Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Thanksgiving is late this year so get an early start on your visit with Santa! 

Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. 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.

I also posted a Special Needs Santa Guide, a guide of specially designated times for children with special needs and their families to visit with Santa. 

900 North Michigan Shops900 N. Michigan, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 23
  • 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

Bass Pro Shops709 N. Janes Avenue, Bolingbrook6112 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Santa arrived November 10
  • 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
  • Special hours 11/28 (Thanksgiving) – 10:00 am-5:00 pm & 11/29 – 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • FREE pictures with Santa, additional activities available.

Charlestowne Mall3102 E. Main Street, St. Charles

  • Santa arrives November 29
  • Friday 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00 pm
  • December 23 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • December 24 Noon-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available and start at $15 (view package prices online)

CherryVale Mall7200 Harrison Avenue, Suite 5, Rockford

  • Santa arrived November 8
  • 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 (prices available online)

Chicago Ridge Mall444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge

  • Santa arrived November 9
  • 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 5:15 pm-6:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, with break at 2:30-3
  • Photography packages are available for purchase (prices available online)

CTA Holiday Train, various locations

  • The CTA website is still listing 2012 information. I will update this post when 2013 information is available.
  • No photographer is present; bring your own camera.

Golf Mill Shopping Center239 Golf Mill Center, Niles

  • Santa arrived November 16.
  • Monday-Friday 11:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 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 Plaza4104 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge

  • Santa arrived November 16
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase (prices available online)

Lincoln Park Zoo2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 29
  • Friday-Sunday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm through December 23

Lincolnwood Town Center3333 W. Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood

  • Santa arrives November 22
  • Contact Lincolnwood Town Center for hours
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Macy’s Santaland111 North State Street, Chicago

Northbrook Court2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook

  • Santa arrived November 16
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, with breaks from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm through November 27; after November 27 10:00 am-9:00 pm (same breaks)
  • 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
  • Special dates for pet, baby, and pajama pictures
  • Photography packages available for purchase; order online for discount

Orland Square Mall288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

  • Santa arrived November 16
  • Hours vary. See November and December schedules online
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Santa Hut in Woodstock SquareWoodstock Square, Woodstock

  • Santa arrives November 29
  • Hours not currently listed; I will update if they become available.
  • No photographer on site; bring your own camera

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

  • Santa arrives November 30
  • Admission: $18.00/adult, $12.00/child 3-11, children under 3 free
  • Saturday-Sunday 10:00 pm-2:00 pm
  • FREE photo with Santa with admission

Spring Hill Mall1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee

  • Santa arrives November 16
  • See website for full schedule
  • Photography packages available
  • Santa’s arrival parade on November 23

Stratford Square Mall152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale

  • Santa arrives November 22
  • Photography packages available for purchase

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

  • Santa arrives November 26
  • Friday-Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm
  • November 26 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Thanksgiving 11:00 am-4:00 pm, December 21-23 11:00 am-8:00 pm, December 24 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Water Tower Place835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Santa arrived November 16
  • Monday-Saturday Noon-8:00 pm, Sunday Noon-6:00 pm
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase; order online for discount
  • Special dates for pet, baby, and pajama pictures

Westfield Hawthorn Mall122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

  • Santa arrived November 15
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • December 22 10:00 am-8:00 pm. December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available

Westfield Fox Valley Mall195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

  • Santa arrived November 15
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • December 22 10:00 am-8:00 pm, December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

  • Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-5:00 pm through December 12, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after December 12
  • Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • December 24 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Woodfield Mall5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • Santa has arrived
  • Santa is available during mall hours
  • November 29 4:00 am-10:00 pm, December 7 10:00 am-10:00 pm, December 24 7:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Photography packages are available for purchase

Yorktown CenterHighland Avenue and Butterfield Road, Lombard

  • Santa has arrived
  • Santa available during mall hours
  • Photography packages available for purchase

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

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