Daley Bicentennial Plaza

Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Chicago: Hours, Address, Daley Bicentennial Plaza Reviews: 4/5

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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Neighborhood: 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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Irina
United States10,115 contributions
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 July 21, 2021
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,978 contributions
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 December 7, 2021
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,096 contributions
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 May 30, 2022
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,530 contributions
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 July 2, 2019
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Irina
United States10,115 contributions
... 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 December 18, 2019
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
The Daley Bicentennial Plaza was very quiet when I visited, and I enjoyed my guide's interpretations of The Picasso Sculpture.
Written April 11, 2016
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TriciaJR
Michigan63 contributions
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 December 23, 2019
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FoodExcursionist
Missouri173 contributions
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 December 1, 2019
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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,497 contributions
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 November 17, 2019
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Karen L
Manassas, VA740 contributions
Couples
Daley Plaza hosts Chriskindelmarket, an outdoor market with traditional German food, drinks, bakery items, Christmas ornaments and other trinkets. This is wildly popular, for good reason. The German food was authentic (brats, potato pancakes, gingerbread, mulled wine, etc.) and the people were in a very upbeat and patient mood. The drawback is that the space is too small for the crowds, although Chicago crowds seem to be far less aggressive than, say, New York City. So glad we stopped by for lunch!
Written December 19, 2017
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