Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s not often that you get to meet a truly magical legend, but that time of year is approaching. Everyone has fond memories of talking to Santa and making special Christmas requests, and it’s even more fun watching your kids share a few special moments with him and getting photos to commemorate the day.

I’m putting this list up early this year because Santa will be arriving as early as November 6, but not all venues have information yet, so I’ll be updating as it becomes available. 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 will also be posting 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

  • 2014 information is not available at this time.

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

  • Santa arrives November 15 at 5:00 pm with festivities
  • Monday-Friday 3:00 pm-8:00 pm through Dec. 6, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after Dec. 6
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm through December 6, 10:00 am-5:00 pm after Dec. 6
  • Special hours 11/27 (Thanksgiving) – 10:00 am-5:00 pm & 11/28 – 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • FREE pictures with Santa, additional activities available.

Charlestowne Mall3102 E. Main Street, St. Charles

  • 2014 information is not available at this time.

CherryVale Mall7200 Harrison Avenue, Suite 5, Rockford

  • 2014 information not available at this time.

Chicago Ridge Mall444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge

  • Santa arrives November 14
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks at 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 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

  • 2014 information is not available at this time.

Golf Mill Shopping Center239 Golf Mill Center, Niles

  • Santa arrives November 22 at 10:00 am with festivities, including live reindeer station, Festival of Trees, and giveaways.
  • Additional information is not available at this time.

Gurnee Mills Mall6170 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Santa arrives November 13.
  • Hours vary. See the website for hours.
  • Photography packages available

Harlem Irving Plaza4104 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge

  • Santa arrives November 15 at 9:00 am with train rides, games, music, reindeer, pony rides, and more.
  • 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 28
  • Friday-Sunday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm through December 23

Lincolnwood Town Center3333 W. Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood

  • Santa arrives November 21
  • Hours vary. See website for a full schedule.
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Macy’s Santaland111 North State Street, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 8
  • Hours vary. See website for full schedule.
  • Photography packages available starting at $16.99

Northbrook Court2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook

  • Santa arrived November 15
  • Hours are not available at this time
  • Special date for pets
  • Photography packages available for purchase; order online for discount

Orland Square Mall288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

  • Santa arrives November 6
  • Hours vary. See website for full schedule.
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Santa House at Naperville River WalkJackson Avenue & Weber Street, Naperville

Santa Hut in Woodstock SquareWoodstock Square, Woodstock

  • Santa arrives November 30 with a Christmas parade and milk & cookies.
  • 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

  • 2014 information is not available at this time.

Spring Hill Mall1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee

  • Santa arrives November 15 with a parade, milk & cookies, crafts, balloon artist, and Santa’s reindeer.
  • Hours are not available at this time.

Stratford Square Mall152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale

  • Santa arrives November 15. Santa’s Arrival Party is on November 20 at 5:30 pm with balloons, face painting, dancing, and Santa arriving in a fire truck.
  • Hours are not available at this time.

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

  • Santa arrives November 25
  • Friday-Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm
  • November 25 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Thanksgiving 11:00 am-4:00 pm, December 22-23 11:00 am-8:00 pm, December 24 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Water Tower Place835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 15
  • Additional information is not available at this time.

Westfield Hawthorn Mall122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

  • Santa arrives November 14
  • Additional information is not available at this time.

Westfield Fox Valley Mall195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

  • Santa arrives November 14
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
  • December 21 10:00 am-9:00 pm, December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Photography packages available for purchase

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

  • Santa arrives December 5
  • General admission tickets must be purchased for Winter Wonderfest and to meet Santa
  • Additional information is not available at this time.

Woodfield Mall5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • Santa arrives November 6 with a parade of drummers, crafts, treats, and a fun celebration from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Santa is available during mall hours
  • Hours vary. See website for full schedule.
  • Photography packages are available for purchase

Yorktown CenterHighland Avenue and Butterfield Road, Lombard

  • Santa arrives November 8 with a celebration and performance by Miss Lori’s CAMPUS from 11:00 am-Noon
  • Additional information is not available at this time.

Comments

  1. Hi,

    I am the marketing director for Stratford Square. Is it possible you can post our Santa information on your website?

    Also, can you please give me your contact information again?

    Visit with Santa, share your wish list and strike a pose for your holidays photos with the man in the red suit! November 15th – November 24th.

    Santa’s Arrival Party at Stratford – November 20th, 5:30 pm in center court.
    Welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus back to Stratford Square! Santa will arrive in a Bloomingdale Fire Truck then led to center court for a fun night of dancing, goodies, face painting, and balloon artistry.
    Rise Dance Center Performance 5:30pm. Santa’s Arrival & Party 6:30pm.

    Lunch with Santa at Red Robin – November 29th, 11am. RSVP’s required! $3 donation per child/per person. Call 630.351.9400 to RSVP.

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with Santa at Century Theaters. December 6th, 10am. 1 canned donation per person to enter.

    For more information visit http://www.StratfordMall.com or call 630.351.9400.

    Thank you!!

    Stacy
    630.351.9400

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