Christkindlmarket Chicago: European-Style Holiday Market at Daley Plaza
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, and shopping of the season at one of Chicago's favorite holiday traditions: the Christkindlmarket. Inspired by the centuries-old German Christmas markets in places like Nuremberg, this open-air bazaar has delighted locals and travelers in Chicago for over two decades. Discover its old-fashioned charm and charming Bavarian booths in Daley Plaza through Christmas Eve this year. Discover why Christkindlmarket is one of the top holiday things to do in Chicago.
What Is There at Chicago's Christkindlmarket?
Sip glühwein (hot spiced wine) and savor German sausages and potato pancakes. Listen to carolers and soak in the festive atmosphere. Most of all – go shopping for gifts, which include specialty foods, arts and crafts, and one-of-a-kind decor. Keep an eye out for these unique items:
- Hand-painted ceramics
- Glass-blown ornaments
- German beer steins
- Authentic cuckoo clocks
- Honey candles
- Hand-knit wool sweaters, mittens, scarves, and hats
- Traditional wooden toys
- Souvenir glühwein mug (comes with glühwein!)
- Hand-painted nutcrackers
- Russian nesting dolls
- Gingerbread roasted nuts
- Carved wooden lanterns
- … plus much more!
Where Is Christkindlmarket Chicago?
Christkindlmarket covers most of Daley Plaza, just under the gaze of the large Picasso sculpture. It's just a 0.6-mile walk from our hotel, which is just across the Chicago River in the River North neighborhood. You can also walk to trendy gastropubs, riverside eateries, cool shops, and easy public transportation at the Merchandise Mart subway stop – just one block away. Browse our current deals and packages and plan your Chicago trip today!