Chicago Area Santa Guide

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Get those wishlists ready because Santa is in Chicago! As kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas, it’s a great time to get some great photos for your holiday cards, photo albums, and to post on social media. Many locations even offer special events for things like holiday pj’s, ugly sweaters, and pets for some extra special photos.

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

  • Santa arrives November 18
  • Monday-Saturday Noon-6:00 pm
  • Sunday Noon-5:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve Noon-5:00 pm
  • Photo packages available for purchase; free gift from Santa

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

  • Santa arrived November 11
  • Monday-Friday 5:00 pm-8:00 pm through Dec. 3, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after Dec. 3
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm through December 3, 10:00 am-5:00 pm after Dec. 3
  • Special hours 11/23 (Thanksgiving) – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • FREE pictures with Santa, additional activities available.

CherryVale Mall7200 Harrison Avenue, Suite 5, Rockford

  • Santa arrived November 10.
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks from 1:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, with a break from 3:00-4:00 pm.
  • Photography packages are available for purchase.
  • Pet nights on Monday, November 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Chicago Ridge Mall444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge

  • Santa arrived November 10
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm through December 7, 10:00 am-9:00 pm after December 7; breaks from 1:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm through December 7, 10:00 am-8:00 pm after December 7; breaks from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Christmas Eve 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Photography packages are available for purchase.
  • Pet nights on Friday, December 8 and 15 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Signing Santa on Monday, December 18 from 9:30 am-Noon.

CTA Holiday Train, various locations

  • 2017 information is available on the website now.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont

  • Read about our experience at Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
  • Santa arrives November 10.
  • Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm.
  • Closed November 23 (Thanksgiving).
  • November 24-25 9:00 am-9:00 pm.
  • November 26 9:00 am-7:00 pm.
  • Sunday, December 17 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
  • December 24 10:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Reservations are available by not necessary. Photo packages are available. Free gift from Santa.
  • Santa HQ is an interactive experience.
  • Toy drive – bring a toy when you visit Santa HQ and receive 1 free general admission ticket to Brookfield Zoo.

Golf Mill Shopping Center239 Golf Mill Center, Niles

  • Santa arrives November 18.
  • Monday-Saturday Noon-8:00 pm, with break from 3:00-4:00 pm, until December 8.
  • Sunday Noon-6:00 pm with break from 2:30 pm-3:00 pm, until December 8.
  • After December 8, Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks from Noon-12:45 pm and 3:45 pm-4:30 pm.
  • After December 8, Sunday 10:00 am-7:00 pm, with breaks from Noon-12:45 pm and 3:45 pm-4:30 pm.
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm, with break from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm.

Gurnee Mills Mall6170 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • Santa arrived November 10.
  • Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-8:00 pm through December 3.
  • Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm through December 3.
  • Sunday Noon-6:00 pm through December 3.
  • Closed November 23.
  • December 4-16, Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • December 4-16, Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:30 pm.
  • December 4-16, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • December 17 10:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • December 18-23 10:00 am-8:30 pm.
  • December 24 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.

Harlem Irving Plaza4104 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge

  • Santa arrived November 11.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.

Hawthorn Mall122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

  • Santa arrives on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, with breaks from 1:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm, with a break from 2:30-3:00 pm.
  • Closed Thanksgiving.
  • Saturday, December 16 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday, December 17, with breaks from 1:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday, December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
  • Photo packages available for purchase.
  • Reservations are available, but not required.
  • Receive a free gift and free phone call from Santa with photo package.

Lincoln Park Zoo2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 24 and leaves December 23.

Lincolnwood Town Center3333 W. Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood

  • Santa arrives November 16 from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • November 17-18 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • November 19 Noon-6:00 pm.
  • November 20-22 11:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • Closed November 23 (Thanksgiving).
  • November 24, December 1-2, 4-9, 11-14, and 17 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • November 25 10:00 am-7:00 pm.
  • November 26 & December 3 11:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • November 27-30 11:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • December 10 11:00 am-7:00 pm.
  • December 15 10:00 am-8:30 pm.
  • December 16, 18-23 9:00 am-8:30 pm.
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.
  • Pets day on December 3 from 6:00-7:00 pm.
  • Sensitive Santa on December 10 from 9:00-11:00 am.

Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet

  • Santa arrived November 11.
  • Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm through December 6, with breaks from 1:00 am-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday from 11:00 am-6:00 pm through December 6, with break from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm.
  • Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am-9:00 pm after December 6, with breaks from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-6:00 pm.
  • Sunday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm after December 6, with break from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm.
  • December 24 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Photo packages available for purchase.
  • Pet photos on Friday, December 8 and Friday, December 15 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Signing Santa on Monday, December 18 from 4:00 pm-6:30 pm.

