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Chicago Image(s) of the Day - Christkindlemarket 2012

The annual traditional German holiday market in the loop, now on its 16th year is a great shopping magnet!
The annual traditional German holiday market in the loop, now on its 16th year is a great shopping magnet!
© Ken Ilio 2012

Every Christmas season, a German-themed holiday market opens at the Daley Plaza in Chicago. From beer to brats to handcrafted German ornaments ... most everything German is here.

Shoppers at the Christkindlemarket
© Ken Ilio 2012

Germans are one of the largest white ethnic communities in Chicago, in fact, at one point of Chicago's history, 1 out of 4 Chicagoans identified themselves as either born in Germany or have one parent born in Germany. Most of the German-Chicagoans are ethnic Germans from Russia (Volga Germans).

The Lincoln Square neighborhood in the city's northwest side is the heart of German culture in Chicago - with shops and architecture that remind visitors of the German heritage of Chicago.

But not during Christmas time - because the German center of Chicago during the Christmas holidays is in Daley Plaza in the Loop!

The Christkindlmarket runs from November 20 - December 24. Come on down!

More information: Christkindlmarket Chicago

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