City Closes Christkindlmarket Wednesday Due To High Winds

WBBM Newsradio Staff
November 27, 2019 - 11:40 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- No one will be shopping at the Christkindlmarket on Wednesday.

The City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management & Communications announced early Wednesday afternoon that the Chicago Christkindlmarket will be closed for the day due to high winds. 

According to the Christkindlmarket website,  there is a potential for the market to open at 4 p.m. weather permitting.

The National Weather Service issued Wednesday a high wind warning from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They warned that the wind is expected to blow down trees and power lines, and cause outages.

The wind blew down a large tree in the city's South Shore neighborhood late Wednesday morning.

“Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles,” the weather service said in its warning. The greatest threat will be mid-morning through late afternoon.

Forecasters are expecting winds between 25 and 35 mph with gusts between 50 and 60 mph, the weather service said.

OEMC said the market will reopen Thursday, with special Thanksgiving hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.