As you can tell from my breakfast post yesterday, JP and I left our suburban life for a visit to the “big city” or Chicago, rather, this past weekend. We had plans to visit the Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza – it’s a cute little set up of German, Irish, Polish ancestry all in celebration of the Christmas holiday. You can find traditional ornaments, fun knick-knacks, yummy snacks like brats and toasted almonds, and even sip on some hot apple cider or German brews.
We went on a Saturday, which was our first mistake. It was the first week of the market, which was our second mistake. Although, adorable – the market was crammed with people making it super hard to move around, and even worse if you actually wanted to window shop or look at the goods at the different vendor shops. We were packed in like cattle and were not able to get near some of the booths. I was able to stop off and get some cappucino flavored toasted almonds but when JP wanted hot apple cider, we took one look at the 25+ person long line and kept moving past the stand.
Talking to some pros that have been to the market (after the fact, of course) they instructed that during the day, during the week is the best time to go. Less visitors and tourists and it’s easy navigation to get around the various booths. We will keep that in mind for next year – because really, who has a random day off of work during the week?
My advice? Try to go during the week when it’s less crazy. Try not to bring your children’s baby carriage into the market – it’s too crowded for that. And avoid during the weekends at all costs. Other than that, it seemed like an adorable market and I really wish we were able to spend more time there and to taste and see all that the market had to offer. Instead – we opted for some fun city photos on our way back to the parking garage.