Christkindlmarket Chicago

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Christmas and shopping go hand-in-hand like Frosty and snow. Don’t settle for a boring shopping mall experience. Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza is an experience all its own. Located less than five miles up the coast of Lake Michigan, The Willows Hotel is a great place to stay once you’ve shopped ‘til you drop.


Thousands of people from all over the world flock to Christkindlmarket Chicago. Christkindlmarket, a German tradition, is commonly referred to as yearend market. A large outdoor market held in the Chicago Loop, provides historic German tradition along with the Windy City’s excellent food and drinks.


The Christkindlmarket offers a wide range of unique and authentic gifts. German classics such as beer steins, nutcrackers and hand-blown ornaments are just a few of the popular items.


When in Chicago between November 18th and December 24th, the Christkindlmarket is a must-see. The market is open Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm. The market is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the cool Chicago air. A small number of walk-in shops and two warming areas are available for patrons.


Sweet Treats, Good Eats


Sausages, potato pancakes, pastries, roasted nuts and decadent German chocolates are a few specialties available. Enjoy a glass of Glühwein, a traditional spiced German wine, or fill up your brand new beer stein with a German brew!



What: Christkindlmarket Chicago

When: November 18th and December 24th ;  Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 9 pm

Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (Between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)

Admission: FREE


Where to Stay

Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.