Best places to see Santa in Chicago

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.

Here are a few prime spots for the happy-toddler-in-Santa’s-lap shot in the city this year.

My sources say this is the best Santa EVER, soaring high abovethe city at 1,000 feet.

At the Observatory, Santa’s helper Seemore Miles (theObservatory mascot) helps guests feel the holiday spirit. Everyonewho visits gets a free family photo, face painting and free childticket to 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.

John Hancock Observatory’s Santa in the Sky

The switch for the lights at the zoo was flipped on at the endof November, but the lights will stay on through the holidays forfamilies from all over to experience the joy of seeing amagnificent light show in one of Chicago’s greatest touristattractions.

And Santa, you ask? He can be found in the Kovler LionHouse.

Zoo Lights is open December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 26-31, butSanta heads back to the North Pole after Dec. 23.

Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights

Nothing says Christmas in Chicago like celebrating on StateStreet at the former Marshall Field’s building (now Macy’s).

Between the tree lighting ceremony in the Walnut Room, theamazing window displays and Santa’s workshop, Macy’s has meetingSanta down to a tee. You can even have breakfast with Santa onSaturday or Sunday mornings Dec. 1-23.

Macy’s on State Street

Not to be outdone by its Loop neighbor, Christkindlmarketis a veritable snowstorm of Christmas tchotchke, German food,drinks and all-around Christmas celebration.

Also, the market is home to Santa’s House, where childrenand families can enjoy the wonders of the North Pole and get theirphoto taken with Santa. Ho, ho ho! Open through Dec. 24.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Finally, if trekking downtown is too much for your brood,why not try something a little more low key at everyone’s favoritecity play space, Little Beans Café? On Dec. 14, Santa will bevisiting Little Beans for their holiday party. Santa photosincluded!

Santa visits Little Beans Café

Not-Your-Standard Santas

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