Christkindlmarket Chicago: 3 tips you need to know

Christkindlmarket Chicago is a holiday favorite. It’s an authentic German market in Daley Plaza with arts and crafts, food and drink, and plenty of jolly Chicagoans drinking hot, spiced wine. It’s open Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8 pm and Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm. Here are three tips so you can make the most of the popular Chicago outdoor market.

1. The Christkindlmarket boot mug is back

After a back-to-back years without the boot mug, event organizers brought it back for the 20th anniversary. This is a popular collective every year at Christkindlmarket. Let’s all ooo and ahhh at this year’s design.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Boot Mug

2. Weekends are crowded, try going on a weeknight

Christkindlmarket is only a month long, so it’s not surprising that the weekends are busiest. There are long lines for everything. The solution? If you can, visit on a weeknight after work. You’ll get the same great Christkindlmarket without the crazy crowds.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Crowd

3. Reserve your parking with SpotHero

Parking in Chicago’s Loop is expensive. But with SpotHero, you can reserve parking, prepay, and save up to 50% off the drive-up rate. Download the SpotHero app for iPhone or Android or visit our Christkindlmarket parking page. Not driving? Find directions here.

P.S. Did you know you can make Chriskindlmarket reservations inside the heated tents? Limited availability, but it’s worth checking out.