Christkindlmarket, Chicago

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Christkindlmarket, Chicago
20151121 Christkindlmarket05.jpg
Date(s) Varies
Begins Friday before Thanksgiving Day
Ends Christmas Eve
Location(s) Chicago, United States
Inaugurated 1996
Most recent 2017

Christkindlmarket is a Christmas market held annually at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The festival attracts more than 1 million visitors each year.

History[edit]

The market in 2015.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest first held Chicago's Christkindlmarket on Pioneer Court in 1996.[1][2] Christkindlmarket was inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1997, Mayor Daley requested that the festival be moved to Daley Plaza.[2] That year the market attracted more than 750,000 visitors.[2] By 1999, the Christkindlmarket had become part of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.[2] In recent years, Chicago's Christkindlmarket has become the largest Christmas market in the United States, hosting well over 1 million visitors annually.[2] In 2016, Christkindlmarket expanded to the Chicago suburb of Naperville.[3]

Vendors and attractions[edit]

Christkindlmarket, Chicago 2014

The market is situated by a large Christmas tree at Daley Plaza and also houses a small nativity scene.[4] The site features entertainment from Christmas choirs, dance groups, and brass bands.[2] It also houses a Santa house.[2] At the site beer, wine, baked goods, meats, toys, holiday ornaments, and other Christmas decorations are sold by vendors from Germany, Ukraine, Austria, and the Chicago metropolitan area.[2]

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References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Zug, J.D. (1991). German-American Life: Recipes and Traditions. Iowa City: Penfield Press.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. (2006, November 17). Christkindlmarket Chicago - Contact. Retrieved July 08, 2007, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. (2006, November 17). Christkindlmarket Chicago - Facts. Retrieved July 08, 2007, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  3. ^ "IT'S TIME FOR CHRISTKINDLMARKET CHICAGO". Retrieved Nov 10, 2016.
  4. ^ German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. (2007, July 13). Fireworks. Retrieved August 26, 2007, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-26.

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Coordinates: 41°53′02″N 87°37′49″W / 41.88393°N 87.63020°W / 41.88393; -87.63020