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German-style Christmas


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Why locals love it

For the large German community, it hearkens back to the Christmas markets that spring up all over Germany during the holidays. For others, it's a great introduction to German festivities. For everyone, it's a great way to be with friends and family and enjoy hot ciders, German pastries, bratwursts, potato pancakes, and Christmas cheer.

Why you should visit it

While the Chicago winters can be bitter, it's a great way to get outside and make the best of all the holiday festivities. There are plenty of great treats and foods to try, lots of quaint shops for cute trinkets, and of course the giant Christmas tree. Duck inside the hut for cover from the weather and enjoy some hot wine or a warm meal.

Special tip

Don't drive. Take the CTA and get off at Washington on the blue line. Also, the potato pancakes are delicious. Usually opens week of Thanksgiving.

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Everyone goes for the festive atmosphere and the food. The ornaments are way overpriced but they’re fun to look at. Lots of other interesting merchandise. It’s a tradition for many people.
August 5, 2019
It's absolutely one of my favorite and most consistent local traditions. Please please pleaseeee be wise about the time you go however, because tourists can get rowdy at times, and you'll end up packed in like a sardine. When buying from a stall, make sure you look and see which products are made where; Part of the beauty of the market is to get traditional european holiday goods; don't fall for dupes that charge more for products not handmade or traditionally made.
July 17, 2019
Works only around Christmas time. People can try traditional German Christmas food and drinks, and see and purchase holiday ornaments.
May 23, 2018
The musik.
September 7, 2017
ahh Wesley you beat me to it!
August 18, 2015
Sorry! Haha :D
September 9, 2017

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