A Holiday Photo Gallery
The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is a relatively new tradition. Many Chicagoans might actually claim it has been here for a long time because it is such a big part of our holiday festivities. Based on the market in Nuremberg, Germany which began in 1545, and in partnership with that city, the first Christkindlmarket in Chicago was held on Pioneer court in 1996. It was an immediate success and the following year the city invited the event to move to the somewhat larger Daley Plaza.
Today the event not only fills the downtown plaza, home of many civic events, it also makes its way down Dearborn alongside the building. Vendors come from all over Germany to participate along with a few select vendors from Chicago, France and other locales.
Click on a picture and go through the gallery to see larger versions of above. These pictures are from the recent past. This year the event was a little whiter and a lot colder.