ISSUE NO. 4
Happy Holidays! EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
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8 | Yearbook Studios 26 | Faribault Woolen Mill 36 | Wisconsin Supper Clubs
17 | Yearbook Finds 32 | 2015 Gift Guide
18 | Holiday Shopping in Geneva, Illinois 42 | Traditional European Christmas Markets
IN EVERY ISSUE 3 | #LakeshoreLife 5 | Editorâ€™s Letter 6 | Contributors 7 | Winter Events
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Creating this issue was so much fun and I’ve never been more excited for the holidays! Finding perfect gifts for my family and friends can sometimes bring out the Scrooge in me, but with recommendations from our contributors, holiday shopping will be a cinch this year. It was a real privilege getting to know the founder of one of my favorite local stores. Yearbook Studios in Forest Park, Illinois is a unique shopping experience and I wish I could move right in. Jef Anderson shared the story of the Yearbook brand and generously provided gorgeous photos of the Yearbook store and products. The much-anticipated holiday window debuts Thanksgiving week. Let’s all go! For weeks I asked nearly everyone I know (sorry, everyone) if they were familiar with Wisconsin Supper Clubs and consistently heard one of two responses: either, “Yes, of course, everyone knows about them!” or “Wisconsin whatnow?” Even if you’re in the first group I hope you’ll enjoy learning a few things about this Wisconsin tradition. I’m so grateful to Meredith Beebe and Nicole and Samantha Regan for introducing me to Geneva, Illinois. Meredith told me that Geneva is a winter wonderland in the holiday season, especially during the annual Christmas Walk and Home Tour. A day in this enchanting town provides an antidote to hectic urban life and it’s a perfect place for holiday gift shopping. Nicole and Samantha perfectly captured the feeling of the place and offer a local’s perspective on the best places to dine and shop. Tiffany Laczkowski, who has the enviable job of curating our Instagram feed, shares her own family’s story about seeking old-world European traditions at the many German Christmas markets throughout the region. Finally, a new series on local business begins with a profile of Minnesota’s Faribault Woolen Mill. This storied company has been making superior quality woolen blankets for 150 years in a place where people know how to combat winter weather. Faribault products make an ideal holiday gift and will provide warmth for a lifetime of winters. Now, I think I’ll light a fire, mix up a Wisconsin Old Fashioned, settle under my toasty Faribault throw, and catch up on last year’s Oscar-nominated films. So far behind… Happy Holidays, friends!
ALICIA K. O’CONNOR
FOUNDER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR | LAKESHORE MAGAZINE ALICIA@LAKESHOREMAG.COM |
CONTRIBUTORS LINDSAY HUMES Art Director | White Oak Creative
JEF ANDERSON Contributor | Creative Director of Yearbook Studios
MEREDITH BEEBE Contributor | Owner of In the 6
NICOLE REGAN Contributor | Editor and Creative Director of Cedar & Rush
SAMANTHA REGAN Contributor | Editor of Shining on Design
RON FAIOLA Contributor | Author and Documentary Film Maker
FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL
TIFFANY LACZKOWSKI Social Media Manager | Lakeshore Magazine
WINTER EVENTS I LLI NOIS CHICAGO CHRISTKINDLEMARKET | NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 24 The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a popular destination.
LINCOLN PARK ZOO LIGHTS | NOVEMBER 27, 2015 - JANUARY 3, 2016 More than 2 million lights create an annual holiday spectacle throughout the Lincoln Park Zoo grounds.
WONDERLAND EXPRESS | NOVEMBER 27, 2015 - JANAUARY 3, 2016 | GLENCOE The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Annual Wonderland Express is a delight for children of all ages showcasing the city of Chicago in miniature amid a spectacular garden display.
GENEVA CHRISTMAS WALK AND HOUSE TOUR | DECEMBER 4TH-5TH | GENEVA The village of Geneva, Illinois becomes a Dickens-inspired fantasy for this annual event.
MI CHIGAN TRAVERSE CITY TURKEY TROT | NOVEMBER 26TH Join the fun and get some exercise before the holiday feasting begins.
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND CANDLEWALK | NOVEMBER 27TH | FRANKENMUTH Start the season with a Candlewalk to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Christmas tree.
