicians, holiday lights and ice sculptures will adorn the streets in the square at Lincoln and Leland.

Under the big heated tent, traditional German food, bratwurst, potato pancakes, goulash and apple strudel will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Gluewhein as you listen to traditional Christmas carols or toast with a beer!

“The Lincoln Square Christkindl Market brings our square alive with tradition, family and fun during the holiday season, and that’s what makes Lincoln Square unique. The chamber is proud to be a co-host of this fine event once again and is thrilled to have the support of 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter,” said Melissa Flynn, Executive Director of the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

Dozens of community and high school choirs will sing during the day at the festival and at night a mixture of rock and jazz. There will also be a “Kids Korner” featuring entertainment, arts and crafts and gingerbread cookie decorating. St. Nicholas will also make an appearance at the market everyday.

“The Lincoln Square Christkindl Market is a wonderful event for kids of all ages. St. Matthias is proud to host this event and to help keep the rich German traditions alive in the German neighborhood,” said Rev. John Sanaghan, St. Matthias Parish.

Musical entertainment headlining the three-day market includes “Out For Hours” on Friday, “Captain Blood Orchestra” on Saturday and the “Sabertooth Jazz Quartet” on Sunday evening. Choral groups performing include the “Lincoln Park Singers”, “St. Matthias School Choir”,

“Northside College Prep Chorus”, “Waters Elementary School Choir”, “St. Hillary School Choir”, “The Sounds of Sweetness”, “The Waldorf School Choir and Orchestra Ensemble”. Other main stage entertainment includes “The Janes Dance Troupe” and “Susan Salidor”.

Hours for the three-day festival are Friday, December 4, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information on the market please check out

Nov 29, 2009, 5:00:00 PM  

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