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Open until December 24th


Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Christkindlmarket unites cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the first outdoor markets of its kind, the Christkindlmarket is well-known for its vendors’ high quality gifts and food, holiday cheer, and for being the ideal place for families to make unique memories.

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Market Information

Sunday through Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00pm

Friday through Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00 pm

Special Opening Hours:

Thanksgiving (November 23): 11:00 am – 4:00pm

Christmas Eve (December 24): 11:00 am – 4:00pm

Detailed Overview

The Christkindlmarket Chicago originated in 1995 as an initiative by The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest Inc. to boost trade between the USA and Germany. Founded by Peter Flatzek and Ray Lotter, the market’s success led to its continuation through GACC Midwest’s subsidiary, German American Events, LLC. Starting on Pioneer Court in 1996, the market moved to Daley Plaza in 1997, becoming a cherished winter attraction with the support of the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

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