Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list.

Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will be available at each location until December 24. Please keep in mind that Santa takes breaks; where the information was available I included scheduled break times, but if they are not listed please inquire with the location regarding break times.

If you have a child with special needs or know someone who does be sure to see the Special Needs Santa Visits

900 North Michigan Shops, 900 N. Michigan, Chicago

  • Monday-Friday: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Sunday Noon-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You can take your own photos

Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook, 709 N. Janes Avenue, Bolingbrook

  • Monday-Friday 3:00 pm-8:00 pm through Dec. 8, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after Dec. 8
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm through December 8, 10:00 am-5:00 pm after Dec. 8
  • FREE pictures with Santa

Bass Pro Shop in Gurnee, 6112 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Monday-Friday 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm through December 9, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after Dec. 9
  • Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, Noon to 5:00 pm through December 9, 10:00 am-5:00 pm after Dec. 9
  • December 24 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • FREE photos with Santa
  • Wednesday-Friday 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00 pm
  • December 24 Noon-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Avenue, Suite 5, Rockford

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • December 24 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Chicago Ridge Mall, 444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge

  • Monday-Friday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks at 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, with breaks at 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, with breaks 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

CTA Holiday Train, various locations

  • See website for locations and schedule
  • No photographer is present; bring your own camera.

Ford City Mall, 7601 S. Cicero, Chicago

  • Santa will be available during mall hours daily
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Golf Mill Shopping Center, 239 Golf Mill Center, Niles

  • Monday-Friday 11:00 am-8:00 pm, with breaks from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm and 4:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, with breaks at 1:00 pm-1:30 pm and 4:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm with breaks 1:00 pm-1:30 pm and 3:30 pm-4:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You can NOT take your own photos without the purchase of a photo package

Gurnee Mills Mall6170 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Photography packages available
  • You can take your own pictures

Harlem Irving Plaza, 4104 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

  • Friday-Sunday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm through December 23
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You can take your own pictures.

Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood

  • Contact Lincolnwood Town Center for hours
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You can NOT take your own pictures without the purchase of a photo package

Macy’s Santaland111 North State Street, Chicago –

  • During store hours
  • Photography packages available or you can take your own pictures

Northbrook Court, 2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm with a break from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm with break from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You can NOT take your own pictures

Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

  • Saturday, December 8 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
  • Free professional photos
  • 10% of all holiday book sales on December 8 will be donated to the Shop for Schools program (benefitting school chosen by purchaser; can be their child’s school or an underserved area school).

Santa House at Naperville River Walk, Jackson Avenue & Weber Street, Naperville

  • See website for full schedule
  • Photographs available for purchase
  • You can take your own

Santa Hut in Woodstock Square, Woodstock Square, Woodstock

  • December 8-23
  • See website for full schedule
  • No photographer on site; bring your own camera

Santa in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Admission: $17.50/adult, $11.50/child 3-11, children under 3 free
  • Saturday-Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • FREE photo with Santa.

Spring Hill Mall, 1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee

  • See website for full schedule
  • Photography packages available
  • You can NOT take your own pictures

Stratford Square Mall, 152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale

  • Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am-8:00 pm through December 16, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after the 16th, with breaks 1:00 pm-1:45 pm and 4:30 pm-5:15 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm through Dec. 16, 11:00 am-8:00 pm after Dec. 16th, with breaks from 2:30 pm-3:15 pm
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You can NOT take your own pictures

UL Santa House at Daley Plaza50 W. Washington Street, Chicago

  • Friday-Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm with a break from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • December 24 11:00 am-4:00 pm
  • FREE photos with Santa
  • You can take your own pictures.

Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Check with store for hours
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Westfield Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, Dec 16 & 23 10:00 am-9:00 pm. December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Westfield Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm with breaks at 1:00 pm-2:00 pm & 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm with a break 2:30 pm-3:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

  • Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-4:00 pm through December 16
  • Friday-Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm
  • After Dec 16, daily 11:00 am-7:00 pm
  • December 24 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You can take your own pictures.

Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • Santa is available during mall hours; breaks are generally at Noon-12:30 pm and 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Yorktown Center, Highland Avenue and Butterfield Road, Lombard

  • Santa available during mall hours
  • Photography packages available for purchase
  • You are NOT allowed to take your own pictures

Have you visited Santa already this year? Do you have a special place you go to visit Santa each year?

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