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 the Christmas light displays and holiday pop-up bars haven't tipped you off, Christmas in Chicago is on it's way—and the first weekend of December offers plenty of ways to prepare. Shop for gifts at a variety of holiday markets, including the One of a Kind show at Merchandise Mart or the Andersonville Winter Market. If you're looking for entertainment, you can keep it seasonal by catching a Christmas-themed Cirque du Soleil at the Chicago Theatre, or join Ohmme and Alex Grelle for a celebration of the work of singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Plus, there's a Princess Diana exhibition and new projections to see during Art on theMart. Kick off the most festive time of year with some of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend.
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