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Christkindlmarket Chicago

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


By Zach Long

Posted: Friday November 17 2017


Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Nothing puts you in the spirit of the holiday season quite like Christkindlmarket. The annual holiday market is inspired by similar winter festivals in Germany and takes over Daley Plaza in the Loop, hosting a variety of vendors selling food, handmade gifts, clothing and more. On a typical day, you'll find attendees sipping Glühwein, shopping for presents and enjoying German food like sausages and potato pancakes. Prepare for a day of open-air drinking, eating and shopping with our guide to Christkindlmarket Chicago 2017. 

When is Christkindlmarket Chicago?

Christkindlmarket runs from November 17 to December 24, 2017. 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 2017

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The best stuff at Christkindlmarket

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Hot chocolate, nutcrackers and ornaments

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Candles, wiener schnitzel sandwich and teapots

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DönerMen, snowballs and a tiny version of the Bean