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Visit Santa This Weekend!

Chicago-area customers, there’s still time to get some lap-time with Santa Claus before he gets to work delivering Christmas presents. Santa will be at Abt on Saturday and Sunday (12/21-22) from noon to 4pm to take final gift requests.

We sat down with the big guy himself after his last visit, and he gave us some insight into his experiences at Abt this year:

Top Requests from Children:


  1. Lego Blocks
  2. iPhone
  3. New Laptop
  4. Disney/Pixar Cars Toys
  5. Playstation 4


  1. American Girl Dolls
  2. Barbie
  3. iPods
  4. Puppies
  5. New Laptop

Grown-Up Requests


  1. New Washer and Dryer Set
  2. A nice wristwatch
  3. A new laptop


  1. The BMW on display from Fields’ Auto
  2. 75″ Samsung LED TV
  3. Santa’s chair (it’s very comfortable!)


The oldest person to sit on Santa’s lap was a 96-year old grandmother, who was accompanied by her daughter and granddaughter. Youngest? Just three weeks old, visiting with his mom, dad and grandparents. We’ve also had four sets of twins pose with Santa this year. And even non-humans can visit. Santa’s had seven dogs pose for a photo this year! (I asked Santa how difficult it is to understand the dogs’ requests. He said it was “ruff.”) After Sunday, Santa’s going to get to work reading all of the letters that kids (and maybe some adults) have left in the atrium mailbox, 241 so far this year, and he won’t be back till next year!


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