CHRISTAMS COOKIE INN TOUR | DECEMBER 4TH-5TH | SAUGATUCK Area inns welcome guests to festively decorated facilities and share family christmas cookie recipes.
W IS CONSIN MILWAUKEE CHRISTKINDLEMARKET | NOVEMBER 19TH-22ND Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery and Mader’s Restaurant create an authentic German Christkindlmarket.
CEDARBURG ARTISTS’ GUILD HOLIDAY ART FAIR | DECEMBER 4TH-6TH More than 40 artists will offer one-of-a-kind expressions, originating in the hand, heart and eye of each individual artisan.
OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS MARKET | DECEMBER 4TH-13TH | ELKHART LAKE The annual Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort was named one of the top 100 Events in North America.
YEARBOOK STUDIOS INTERVIEW OF JEF ANDERSON BY ALICIA O’CONNOR ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF YEARBOOK STUDIOS
Following Yearbook Studios on Instagram feels like visiting a private club, part classic Ivy League dormitory, part Paris flea market, with a dash of the Gryffindor common room for magical effect. Walking through the front door I felt immediately at home. This place gets me. Now in its fourth year in business, Yearbook Studios has become a beacon of style and sophistication in the popular Forest Park business district. It was my distinct pleasure to interview Jef Anderson, one of Yearbook’s founders, to learn more about this special place. 8
How would you describe Yearbook Studios and your unique collection of products? The Yearbook Store was originally conceived as a combination of distinctive vintage furnishings and objects combined with new and original products. Over the past four years, the store has grown to include more Yearbook original designs and private label items. These pieces are seamlessly combined to feel at home with each other and within the store itself. We hope to provide a comfortable environment that feels familiar to all who visit, regardless of personal taste. We take advantage of the best and most unusual designs from the early 20th century and work to weave those pieces together in unique ways that engage individuals and demonstrate that diverse designs can be combined to create interesting environments.
What is the inspiration for the Yearbook brand? Yearbook started as the brain child of me and Noel Eberline. I’m a designer and stylist and love all beautiful things regardless of their origin. I believe in creating environments and brands that transcend any time period and engage people in what intrigues them the most: a feeling. We all love to be understood by others and when we find ourselves basking in the familiar, we only want more of it. Like falling in love for the first time, we trust everything. Yearbook is not only a store and a design studio, but a labor of love, celebrating the human spirit and how design speaks to us all. There is an over arching warmth that defines the Yearbook brand with an underlying message that learning from design, style, communication, and human emotion is an endless journey.
You’ve worked with some great American companies over the years. What are some of your favorite product collaborations? Creating new and exciting products is something we strive to do each year. We have had the privilege of working with the Homer Laughlin China Company in West Virginia on a number of Yearbook original plate and diner mug designs. It has been great working with the oldest restaurant ware company still in existence, producing all their wares in the U.S. Their attention to quality and detail is unsurpassed and makes each of our original, limited edition pieces that much better. We have also collaborated with Faribault Woolen Mill in Minnesota to create the Yearbook Stadium Blanket which we released the first year we were open, as well as our patch blankets from last year. Faribault has always been very accommodating and they continue to create beautiful
blankets which we sell year round. We also created a private label line of candles with a company in Vermont. We concept and name each of the scents and they have been extremely successful. Our collaborations continue to grow with custom designed beer pints, flasks, bags, etc. We hope to develop a wholesale offering of some original Yearbook designs within the next couple years as well.
