Chicago's Christkindlmarket

Chicago might have an official tree lighting ceremony, but nothing kickoffs the holidays in the city like Christkindlmarket’s opening day. This highly anticipated annual event usually starts the week before Thanksgiving and it’s inspired by the famous holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany dating back to 1545.

Located at downtown’s Daley Plaza, the Chicago open-air market offers a fun shopping experience with handmade German ornaments, unique crafts and gifts, as well as great food and entertainment. Did we mention it’s also free?!

We enjoy stopping by at least twice every year for some potato pancakes, strudel and tasty sausages on a bun. We’re also big fans of the kiosk that serves hot Gluehwein wine infused with clove, cinnamon and other spices —the fastest way to put anyone into the holiday spirit.

For those living in the suburbs, the Chicago Christkindlmarket now organizes a second market in Naperville. It’s just as beautiful and even more laidback. But regardless of which one you visit, it always makes the cold weather charming and enjoyable.

To get a closer glimpse of this market, find our video “Chicago’s Christkindlmarket” on our YouTube page.

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