25 Places for Santa Pictures and Other Santa Activities in Chicago

Safe yet fun pictures with Santa in Chicago this year. Photo courtesy of Fashion Outlets Chicago
Safe yet fun pictures with Santa in Chicago this year. Photo courtesy of Fashion Outlets Chicago

Kids might be able to get a little bit closer for pictures with Santa in 2021, and the Chicago area has plenty of unique opportunities to do so. You can get Santa pictures in Chicago at some famous sports venues like Wrigley Field or Soldier Field, check out his reindeer at Brookfield Zoo, or catch a movie with him in Woodridge. If you prefer the traditional mall Santa pictures, you can find him at Water Tower Place, 900 N. Michigan Shops, Oak Brook Center, and Fashion Outlets of Chicago. City dwellers seem to love getting their pictures with Santa taken at Macy's, while suburbanites flock to Bass Pro Shop for their Santa pictures experience. No matter what you choose, remember to check to see if you'll need a reservation and keep a mask handy, even if you're allowed to pull it down for the picture, as they're still required in Illinois.

And don't forget, there are plenty of free ways to celebrate the holidays in and around Chicago, and lots of other seasonal ideas in our Guide to Holidays and Christmas Activities.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center

Walker Park Recreation Center
Lottie's Tentflix & Chilll
Lottie's - 5:30 PM Pick
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - various times
Open Skate at Midway Plaisance
Midway Plaisance Ice Rink - various times
I'm Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.
Art Institute of Chicago - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides