The  Swissotel  invited our families to have breakfast in their Santa Suite.  

The Swissotel invited our families to have breakfast in their Santa Suite.  

Santa has come to Chicago and when he's in town, he stays in the Santa Suite at the Swissotel!

santa suite at the Swissotel

The Santa Suite is located on the Island of Misfit Toys and can accommodate all of Santa's friends from Mrs. Claus to Rudolph.

santa suite

A gorgeous gingerbread house and more Christmas trees than the kids could count decorate Santa's Chicago digs.

gingerbread house

Santa's sleeping quarters are tastefully decorated with nutcrackers, greens and even a few cookies along with milk sit ready for him by his gorgeous view.

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view from the santa suite

A letter writing station and mailbox is set up so children can mail their letters directly to the North Pole is also set up in the suite.  Along with a promise that if you include your address, you'll get a response from Santa himself!

letter writing to santa

Finally it was time to see Santa Claus!  His chair is red with gold trim surrounded by gold trees and decorated garland.

best chicago santa

Santa was a great listener but also had some difficult questions for the kids.  He really wanted to make sure they secured their spots on the nice list.

best santa in chicago

The children got to spend quite a bit of quality time with the big guy before he had to prepare for his next guests.

santa in chicago

After visiting with Santa, it was time for breakfast.  A decadent waffle bar was waiting for us.  Whip cream, chocolate sauce, fruit and sprinkles were all options.  Everyone loved every bite!

diy waffle bar

After breakfast, Crowning Event was ready to help us make flower crowns.  We were shown to to turn gorgeous flowers, berries and greens into beautiful hair accessories.  

crowning event

Will even helped to make a crown for me.  A Crowning Event's staff was so helpful and great with the kids.

crowning event flower crowns

The kids grew more and more confident as they built their crowns and they all loved their final products.

making flower crowns
crowning event flower crown
mother daughter flower crowns
mother daughter flower crowns

There are so many ways to enjoy the Santa Suite.  

This Saturday, Dec. 16, will feature a variety of holiday themed items as well as a specially
curated selection of children’s clothing, accessories and gift items, from Windy City Bebe.
Located just West of Southport, Windy City Bebe is known for highlighting merchandise from
mom designed or owned businesses. Additionally, on Saturday Dec. 16, the Swissôtel Chicago
will join forces with Maggie Daley Park for Skate with Santa, presented by Bank of America. The
event will take place at the Skating Ribbon from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is free and skate
rental is $14/pair. Chicagoans can skate with Santa and then head over to the Swissôtel to
warm up and enjoy lunch from noon until 2 p.m. All ticket holders from the Skate with Santa
event will receive a 20% discount in Amuse. Following lunch, tours of the Santa Suite will be
available beginning at 1 p.m.

santa suite at the Swissotel

New to this year’s Santa Suite, an elegant, evening event for adults to enjoy, kid-free, in the Santa Suite. The first-ever Holiday Pop-Up Dinner, A Winter’s Eve, a progressive style dining experience, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14. 

The lavish dining experience will feature decorative bits of whimsy inspired by the Santa Suite and delectable dishes created exclusively for guests by Swissôtel Chicago Executive Chef Dan McGee. A Winter’s Eve will seat up to 46 guests and start with reception style appetizers, such as Gorgonzola Mousse & Pear Chutney on Gingerbread, from there diners will enjoy a two-course seated dinner. The finishing touch, a nightcap and dessert in the elaborately decorated Santa Suite overlooking the stunning views of downtown Chicago and the holiday lights. Tickets are $100 per guest and include a $15 donation, benefitting SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, a non-profit, child-welfare agency that serves children in foster care and at-risk youth in nearby communities, in some of Chicago’s highest crime neighborhoods. Tickets to A Winter’s Eve can be purchased by visiting,

The Santa Suite is also available for private group tours and holiday receptions for up to 100
people. For additional information, call (312) 268-8235 or email

Thanks to the Swissotel for inviting us to experience the Santa Suite!  Have you seen Santa this year?