These are our top three choices for seeing Santa for free in Chicago. Each is open to the public for extended hours throughout Christmas and located in a popular spot with other nearby attractions. That way, you can make a day out of it, if you'd like.
- Downtown Chicago - Daley Plaza Santa
This is the best choice if you love the outdoors and want to be in the heart of the city. You can tack on a Christkindlmarket visit or Ice Skating at Millennium Park.
- Navy Pier - Navy Pier Santa
This is the best choice if you want to be indoors. You can tack on a trip to the Winter Wonderfest.
- Lincoln Park Zoo - Lincoln Park Zoo Santa
This is the best choice if you'd like a combination of being indoors and enjoying the outdoors. You can enjoy Zoolights while you're there, too.