Christkindlmarket Chicago

Chicago, the Christkindlmarket boot mug returns. Christmas is back on.

Chicago, the Christkindlmarket boot mug returns. Christmas is back on.

Clear some space on your mantel — Chicago's iconic Christkindlmarket boot mug is back.

The kitschy boot-shaped drinking vessel has become a cult favorite with fans of drinking hot spiced wine called "glühwein" at Daley Plaza's annual German Christmas market.

But the market's organizers — who come up with a different collectible mug design every year — have toyed with collectors' emotions in recent years, taking the boot-shaped mug out of their rotation in 2013 and 2014 and replacing it with boring mug-shaped mugs.

Now fans' long, awful wait for footwear-based holiday drinking is over. For the market's 20th anniversary, organizers have...

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