If your kids can’t wait to meet Santa, but you’d rather not stand in an extremely long line at the mall to greet him, consider a Breakfast with Santa in the suburbs. It’s a win-win for the accompanying adults as everyone will get to dine on seasonal specialties while talking with Santa in a more relaxed atmosphere. Plus, many brunches offer fun activities to keep the kids engaged, including cookie decorating and crafts. Make your reservations soon as spots are filling up fast.

Mon Ami Gabi

260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/events/brunch-with-santa/. Santa Claus is coming to brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Santa will listen to Christmas requests and pass out treats to the kids. Nosh on a la carte dishes such as waffles with Nutella, quiche Lorraine with bacon and cheese, creme brulee French toast, duck confit and lentils and more. Reservations required.

Saranello's hosts a grand buffet for its holiday brunches with Santa.

Saranello’s hosts a grand buffet for its holiday brunches with Santa. – Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises


601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/. Santa will be on hand to greet and take photos with kids during brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Indulge in the grand buffet, hot chocolate station and more. It’s $36.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 12 and younger. Reservations required.

Shaw’s Schaumburg

1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/events/santa-brunch-december-8/. From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Santa will take photos and visit with families during brunch, which features breakfast items, shellfish and seafood stations, a sweets table and more. The build-your-own hot chocolate bar goes perfectly with the selection of homemade Christmas cookies. Brunch is $65 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.

Enjoy brunch with Santa at Shaw's Schaumburg on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Enjoy brunch with Santa at Shaw’s Schaumburg on Sunday, Dec. 8. – Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises