10 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Chicago Kids

The Elf-on-the-Shelf tradition isn’t going anywhere soon, so let’s share the best of Chicago with our magical friends from the North Pole. Try one —or all — of these ideas this month to ensure those elf-y morning giggles.

Show off your Chicago Elf scene on Instagram with our community hashtag #sharechicagoparent.

Bear Down

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Grab a piece of fan gear from your fave Chicago team for an easy set up.

Elf to The Rescue

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Forget to put your Elf out one night? Write an apology note with this pic explaining he or she was called to help Chicago’s finest with a big emergency.

Hot Dog Elf

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A Chicago-style dog makes a great hiding spot for Elfie.

The Windy City Showdown

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Even your Elf can’t choose sides.

Color Your Heart Out

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Print out some Chicago coloring pages and let the creativity flow.

Sweet Tooth

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Chicago’s famous chocolates make a great addition to the Elf’s gift list.

The Ledge

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Incorporate the Elf into your family pics from a favorite tourist spot.


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Your beloved Mold-A-Ramas can bring a touch of Chicago to any Elf scene.

To the Zoo

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Let the sight-seeing begin.

Pizza Please

Choose your favorite Chicago pizza box and create a memorable party scene.

This story originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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