Where to Eat with Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Our recent cold weather has our family getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to spend quality time and eat with Santa, Mrs. Claus or even the Grinch? Santa’s schedule fills up quickly in anticipation of the big day, so plan ahead if you hope to join him for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! We’ve compiled a lengthy list of the best places to grab a bite to eat with Jolly Old St. Nick. Don’t forget your camera, as many of these events offer photo opportunities!

Where to Eat with Santa in Chicago’s Western Suburbs 2018

Dine with Santa at Macy’s (Oak Brook and Chicago)
Dates from November 24 through December 23, 2018 | See schedule for up-to-date information
Santa and Mrs. Claus preside over breakfast (or lunch or dinner in Chicago) for this Macy’s tradition.

Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano’s Little Italy (Oak Brook)
November 25, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, visit the “candy bar,” and take photos with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa (Pinecone Tea Cottage, Downers Grove)
Sunday, November 25 and Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
A gourmet breakfast buffet including gluten-free options, plus photos with Santa and a chance to share your wish list.

American Girl Welcome Santa (Chicago)
November 25; December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Visit the American Girl Store at Water Tower Place and enjoy a special meal, keepsake photos with Santa, crafts and activities.

Christmas Brunch with Santa at Drury Lane (Oak Brook)
November 25; December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018 | Reservations from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A special brunch with options including eggnog, homemade donuts, and prime rib. Call for information on pairing the brunch with tickets to see the theater’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast afterwards.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa (Gower School, Willowbrook)
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Breakfast and pictures with Santa. Tickets sold at the door.

Breakfast with Santa (Batavia)
December 1, 2018 | 8:30 am
Breakfast is served at 8:30 am. Santa meets with each child and gives them a small gift.

Breakfast with Santa (Park District of La Grange)
December 1, 2018 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Holiday crafts and games in addition to breakfast with Santa. Preregistration is required.

Breakfast with Santa (Katherine Legge, Hinsdale)
December 1, 2018 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
After a continental holiday breakfast, everyone gets to meet Santa and pose for a photo.

Breakfast Lunch and Tea with Santa (Cheney Mansion, Oak Park)
December 1, 2018 | Reservations from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday music, a visit with Santa, and a new toy donation drive benefiting local charities. Note that every family member attending must be registered (ages 0+).

Breakfast with Santa (Morton Arboretum, Lisle)
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2018 | Begins at 9:00 am
Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa in the Ginkgo Restaurant while carolers serenade you.

Santa’s Brunch at White Pines (Bensenville)
December 1 and 2, 2018 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kids will take photos with Santa, do holiday crafts, and play games at this chef-catered brunch. Reservations are required.

Holiday Breakfast at the Shedd (Chicago)
December 2, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2018  | 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The Shedd Aquarium’s special holiday breakfast also includes hot chocolate, The Polar Express 4-D Experience and a meet-and-greet with Santa.

Brunch with Santa (Wheatstack, Lisle)
December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Enjoy a delicious brunch, a photo opportunity and share your wish list with Santa.

Pumpkin Patches with Apple Picking Near Chicago

Dinner with Santa (Downers Grove)
December 5, 10, 12, 2018 | 4:00 – 7:30 pm
Reservations required and don’t forget your camera.

Pizza with Santa (Darien Park District)
December 7, 2018 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come for a fun party with pizza, a bounce house, crafts, games, and (if weather permits) an outdoor candy-cane hunt at the end.

Sundaes with Santa (Addison)
December 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Build your own sundae and do a holiday craft!

Breakfast with Santa (Hilton Lisle/Naperville)
December 8, 2018 | 8:30 am – 11:00 am
The Hilton’s holiday party will include crafts, photo opportunities with Santa, a magic show, a delicious breakfast buffet. 

Breakfast with Santa (Community House, Hinsdale)
December 8, 2018 | 9:00 am10:15 am
Enjoy a breakfast of eggs, French toast, hash browns, pancakes, danishes, juice, and coffee before getting a picture with Santa.

Donuts with Santa (Riverwalk, Naperville)
December 8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Donuts from Naperville’s DeEtta’s Bakery, a story told by Santa, and photos at the Community Center.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Lisle)
December 8, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Decorate cookies and play holiday games with Mrs. Claus. Make an ornament to take home and sing Christmas songs.

Lunch with Santa (Westmont)
December 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza, a beverage, and dessert, followed by songs and a visit to Santa in his workshop to get a small gift.

Breakfast with Santa at Lambs Farm (Libertyville)
December 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018 | Reservations from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kids enjoy brunch, meet Santa, choose a gift, decorate a gingerbread man, make crafts, and more.

Breakfast with Santa and Buddy the Elf (North Riverside)
December 9, 2018 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
After a pancake breakfast, kids meet Santa Claus—and Buddy the Elf, too. Bring your own camera for photos. Kids will also make crafts, play games, and leave with a gift.

Lunch with Santa (Clarendon Hills)
December 9, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Music, crafts, lunch, and decorating cookies.

Lunch with Santa at Clarendon Hills Middle School
December 10, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Kids will enjoy music, crafts, cookie decorating, and a meal with Santa.

Pizza with Santa (Wheaton)
December 14, 2018 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Have pizza with Santa, enjoy activities, pizza, and an opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus himself! Registration and fee is per person. Adults register at a reduced fee.

Breakfast with Santa at the Chicago Botanic Gardens (Glencoe)
December 15 and 16, 2018 | Seatings from 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Tickets include parking, a breakfast buffet, seeing Santa, and the Wonderland Express holiday train exhibition.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

Breakfast with Santa at Starved Rock Lodge (Oglesby)
December 15, 2018 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Santa and Mrs. Claus preside over a breakfast buffet before kids take turns sharing their wishes with Santa. There will also be a magic show and an appearance by “Grace,” a white-tailed deer from the Furry Friends.

Breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph (Westmont)
December 15, 2018 | 9:00 am10:30 am
A holiday pancake breakfast (complete with milk and cookies), followed by a holiday show, family photos in front of the tree, and a chance for kids to share their list and get a treat from Santa in his workshop.

Breakfast with Santa (Forest Park)
December 15, 2018 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Santa and Mrs. Claus host a breakfast and pose for photos.

Breakfast with Santa (Lombard)
December 15, 2018 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet Santa and enjoy a breakfast buffet, holiday crafts, bingo, and other games hosted in Santa’s Workshop by his elves.

Lunch with the Grinch at Cheney Mansion (Oak Park)
December 15, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Accompanied by his dog Max, the Grinch will play games—and maybe have his heart grow a little larger—at this Whoville-themed event at the Cheney Mansion.

Cookies with Santa at Cheney Mansion (Oak Park)
December 19, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hear Santa read a story, take pictures, and enjoy some cookies.

Supper with St. Nick at Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
December 20 and 21, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
After a gourmet buffet-style family supper in the Thornhill Mansion, families can head to the Founders Room to meet with Santa in front of the fire.

Before making your plans for these events, call or visit the websites above to confirm availability, as many of them require advanced reservations. These events will sell out quickly, so plan ahead. And check out our list of Where to See Santa, which will publish soon, for even more events! Don’t forget your camera!

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