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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