For many Chicagoans (myself included), the Christkindlmarket has been an annual holiday tradition. Located in Daley Plaza next to the Picasso, it is a place to buy handcrafted ornaments, eat delicious German food (chased by good beer or traditional German spiced wine), and hang out with friends. My favorite moment here was visiting this market during a blizzard after work about four years ago. Words cannot describe how surreal and peaceful those moments were. I felt relaxed about my trip home since the subway station is located on Dearborn Street and the trains were running smoothly that evening.
No matter which holiday you celebrate this time of year, I wish you and your family the best. Have a great holiday and I hope all of your travels are safe!