Did you know that the Windy City lays claim to the biggest Christmas market in the United States? Since 1996, the Christkindlmarket Chicago has brought German holiday crafts, food and libations, and all-around yuletide spirit to Downtown, and as a guest of ours at The Gwen you’ll be mere minutes from the festivities!
The Christkindlmarket Chicago
While Chicago’s Christkindlmarket launched in Pioneer Court, it soon moved to its current home of Daley Plaza, where these days better than a million shoppers and merrymakers take in its charms each year. (The market has lately expanded, too, opening branches in Naperville as well as up in Milwaukee.)
This year’s Christkindlmarket Chicago, the 23rd annual, runs November 18th through December 24th (Christmas Eve), so you’ve got plenty of time to book your luxury getaway at The Gwen and take care of some holiday shopping at this singular hub for it.
The event is modeled after the classic Advent-timed Christmas markets of Germany, which date back to the Middle Ages and which, like Chicago’s version, are typically situated in a town or city square.
Shopping, Sipping, & Nibbling at the Christkindlmarket Chicago
What exactly will you find in Daley Plaza’s very own Old World-style holiday wonderland? Well, first and foremost a vast array of gifts for sale, including the hand-made ornaments, nutcrackers, beer steins, cuckoo clocks, and wooden toys that have long defined traditional European Christmas markets. But vendors will be selling a wide range of other products, including clothing and jewelry, all the wares adding up to an unbeatable and unique holiday shopping opportunity.
You can also pick up the commemorative Christkindlmarket Chicago mug for 2018, a souvenir that’s been offered in unique design since the first market 23 years ago.
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is as much about soul-nourishing eats and drinks as it is about gift-shopping. Fill that souvenir mug of yours with the classic libation of a German Christmas market, Glühwein—a spiced variant of mulled wine—or perhaps a mug of German beer, and tuck into strudel, potato pancakes, sausages, chocolates, pastries, and other traditional delectable.
Take in the 2018 Christkindlmarket Chicago With a Luxury Collection Stay at The Gwen
Can’t you just imagine yourself sampling German confections, clutching a warm decorated mug of Glühwein, and delighting over painted nutcrackers, Christmas ornaments, and other hand-crafted treasures in the heart of Downtown Chicago this winter? Experience the country’s biggest (and we’d say best) Christmas market this November or December and choose The Gwen for your convenient and well-appointed accommodations just a stone’s throw away along Michigan Avenue!