Chicago’s German ChristkindlMarket

Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 1At Christmastime, Chicago becomes over-run with European Christmas traditions, thanks to Chicago’s one-and-only Christkindlmarket. This German Christmas Market, run by the German American Services, encompasses the entirety of Daley Plaza and is absolutely brimming with German goodies: everything from cheese fondue, Bavarian cuckoo clocks and glass ornaments to mulled wine, authentic German stollens and gingerbread can be found here. And while I know Christmas was a few weeks ago, visiting the Market has become a family tradition and I wanted to share our very last 2014 Christmas adventure with you!Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 2 Hubby and I met up with the crazies (last seen here) — my Mom and sis — the day before Christmas Eve for some last-minute shopping and Christmas adventures.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 3We tried to take a family photo together but inevitably whenever the three of us try to shoot together, one of us always ruins it with talking or rambunctious laughing. Family #Fail. Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014As I mentioned earlier, the Market is set in the heart of Daley Plaza… Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 6Surrounding this untitled Picasso Statue.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 5Little cottages and shops line the entire market with a gigantic central Christmas tree towering over the merry crowds. This Christmas market is actually considered one of the best in the world due to its excellent vendors and charming atmosphere.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 4Emmie passed the Baked Cheese shop and got HUNGRY! So we headed over to the food cottages to pick up a variety of nibbles…
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 7 Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 8 Like bratwurst for Hubby,
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 10 And piling orders of potato pancakes and sauerkraut for us. After snagging some hot mulled wine and beer, we headed into one of the indoor dining halls to enjoy our German feast.
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 11 The dining hall even has its own chandelier.
Mulled Wine and Glitter Nails My festive manicure of gold glitter-dipped white nails (Deborah Lippmann ‘Amazing Grace’, here with Essie ‘Rock at the Top’ Glitter, currently sold out). Mulled Wine and Beer Toast A family toast to the holidays!German Potato Pancakes with Sauerkraut Being half-Polish with a decent amount of German blood too, Potato Pancakes are an entire food group for me! I live for the perfect potato pancake: crispy, appropriately greasy and soft on the inside. And while I will always firmly believe that my mother makes the best (hers are crispy and thin like crepes… I promise to share her recipe soon!) these are fairly decent stand-ins.Chicago German Potato Pancakes with Sauerkraut Potato Pancake with Sauerkraut BiteGerman Kraut Happiness!
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 21After finishing our meal we waited in line for our favorite shop: the Candy Cottage!
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 15Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 24LK Bennett London Darwin Shearling CoatWhat else is there to do when you’re waiting in line than take outfit pictures? Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 16Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 20Before you even enter the Candy Cottage you can smell the intoxicating smell of cinnamon roasted nuts wafting out of the cottage and settling among us poor souls waiting in line.

There is nothing in this world that smells quite as divine as freshly made cinnamon roasted nuts. They ARE the smell of Christmas! So when we finally were admitted to the cottage we immediately grabbed a bag and munched as we continued shopping through the candy aisles…
Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 18 brimming with every flavor of hard candy, Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 19 and piles and piles of German cookie imports, like these little Stollen pieces. Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 17 Sis looking gorgeous in the hideous overhead lights of the candy cottage (why didn’t I get those genes?).Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 14Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 22 After leaving the candy cottage with significantly more shopping bags (if you go the day before Christmas Eve all the candies and sweets are on sale!), we walked past more of the food cottages andChicago Christkindl German Market 2014 23the Official Market souvenirs cottage.J Brand Misfit Jeans LK Bennett Red Sledge PumpsThen got in line to visit my second favorite shop: the glass ornament cottage!Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 25 Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 26 This cottage is a magical place, resplendent in colors and ornaments of all shapes and sizes… literally!Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 27 Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 28 They even organize the ornaments by color!Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 29 Mom found this beautiful Eiffel Tower in the travel section.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 30 While I ended up taking home this adorable little London double-decker bus. Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 31 The Pickle ornament section! This is where I bought my Christmas pickle years ago – can you believe how many types, sizes and finishes there are?

You didn’t know you could get decision fatigue from a pickle ornament did you?Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 32 Lovely traditional bells.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 33 And adorable, Mario-esque mushrooms.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 34 Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 35 As well as cans of Caviar!Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 36 Em was trying to decide between these two ornaments and ultimately decided on the green one.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 37 Our filled ornament basket. Our mother always buys my sister and I an ornament each year — when I moved to Chicago in 2010, unfortunately many of the ones she gave me were stolen right out of my storage unit so I’m glad to be building up a collection from her once again! My little bus made the cutest new addition to our tree this year.Chicago Christkindl German Market 2014 38After gorging ourselves on potato pancakes, cinnamon nuts and quite a few glasses of mulled wine, not to mention shopping ourselves dead – we called it a day.
LK Bennett Darwin Shearling Coat, Reiss Red Scarf, J Brand Misfit Jeans, LK Bennett Sledge Pumps LK Bennett Darwin Shearling Coat, Reiss Red Scarf, J Brand Misfit Jeans, LK Bennett Sledge Pumps 1Coat – LK Bennett ‘Darwin’ in Chocolate Shearling (currently out of stock but found here)
Jeans – J Brand ‘Misfit’ Crops (ON SALE here and here)
Pumps – LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ in Red (similar here and here)
Scarf – Reiss (VERY similar for $15 here)
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban ‘Wayfarer’ in Tortoise (here)
Watch – Daniel Wellington ‘Classy York’ in Dark Brown Crocodile (here)

What a beautiful day with beautiful Christmas memories and a wonderful ornament as a memento!

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