Inspired by the Christkindlsmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996. By special invitation of Mayor Richard M. Daley, Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a staple event on the plaza ever since. Together with the support of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (M.O.S.E.), Christkindlmarket Chicago has grown to become one of the most popular winter attractions in the heart of the city.
Days: open daily until Christmas Eve
Times: Sun. - Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri. + Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Daley Plaza between Washington (Clark & Dearborn Street)
List of Vendors: Christkindlmarket Vendors
Gallery: Christkindlmarket Photos