I was thrilled when the folks at Target asked me to write a post about one of my favorite Chicago area holiday traditions. After they provided me with a gift card to purchase items that I thought could enhance the fun, they just turned me loose and let me do my thang. (Thanks, Target! This was fun!) All words and opinions are mine, as usual! Oh, and stick around for the end: I’m giving away a $75 Target gift card to one of you lucky readers!
Chicago has all kinds of special activities going on during the holidays. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is a biggie, as are the New Year’s Eve fireworks from Navy Pier. I found a great list that details holiday activities in this area “From A To Z”; we certainly can’t complain of boredom this season, that’s for sure! My family’s personal favorite? The Christkindlmarket.
The Christkindlmarket, which has taken place at Daley Plaza every year since 1997, starts right after Thanksgiving. It is an open air Christmas festival inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. Visitors enjoy entertainment, traditional German food and drink, and great shopping. This is no “wannabe” German Christmas festival, either; most of the vendors actually fly in from Germany and spend the month selling their authentic products to excited (and cold) Chicagoans.
I absolutely adore visiting the Christkindlmarket in the city every year but I admit it’s a little bit of a haul, not to mention the crowds, which Jim despises. We got some great news this year, though. For the first time, a suburban extension of the festival was planned for the middle of Oakbrook Center. We jumped for joy! I mean, fifteen minutes from home, fewer people, AND free parking? SIGN US UP. In fact, I’ve been there twice already! That was unheard of in past years when I had to make the trek all the way to the city.
The Oakbrook Christkindlmarket is much smaller than the Daley Plaza version, but I prefer it that way, especially since all of my favorite vendors are represented!
Here’s how I recently took Target to the Oakbrook Christkindlmarket with me:
You know how I love lists, right? Well, I have three MUST-DOs for a Christkindlmarket visit, and I kept track of them (along with a gift giving list) in my Molskine notebook, which is sold at Target in lots of colors and sizes.
If you know me at all you know that I am nearly always connected. If I’m not on my laptop, I’m on my iPad. If I’m not on my iPad, I’m on my phone. The problem with Chicago winters and texting or emailing (okay, or Facebooking) is that well, your fingers could freeze and fall off. I picked up some Impressions by Isotoner gloves (guess where?), and they pretty much saved the day–and my fingers.
Lastly, I picked up a super cute bag by Toms in which to carry all of my purchases.
The Toms for Target Collection is awesome because for every Toms + Target gift you buy, they’re giving shoes, a blanket, or meals to those in need. Getting something for yourself AND someone else? Hard to beat.
If you live anywhere near a Target store, you probably already visit on a regular basis.
I actually have three within a few minutes’ drive of my house so I’m there CONSTANTLY OMG.
If you haven’t visited in a while, go back and check it out: it really is one-stop shopping for your holiday needs and your year-round needs. But I bet I don’t have to convince you, do I?
Now, let’s have some fun. I’m giving away a $75 Target gift card to one of you lucky people! It’s super easy to enter, too. Just leave me one comment telling me that you want to win. That’s it! You have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23 to enter and I will pick the winner from a random drawing. The gift card won’t help you for the holidays but it’ll certainly improve your January! (P.S. Target sells mittens, hats, scarves, shovels, hot cocoa, warm blankets, and all kinds of other dead-of-winter stuff, of course!) Good luck!
I WANT TO WIN!!!!! 😀
Dude. I need to buy the kids boots! I would greatly appreciate winning.
Target is my happy place!
I prefer to shop after Christmas sales too & Target is my second home! Thanks!
With having to cut our budget due to insurance increase, this would sure sure help alleviate some stress next month. thanks for the chance!
Awesome, love Target!
I would very much like to win this! And considering the checker at Target recognized me from earlier in the week and asked me about how my purchases worked out for me, it would go to good use.
I want to win! I have been to Target 6 times in the last 4 days!