There is so much to see in the Yearbook Studios store, and much more happening behind the scenes. Tell us about your design work and your mission to build awareness and craft the image of Forest Park businesses. Our design work ranges from interior design for private residential clients to business interiors to brand development, websites and printed collateral for a variety of clients. We are frequently approached by both individuals and businesses that relate to the Yearbook aesthetic, as well as our sensitivity to brand messaging and attention to detail. During 2015, we developed a new brand identity and website for the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce which serves not only to its members but acts as the online visitors center to downtown Forest Park. We are designing a unique tasting room along with a local architect for a new craft brewery in Oak Park, slated to open late this year. In addition, we are developing a new brand and website for a team of local artists who produce extraordinary pottery, metals and textiles, a new website for a known jewelry designer from New York, and we recently signed on to redesign the boyhood attic bedroom of Ernest Hemingway to become a more distinctive guest room with nuances from Hemingway’s life—also located in Oak Park. We had the privilege of working with the Forest Park Public Library to develop a wonderful Summer Program which promoted the library through interesting events with local businesses. We are continuing to work with the Library to design their Centennial Celebration for 2016 as well. The list continues to grow with new and interesting clients and we are both grateful and excited to work with every one of them. We love working with local businesses and bringing a strong brand presence to each of our clients. Yearbook Studios practices the belief that every business should be treated as a unique entity and with that, we try to identify what makes each business one-of-a-kind and bring that to the forefront with their branding—and with all extensions of that brand to set them apart in the marketplace. Visit Yearbook Studios for more information.
What does Yearbook Studios have planned for the holiday season? That is the question, isnâ€™t it? Yearbook is a mystery waiting to be unveiled each holiday season and we love making people eager to see what we come up with. Always in brand with our store, there are plenty of new products and surprises lined up that begin to surface in October and through November. Our holiday window, which is top secret until we install it the week of Thanksgiving, is a nail biter for many, and we love doing the installation. Historically they are our longest window installations, with 2014 coming in the longest at 13 hours. We have plenty of evening events through November and December, including private shopping events for members of our newsletter, so itâ€™s best to sign up if you want to get in on the action! Follow Yearbook Studios online for the latest news, events, and new product announcements. Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
A SELECTION OF OUR FAVORITES FROM YEARBOOK STUDIOS IN FOREST PARK
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HOLIDAY IN GENEVA, ILLINOIS WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA REGAN | PHOTOS BY NICOLE AND SAMANTHA REGAN
About an hour from Chicago, past the edge of the city and the sprawling western suburbs, and just before the landscape changes to endless farm fields, is a charming hamlet that feels like stepping into a vacation. In Geneva, Illinois, lovely Victorian-style homes surround a downtown historic district full of one-of-a-kind shops, cafes, and pubs that create a perfect setting for a day of holiday shopping. In December, the town is transformed into a storybook Christmas village for their nationally-acclaimed Christmas Walk and House Tour.
Local entrepreneur and perhaps Geneva’s most dedicated supporter, Meredith Beebe, introduced us to a few of Geneva’s local treasures. Sisters-in-law Nicole Regan, founder of Cedar & Rush, and Geneva resident Samantha Regan, of Shining on Design, offer this review and their stunning photography.
bag and tied with a ribbon and signature gold circle charm. A men's "pop up shop" planned for the end of November will include unique gifts for the men in your life.
THE OLIVE MILL You could walk in this store and find a holiday gift for just about anyone your list! If you like a kick to your cooking, BB INTERIORS The staff at BB Interiors are friendly and helpful in every way. the chili pepper olive oil is perfect. I have been using it on Whether you need a decorating tip from their staff, inspiration everything lately. for your home, or a new fabric from their enormous selection of options, they will help. The shop carries an array of gift FRESHGROUND ROASTING options including Simon Pearce glassware, custom-made Coffee is about relationships at FreshGround Roasting and pillows, and unique decorative pieces. Don't miss their Annex that philosophy extends to their customers and trusted suppliers from across the world. This is a few blocks from section next door filled with clearance