10 Perfect Christmas Shopping Getaways
In Daley Plaza, surrounded by the Loop's high-rises, Christkindlmarket Chicago looks wildly out of place -- and that's part of the annual event's appeal. Inspired by a four-century-old festival in Nuremberg, Germany, the month-long Christkindlmarket features German tastes and trinkets. Bundled shoppers mill about an impromptu village of 50-plus tents and wooden stalls, sipping gluhwein from boot-shape mugs and listening to Lederhosen-clad musicians belt holiday tunes.
Visitors who want to explore beyond the market can walk to Macy's, the world's largest Old Navy, the Art Institute of Chicago or Millennium Park. And if you're in Chicago in early December, head to the Merchandise Mart for the annual One of a Kind Show and Sale to browse tempting handmade creations from 500 artisans.