Christkindlmarket – Chicago
Today Michael and I went downtown with some friends to the Christkindlmarket on Daley Plaza. Sure, it is completely unhorticulturally relevant but this is my blog so you’re gonna sit through pictures of German-American fun dammit. Chicago (and the midwest in general) has a large population of people of German descent so it’s rather fitting that this takes place here. The market mostly revolves around Christmas ornaments and food. On this particular trip we just had potato pancakes but they also have about a dozen German beers, Gluhwein, assorted sausages, strudels, and a whole shop full of imported German candies. Next time I go I kind of want to try the currywurst…but who knows if I ever actually will. I’m probably just get some schnitzel and be happy with that. I also got a little mushroom ornament (supposedly they’re a symbol of good luck in Bavaria but I’ve never found anything to back up that claim, so I’m just going to stick with me finding them kind of adorable (and no I’m not even someone who takes hallucinogenic mushrooms), and a little hand painted glass ornament with a market scene painted on it. You know what the best part might have been? Not a SINGLE poinsettia in sight! Ok the potato pancakes were the best part but the lack of poinsettias was refreshing too.