Chicago Christmas Traditions: The Christkindlmarket & Hot Chocolate at the Walnut Room

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Since we are finally seeing some dry weather in Chicago, the hubby and I hopped on the train and headed downtown this afternoon for one of our favorite holiday traditions: exploring the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.

Chicago's infamous Picasso sculpture serves as the centerpiece for the festivities.
Chicago’s infamous Picasso sculpture serves as the centerpiece for the festivities.

In case you didn’t know, Chicago’s German roots run deep, and this annual outdoor market, which takes after the one in Nuremberg, has been getting Chicagoans into the Christmas spirit for nearly twenty years. If you are looking for some unique holiday gifts, this is definitely the place to visit! Each of the little shops offers something different, from hand-painted ornaments and nutcrackers, to candied nuts and knit scarves. My favorite booth this year was Dom itp, which displayed dozens of glass-blown replicas of some of Chicago’s most famous landmarks.
Christkindlmarket Chicago

This little girl and I were both having fun making some of the ornaments dance. How cute is she?!
This little girl and I were both having fun making some of the ornaments dance. How cute is she?!

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Lazy Sunday at the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (and a Chicago cemetery tour)

bryn mawr breakfast club brunch

The husband hasn’t been feeling so great the past few days (head cold), so we’ve been keeping things pretty close to home. This morning we were both feeling a tad shut in and decided to get out for breakfast. We’ve driven past the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club dozens of times, and keep meaning to stop in and try it, so today seemed like as good a day as any to make good on those intentions. Continue reading