Christmas Time in Chicago

Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket Chicago. The outdoor market in the Chicago Loop has become so popular and loved by everyone that any Chicagoan will tell you that they could not imagine the city without it. Christkindlmarket Chicago is no longer just a German tradition; it has become a Chicago institution.

Christkindlmarket 2014

Christkindlmarket 2014

Every year, the traditional-style German Christmas market brings in vendors from the old country to serve sauerkraut, sauerbraten, potato pancakes and sweet candied almonds. The wooden huts also brim with candy, blown glass, European Christmas decorations and other delights. The market runs through Christmas Eve, so get your sauerkraut early and often.

The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination and admission is FREE!



A little history of the Christkindlmarket, it is inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545. The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago.

Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996. By special invitation of Mayor Richard M. Daley, Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a staple event on the plaza ever since. Christkindlmarket Chicago has grown to become one of the most popular winter attractions in the heart of the city.

Stop on by to the Christkindlmarket Chicago have some spiced wine and enjoy some wiener schnitzel, you know you love that schnitzel.

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About Luca Parisi

Born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago to Italian immigrant parents, my life was a not a scene from “Goodfellas” but more so like “Everybody Loves Raymond”. Cracking jokes here and there and having a very over protected mother. I take my heritage to heart as being and Italian American. I hold family and friends close and traditions closer. So when Italy is in the world cup (that’s soccer just in case you were wondering”) things get serious. Though I love my Chicago Teams (Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Hawks)! Some of my hobbies include is that I know how to cook, not a lot of men know how to cook so I pride myself in knowing how to cook. I cook from traditional Italian with a modern kick to everything under the sun. You’ll never go hungry in my house. I also make homemade wine, a tradition passed down from my father to me. I also am a film buff especially James Bond or anything filmed in Chicago and yes I read the occasional comic book. With a passion with marketing and advertising that lead me to graduate from Columbia College Chicago (’03) with a concentration in Marketing Communication. One of my professors told me once that I have a way of speaking and telling a story that engages the audience so that’s what led me to break out of my shell and strive in sales/marketing. Though working in hospitality kind of fell in my lap, no seriously my cell phone rang which was thrown on my lap when the sales manager from a hotel called me asking if I would be interested in presuming a career change. Being a family man I do put my family first especially my son. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 years old (August 2012) and he is the beacon of courage with everything he has to go through. With this my wife and I participate with various diabetes foundations such as “Step Out” for diabetes. I handle all Corporate Groups at the hotel. Coming into Hampton Team was a pleasant change from the energy they portray. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s something I can help you with.

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