Christkindlmarket Chicago

FAQ

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Christkindlmarket Dates and Hours

Stay tuned for 2020 dates and hours! 

Admission is always FREE!

For further information, please fill out the Contact Us form or call us at (312) 494-2175.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Questions

Questions & Answers

Where is the Christkindlmarket Chicago?

Daley Plaza, the Loop, Chicago.  50 W Washington St.  between Washington, Clark and Dearborn Streets.  Click here for detailed directions.

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When is the market open?

Stay tuned for 2020 dates and times!

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Is the market outside?

Most of the market is outdoors - vendors are arranged on an outdoor plaza and visitors can walk up to their windows to shop.  There are a few walk-in cabins where you can peruse items indoors, and two warming areas, the Festival Tent and the Grand Timber House, where visitors can sit and enjoy food and beverages indoors. 

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How do I get there?

The Christkindlmarket Chicago is easily accessible to visitors from all over.  Visitors can arrive by car, bus, train, foot, or taxi.  Visit our directions page for detailed instructions. 

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Where do I park?

Please note that there is very limited street or metered parking available around the market.

Parking Options:

1) Spothero:

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Christkindlmarket SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

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2) InterPark:

 

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Can I pay everything by credit card, or should I bring cash?

Most merchandise vendors accept debit/credit cards; however, there are some food and beverage vendors that do only accept cash. There are several ATMs on-site where you can get cash. 

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How do I reserve a table?

We have several food & beverage packages and tables available for reservation at the Christkindlmarket Chicago. Please visit our Reservations Page to learn more about packages and how to reserve your table. 

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How do I become a sponsor?

We would love to work with you as a sponsor of the Christkindlmarket! We have several sponsorship options available at all price ranges. Please email Erin Van Fleet at vanfleet@germanamericanevents.com to receive more information on partnership opportunities. 

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How do I become a vendor?

Please visit our potential vendor application page to learn more about the vendor application process and to fill out our initial contact form. 

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How do I become a volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering at the Christkindlmarket Chicago, please submit an application on the volunteer page.

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How do I work at the Christkindlmarket?

We are not in charge of hiring for the vendors’ booths. However, you can feel free to send us your contact information!  If we learn that a vendor is interested in hiring staff, we will pass on your contact information to them and they will reach out to you directly. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application on our volunteer page. 

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How can I/we apply to perform at the market?

If you'd like to perform with your group at the Christkindlmarket, contact us by filling out our contact form!  One of our staff will get back to you with availability as soon as possible. 

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Is the market wheelchair accessible?

Yes, everything at the market is wheelchair accessible. We recommend visiting during off-peak hours like weekdays to get the best experience.

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Will the market be open when the weather is bad?

Yes, the Christkindlmarket will be open during regular hours, unless there is an official emergency declared by the City of Chicago, or if the conditions are deemed unsafe for our vendors and visitors. Any change in opening hours will be announced on our social media pages and on the website.

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What kind of vendors do you have at the market?

Over 60% of our vendors are from Germany!  Many sell holiday decorations from around the world (Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, South America…), winter accessories, decorations, kids toys, handcrafted gifts, food, candy and beverages. You can find the full list of vendors at our Vendors Page.

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How do I get in contact with a vendor?

We are unable to share vendors' contact information if it is not publicly available. If they have a website, it will be listed on the vendor page. If you'd like to get in contact with a specific vendor and cannot find their information, please fill out the contact form or call us at (312) 494-2175.  

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I have an allergy, how do I know what is safe to eat?

We cannot guarantee any food to not have an allergen.  Your best bet is to speak directly to that vendor at the market. 

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Is smoking allowed?

No, smoking is not allowed at the Christkindlmarket Chicago. 

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Are dogs allowed?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the outside area of the market, as long as they are on a leash. Dogs are not permitted in our inside areas such as the warming tent, Timber House or any walk-in vendor booths.

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Who is the woman with the crown on the mug?

The woman on all of the Christkindlmarket mugs is called the Christkind, the namesake of the Christkindlmarket! She is a traditional German figure throughout the holiday season. Learn more about her on our about the Christkind page, and check out our events calendar to see if she might be visiting the market when you are there!

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What else can I do in the Loop?

The Loop is a great place to spend a whole day or weekend during the holidays. For itineraries and suggestions, visit the Chicago Loop Alliance's fantastic page or click the logo below.

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If you have a specific question that you would like answered in a timely fashion, please contact us by using our Contact Us form or by calling (312) 494-2175 to reach someone directly. Thank you!

Free Admission - Open Daily
Sun - Thu 11Am - 8Pm
Fri - Sat 11Am - 9Pm
On Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)

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