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Experience holiday magic at Christkindlmarket Chicago

Grab a mug of Glühwein, peruse the handmade gifts and get acquainted with Chicago's favorite holiday market


By Zach Long

Posted: Friday November 16 2018


Photograph: Grace DuVal

No matter how many twinkling lights or decorated trees you encounter, the holidays in Chicago don't really start until Christkindlmarket arrives. The annual holiday market draws inspiration from winter festivals in Germany and fills Daley Plaza with a village of huts that house vendors selling food, handmade gifts, clothing, ornaments and more. Attendees flock to the Loop to sip Glühwein (served in a souveneir mug), do holiday shopping and sample German food like konckwurst and potato pancakes. Get ready to browse, eat and drink your way through the beloved seasonal event with our guide to Christkindlemarket Chicago.

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When is Christkindlmarket Chicago?

Christkindlmarket runs from November 16 to December 24, 2018. The market is open Sunday through Thursday 11am–8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am–9pm.

Where is Christkindlmarket Chicago?

Chirstkindlmarket takes over nearly the entirety of Daley Plaza, under the gaze of the Picasso sculpture. If you're traveling by train, just take the Blue Line to Washington or the Red Line to Lake.

Christkindlmarket 2018

What to eat, drink and buy at Christkindlmarket 2018

Ornaments, curry fries, cozy socks, steaming mugs and more wonderful stuff

Take a look at this year’s heart-shaped Christkindlmarket mugs

You have to drink all of that spiced wine and cocoa out of something

Things to do around Christkindlmarket

Bring your mug along to some of the best attractions near Daley Plaza

The best stuff at Christkindlmarket

2016: The 14 best things to eat, drink and buy

Hot chocolate, nutcrackers and ornaments

2015: 15 best things to eat, drink and buy

Candles, wiener schnitzel sandwich and teapots

2014: 11 best things to eat and buy

DönerMen, snowballs and a tiny version of the Bean