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

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

Elf to The Rescue

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

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

The Windy City Showdown

Even your Elf can’t choose sides.

Color Your Heart Out

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

Sweet Tooth

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

The Ledge

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


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

To the Zoo

Let the sight-seeing begin. 

Pizza Please

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

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

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