My co-workers and I make an annual trip to the unique Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza. Despite the freezing cold (it was about 9 degrees when we went last week), it is a fun tradition that I look forward to every year. The glogg is very good, and it is a great place to find one-of-a-kind German Christmas ornaments, beer mugs and handicrafts. There are also stalls that sell stick-to-your-ribs sauerkraut, brats, potato pancakes, sausages and stuffed pretzels. Santa has a house there and his fans can get a photo with him. The city really makes the market very festive and a visit really puts you in the holiday spirit.
This year the Christmas tree was made with 113 small real trees. It takes about 3 weeks to assemble and it's quite a sight. It is the first year that they are using LED lights. Isn't it gorgeous?! The Picasso behind it makes it a very special Christmas scene.
In this photo you can see the Pritzker Pavilion in the distance. I love Chicago's amazing architecture.