The Christkindlmarket of Chicago at the Daley Plaza is celebrating its 24th year as it once again brings together German traditions to Chicago. Christkindlmarket takes its name from the Christkind, a fairy-like being dressed in gold and white robes with a crown upon her head. German folklore says this “angel” is a guide for holiday parades and is similar to the U.S. version of a Santa Claus – passing through to present gifts, yet gone before anyone can catch a glimpse.
The holiday market features vendors from around the world, with around 60% hailing from Germany to sell decorations from their home country. This outdoor market provides a seasonal walk-through filled with live musical performances that go great with a hot cup of cocoa or cider from surrounding food vendors. Even in the bustle of the city, the cozy atmosphere of the “village” transports its visitors back to the folklore origins of 1500s Nuremberg, Germany.
The outdoor market requires no admission fees and is open from Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.