Christkindlmarket Chicago



Christkindlmarket Dates and Hours

When: Nov. 16 - Dec. 24, 2018

Where: On Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)

Hours: Open Daily  Sun - Thu 11am - 8pm,  Fri - Sat 11am - 9pm

Special Hours: Thanksgiving Day: 11am - 4pm,  Christmas Eve: 11am - 4pm


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?

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?

November 16 – December 24, 2018.  

11am-8pm Sunday through Thursday,  11am-9pm Friday and Saturday

11am-4pm Thanksgiving and Christmas

The market will also be open for a special preview party on November 15th! Check out the events page for additional information.

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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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Where do I park for the Christkindlmarket Chicago?


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



Lowest Rate at any InterPark Location! 

Visitors of the Christkindlmarket receive special discounted parking from our parking sponsor, iParkit! Enter promo code CHRISTKIND18 to enjoy $18 parking at any InterPark garage during the event. This rate is the lowest offered at any InterPark location and is valid for up to 12 hours of parking! 

Click here for parking garage locations in Chicago!




Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free!

SpotHero is the nation’s leading parking reservation app to book convenient and affordable parking, whether it’s for an event, commute to work or even airport parking.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Christkindlmarket SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. You can also use SpotHero to park all over Chicago – learn more here.


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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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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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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 Americaneagle Grand Timber House, where visitors can sit and enjoy food and beverages indoors. 

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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 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 do I 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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I become a volunteer?

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

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Is the market wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the plaza and all buildings are 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. We take our vendors’ safety very seriously. If conditions force us to close, we will announce it on our social media pages.

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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 two ATMs on-site where you can cash. 


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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)