Macy’s Santaland, 111 North State Street, Chicago

  • Santa arrived November 12.
  • Monday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. before Thanksgiving; 10:00 am-8:00 pm after Thanksgiving.
  • Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, except 9:00 am-9:00 pm on December 1.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm before Thanksgiving, 10:00 am-7:00 pm after Thanksgiving, except 9:00 am-8:00 pm on December 10.
  • Closed Thanksgiving.
  • Special hour: Friday, November 24 7:00 am-8:00 pm; December 15-23 – 8:00 am-8:00 pm everyday; December 24 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

Northbrook Court, 2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook

  • Santa has arrived.
  • Monday-Saturday Noon-8:00 pm.
  • Sunday Noon-6:00 pm.
  • Special hours: Open 9:00 am-9:00 pm December 15-23; December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm, with break from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase. Reservation available with purchase.
  • Holiday PJ Nights – November 17 and December 8 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Ugly Sweater Night on December 1 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

  • Read about our experience visiting Santa’s pavilion at Oakbrook Center
  • Santa has arrived.
  • Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • Sunday from Noon-6:00 pm.
  • Special hours December 15-23 from 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Christmas Eve from 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Photo packages available for purchase.
  • Reservations are available, but not required.
  • Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday through December 9.
  • Pet photos on Mondays from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm through December 11.
  • Ugly Sweater photos on Friday, December 1 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Holiday PJ photos on December 8 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park

  • Santa arrived November 10.
  • Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm through December 3; 10:00 am-8:30 pm beginning December 4; 10:00 am-9:00 pm beginning December 11.
  • Friday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm through November 16; 10:00 am-8:30 pm beginning November 17; 10:00 am-9:00 pm beginning December 1.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm through November; 11:00 am-7:00 pm beginning in December, 9:00 am-8:00 pm on December 17.
  • Special hours: December 18-23 9:00 am-9:00 pm; December 24 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.
  • Reservations available.

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

  • Santa arrives December 1.
  • Not open daily. Open to the public December 1-3, 8-10, and 19-23.
  • Monday-Wednesday 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Friday 4:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00 pm.
  • Special needs times available December 4-6 and 14; reservations required.
  • Photographs available for purchase.

Santa Hut in Woodstock SquareWoodstock Square, Woodstock

  • Santa arrives November 27 with a Christmas parade and milk & cookies.
  • Limited hours.
  • No photographer on site; bring your own camera.

Spring Hill Mall1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee

  • Santa arrived November 11.
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
  • Sunday Noon-6:00 pm.
  • Christmas Eve 8:30 am-5:00 pm.
  • Pet nights on November 21, November 28, December 5, and December 12 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
  • Santa Cares (special needs Santa) on December 3 from 8:00 am-10:00 am.

Stratford Square Mall152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale

  • Santa arrived November 11.
  • Santa is available during mall hours.
  • Pet nights December 4 & 11 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Water Tower Place835 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • Santa arrives November 17.
  • Monday-Saturday Noon-7:00 pm before December 15.
  • Sunday Noon-6:00 pm before December 15.
  • Monday-Friday Noon-9:00 pm beginning December 15.
  • Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-9:00 pm beginning December 15.
  • December 24 9:00 am-5:00 pm, with break from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.
  • Holiday PJ Night on Friday, November 17 and Friday, December 8 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Pet Night on Mondays from November 20 through December 11 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Ugly Sweater Night on Friday, December 1 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Fox Valley Mall195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

  • Santa arrived November 10.
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm with breaks from 1:00-2:00 pm and 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm with break from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Closed Thanksgiving.
  • Friday, November 24 8:00 am-10:00 pm.
  • Saturday, November 25 9:00 am-10:00 pm.
  • Sunday, November 26 10:00 am-8:00 pm.
  • Sunday, December 24 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • Hours vary in December, with some extended hours; see website for detail list of hours.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

  • Santa arrives December 1.
  • General admission tickets must be purchased for Winter Wonderfest and to meet Santa.

Woodfield Mall5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • Santa arrived November 2.
  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm through November; 10:00 am-10:00 pm through December.
  • Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm before November 26; 10:00 am-7:00 pm beginning November 26; 10:00 am-8:00 pm beginning December 10.
  • Closed Thanksgiving.
  • Friday & Saturday, November 24-25 8:00 am-10:00 pm.
  • Photography packages available for purchase.
  • Pet Nights Sunday, November 12 & Sunday, November 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Yorktown CenterHighland Avenue and Butterfield Road, Lombard

  • Santa arrived November 11.
  • Santa is available during normal mall hours.

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