The Christkindlmarket Chicago is indeed “the largest and most renowned German winter holiday market in the United States.” For years, it has been the only non-European market to routinely be included in various “World’s Best Christmas Markets” lists which showcase the world’s biggest and best Christmas markets. We often hear from visiting German nationals that they prefer Chicago’s market; “it’s not as crowded” is the common refrain.
From the Friday before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, over 50 local and international vendors sell their wares from authentic German cabins modeled after the original market in Nuremburg, Germany. Well over 1,000,000 visitors from around the world flock to Chicago every year to enjoy the activities, performances, shop and savor German food and drink.
Criterion’s roll in overall planning, site plans, and master production schedule for the market helps us coordinate Market operations with City departments, facility management and other infrastructure vendors. In November, we begin installation and roll right into the run of show keeping operations solid. At the end…we put it all away, coordinating shipping and storage of the market materials. In between we consult on design and construction of new cabins and start the planning all over again!
Criterion has provided these services since 2007. We are also proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the Christkindlmarket Chicago.
More information can be found here.