After going virtual in 2020, the iconic German-inspired holiday market at Daley Plaza returns to Chicago this year for just over a month of Christmassy celebrations. Details about specific vendors are still relatively light at the moment, but you can expect stalls stocked with handmade gifts, German food and plenty of hot beverages (including spiced glühwein, though jury's out on whether we'll get to sip from one of the market's famous boot mugs). Similarly, you can expect to see more information about COVID-19 safety protocols in the coming weeks, though organizers have announced that they'll bring back a virtual component to the market. We'll keep you posted about updates, but in the meantime, we're counting down the days until this holiday tradition returns.
If last year's holiday season felt a bit empty, this year's festivities should prove to be closer to the usual onslaught of lights, skating, theater and singing. As the weather gets colder, you'll find a slew of Chicago Christmas events, from sparkling Christmas lights in Chicago to a museum exhibition featuring trees festooned with ornaments. After taking a year off, Christkindlmarket Chicago is back with markets in Daley Plaza and in Wrigleyville, along with annual local productions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Need some inspiration as you begin to make your plans for December? We've gathered some of the most iconic events and happenings during the holidays in Chicago.
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