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Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

Bring the family to Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza November 20-December 24, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Christkindlmarket is as iconic a holiday event as Chicago has to offer. It is by far the largest city festival. Loosely structured after Germany’s Christkindlesmarkt (starting in 1545), the event brings European and German culture to the fore. There will be food, music, dance, and much more. Whole days are devoted to theatrical performances, concerts, and special family events.

Here is a sampling of Christkindlmarket activities: Cider Haus, A Cappella Day, Apollo Chorus of Chicago,  Choreography of the World, Alpine Brass, German Grill, Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos, Glen Sorgatz and the Alpine Brass Band, German Travel Show, and so much more!

You want to buy a cuckoo clock, Bavarian Pewter, Bethlehem Nativity Products, German steins, German wood art, or Polish handcrafts? All of this and more are available. The Kinder Club is all about events and activities for kids: Christkindlmarket Passport, with coloring pages and games; Scavenger Hunt, where kids can search for clues in German and English; and Advent Calendar opening daily.

Christkindlmarket is located at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street, in the heart of the Loop. Admission is free. Parking is limited. All Chicago trains stop at this address. For a full schedule of events, go to and follow the prompts.

Make your Christkindlmarket experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.