Christkindlmarket cancels in-person holiday markets in Chicago and Milwaukee, will begin selling online instead Nov. 1

Shaniqua Juliano

Organizers of Christkindlmarket have canceled the popular outdoor holiday market and moved it online as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper large-scale events and travel. © Camille Fine / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Dominyka Salaviejute, center left, helps customers shop for ornaments at Daley Center Plaza on opening day of Christkindlmarket […]

Organizers of Christkindlmarket have canceled the popular outdoor holiday market and moved it online as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper large-scale events and travel.



a group of people standing in front of a store: Dominyka Salaviejute, center left, helps customers shop for ornaments at Daley Center Plaza on opening day of Christkindlmarket in Chicago on Nov. 15, 2019. The free holiday market runs through Dec. 24.


© Camille Fine / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS
Dominyka Salaviejute, center left, helps customers shop for ornaments at Daley Center Plaza on opening day of Christkindlmarket in Chicago on Nov. 15, 2019. The free holiday market runs through Dec. 24.

The event, which typically takes place at Daley Plaza and in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, will be virtual this year from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

Organizers said on the event’s website that health and public safety developments, travel regulations and other guidelines in the last few months have made it hard to plan its typical in-person event.

“Since the top priority is the well-being of market visitors, vendors, partners, and staff members, the tough decision has been made to cancel the traditional in-person Christkindlmarkets in Chicago, Wrigleyville and Milwaukee for 2020,” the website said.

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