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Christkindlmarket Canceled Because Of Coronavirus

This is the first time Chicago won't stage the beloved holiday market since 1996.

The famous Picasso stands over Christkindlmarket in 2016.
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DOWNTOWN — Chicago’s beloved Christkindlmarket won’t go on as planned this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The holiday market, typically staged Nov. 1-Dec. 31 at Daley Plaza and outside Wrigley Field, will instead continue as an online market, family-friendly events and activities.

While people won’t be able to bundle up and drink gluhwein in person, the online shop will include the ornaments, gifts, sweets and treats from Germany the market is known for.

Organizers decided to cancel the in-person market after considering coronavirus guidelines and travel regulations.

“It is difficult to imagine the holiday season without being able to come together at the Christkindlmarket,” said Maren Biester Priebe, CEO of German American Events, Christkindlmarket organizer. “Although we are saddened that we cannot welcome our visitors in person for the first time since 1996, we are excited about introducing a new virtual experience that allows people to enjoy the tradition and celebration of their beloved holiday market in a new way.”

The city staged its first Christkindlmarket in 1996.

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