Chicago Christkindlmarket, Kristkindlmarkt 2010
I made it downtown on Friday to the Christkindlmarket Chicago. So did a lot of other people.
If, for some odd reason, Google has referred you to this page for information about Christkindlmarket Chicago, go to this page on eHow instead. I wrote that too, and the more hits, the more I get paid for it.
Last year, I spelled it Kristkindlmarkt, which may or may not be more German, but it isn't how the event is styled in Chicago. In any case, that entry got hundreds of hits, even though I provided scant information about the festival itself, and more about a guy getting arrested during it.
Friday's crowding wasn't a fluke, though it probably helped that it was above freezing. It's a very popular event. People come to look at the ornaments, of which there are many, from Germany and a good many other places besides.
Beer and other refreshments were served, of course. At least one booth specialized in beer steins.
This web site claims there was a Golden Age of Beer Steins. I had no idea. Naturally, we've all missed it by a century.