Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket is one of the most popular holiday events in Chicago. Held annually at Daley Plaza, it was inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts vendors from all over the world. It typically runs daily from mid-November to December 24.

Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Christkindlmarket

 

Vendors

Many of the market’s vendors offer traditional Christmas crafts and ornaments. One of the most popular is Frank’s, which brings hundreds of types of handmade glass ornaments from Germany.

Frank's Ornament House at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Frank’s Ornament House

Frank's Ornament House at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Specialty ornaments at Frank’s Ornament House

Frank's Ornament House at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Specialty ornaments at Frank’s Ornament House

Handmade wooden ornaments at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Handmade wooden ornaments

Other vendors sell German steins, winter clothing, and food. You can find German bratwurst, sauerkraut, cheeses, roasted nuts, apple cider, hot chocolate, and more. Just be aware that some vendors only accept cash, and it can get expensive.

German steins at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

German steins

Food vendors at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Food vendors

Cider at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Cider

 

When to Visit

I’ve visited Christkindlmarket on a few different years but have tried to avoid weekends when the market is completely packed. On weekdays, it’s much less crowded.

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