The festive Christmas season in Chicago means many fun opportunities to create lasting family memories. Breakfast with Santa is a fun and delicious way to get into the holiday spirt with St. Nick! This list of Santa brunches offers a variety of options such as a glamorous and elegant Brunch with Santa at The Drake Hotel or a fun and adventurous Santa Cruise on the Spirit of Chicago. Enjoy and be merry! Happy Santa Brunching!
Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Cafe
What: Join Cha!Cha! at Rainforest Cafe for Breakfast with Santa. Greetings by Cha!Cha! Breakfast Buffet, Fun Activities, Visit from Santa, Photo opportunity with Cha!Cha! and Santa, Raffles, Arts & Crafts and more.
Date/Time: Sun, December 18, 2016 from 8 AM to 10 AM
Cost: $18 for age 11 and up. $13 for kids 10 years and under. Kids under 3 are free.
605 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Brunch with Santa at The Drake Hotel
What: Enjoy a glamorous Brunch with Santa at the historic and renowned Drake Hotel on the Mag Mile! Santa Claus is coming to town, so dress to impress! The Drake Bros.' restaurant is the holiday scene to see and be seen with Mr. Claus, while dining on a buffet filled with seasonal favorites, from the waffle bar to the of winter wonderland of pastries.
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18, 2016, 12:30 to 4 PM
Cost: $82 for Adult, $35 for children
The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Breakfast with Tomten
What: Our most popular family event of the year has been extended to two dates again this year! Join us on either Saturday Dec. 9 or Sunday Dec. 10 for a Swedish pancake breakfast with traditional crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree, and a special visit from Tomten.
The morning begins with crafts for family enjoyment with breakfast being served at approximately 9:30 a.m. Other activities, including visits with Tomten, will follow breakfast. Late arrivals are not guaranteed breakfast and parties may be seated separately.
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2016. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11 a.m. It is recommended that you arrive as close to 9 a.m. as possible to ensure that your party will be seated together. Please note that this event follows a schedule; it is not a drop in breakfast.
Cost: 15 members, $20 non-members, $5 one year olds; infants under one are free. Prepaid reservations are required.
Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
Breakfast with Santa at Soldier Field
What: Join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa to welcome in the holidays. Families will feast on a lavish breakfast, visit with Santa to share some of their holiday wishes and participate in other fun activities. Members of the Payton family will be present to help collect toys and judge the ornament contest! Please make your ornament at home and bring with you. The top 3 handmade ornaments will be judged and given awards! Visit and take a photo with Santa and his elves. The pocket-carnival group and train display from yester-year will be back again! Cookie decorating area for kids and much more!
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 AM
Cost: $50 (Adults); $25 (Kids); Free (4 yrs and under)
Soldier Field's United Club 100 Level - Dining Area
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Brunch with Santa at Pinstripes
What: Bring in the family to meet Santa while feasting on a complete brunch spread this holiday season. Santa will be making his way to Pinstripes on Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, December 11 to mingle with families, snap photos and take requests for holiday wish lists! Families and Santa can fill their bellies with Pinstripes’ savory and sweet brunch buffet including made-to-order waffles, omelets with an endless choice of toppings, carved prime rib, smoked salmon, bagels, fresh shrimp, flatbreads, salad bar and even a ‘Kids Corner’ with chicken fingers, Mac and cheese and more. Plus, nothing brings more holiday cheer than a full dessert bar including a chocolate fountain, marshmallows, cheesecake, brownies, cookies and fresh fruit.
Date/Time: Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, December 11, 2016. Brunch is available 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $34 per person for adults (includes one mimosa); $15 for kids 6-12; free for kids 5 and under, plus $3 mimosas and $6 bloody Mary’s.
435 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Santa Cruises on Spirit of Chicago
What: Yes, there is a Santa and he’s planning a stop aboard Spirit of Chicago to check out the awesome views from the water! Delight the whole family with a special lunch with St. Nick himself. Everyone will love holiday music, kid-friendly treats and endless onboard entertainment that brings the magical season to life. Signature Lunch Buffet with additional kid-friendly options. Photos available with Santa.
Date/Time: Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11, 2016. Board at 12:30am, Cruise: 1:15pm - 3:15pm.
Cost: $44.90 per person
Spirit of Chicago Cruise
Board at Navy Pier
Brunch with Santa at Tavern on Rush
What: Join us for brunch with Santa. Bring the kiddos to meet Santa. Special children’s menu is $5 each and includes Silver Dollar Pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs, French Toast, cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers or mini burgers.
Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: Children’s menu is $5 each.
Tavern on Rush
1031 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Holiday Breakfast at Shedd Aquarium
What: It's the most wonderful time of the year, Shedd's holiday breakfast! Join us for breakfast and hot chocolate, a screening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experiences and a meet-and-greet with Santa. Afterward, you can explore Shedd's children's exhibit, Polar Play Zone, and finish your special day with reserved seats to the aquatic presentation, One World.
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 10, Sunday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. 8 AM to 11 AM.
Cost: Adult $49.95; child (ages 3-10) $39.95. Member adult $44.95; member child (ages 3-10) $34.95. Children under 3 are free!
1200 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
What: Deck the Halls of the Erin Room at the Irish American Heritage Center this December with the annual Christmas Tea. Enjoy afternoon tea, sandwiches, and Christmas cookies while musicians and storytellers celebrate the music of the Christmas season. Featured performers are Kathy Cowan on vocals, Aislinn Gagliardi on harp and Tenor Mark Piekarz on piano and vocals. Brigid Duffy and Jim Padar will tell Christmas stories.
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10 from 11am to 1pm
Cost: $25 for adults and children 12 and under are $8
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630