Musings of a Museum Fanatic

12.06.2016

Christkindlmarket Naperville 2016



Every year since the second year we were dating Kevin and I have been going to the Christkindlmarket with our parents as our yearly start of the holidays tradition. The past few years since Louie & Bethany have moved back they've been joining in the Christmas fun as well. 




This year was a little different though. Instead of making the trek by plane, train or automobile downtown to Daley Plaza for the Christkindlmarket Chicago we were going to head to the Christkindlmarket Naperville. This second location for the market was chosen last year and for us living in the western burbs it worked out really well. 



Held at the beautiful Naper Settlement it was the perfect place for the market. Both of the markets give off their own distinct vibes I felt. While the Christkindlmarket Chicago is right in the middle of the busy Loop, Christkindlmarket Naperville was distinctly different being surrounded by the historic buildings of the Settlement.



The set up of the market was the same with it's closely set little booths, larger ornament shop and large tents with group tables for enjoying your cocoa from the yearly little ceramic stein. While things look the same the size is definitely smaller and there were a couple of vendors who I missed. Although I was able to get my delicious chocolate covered rice krispie treat when I was in the city the week before ... shhh don't tell Kevin his didn't actually make it home!




We loved that the communal eating areas were much larger. It was nice being able to spread out a little more for lunch and with a two year old on the move there was definitely some open space for him to move! Although I think my favorite aspect of the larger area was that they had this wall of windows. It was fun to see people as they went by. I love people watching.





After several cups of cocoa were consumed, more than several pretzels and bratwurst, the yearly ornament purchased and good family time had by all we headed home through the slushy first snow of the year. I definitely hope that Christkindlmarket Naperville is here to stay!







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12.01.2016

Lyceé Français de Chicago French Market

Finding new fun events around the Chicago area is always top on my to do list. As winter starts to set in the events start to become few and far between it seems. This week I discovered a new event that I'm so excited to attend this weekend!


December 2-4 the Lyceé  Français de Chicago is holding their 12th annual French Market! You might not know this about me but I took French for 8 years, it was one of my minors and I love almost everything French and France related. So I am super stoked to attend. For the weekend the school is transformed into a Parisian Marché showcasing local and French artisan vendors, live music, and a family-run bistrot and patisserie.


For those who are still working on their holiday shopping the Market boasts 70 local and French artisan vendors selling goods that include apparel and accessories, jewelry, decorative art, fine wares, wood works, home décor, stationery, gourmet food, and more. I will definitely have to go shopping for my Christmas present for myself this weekend! 



For those families who are looking to go, the Lyceé has partnered this year with Pickles Playroom to provide parents with a drop-off childcare option. For more details on this fantastic new benefit check out the website.


Don't those pastries look AMAZING!? I'm totally going for one of the Eiffel Tower pops if they're there this year. This awesome event is even more amazing since it's run almost entirely by the parents of students (almost 300 volunteers!). With that kind of support and hard work it's no surprise that this Market is celebrating it's 12th year and continues to be a great fundraiser for the school.


The market will be held at the Lycée Français de Chicago campus, 1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. Street or paid garage parking is available (Ravenswood Garage, 4551 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60640).


These scrumptious photos are compliments of Lyceé Français de Chicago

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