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You haven't experienced the holidays in Chicago until you've stepped into this giant open-air market inspired by a similar seasonal tradition in Nuremberg, Germany. At Christkindlmarket, guests can shop handcrafted items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins and glass ornaments. When hunger strikes, nibble on potato pancakes, hot pretzels, schnitzel, döner and chocolate-covered treats. And no trip to Christkindlmarket is complete without a steaming mug of Glühwein, a traditional hot spiced wine (there's also hot cocoa for the kids).
The holiday market boasts three locations in Daley Plaza, Gallagher Way and Milwaukee, but the outpost in the Loop is its most popular iteration. When the weather is decent, the market is generally packed in the evenings, so stop by in the afternoon for a more plesant (and less-crowded) shopping and/or dining experience.
|Venue name:||Daley Plaza|
Washington and Dearborn Sts
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Lake; Blue to Washington; Pink, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph.|
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Definitely have to add in the holiday tradition to do every year! Just being around the German food and cute knock knack and ornaments brings out the holiday spirit! I must say, however, the wares are very expensive. Another thing I wish they had is outdoor heaters for people who can't get seats inside the tents.
Stupid hours on the website were straight up not accurate. Whole thing was shut down when we came in Christmas Eve - fair enough, enjoy time with your family - but why say you're open till 8 on the website? Sad
Everyone loves Christkindlmarket! Kids can get cider or "kinder-gluhwein" while the adults can enjoy a boot-shaped mug of hot mulled cider, a.k.a. gluhwein. Get some to-die-for potato pancakes and a side of apple sauce, then shop the vast array of German and Chicago-themed ornaments. There are lots of other gift ideas at Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza too. And it all unfolds around the massive Picasso and in the midst of trees strewn in white lights.