Believe it or not, some day you'll cherish that photo of your toddler screaming on Santa's lap. But in the meantime, this year holds another possibility of capturing the iconic moment of the annual visit to Santa-maybe with fewer tears this time.
Here are a few prime spots for the shot in the city.
My sources say this is the best Santa EVER, soaring high above
the city at 1,000 feet.
At the Observatory, Santa's helper Seemore Miles (the
Observatory mascot) helps guests feel the holiday spirit. Everyone
who visits gets a free family photo, face painting and free child
Shedd Aquarium. For an additional fee, you can eat
breakfast with Santa in the clouds.
Open 1-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 24.
The switch for the lights at the zoo was flipped on at the end
of November, but the lights will stay on through the holidays for
families from all over to experience the joy of seeing a
magnificent light show in one of Chicago's greatest tourist
And Santa, you ask? He can be found in the Kovler Lion
Zoo Lights is open December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 26-31, but
Santa heads back to the North Pole after Dec. 23.
Nothing says Christmas in Chicago like celebrating on State
Street at the former Marshall Field's building (now Macy's).
Between the tree lighting ceremony in the Walnut Room, the
amazing window displays and Santa's workshop, Macy's has meeting
Santa down to a tee. You can even have breakfast with Santa on
Saturday or Sunday mornings Dec. 1-23.
Not to be outdone by its Loop neighbor, Christkindlmarket
is a veritable snowstorm of Christmas tchotchke, German food,
drinks and all-around Christmas celebration.
Also, the market is home to Santa's House, where children
and families can enjoy the wonders of the North Pole and get their
photo taken with Santa. Ho, ho ho! Open through Dec. 24.
Finally, if trekking downtown is too much for your brood,
why not try something a little more low key at everyone's favorite
city play space, Little Beans Café? On Dec. 14, Santa will be
visiting Little Beans for their holiday party. Santa photos