items! downtown Geneva, but a unique experience if you are a GRAHAM'S CHOCOLATES coffee lover. We saw firsthand how the coffee beans were Graham’s is a must for first-time visitors as well as a go-to roasted and ready to brew. They sell coffee beans, brewers, place for locals. They are known for creative and unique, grinders and even coffee bags. hand-made chocolates, and numerous ice cream options, and seasonal treats like chocolate bunnies, anniversary cake HACHE toppers and baby shower favors. Tip: Check out their "uglies" This is Geneva's newest restaurant and the rustic-meetsbin - usually on the bottom shelf filled with tasteful treats that modern decor is reason enough to visit. On the menu, you'll find everything from burgers to French-inspired dishes such have slight flaws in appearance! as Escaoutoun Du Jour (a polenta stew) and Bouillabaisse. MOVEABLE FEAST Their specialty cocktails are a favorite including the Geneva This cafe and catering company uses ingredients from local Mule and the Rose Petal. Tip: Ask about their VIP Club for farmers and growers to create dishes that look as amazing as special rewards and events. they taste. In fact, their brownies were on of Oprah's favorite things! Gluten and Dairy free items are included on their menu KERNELS Popcorn is made fresh every day - from White Cheddar to and a special menu is set for Thanksgiving. Fire - and gift tins of all kinds are available to fill with popcorn. FLORAL WONDERS They also carry a huge assortment of candy - just about The owner, Eva, has a background in interior design so she anything you can imagine. Their best seller is the triple dipped understands that textures and color in floral arrangements malted milk balls. At the end of the day, any leftover popcorn matter along with balance and movement. Her floral creations is donated to local food pantries. are gorgeous! I have so many other favorite spots in Geneva including The ODALISQUE Little Traveler and Cocoon for gifts and The Patten House A boutique beauty shop with boho meets glam decor. The and Altiro Latin Fusion for a great meal. There really is welcoming and friendly staff make this an easy place to go something for every taste and the holidays are the best time when you need that second opinion or want to try something of year to visit! new. I had a little makeup touch up that took less than 5 minutes and made such a difference. I was so impressed with If you are not able to visit in person, or even if you do, check how Bridget, the owner, created a "back to the 90's" inspired out Meredith Beebe’s In the 6 Gift Boxes. Each box includes look, specifically with a brown lip color "Haute Cocoa" and selections from local shops and makes a perfect gift for full eyebrows. They also carry a few of my favorite products in anyone who appreciates independent local businesses. And store including Sara Happ's Lip Slip, Uslu Airlines nail polish, 10% of the proceeds from each purchase are contributed to a and Lafco candles. All make great gifts and anything you charitable organization in Geneva. purchase is wrapped in tissue paper, placed in a pretty burlap
FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL
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WRITTEN BY ALICIA O’CONNOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL
Faribault Woolen Mills was founded in 1865 which, as the company’s website points out for perspective, was the year that President Lincoln was assassinated and the Civil War ended. Let that sink in for a moment. Located in Faribault, Minnesota and family-owned from the start, the Faribault Woolen Mill has been producing fine blankets, throws, and other woolen products for the past 150 years. The operation began with a one horsepower carding machine, that is, it was powered by a horse. Fueled by early success, the family built the “new mill” in 1895 and it was been operating in the same location ever since. Faribault blankets were first issued to the US military during World War I and continue to supply the military today. Faribault Mill grew throughout the 20th century as it enjoyed a well-known reputation for high-quality products. The company continued to make blankets and sleeping bags to the US military supplying more than 200,000 blankets to soldiers during World War II. By the mid-1900’s Faribault blankets were sold in most major department stores in the US and several airlines provided custom Faribault blankets to keep passengers comfortable during long flights. After a century of success, times began to change. Global trade introduced foreign-made products sold for a fraction of the cost and consumer expectations of price and quality shifted. After a period of declining sales, it was the recession of 2009 that dealt a final blow. The mill closed its doors and employees headed home for the last time. Just before the mill equipment was to be sold to operations in Pakistan, two Minnesota businessmen, cousins Chuck and Paul Mooty, stepped in and purchased the mill and equipment. After sitting idle for 18 months, the mill was re-opened and many of the former employees were called back to work. Once again Faribault was a family-owned business.
