Daley Bicentennial Plaza
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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The area
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Randolph/Wabash • 8 min walk
  • Lake • 10 min walk
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We met here, iconic in itself for the CTA Heritage Day, enjoying rides on old trains around the El. Having such vast spaces filled with street art / fountains is such a bonus to a vertical city
Written 8 August 2023
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
This is such a beautiful place to hang out. We went here after the art museum. Its fun for little ones. Park for kids, bridge, trails... so lovely to have a place to hang out in the city. Away from the traffic and buildings.
Written 30 May 2022
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN4,127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We went to Christkindlmarket this year. Same booths. I like looking, but things are pretty expensive. We went on a Tue afternoon & it wasn't too crowded. Definitely a place to skip on the weekends if you hate crowds.
Hot chocolate, a small cookie & a decorative mug & I was done.
Written 7 December 2021
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Irina
United States13,367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Nowadays, Daley Plaza is the host to one of the Chicago City Markets, where you can buy fresh food, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, and some rare finds, too.

Located in a very busy part of the city, the plaza is surrounded by Daley Center, Chicago City Council, Chicago Temple, some other administrative, government buildings, and imposing skyscrapers. The Picasso Statue, located here as well, is barely visible, though. But the market definitely adds some action to this moderately sized plaza, especially during summertime (in winter, it is traditionally popular Christkindlemarket here).

The market is managed by the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). From what I could see, the market was not too busy that day, allowing customers to shop in a not too crowded environment, and the current rules of social distancing seemed to be followed willingly and very well.

Considering the location, the law enforcement presence on the premises made absolute sense, especially that the officers were extremely polite and amiable with customers!
Written 21 July 2021
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TriciaJR
Michigan61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our Christmas visit to Chicago was to experience the Christkindlmarket. What a HUGE disappointment. Hugely over-priced tat, many stalls having the same merchandise. Very busy, jostling with many others, and for what??? We also visited the smaller one at Wrigley Field, which was very much the same. I would highly recommend you give this a miss; certainly do NOT make this your main reason to visit Chicago. Hyped up and over-rated AND much smaller than expected.
Written 23 December 2019
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Irina
United States13,367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
... It's like a holiday tradition for many - to shop at Daley Plaza before Christmas. And Christkindlmarket there is usually packed with shoppers, as was the case past Saturday. It was cold. Over the years, I've visited the place several times (and also in a warm weather!), and even if I am not particularly keen on holiday shopping frenzy, I enjoyed the festive mood of the plaza, packed with thousands of folks celebrating different holidays. Dozens of kiosks were selling delicious food and glitzy holiday decorations, and dense, happy crowds, friends and families, local public and visitors - all looked good on pictures!...
Written 18 December 2019
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FoodExcursionist
Missouri189 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Way, way, way too crowded. Crowded to the point where you can't even see what is in the shops. Lines everywhere. Things that we were able to see were WAY overpriced. Food looked ok, but again, overpriced with long lines so we didn't bother.

The good news is there were bathroom facilities. They were porta-potties and smelled like death, but it was better than nothing.

I will not bother to go back. Unfortunate.
Written 1 December 2019
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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
All year long, the Daley Plaza is a great place to watch people and get fresh air. In November, we visited the Christkindlmarket which fills the plaza with vendors selling holiday food and crafts. Given that it was opening weekend and probably some of the best weather the market will have all season, it was expectedly crowded, but the air was buzzing with holiday cheer. From German potato pancakes with salmon and herbed sour cream to savory Samosa pies from India, our group found plenty to eat, and We enjoyed it all. We even brought home a hand carved dragon to remind us of our visit to the Christmas market in Chicago.
Written 17 November 2019
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Daley Bicentennial Plaza is a large open space in the downtown area of Chicago, known for its beautiful fountain, the Picasso Statue and the place where the Chriskindlemarket is held In December.

Its also a place to hang out or gather ( over the lunch hour on workdays or whenever).

I have enjoyed hanging out here as a resident of the city ( great people watching and just enjoying the nice weather).

If you are a tourist, give it a try by planting yourself for awhile and just observing the city happen.
Written 2 July 2019
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Ortsac
Cape Girardeau, MO81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
We were so disappointed with Christkindlmarket. It was one of the main reasons why we decided to visit Chicago in December. I realize it’s Chicago and there will be crowds, but this was ridiculous. The space was too small to handle that many people and you had to push your way through to get anywhere. It was nearly impossible to shop or really enjoy the experience. There has to be a way to open the space up more to handle the crowds. It was just too confined.
Written 2 January 2019
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