Christkindlmarket Chicago

By: the Christkindlmarket Team



Welcome to the Christkindlmarket Chicago's Blog, written by your very own Christkind! Read through to learn about the Christkindlmarket behind the scenes and fun facts.






Christkindlmarket 2018 Dates and Hours

Sep 24, 2018

Since 1996,

German American Events, LLC has been bringing the beloved tradition of the Christkindlmarket to Chicago. This year, the Christkindlmarket expands its reach by opening in Milwaukee at the new Fiserv Forum, providing guests with three unique market locations to visit: Chicago, Naperville, and Milwaukee.

"Our expansion into Milwaukee provides us the opportunity to share the holiday spirit with a city that has long asked for its own Christkindlmarket," said Maren Biester Priebe, CEO of German American Events, LLC. "We are elated to see an outpouring of support and excitement about our German holiday tradition from the community. We're also excited to release our new market hours at all three locations, so families can plan ahead and for this year's holiday cheer."

Rooted in German tradition, the Christkindlmarket will turn all three locations into picturesque holiday villages featuring vendors in traditional candy cane striped wooden huts. Visitors will be delighted by live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the event in a magical atmosphere and will create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Families interested in kid-friendly events like Christkind visits, Kinder Tag, and live music can find all information on the Kinder Club section of our website.

Stammtisch table reservations are now open: Visitors can reserve a festively decorated table in the warm Grand Timber Haus for two hours and choose from unique German food & beverage packages. 


Admission to the Christkindlmarket is always free.

2018 hours include:

Christkindlmarket Chicago

When: Nov. 16 - Dec. 24, 2018
Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop
Hours: Open Daily Sun - Thu 11am - 8pm, Fri - Sat 11am - 9pm
Special Hours: Thanksgiving Day: 11am - 4pm, Christmas Eve: 11am - 4pm

Christkindlmarket Milwaukee

When: Nov. 17 - Dec. 31, 2018
Where: Entertainment Plaza outside Fiserv Forum
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 8pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 9pm
Special Hours: Thanksgiving (Nov. 23), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) 11am – 4pm, Christmas Day (Dec. 25) Closed 

Christkindlmarket Naperville

When: Select days from Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, 2018
Where: Naper Settlement (near downtown Naperville and Riverwalk Park)
Hours: Open Thurs - Sun only
Thurs 11am - 7pm, Fri – Sat 11am - 9pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
Special Hours: Also open daily December 17 - 21: 11am - 8pm and December 24: 11am - 4pm

Due to construction, the Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way is closed in 2018. Please visit for more information about holiday activities at Gallagher Way.


About Christkindlmarket and German American Events, LLC 

German American Events (GAE, LLC), a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, is a non-profit organization that creates and produces the Christkindlmarket Chicago, Naperville, and Milwaukee. All Christkindlmarket locations are modeled after the classic German holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany, with traditional candy-cane striped huts. These free annual outdoor holiday markets host vendors from Germany, Europe and around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. The markets are rich in cultural tradition and include special events, entertainment and activities that are fun for the whole family.