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The trajectory of success that follows is impressive. The Faribault brand was ripe for re-invention and the timing was perfect. Americans were ready to invest in high quality, American-made home products and the story of a 150-year-old business rising from the ashes is the stuff of marketers’ dreams. The brand gained status and consumers sought out the products directly from the mill and from independent retailers throughout the country. Collaborations with national brands including Target, West Elm and Crate and Barrel have provided national exposure, but it’s the hard-earned American success story that continues to attract attention and interest. Faribault products are made to last a lifetime and make wonderful holiday gifts. Loyal customers take pride in owning a piece of history “Loomed in the Land of Lakes.” Find Faribault products throughout this issue, at independent retailers including Yearbook Studios in Forrest Park, Illinois, and at the Faribault Mill online. 30
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WISCONSIN SUPPER CLUBS WRITTEN BY ALICIA O’CONNOR 36
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I thought I knew Wisconsin pretty well, but it still has a few secrets. More than 200 of them, in fact, in the form of a classic throwback of a dining experience called the Wisconsin Supper Club. For the uninitiated, a definition: A Wisconsin supper club, loosely defined, is a family owned restaurant offering fine dining in the most traditional sense. Most share similar menus focused on steak and seafood, enormous portions, and multiple courses. Many clubs are located on the outskirts of towns, away from the highways with its chain restaurants and big box retailers that tend to make every stretch of highway look the same. They are often found in a wooded area, along the shore of one of Wisconsinâ€™s many picturesque lakes. They are, in fact, a destination and an experience of a simpler time when dining out meant a whole evening of classic cocktails, real food, and great company.
The notion of a supper club may not be unique to Wisconsin, but the supper club as a part of the cultural landscape of a region certainly is. Their history goes back to the early 20th century and many have been owned and operated by the same family for generations. The prohibition era challenged fine dining establishments to create and experience worth an evening out with great food and entertainment and Wisconsin Supper Clubs rose to the challenge. During this time one of the mainstays of the supper club experience first appeared - the Friday night fish fry – developed to attract the region’s Catholics and their large families to enjoy a night out while staying faithful to their religious tenets. Supper clubs enjoyed a heyday in the 1950’s and 60’s when the state boasted hundreds of these establishments. Today, though scores of clubs have closed their doors, the ones that remain have not changed much since their peak in the min-20th century. Why Go? Simple. The traditional supper club is like an experience in time travel. Set your expectation for an era without e-mail, social media or cable news when people lingered over conversation and cocktails. Don’t be tripped up by the name. It’s called a club, but there is no membership. Ron Faiola, author of Wisconsin Supper Clubs, An Old Fashioned Experience, may be the nations’ leading expert on the subject. According to Faiola, Wisconsin Supper Clubs welcome everyone, but they do count on their regulars. “The regulars are like family. They often come to the restaurant weekly, sometimes twice, Wednesday and Saturday for example. They sit at the same table each night and the bartender will have their favorite drink waiting when they come in. In fact, I’ve heard of cases where, if a regular doesn’t come when expected, the owner might call his home to check on him.” OK, that sounds a little bit like a private club, but without the fees and exclusivity.
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The décor of each club differs but a few elements are consistent. “The three staples of supper club décor are wood paneling, twinkle lights (year-round), and taxidermy,” said Faiola. Oh Wisconsin. I love ya. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit when the warm interior wards off the seasonal chill and the effects of gluttony can be hidden under a cozy sweater – preferably one with a reindeer motif. The experience begins with a drink at the bar served by an old-school professional bartender. Martinis and manhattans are classic, but for tradition’s sake, the drink of choice is a Brandy Old Fashioned served sweet. This unofficial-official drink of Wisconsin is a blend of brandy, bitters, simple syrup or sugar, and soda garnished with fruit. Don’t expect a fancy glass. While enjoying your drink, a waitress will take your dinner order and when your food is nearly ready, you’ll be 38
