THE LOOP — Christkindlmarket has changed a lot since its 1996 debut: its venue, its vendors.
And of course, its mugs.
Drinking hot spiced wine out of a souvenir mug marks the most wonderful time of year for many Chicagoans at the annual German-themed holiday fair, which drew 1.5 million visitors last year to Daley Plaza.
Though Christkindlmarket is best known for its boot-shaped mugs, the souvenirs have changed quite a bit since the first festival more than 20 years ago on Michigan Avenue.
The festival will unveil this year's mug on Wednesday. Till then, take a look at the graphic below to see what you need to add to your collection: