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Cultural market immerses visitors in diverse holiday spirit

The Chicago Christkindlmarket, first conceptualized in 1995, unites German and broader European traditions with Chicago’s charm in a popular annual market. The Christmas season market has been held annually in Chicago since 1996. Admission is free, and the experience is rewarding, allowing visitors to try original foods and beverages from local and international vendors, view live performances, interact with costumed staff, and shop for unique holiday gifts! 

The market opened for the season on Nov. 17, with locations in Daley Plaza, Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field, and RiverEdge Park in suburban Aurora. It will close Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. 

Each year the market sells glühwein, a mulled wine, in a collectible mug. The mug’s shape and design are different each year, and this year, each of the three market locations has a unique design. Alcohol-free drinks are also offered, in different fun mugs. 

Visitors can buy handmade ornaments, view a choir performance filled with renditions of festive classics and discover gifts for friends and family. 

When walking around the market, you may see a woman decked in gold with blonde hair. Her name is The Christkind, the namesake of the Christkindlmarket, and is a fairy-like being inspired by German folklore. The Christkind is the traditional gift-bringer in most European countries, much like Santa Claus, and she delivers gifts to children on Christmas Eve. She has been a staple to the market’s festivities since 2013, a part of the Grand Opening Ceremony, welcoming visitors. She roams the market, interacting with young families and spreading joy. 

The market’s food vendors range from traditional German foods like sausages, potato pancakes, hot soups and strudels, to foods from different cultures and time periods, like assortments of chocolate-covered foods, marzipan, chai apple pie and curry fries. The wide array of options is suitable for anyone. 

The Chicago market is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The market closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. If you’re interested in receiving updates on the Market and its special events, sign up for their newsletter on the Christkindlmarket website,

With reporting by Skye Freeman, and video by Delaney Connell, this is Zara Siddique for the U-High Midway.

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Skye Freeman
Skye Freeman, Audience Engagement Manager
Skye Freeman is a member of the Class of 2025 and is an audience engagement manager. She joined the journalism team during the 2022-23 school year when she was a sophomore. Her favorite piece she has written for the Midway is her story on the U-High drama teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrosini: “Love that Lasts: U-High theater teachers married for over 50 years flawlessly execute show after show.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing Badminton and is vice president of the Students with Disabilities Association and of the Junior States of America club.
Delaney Connell
Delaney Connell, Photographer
Delaney Connell is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. Her favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos for school sports and school events. Outside of photojournalism, Delaney enjoys taking walks with her dog, talking with her brother and cooking.
Zara Siddique
Zara Siddique, Sports & Leisure Editor
Zara Siddique is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as the sports and leisure editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a sophomore. Her favorite part of journalism is getting to meet new people. Her favorite story she has written is “Qatar sparks controversy as World Cup host.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and listening to music. Awards: 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Second place (with Sahana Unni), photo layout: full page (Page 3) 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Superior, commentary writing

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