Thursday, November 15, 2018

“SANTA HQ” EXPERIENCE Runs Through December 24 at FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO

FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO 
ROCKS THE HOLIDAYS WITH 
“SANTA HQ” EXPERIENCE 
“Santa HQ”Runs Through December 24 

Macerich’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way in Rosemont will again bring cheer to the holiday season with the return of its innovative, experiential “Santa HQ”.



ChiIL Mama ChiILin' with the big man himself!



Here at ChiIL Mama, we've been covering Santa HQ since it's inaugural year at FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO and I'm happy to partner up with them once again on this sponsored post. Even though my littles are not so little anymore, many of my readers are still in those early days of parenting, and really... you're never too big to see Santa! 

Santa HQ: Interactive visit with Santa welcomes new features for the 2018 holiday season





In partnership with HGTV, Santa HQ invites families to experience the wonder of Santa's workshop in the digital and social media age through a truly innovative and interactive visit with Santa. Digital tools are utilized to elevate the shopper’s visit with Santa, offering an enhanced social media experience through augmented reality. New this year, visitors can use the workshop’s Magic Mirror to transform into one of Santa’s elves, virtually changing their elf’s outfits, receiving customized Elf ID collector cards and more. Additionally, special live visits from Santa HQ’s elves, Strawberry and Jack, will take place every Saturday through Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.






ChiIL Mama's North Pole Chillin' indeed!








During their visit to Santa HQ, guests can take advantage of magical augmented reality using the Elf-Ray Vision app or provided tablet, allowing them to experience Santa’s Workshop and Elf Academy like never before. In addition, visitors can take an Elfie Selfie to star in their own holiday video, see where they stand on the Naughty or Nice O’Meter and enjoy a stunning holiday light show featuring over 10,000 individual bulbs dancing to “Carol of the Bells.”






Santa HQ will be open seven days a week through December 24. Operating hours are:

• Mondays through Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
• Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Sundays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Special holiday hours include:
• Friday, November 23: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Saturday, November 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Sunday, November 25: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
• Sunday, December 16: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• Monday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Every Monday through December 17, Pet Nights will offer furry family members the opportunity to join the fun and take part in family photos with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. Fashion Outlets of Chicago encourages shoppers participating in Pet Nights to park on P2 (second level) of the parking garage and enter the center by Helzberg Diamonds and Converse to easily access Santa HQ. For every shopper who purchases a Santa HQ photo package during Pet Nights, Fashion Outlets of Chicago will donate $10 to the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.



Santa HQ activities are free with the option to purchase a variety of photo packages and guests can make advance reservations at santa-hq.com. HGTV encourages visitors to Santa HQ to share the festive occasion with friends and family on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #SantaHQ and #loveHGTV.

In the spirit of the holiday giving season, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is proud to again host its annual holiday drive at Santa HQ benefitting Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Visitors who donate a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more between November 8 and December 19 will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to Brookfield Zoo, a $21.95 value, valid through December 31. For the extra generous, up to four general admission zoo tickets can be distributed per shopper.

You can even take a relaxing massage break!



Never too old for Hot Topic.
Yes, I'll confess to an undying love of pop culture and band tees. On my last visit to Santa and FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO, I dropped in at Hot Topic and kinda sheepishly told the sales staff I was a mom to two teenagers (truth) when they asked if they could help me find something. At checkout, with a sweet 13th Dr. Who tee, I fessed up that it was actually for me.




Something for every style...



Concierge Services makes holiday shopping simple
Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s Concierge Services is a holiday shopper’s best friend. Visitors traveling through O’Hare International Airport can hold their luggage, print boarding passes and more at the shopping center, and international travelers can exchange foreign currency and take advantage of translation services, all at the Concierge desk.



About Fashion Outlets of Chicago


Macerich’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an award-winning 530,000 square-foot, two-level indoor shopping center that is home to more than 130 designer outlets, an impressive contemporary art collection and high-end amenities. The one-of-a-kind upscale outlet property that redefines and elevates the outlet shopping experience, is located at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way in Rosemont – minutes from O’Hare International Airport and Chicagoland’s major highways.
Anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Forever 21, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, the two-level indoor shopping center is home to a variety of brands for every shopper including Nike, The Disney Store, J.Crew and Michael Kors. The center also offers outlet stores unique to the Chicago area, including AllSaints, Prada, Burberry, Chico’s, David Yurman, DVF, Gucci, Joe’s Jeans, Karl Lagerfeld, Kipling, Moncler, lululemon athletica, Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines. For more information, visit fashionoutletsofchicago.com.
About HGTV.


Make your holiday shopping a colorful experience at FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO 





About HGTV

HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 91 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOMETM consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.










Disclosure: It's our pleasure at ChiIL Mama to once again partner up with FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO. I have been compensated for sharing this feature with my readers. As always, all photos, experiences and opinions are my own, and if Santa brings me something awesome, that's all mine too... though I'm good at sharing.  

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