Unique Breakfasts with Santa in Chicagoland

It’s the most magical time of year and the jolly red guy in the big suit is ready and waiting to hear what all boys and girls (and moms and dads, too) want for Christmas this year.  But the trouble is….this popular guy is pretty hard to track down. And when you do manage to find out where he is, there is typically a very l o n g line.  That’s why I suggest meeting Santa for breakfast.  The kiddos are distracted from waiting while eating kid friendly fare, and everyone is so much happier on a full stomach, don’t you think?  Here are my top picks for having a uniquely amazing breakfast with Santa in Chicagoland:

Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield

Why we love it: Choose from either the 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. seating to have a delicious breakfast with your family while being entertained by costumed character and other festive performers while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. There are a few different rooms so the line to see Santa is as efficient as possible, and if you choose the later seating, you can stay and visit the animals and play at the Hamill Family Play Zoo before enjoying the always popular Zoo Lights. Even better news?  Kids 3 and under are FREE!


Macy’s State Street, Chicago

Why we love it: So….breakfast with Santa at the Walnut Room tends to be booked the second reservations go live to the public.  But here’s the great news…there’s always dinner!  Enjoy a delicious meal in the historic Walnut room being entertained by balloon artists, face painters, magicians, and of course meeting Mrs. Claus and her handsome hubby!

Pinstripes, All Chicagoland locations (Northbrook, South Barrington, Oak Brook, and Chicago)

Why we love it: You would never think that a place that focuses on bowling and bocce ball would have fantastic food—but it is true! The endless brunch at Pinstripes is not to be missed any Sunday of the year, especially when Santa is planning to make a visit!  Be sure to make reservations for not only brunch, but bowling afterwards to complete a family Sunday Funday. Oh, and don’t forget that kids 5 and under eat FREE!


Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Why we love it: Enjoy breakfast and a movie with the big red guy in one of the most fun places in all of Chicago!  After watching “The Polar Express” in 4D, explore the Shedd Aquarium’s Polar Play Zone and a showing of the Holiday One World show using your reserved seating as part of the breakfast package. Now, if only Santa came to breakfast riding a dolphin….because THAT would be amazing…


Spirit of Chicago, Chicago

Why we love it: It may not be breakfast, but this lunch spread is even more spectacular than most breakfast buffets. You can enjoy a meal and a cruise on Lake Michigan, admiring the gorgeous Chicago skyline all while chatting with Santa about how great you and your family have been all year long.


Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst

Why we love it: You can enjoy a continental breakfast, crafts, and other holiday festivities in a jaw droppingly BEAUTIFUL place.  If you are an Instagram lover like me, this is the breakfast for you.


Cantingly Park, Wheaton

Why we love it: Choose from meals with either Santa or the Grinch to get you into the holiday mood. Depending on when you visit, you might also be able to catch the Lego Holiday Train exhibit.

Looking for other ways to celebrate this magical time in Chicagoland?  Then be sure to check out my guide to Chicagoland’s most popular holiday attractions and my Christmas in Chicago Bucket List!

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  1. LaShawn says

    Wow, you guys have so many options! I need to start looking for breakfasts with Santa for my son soon. He would LOVE something like this so much! He got such a kick out of telling Santa what he wanted for Christmas!

  2. Tammilee Tips says

    I never would have thought there was this many breakfasts with Sanata to get to pick from. I think the one at the Aquarium would be the one I would want to go to. What a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit with the holidays!

  3. Lynzy says

    What a great list! We went to Chicago last year and I loved it so much! I miss the big cities all decorated and lit up for the holidays. When I lived in NYC, it was my favorite time of the year!

  4. kita says

    I love it! We have one Breakfast with Santa somewhere here in Atlanta and we’ve always said we wanted to go but never went so we are hoping to get there this year. It’s a nice change of pace.

  5. Felicita Moncada says

    I love all these unique options to have breakfast with santa! We’re really excited to be working with the fire department this year to have santa come by our neighborhood! We usually take the kids to the mall to have lunch with santa but decided this would be memorable!

  6. Chelsie says

    This sounds like a great holiday tradition to do with kids! My nieces would probably love to do this and to have breakfast with Santa! I wonder if they have anything like that in California?

  7. Melissa says

    There is nothing better than a breakfast with Santa! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome roundup of breakfasts with Santa in Chicagoland. If I am ever lucky enough to be visiting during that time I will be sure to do one!

  8. Crystal Lopez says

    Breakfast with Santa can be such a hit for kids of all ages. We do not live anywhere near Chicago but these locations and ideas are fabulous. We will likely visit a closer venue for my kids!

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