Mulled wine and yuletide
Winter is my favorite time of the year! I love the cold air, the layer of frost on the windows, and the snow. I love the snow. It always seems to make Chicago sparkle and turn a postcard city into a hallmark card. There are so many things you can do in the city that are just ten times better to do in the snow and make the cold worth every frozen toe.
Starting every year before Thanksgiving and running till Christmas is the annual Christkindlmarket, inspired by the Nuremberg markets in Germany that began in 1545. It is held at the Daley Plaza, where Dearborn, Washington, and Clark Street meet. You can smell the food and sweets before you can see the market. There is beer, mulled wine, cider, chocolate, baked cheese, schnitzel, pretzels, and so much more food. Most of the food vendors are cash only and the vendors selling goods; like a traditional wooden cuckoo clock, German lace, or paper stars, have a minimum for credit cards.
Who doesn’t want to ice skate while it is snowing? It is like the perfect winter combo. There are two ice rinks in Chicago: the ice rink in Millennium Park in front of the Bean and the rink at Maggie Daley Park. Both are free and open to the public, if you bring your own skates, or a $12-14 skate rental. And don’t worry! Locker rentals are also available at each for $1-2. Ice skating and snow, who knows, you might even see a proposal or two.
After skating at either Millennium Park or Maggie Daley, head over to the Bean to see one of Chicago’s most iconic, and touristy, attractions covered in a layer of snow. There is usually less of a crowed surrounding the usually packed landmark and it has a great view of the ice rink below, the city, and the Christmas tree.
There is never a limit to what you can or cannot do in Chicago on a snowy day. Here is just a sample of what else is in store for your snow day adventures:
Christmas tree at Millennium Park
Christmas tree at Wrigley Building.
Walking Down Michigan Ave with all the Christmas lights
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Grant Park walks for snowball fights and snow angels
River Walk by Buckingham Fountain
Horse & Carriage ride by the Magnificent Mile
There is never a shortage of thing to do and see in Chicago, especially when the lights are twinkling and the snowflakes are flying. Just remember, don't stand too close to the curbs when your waiting to cross the street, the buses can be quite unforgiving when they blaze by.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
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