Things to Eat, Drink and Buy at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago

There's no shortage of things to eat and drink as you explore holiday gift ideas at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago.

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Christkindlmarket food part 3 Here are more pictures of Christkindlmarket food. Potato pancakes: Potato pancakes, another German classic, are available to taste. Made from shredded and fried potatoes, they are often served with dipping sauces. They cost 6$ alone, or 8$ with applesauce and sour cream. Raclette: Raclette, a food trend made popular on social media, has made it to the market at the Baked Cheese Haus. Gooey cheese is warmed up and then scraped off onto a sandwich. The cheesey sandwiches include ones with brats, ham, and vegetables. They run 11$-13$. German beer: Beer has long been a major part of German culture. Market goers can be a part of that tradition by drinking some of the nation’s most loved ales, like the kostritzer schwarzbier, the most popular dark beer in Germany. The drink costs 8$.
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Shoppers can get sweet and delicious nuts of all kinds including macadamias, cashews, and almonds. Bags of nuts can be bought in sizes snack, medium, or large for varying prices.
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The Christkindlmarket has chocolate-covered everything. Customers can buy chocolate dipped strawberries, raspberries, marzipan, and more at Chocolate Covered Treats and Baked Apples. Prices vary.
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Dinkel’s Bakery, based in Chicago, makes an assortment of traditional pastries, including German staples like stollen, a fruit bread, and strudel, a layered sweet pastry. Most pastries can be bought for $3.
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The market’s popular pretzel booths offer a variety of flavors of regular and stuffed pretzels including pizza, pumpkin, and jalapeno. The pretzels are $5.
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Several vendors sell the iconic German favorite- the bratwurst. The market offers a couple different kinds, including the classic with sauerkraut and the curry wurst.
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Shoppers can try a Canadian specialty, poutine, at the Donermen kiosk. The dish features French fries with cheese curds and gravy for $9. You can add chicken to the meal for $2 extra.
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Beer has long been a major part of German culture. Market-goers can be a part of that tradition by drinking some of the nation’s beloved ales, like the kostritzer schwarzbier- the most popular dark beer in Germany. The drink costs $8.
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Raclette, a food trend made popular on social media, has made it to the market at the Baked Cheese Haus. Gooey cheese is warmed up and then scraped off onto a sandwich.The cheesy sandwiches include ones with brats, ham, and vegetables. They run $11 to $13.
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Potato pancakes, another German classic, are available to marketgoers. Made from shredded and fried potatoes, they are often served with dipping sauces. They cost $6 alone, or $8 with applesauce and sour cream.
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As per Christkindlmarket tradition, multiple vendors are selling the original Sternthaler Gluhwein, a German spiced wine. The wine comes hot in a mug shaped like a traditional German gingerbread heart.
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As per Christkindlmarket tradition, multiple vendors are selling the original Sternthaler Gluhwein, a German spiced wine. The wine comes hot in a mug shaped like a traditional German gingerbread heart.
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Christkindlmarket is one of the best places to buy ornaments with multiple vendors selling a wide selection of intricate designs. One, Bavarian Glass Road, has crystal creations for every age group.
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Gift and Candle Palace offers an assortment of gifts, including paper mache lanterns and ceramic houses modeled after real buildings in Germany. The lanterns cost between $10-$30 while the houses cost around $55.
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Stay warm this winter with Winterbourne Alpaca gifts. The Canadian company’s apparel is made with genuine alpaca imported Peru and Ecuador. Scarves are the most popular seller and cost around $45. Hats and mittens, also popular, cost $55 and $25, respectively. You can also pick up a stuffed animal made with alpaca fur for around $55.
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A trip to the Christkindlmarket would not be complete without taking a look at the cuckoo clocks. Artisans carry on the 18th century tradition with the elaborate mechanisms. At Black Forest Clocks, smaller clocks cost as little as $35 and larger, more intricate ones can cost up to $1,995.
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For all the fantasy lovers, you can buy hand carved wooden creatures to decorate your home. Made in Altenhein, Germany, the figures can cost as little as $5 and as much as $650.
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Meinel Embroidery Ltd. makes linens perfect for a holiday dinner. Hand-sewn in Saxony, Germany, designs include nutcrackers, snowmen, Christmas trees, and more. Table runners are about $50 while smaller doilies are around $15.
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Christkindlmarket has no shortage of nutcrackers, each uniquely decorated. A couple artisans sell the German woodwork, but one vendor, Hoffman Company from Dresden, Germany sells them for $18-$440.
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Enjoy German beer all year long with traditional German mugs from Jobnitz, Germany. German steins and Souvenirs has the popular mugs, as well as smaller glasses and key chains. Most of the steins run $100-200, but you want something larger, you can get an 8-gallon one for $1,395.
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For something sweet, head over to the Bienes Honighaus’s honey booth. They have an assortment of honey and beeswax products, including flavor infused honey, honey skin care products, and beeswax candles. Jars of honey come in 500-gram containers for $16.90, or in variety packs of 4, 8, and 10 jars. The skin care products including honey lotion and shower gel run about $10-$25 while candles are $14-$30.
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The market has gifts for the little ones too. Steiff has been making stuffed animals in Geingen, Germany since 1880. All of the animals are handmade and hypoallergenic. Pricing varies, but most items are below $100, with smaller animals costing around $20 and medium-sized ones around $50. The store also offers more expensive collectors’ items.
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