Experience a traditional German Christmas at Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket in the Loop. Inspired by an authentic German market in Nuremberg, this outdoor market houses many little shops selling beautiful handcrafted ornaments, warm hats and mittens, Cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and other favorites.
The market is a great place to enjoy a variety of traditional German foods. Try a delicious German Marzipan Candy or other holiday favorites like brats, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, and warm spiced wine. Stop at the bar area for a German beer on tap and a yummy soft pretzel.
Kids will have fun visiting Santa at his workshop located under Chicago’s huge 70-foot Fir tree decorated with over 7000 lights.
Fun for the entire family!
The market is located at the Daley Plaza and is open from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24, Sun through Thu 11am to 8pm, Fri – Sat 11am to 9pm with holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 25th 11am to 4pm and Christmas Eve: Dec. 24th 11am to 4pm. Closed on Christmas day.
Chicago offers visitors and locals a fun and festive holiday season with many new and traditional events scheduled during the months of November and December.
I love Halloween in Chicago! Brightly colored orange pumpkins, crisp red and yellow leaves and fun Halloween decorations can be seen on every block in the city.
In honor of my favorite season I decided to write about this fun and relatively new haunted house “The Eleventh Hour”.
Everyone loves a good scare! Halloween Haunted houses are so much fun but it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time and money.
I highly suggest Eleventh Hour Haunted house, it is located about 20 minutes from Chicago in Elk Grove Village. Eleventh Hour contains four attractions for one price; Creatures of the Corn is a short but fun maze where visitors wander around in the dark among the tall rows of corn searching for the exit. Next visit the main attraction called the Manor House, where live actor reenact scenes of the criminally insane. The set design of the house is impressive with theatrical-quality props and rooms, fun and interactive. The best section by far is Intensity; where small groups wander around in a series of pitch-black corridors. Occasional flashes of bright lights and loud music paired with a lit spinning tunnel are designed to disorient even the most level-headed person in the group. The disorientation wears off quickly with the sounds of scream and chainsaws coming from Chain Reaction; the final terrifying attraction.
This attraction is not recommended for children under 13, the live actors and disorienting special effects would basically scare the hell out of them! Skip the line passes are available for the impatient. Overall a fun evening, with some new special effects added each year. To get the link to Eleventh Hour or to read about other Halloween events in Chicago check out:
Don’t miss the 2010 Day of the Dead exhibition entitled Vida Breve at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago!
The exhibition runs from September 10th to December 13th, 2010. This year it not only honors the religious festivities of Dia de los Muertos but it is also dedicated to the earthquake victims and survivors in Haiti and Chile.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is located in the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago at
1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, Il 60608
This massive fiberglass over steel orb was created by local Chicago artist Tony Tasset. The surprisingly life-like piece of art will be on display in the Loop’s Pritzker Park until October 31st, 2010.
For more info check out my article; Chicago Public Art; Eye on Chicago http://illinois-travel.suite101.com/article.cfm/chicago-public-art-eye-on-chicago#ixzz0uBMGrqUf
What a great find! This free park located only 30 miles outside Chicago, offers a wonderful array of 26 sculptures from many well-known contemporary artists.
A fun piece on display is entitled Paul; by local Chicago artist Tony Tasset. Recently Tony Tasset has made local Chicago news with the unveiling of his 30 foot eyeball entitled the Eye at Pritzker Park.
Read more about the park and Tony Tasset http://illinois-travel.suite101.com/article.cfm/chicago-public-art-the-nathan-manilow-sculpture-park