Where to dine with Santa in and around Chicago

Want to see jolly Old Saint Nick, but are tired of the same usual spots and crazy mall lines? Dining with Santa experiences offer an intimate setting to meet and chat with the jolly old man and is a great option for both kids and adults. Plus, you’ll avoid hangry meltdowns. Here are a few places to dine with Santa in Chicagoland this season.




Santa at the Berghoff


When: Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 7, 14, 20, 21 & 23


Where: The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St.


Cost: Free with food purchases


Meet and greet the jolly man himself makes a special appearance. The Berghoff will also once again be hosting a book drive, benefiting the SOS Villages of Illinois. Please drop off new or gently used children’s books or coloring books in the main dining room or lower level toy chest.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22


Where: Hotel Zachary, 3630 N. Clark St.


Cost: $60 adults, $20 2-12.


Families are invited to enjoy a special holiday-inspired breakfast buffet featuring assorted pastries and bread, yogurt parfaits, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, white chocolate peppermint pancakes, an omelet station and more, while Jolly Old Saint Nick relaxes near the fireplace, waiting to visit with good boys and girls, and listen to their holiday wishes.


Brunch with Santa


When: Nov. 30


Where: Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan Ave.


Cost: $65, $30 kids under 12; reservations required.


Features a gourmet brunch buffet, a hot chocolate station, photo opportunities with Santa, and other children’s activities from cookie decorating to face painting.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 1


Where: Casati’s Modern Italian, 444 W. Fullerton Parkway


During the family-friendly event, guests may enjoy a specially-curated menu featuring holiday breakfast favorites at the family-owned, modern Italian restaurant. Santa himself will be there to share laughs and listen to Christmas wishes, and Casati’s will offer complimentary photos with Santa during the event.


Lunch With Santa


When: Dec. 7, 14 & 21


Where: Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario St.


Cost: $40, $20 kids under 12


Families can take a break from shopping on Michigan Avenue and bring kids wishing to talk with Santa for a photo with Ole St. Nick and drop their Christmas wish list in Santa’s mailbox. As carolers sing in the dining room, adults and kids enjoy a three-course lunch.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 7


Where: Roanoke Restaurant, 135 W. Madison Street, Chicago


Cost: $25, $14.95 children.


Santa and his helpers will arrive while guests are treated to “Mrs. Claus’ Holiday Buffet” featuring breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, chocolate chip and plain pancakes, cereal, mac and cheese, bagels, muffins, fruit, cake pops and more.


Spaghetti with Santa


When: Dec. 7


Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 W. Grand, Chicago


Cost: $25


Kids can meet with Santa and visit the “Candy Bar” and the whole family will enjoy a buffet including bruschetta, Caesar salad, spaghetti, marinara sauce, ziti with butter, meatballs, and cookies.


Brunch with Santa


When: Dec. 14


Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago


Cost: $55, $20 kids


With everything from a choo-choo train ride and a bouncy house to festive arts and crafts, the stage is set for a jovial celebration for children of all ages, commemorated by photos with Santa.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 15


Where: Josephinum Academy, 1501 N. Oakley Blvd, Chicago


Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door ages 2 and older; free under 2


Pose for pictures, decorate cookies and sing Christmas carols led by Josephinum’s A’Cappella singing group at this interactive, family-friendly event.


Breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Deaf Santa


When: Dec. 15


Where: Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago


Cost: $5, free 5 and under.


Open to all children who have all types of hearing loss with their hearing siblings and families and hearing children of Deaf or Hard of Hearing parents will meet and eat with Santa.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 15


Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive


Cost: $45 13 and older, $20 1-12, free 12 months and younger.


Enjoy quality family time with the big man in red during a delicious seasonal breakfast with complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Views include the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk.


North/Northwest Suburbs


Dessert with Santa


When: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 & 8


Where: The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview


Cost: $23, $18.50 residents.


The two-hour holiday experience begins in the pioneer Log Cabin where guests participate in old fashioned games, songs, a craft, and hear a story. Afterwards, take a guided lantern lit walk through the woods to the historic Kennicott House for refreshments, cookie decorating, more crafts, and a visit with Santa.


Sundaes with Santa


When: Dec. 6


Where: Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave., Villa Park


Cost: $5 per person in advance, $10 at the door


Build a sundae while Santa makes a special visit. Children will make a holiday craft to take home.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 7


Where: Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling


Cost: $20 ages 11+, $10 ages 4-10 and $5 ages 3 and under


Enjoy a buffet breakfast while carolers entertain you and all children have the opportunity to meet with Santa and have photos taken with him. The event concludes with a performance by “Those Funny Little People.”


Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm


When: Dec. 14-15 & 21-22


Where: Lambs Farm, I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville


*Cost: $17.95. $7.95 kids 23 months and under with activities


Kids will not only enjoy a delicious brunch and special visit with Santa, but they can also choose a holiday gift, make a picture frame, decorate a gingerbread man, create Sand Art ornaments and more. Reservations required.


South Suburbs


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 14


Where: Apollo Recreation Center, 12521 South Kostner Avenue, Alsip


Cost: $10, $8 residents


Enjoy a buffet breakfast with the big man himself: Santa Claus. In addition to an array of breakfast foods, juices, coffee and bakery, there will be a Christmas craft and face painter. Santa will stick around for photos and each child will receive a gift.


Western Suburbs


Brunch with Santa


When: Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 22.


Where: The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook


Cost: $39.95 adults, $19.95 ages 6-12, Free 5 and younger.


Enjoy Sunday brunch while the little ones get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 23,


Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle


Cost: $43 for adults, $38 for children 3-12, free under 3.


Enjoy a breakfast buffet in The Morton Arboretum’s scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from Santa. Children can interact with Santa and his helpers and leave with some sweet treats to take home.


Brunch with Santa


When: Dec. 1, 22


Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton


Cost: $38, $33 kids 4-11, $5 kids 3 and under


Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. Claus. Highlights include a photo with Santa, balloon artist and face painters.


Musical Brunch with Santa


When: Dec. 15


Where: Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst


Cost: $20.


Enjoy a musical brunch with Santa featuring live Christmas music, meet and greet with Santa as well as a buffet.


Breakfast with Santa


When: Dec. 14


Where: Town Square Wheaton, 271 Town Square, Wheaton


Cost: Prices vary, reservations recommended


Enjoy a hearty holiday breakfast with Kris Kringle himself at Egg’lectic Café.


Supper with St. Nick


When: Dec. 20-23


Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle


Cost: $95 adults, $80 ages 12-20, $65 3-12, free under 3


Join Santa for family supper in the historic Thornhill Mansion. Enjoy a decadent buffet dinner and then head on over to the Founders Room for a special visit with Santa in front of the fireplace.


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