Do your Christmas shopping at a holiday market

There's no better way to soak up Chicago’s wintertime magic than browsing these delightful holiday markets
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Photograph: Jim Vondruska Sauced Night Market

No matter what holiday you celebrate, Chicago's seasonal market circuit makes it easy to find gifts for everyone on your list and have a blast while you're at it. We rounded up the top pop-up events happening in December to take the stress out of shopping. Track down unique vintage clothing, get your hands on sugary confections and find Chicago-themed gifts for the whole family. Heck, you can even enjoy a boozy beverage while you shop. Now it’s time to make your naughty and nice lists.

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Find a holiday market

Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza is a top holiday market.
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Mayor's Office
Shopping, Markets and fairs


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Bundle up and bask in holiday cheer at this annual outdoor marketplace. Though locals and tourists alike flock to this German spectacle for hand-painted ornaments and Christmas trinkets, we say grab a bratwurst and a mug of Glühwein and GTFO.

Photograph: Courtesy Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market Festival


Everyone’s favorite tri-level vintage spectacular is the ideal place to scoop up one-of-a-kind antiques, jewelry, special keepsakes and, of course, a little something for yourself. Don’t forget to cash in on free gift wrapping before you go.

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