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Christkindlmarket Is Coming Back To Daley Plaza, Opening Nov. 18

Mulled wine, Christmas gifts and treats will return to the plaza soon. But this year's collectable mug isn't a boot.

The famous Picasso stands over Christkindlmarket in 2016.
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DOWNTOWN — Signs of life have emerged at the beloved Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.

The annual pop-up market at 50 W. Washington St. is being constructed and will be open Nov. 18, bringing with it mulled wine, hot chocolate, holiday ornaments, gifts and other holiday fare to the plaza through Dec. 24.

The market has been around since 1996 and is inspired by Christmas markets in Germany. It’s expanded to two other locations with one in Wrigleyville and suburban Aurora in recent years.

The holiday market is also known for its special annual collectible mugs. This year’s collectible is a mug — not a boot. The design includes iconic buildings including Marina Towers, Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, 311 S. Wacker Drive (the “engagement ring” building) and the Crain Communications Building, according to Chicago Star Media, the market’s media sponsor.

Christkindlmarket will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday at Daley Plaza. It’ll be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and closed Christmas. Admission to the market is free.

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