I practically have my own parking spot at Target. I’m surprised they haven’t put up a sign yet. I would totally like to win!
Awesome bag and fabulous way to shop! I may just have to cheat and take the kids to the Oakbrook Christkindlmarket instead of downtown! Thanks so much for the tip!!!
I started reading your blog this year and btw, I love it! I could be going to Target for shampoo and spend $100 easily. Of course I’d like to win!!
Great article integrating both subject matters! I could sure use the $75 to get something for my son who just had knee surgery. Have a great Christmas!
Target is my happy place. Great shopping ideas!!!! Love the TOMS bag – super cute!
I just got home from Target! Truth! But I’d be more than happy to go back! Also true! I’ve been eyeing a set of stemless wine glasses. Thanks for the chance of actually gifting myself wit-em 🙂
Gosh…I really miss Daley Plaza, especially during Christkindlmarket. Once upon a time I spent my lunch hours there. Pick me!
Oh yes, I want to win! To help with diapers, don’t us k ow? 🙂
Of course I want to win! It’ll help subsidize the $50 I spend on products every time I walk in there for a single item under $5. (HOW DO THEY DO THAT?)
Me me me me me! I love Target. LOVE.
Hi, I would like to win very much please and thank you.
I left a comment yesterday but it didn’t show up, so here it is again. LOL
Because of medical insurance increases, we have to cut our budget starting next month. Winning a gift card would help relieve a little bit of budget-stress! Thanks for the chance!
Pick me, Life Twin! I love me some Tar-jay.
Of course I want to win, I mean it’s Target! 😉
That market looks so cute!
When we live in Vienna Austria in 1990 I loved the xmas markets that sprang up during this season. Great fun to wonder and see all the treasures for sale. Would live it if our local target would have one, but I don’t think they are doing this in northern California. Even so, I would love to win a card and would use it to buy my daughter kitchen things as she is setting up her first apartment when she goes back to school in January.
Oh Target, how I love thee! I could always be practical and buy groceries or I could buy any large assortment of gifts for myself. 🙂
I want to win!
I love Target and could really use the $75 there. I would love to win the gift card!
I want to win!!!!
I want to win! Will put it to good use buying necessities for my kids! 🙂
I want to win…yes. Yes, I do.
Stacey @ The Scenic Life
Our target is 1/2 mile from my house. SO dangerous! I would probably use the gift card to buy more Wii U stuff for my family, since we spend a ton of time playing (and yelling, and smack-talking, etc…) together on it. 🙂
Phyllis Kim Myung
I soooo want to win!!!!!
I very, very, very much want to win. Thanks for the chance.
Pick Meeeeeee! I was at Target until 10:30 last night!
I “live” at Target as well and just picked up a new Moleskin for myself :). I definitely want to win as we’ll need to replace the lost gloves and mittens soon enough!
I wann win! Great post.
I totally want to win this! I almost always have a Target list on the side of my fridge! I go pick up the stuff on my list (and let’s be honest…more stuff that wasn’t on my list) and then as soon as I get home, I remember something I forgot so I start a new list! A gift card would be amazing!!
I had no idea this was going on because I haven’t been reading my blogs via Bloglovin bc holidays.
I wanna win.
I will buy 75 dollars worth of fun things and take pictures if every single one.
i’d like to win 🙂
winning a gift card would be a great way to cap off my birthday.
I’d like to win! I finally made it the the Christkindlmarket the other day, but it was the Saturday before Christmas and super crowded, so I mostly just saw peoples’ backs. I’ll have to make it there earlier next year.
I want to win!! I love target so much that we’ve been to two different Targets this morning alone on our way to Seattle LOL!
I WANT TO WIN!!! CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Of course I want to win. This giveway is awesome. Also, did you know that I have a Target that is kind of within walking distance from my new home. The people already know me there. I’m not sure if that is good or bad, either way, I’m awesome. I should win.
I would love to win this to buy something for myself….just me!
Me me me