Chicago Christkindlmarket 2010: A Preview of the Best and Wurst of the Holiday Marketplace

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A Holiday Tradition.
One of the highlights of Chicago's Holiday Season for the past 15 years has been the Christkindlmarket.  The authentic German Marketplace, located under the watchful eye of the Picasso on Daley Plaza features a unique place to shop and eat.   Over 50 vendors from Germany, other parts of Europe and around the globe come together to create an authentic German marketplace in the heart of downtown Chicago.  The Market offers handmade gifts and crafts including cuckoo-clocks, blown glass items, ornaments, woodcarvings and much more.  Traditional German Food is another highlight--along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (see slideshow at the bottom of this blog for a preview of the best and the "wurst" selections).

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The welcoming wooden booths topped with red and white striped awnings are modeled after those from the original Christkinklmarket which began in 1545 in Nuremberg Germany. The authentic market originates from the mythical tale of the Christkind--a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown atop golden locks.  Most of the booths are located outdoors on the Plaza, but there are some food and craft vendors located inside the heated and enclosed Grand Timberhouse (see map, #11 in slideshow).

DATES.
Through 4p.m., Friday, December 24, 2010.

HOURS.
Sunday through Thursday:  11a.m to 8p.m..  Friday and Saturday: 11a.m. through 9p.m.

LOCATION.
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington.
 

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