If you’re downtown for the holiday season, head to Daley Plaza for the 18th annual ChristkindleMarket. The outdoor festival is here through December 24 and features German treats from here and abroad. You can also do some shopping for gifts and decorations — it’s always fun to browse the booths.
My personal favs are the potato pancakes with applesauce, candied almonds, and brats. If you’re over 21, you simply can’t walk away without a holiday mug of Glühwein. There is some controversy this year among traditionalists that the mugs aren’t boot-shaped, but I personally like the change. The mugs stack easier and are a little easier to clean. If you’re uptight about it, perhaps you’re not drinking enough Glühwein. Have a refill.
When you get chilly, head across the street to eat indoors for a while. Located on the second floor of Block 37, The Nosh is open every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. until December 13th. The pop-up festival includes 15 local food vendors as well as a few food trucks. Choose between Dia de los Tamales, Pecking Order, The Meatball Project, and Bang Bang Pie. It’s hard to go wrong.
I went a little later in the day when The Nosh wasn’t busy. Though some vendors packed up as they ran out of goodies, the selection was still pretty good. There are also a few more vegetarian options at The Nosh. However, if you want to quaff a refreshing alcoholic beverage, you’ll need to cross the street.
Whether it’s The Nosh or Christkindlmarket, there’s no excuse to not get your fill of holiday favorites. I’ll see you downtown!