The ultimate guide to downtown Santa sightings
By Angela Gagnon and Nicole Vandeboom | Staff Writers
November 16, 2017
With the holiday season drawing near,
Santa will be in Chicago, spreading cheer.
Perched in his chair at State Street Macy’s store
Or appearing in downtown places galore.
Wonder where you’ll find him this year?
Look no further, this list makes it clear.
*Schedules subject to change. Check with locations for updates.
The Cozy Cloud Cottage
5th floor of Macy’s Department Store, 111 N. State St.
For special Santaland hours, visit macys.com
Midwest Headquarters Santa Claus House in Millennium Park
Located in Chase Promenade.
Open to children of all ages with free entry. Photography is not provided.
Friday, November 17, to Sunday, December 17, 12-6 p.m.
Santa at 900 North Michigan Shops
900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 3
Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 12-5 p.m.
Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24, 12-6 p.m.
Santa Suite at Swissotel
Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Presidential Suite on 41st floor
Starting November 30, the entire suite will be decorated
in the spirit and magic of the season, with 12 Christmas
trees and a table set for Santa.
Entry is free. The suite is also available for private group
visits and holiday receptions.
For hours and more info, visit swissotel.com.
Santa at Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave., – Level 7
Monday–Saturday, 12–7 p.m. Sunday, 12–6 p.m.
Saturday, December 16–23, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, December 24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Santa at Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony
Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave.
Friday, November 17, 4-8 p.m.
Santa at Magnificent Mile
Festival of Lights
Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave.
Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Parade 5:30-7 p.m., proceeds south along
Michigan Ave. from Oak St.
Santa at Thanksgiving Day Parade
Santa’s magnificent sled will cruise down State
St. from Congress Pkwy. to Randolph St.
Thursday, November 23, 8–11 a.m.
Santa at Museum of Science
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Enjoy Christmas Around the World and the Holiday of Lights.
December 2–17, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Tickets for Santa photos in the museum’s entry
hall cost $30. Members get 10 percent off.
Santa at Merry Merry Chicago
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Ashley Brown, CSO members and the Chicago
Children’s Choir will be featured performing holiday
songs and a sing-along of festive favorites. For ages five and up.
Friday, December 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday,
December 16, 3 p.m.; Sunday December 17,
4:30 p.m.; Friday, December 22, 7 p.m.; and
Sunday December 23, 3 p.m.
Santa at Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
2001 N. Clark St., inside the Kovler Lion
House. Free Santa event with photos available for purchase.
Open 4:30–9:00 p.m. November 24-26, December 1-3 and December 8-22.
Santa at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest
600 E. Grand Ave.
Go inside Santa’s home at the foot of the giant tree,
available December 2–24.
Open Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m.–6
p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.–4
p.m.; and Sunday, December 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Skate with Santa at Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
For ages 2-13, morning skate, holiday crafts
and pictures with Santa.
Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-noon.
Entry is free. Skate rental is available for
Holiday Breakfast with Santa at the Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lakeshore Dr.
Hot chocolate, Polar Express, and meet and
greet with Santa.
7:45 a.m.–11 a.m. on weekends, December 9–10, 16–17 and 23.
Entry costs $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for children,
is free for kids under age 3 and includes admission to the aquarium.
Spirit of Chicago Santa Lunch Cruise
Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Holiday lunch buffet, DJ for music, dancing
and dazzling views of the water.
Saturday, December 9, 1:15–3:15 p.m.
Boarding begins at 12:30 p.m. $44.90 per person
CTA Holiday Train and Bus
Traveling all el lines in late November and
December as part of regular rail service.
3-7 p.m. on select weekdays and 1-8 p.m. on
weekends. Visit transitchicago.com/holidaytrain for full schedule.