Cool Chicago: Christkindlmarket

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COOL CHICAGO: Christkindlmarket
European-style open-air Christmas-themed winter market in downtown Chicago
: The Loop
Address: 50 W. Washington St. (Daley Plaza)
Cost: Free
Best for: Families, those in the Christmas spirit

If you’re in the Windy City this holiday season, consider stopping by Christkindlmarket, a free open-air event in downtown Chicago.

The festival features giant Christmas trees, life-size nativity scenes, lots of German food like bratwurst and pancakes, and vendors selling their hand-made wares. My favorite are the Christmas tree ornament shops, which sell Chicago-themed bulbs, including one shaped like the Bean. I must purchase one of those for my own tree.

Christkindlmarket runs every day through December 24.


chicago christmas bulbs

life size nativity scene

german clocks

german dolls

christmas dolls

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7 Responses to Cool Chicago: Christkindlmarket

  1. hello haha harf December 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    *cough* pittsburgh also has a christkindlmarket *cough*

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  2. hello haha harf December 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    p.s. it was inspired by the one in chicago. pretty cool!
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    • Scott Shetler December 7, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      Nifty, I wasn’t actually aware of that one!

  3. Juliann December 9, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    This looks just like the Christmas Markets in Germany. I love it! Perhaps a trip to Chicago is in order soon.
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    • Scott Shetler December 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      I love these markets… just wish it wasn’t so cold in Chicago right now!

  4. The Guy January 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Ah I love Christmas markets, such a shame we have to wait 11 months until the next ones. This one looks like a lot of fun with lots of great Christmassy novelty gift ideas.
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