Part of the reason for going to downtown Chicago now is for the temporary Christmas Market. For those who have never experienced it, it’s a little like being in Germany before Christmas.
A group of carts or caravans are located in a central or shopping location for several weeks before Christmas. Each one has different items for sale. Some have food and drinks. Other areas may have music playing from a local band. Some markets have small carnival type rides a merry-go-round or a Ferris wheel for children.
In this area people come to hear the music, to eat the food and maybe to purchase an item or two. The market in downtown Chicago is set amid the high rises in a pretty open plaza. It certainly has much of the feel of its European counterpart. Many of the venders are from Germany and many have German articles for sale.
One of the fun traditions that was used here as well as in Europe is the option of a cup. Some of the vendors offer hot as well as cold drinks and you can purchase cup along with your drink. Great for hot chocolate or mulled wine.
This has been a huge success for the city of Chicago and even on a bitter cold day people are here. For those who work nearby it is a nice change for a lunch break. Good for the German community here as well as the city.