You don’t need to travel to visit a charming European Christmas market because Chicago hosts the most authentic European holiday market outside of Europe. Christkindlmarket brings the sights, scents and sounds of a German holiday market to Chicago, opening on November 18, 2022.
Since 1996, Chicago has welcomed German artisans to the city for the annual Christkindlmarket. Inspired by the 16th-century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, Christkindlmarket is Chicago’s largest open-air market. This colorful outdoor market features European arts and crafts, homemade gifts, choirs, carolers and German food and beer.
Even if you’re not a shopper, Christkindlmarket is a great place to sample German sausages with sauerkraut, warm pretzels, Stollen, the traditional fruit-filled, Christmas bread and lots of beer.
There are two locations for the market, the expansive Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, open Sunday-Thursday 11 am- 8 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am -9 pm, through December 24, 2022. The smaller Christkindlmarket at Gallagher Way is open Monday through Thursday 3-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am- 10 pm and Sunday 11 am -7 pm, through December 31, 2022.
November 18-December 31
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St, 11 -8 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11 am- 9 pm Friday -Saturday.
Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., 3- 9 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday and 11 am-7 pm Sunday