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shown to a table where you’ll tuck in for a timeless dining experience. At the table, you can expect to be served the traditional relish tray. Each establishment has their own version which might include vegetables, cole slaw, pickles, cheese spreads, or pasta salad presented on a serving tray that could have been swiped from my grandmother’s sideboard. Supper clubs specialize in dry-aged stakes served in lumberjack-sized portions, broiled or fried seafood, and the usual trimmings of potatoes and vegetables. Do yourself a favor and save room for desert - not so much dessert as booze-soaked ice cream - because Wisconsin supper clubs specialize in after-dinner cocktails like the Grasshopper and the Pink Squirrel that will blow your mind. Do not attempt to make these at home. Let the pros handle it. Trust me. Where to begin? I asked Faiola to recommend a few favorites for those of us who are new to the supper club experience. It wasn’t easy, but based on my request for clubs with a wooded location and a lake view, Ron offered this list as a starting point. The Buckhorn Supper Club located in Milton on the shores of Lake Koshkonong has been in business for more than 80 years. Currently owned and operated by the Pope family, The Buckhorn is known for their lakeside lobster boils in the summer months. The Pinewood Supper Club is owned and operated by Joan and Steve Allen and located in central Wisconsin on the shores Half Moon Lake in Mosinee. Steaks are hand cut on site and all entrees, sauces and dressings are made in house. The High Shores Supper Club sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Wissota, a view that it shares with the Chippewa Falls home of legendary Wisconsin brew master, Jacob Leinenkugel. In additional to traditional steaks and seafood, guests may sample fried alligator or enjoy a hosted champagne cruise on the lake. Silver Birch, Tomahawk has been called Tomahawk’s worst kept secret despite its minimal web presence. The Silver Birch enjoys a spectacular view of Halfmoon Lake from the outdoor patio where guests enjoy drinks while waiting for a table. Weekend fish frys are always well attended. Copper Dock, Hubertus is located on the shores of Friess Lake where the setting sun casts a copper-like glow on the water. All you can eat prime rib is offered on Saturdays and, if you still have an appetite, come back on Sunday for brunch. 40
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LEARN MORE The definitive source on this subject is Ron Faiola’s excellent book Wisconsin Supper Clubs, An Old Fashioned Experience (Agate Press). Find the book and companion documentary video online. This website provides links and locations for more than 300 Wisconsin Supper Clubs, though some information may be out of date. Find one nearby and satisfy your curiosity. Not all locations have websites or social media links so you may have to go old school and call for reservations. Did you know your smart phone can also make phone calls? To learn more about the fascinating history of the Wisconsin Old Fashioned you must read this excellent article by Rachel Fell that appeared in The Midwestival. While you’re there, go ahead and follow The Midwestival. Trust me you’ll love it. Asked what the future may hold for these classic establishments, Ron mentioned that many clubs are beginning to adapt for a new generation while holding fast to their authenticity. “Some clubs have begun to add TV in the bar area, but ONLY in the bar, to show sports and attract a younger clientele. Others have started to open for lunch. A few that closed during the recent recession have reopened under new ownership.” Faiola has also seen a surge in popularity in recent years that he attributes to a nostalgic yearning for a simpler time with real food and cocktails. Perhaps we may thank a certain Don Draper for this. Whatever you motivation, work up an appetite and join me on a quest for local adventure, timeless regional cuisine, and a truly old fashioned experience
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EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS WRITTEN BY TIFFANY LACZKOWSKI The Christmas season will soon be upon us, and the opportunity to recreate our family traditions begins again. Sometimes it's nice to create new traditions, even if they're centuries old. My family and I were lucky enough to live in Switzerland for a few years and one of our favorite adopted traditions was attending countless Christmas markets that are traditional in much of Europe, including Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland. What may seem like simply a shopping opportunity is actually more like a town fair, an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate the season together. Centuries ago, Christmas markets were a necessity for small, European towns. Now, in the age of mega malls and online shopping the tradition lives on. The Christmas markets in the US harken back to the markets of Nuremberg, Strasbourg, and Vienna. At Chicago's Christkindlmarket you’ll find beautiful ornaments from vendors like famed Käthe Wohlfahrt: vendors selling lichthauser, German porcelain lighted houses: and lebkuchenherzen, traditional German gingerbread hearts. Many markets will also highlight handmade items from local Midwestern craftsmen. Food is an integral part of the experience. Don't pass up a bratwurst or be adventurous and try the currywurst, a spicy specialty of Berlin. Or try delicious German potatoes. Sugared almonds, Nutella crepes, and chocolate-dipped fruits are traditional sweets and don't forget the glühwein, a warm mulled wine guaranteed to warm you as you browse. Attending Chicago's Christkindlmarket is now an annual event for our family. It reminds us of happy times we spent in Europe, and has become one of our most treasured family traditions. Visit the Chicago Christkindlmarket from November 20th through December 24th, or enjoy any of the traditional markets throughout the region. See the Events Listing in this issue for details. Happy Holidays! 43
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