Christkindlmarket, an open-air market, is inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets. There are authentic German food such as sausages and sauerkraut as well as German beer and a traditional hot spiced wine called Glühwein. There are also great gifts including cuckoo clocks and hand-blown ornaments as well as other wooden crafts.
There is also an Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony when the Christmas tree is put up in Millennium Park. There is also an ice rink for all the family as well as a hunt for Santa Claus for children.
In the suburbs, there is also an amazing light show at Morton Arboretum. This Illumination is open now until January 1, 2018.
Writing about it on their website, they shared: "See trees in a different light as we celebrate the power of coming together to lift our spirits during the crisp, long nights of winter! Illumination is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum's celebrated tree collections.
"Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It's an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music. This year, we're introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey."
Tickets for the Morton Arboretum light illuminations cost $10.