Christmas in Chicago!! WOW

skivinoDecember 12, 2005

WOW just got back from my first time in Chicago and I am truly impressed. I went there because I'd heard what a wonderful city it is and I'd never been so I felt the time was right. And WOW...I thought NYC at Christmastime was wonderful but Chicago is even better!! The fact that it seemed to snow everytime we walked outside just added to the wonderful Christmas feel. There of course was snow on the ground since Chicago had just got about 10-12 inches of snow the night before we arrived.

The Christkindlmarkt, which was my initial incentive to go there, did not dissapoint me. It was very German (I even dreamt in German that night) with all the traditional German Christmas "stuff" I remember from long long ago. And drinking the gluhwein while browsing these booths brought me back many years to my year in Germany, as did the smell of sauerkraut and bratwurst. But it was COLD Friday night...3 degrees! However the rest of the weekend was comfortable enough.

Thanks for the suggestions I got from some of you. We tried to get a reservation for Tea at the Atwood but no luck...booked except for times that didn't work for us.

In any case, that will NOT be my last time to Chicago. I'm looking forward to experiencing it in every season, as I'm sure it's wonderful then too!! Everything about the city impressed me!

I'm happy to finally understand (and I only saw a tiny bit of it I'm sure) what everyone has been telling me....that Chicago is one of the BEST cities in the US. Lucky you Chicagoians.

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allison0704

My son goes to college and lives in downtown Chicago across from Millennium Park. To say he loves it there would be a huge understatement - though he does get tired of the tourists! ;)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 8:59PM
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pecanpie

We spent a long Thanksgiving holiday there one year- but not long enough! It was colder than heck, but oh! so much fun! The kids still talk about the great caramel/cheddar popcorn we had (we travel on our stomachs!)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 10:08PM
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skivino

That must be Garrett popcorn. Every Garrett popcorn place we passed had a line out the door...even at 10:30 on Sunday morning, so we never got to try it. Even though I went sans children I noticed how child friendly the city is, so much for them to do as well. Maybe next time I'll bring the wee ones along.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 10:18PM
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paulines

I'm glad you had a great time, Skivino. The Christkindlmarkt sounds very cool (wine & booths-what's not to like!)!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 6:36AM
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momcat2000

when i was a child, i used to spend any money i received for christmas at downtown marshall fields toy department.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 8:20AM
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maggie5il

Ahhhh. State Street Marshall Fields. All the city's sick a bout Macy's taking over.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 9:05AM
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allison0704

My son says everyone he knows is refusing to call is Macy's and several won't go shop there.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 9:19AM
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mary_228

I'm glad to hear you had such a good time in our fair city!

Strangely enough, I am now planning a last minute trip to NY (to see the inlaws in the nursing home) and will have get them into the city for some sightseeing. Maybe when we get back I'll take the kids downtown to see everything even though they'd rather stay home and build snow forts!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 10:06AM
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seekingadvice

Oh, that sounds SOOOOO fun - right up my alley! I long to go to Chicago. I have never been in any midwestern or northeastern state (with the exception of the airport in Bangor, Maine). Chicago sounds like a wonderful city to visit. Glad you had so much fun!!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 10:22AM
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sweeby

Froeliche Weinachten, Skivino!

Waren Sie Austauch Shulerin? (Ich bin 1978 als Austauch Shulerin in Bielefeld)

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 11:12AM
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skivino

Froehliche Weinachten, Sweeby!

ja, in 1982 war ich Austauschschulerin in Erkrath, ein kleines Stadt in der nahe von Duesseldorf. Meine Deutsches Familia wohnt immernoch in das Haus. Im Sommer 2002 war ich da zum besuch und fast nichts war veraendert.

Wo ist Bielefeld? Ich glaub ich habe was davon gehoert.

(Mein aufgeschiebened Deustche ist leider nicht mehr so gut!!)

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 12:50PM
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sugarbreak

Glad you enjoyed Chicago. We love it here. :) Although it took me 4.5 hours to get home from work the day we got 10" of snow. LOL!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 11:51PM
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sweeby

Sorry Skivino - You've exceeded my remaining German! ;-) Bielefeld is right between Hanover and Dortmund on the edge of the Teutoberger Wald. I haven't made it back, but hope to send off my older son in a few years.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 12:05AM
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demicent

It's funny, I guess living near Chicago all my life has made me kind of blase' about it. But I can never travel down Lake Shore Drive without feeling impressed with all the city has to offer.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 9:52PM
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skivino

demicent~ that's interesting that you feel blase about somewhere you've lived near your whole life. I'm completely the opposite about the area where I live. I've lived here all of my life too and still am in awe of it's beauty and charm. I comment to transplants all the time, how I totally appreciate the wonderful, charming area we live in, even having lived here my whole life. There's a ton of beautiful, great places in this world and I've been fortunate enough to see many of them, but in the end there's no place like home. But when home offers such charm, interest, and beauty it's hard not to appreciate it full time. At least you are reminded when you go into the city about what a wonderful place you have at hand.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 10:11PM
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demicent

I'm a country girl at heart. When I graduated high school I was living on a horse farm. Chicago didn't hold much charm for me as a child, other than the fact that my grandma used to bundle me on the train and walk my legs off all over the city, and our school field trips covered every zoo and museum.

When I graduated, I got a job right across the street from Sears Tower and still wasn't very impressed. The crowds, the traffic.

When my Oldest DD lived in the city for her undergrad years, I finally started to see the true charm of the different neighborhoods, and she introduced me to some of the more interesting nooks and crannies, and terrific cultural events OTHER than the museums. (Which are truly world class by the way.)

I'm a little agoraphobic sometimes, and never would have wandered into some of those unknown neighborhoods without a little push.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2005 at 9:55AM
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msazadi

skivino, I'll have to email you for details of your trip. dh and I tried to go one other year but he had eye problems and we even cancelled the opera. dh almost choked on that but..

Maybe next year!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2005 at 2:35PM
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librarymom03

Your Welcome and ya didn't even complain about the weather!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 2:01PM
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momcat2000

demicent, speaking of field trips to chicago, we went to the Science and Industry and Field so many times, i could walk through them blind. back in the late 60's, my class went on a field trip to Johnson Industries(makers of afro sheen, ultra sheen and ultra sheen cosmetics, said in my best Don Corneilus voice) at the end of the tour we got goody bags full of Johnson Industry products. our next stop was the Frito Lay Co. right off the Dan Ryan. Ohhhhh the wonderful smell of cooking Fritos has everyone's tastebud hopping. at the end of that tour, we also got goody bags of frito lay products. good thing though, back on the bus i swapped my ultra sheen goody bag for a frito lay goody bag.......mom

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 9:20PM
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