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The Exclusive Christkindlmarket Experience

READ TIME 2 MIN – 9 Weeks till Christkindlmarket is back! In case you missed our big announcement this week: We were very excited to share the news that we will have markets at our traditional Downtown location on Daley Plaza from November 19th- December 24th; as well as in Wrigleyville at Gallagher Way from November 19th- December 31st!

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Behind The Scenes

“Brand” New – Our Design Journey

READ TIME 3 MIN – We are 11 weeks away from the celebration of the 25th Christkindlmarket Anniversary. Looking back 11 years, it was a festive season as well – the Christkindlmarket had its 15th Anniversary! Many vendors have been with us since then, many traditions and live entertainment have stayed the same. What has changed tremendously, however, is the look of the Christkindlmarket brand.

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Holiday Castle and Feel at the Christkindlmarket Oakbrook right by the Mall
Behind The Scenes

Different Years – Different Christkindlmarket Locations

READ TIME 2 MIN – Thirteen weeks left until we can finally say again: “Willkommen to the Christkindlmarket!” Our team’s countdown usually starts at the beginning of the new year. We figured this might be a little too early for our visitors who first want to enjoy Chicago Summer. However, we cannot wait to share our excitement with you anymore!

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Dog-friendly Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville
25th Anniversary

Fun Times at the Market

READ TIME 4 MIN – With 15 weeks to go until the opening of the Chistkindlmarket, we want to celebrate all the little things that make the markets so special to each of our visitors. We sent out a call for our visitors to send in stories of their favorite Chistkindlmarket memories and received hundreds of responses. We now want to share some snippets with you.

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Christkindlmarket Chicago 20 Years Ago
25th Anniversary

Wanderlust? Only 17 Weeks Left!

READ TIME 2 MIN – With 17 weeks left until the opening of the Christkindlmarket, we are feeling a little “Heimweh” (homesickness) for the beloved red and white striped huts of our market home. Some of you might be feeling the same way, or maybe you are feeling sick of being at home and longing to get out and be with friends and family?

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25th Anniversary

Christkindl or Kris Kringle?

READ TIME 1 MIN – While we’re counting down the weeks until this year’s Christkindlmarket opens (only 19 left!), we want to share a video that will already warm your heart and, hopefully, make you smile and giggle a little. We asked some of our lovely visitors to try and pronounce some of the German words connected with the Christkindlmarket.

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