Christkindlmarket draws worldwide crowd to Chicago

By Allegra Zamore

The Christkindlmarket has been bringing the holiday spirit to the city of Chicago since 1996 attracting a wide variety of visitors throughout the years. From mulled wine and roasted nuts to German beer and schnitzel, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Vendors like Frank’s Ornament House even hire German natives to work the market each year to add a touch of authenticity to the downtown experience. Sarah Arnold says it’s just like Germany, but without the snow. The market opens every year just before Thanksgiving and stays open until Christmas Eve.

Photo at top: Vendors like Frank’s Ornament House attract a steady stream of visitors at the Christkindlmarket. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)