103 stories above the Windy City, Santa snapped one-of-a-kind pictures with visitors to the Willis Tower Skydeck. Anastasia Slevukhova, who was visiting from Virginia, couldn't resist the unique photo opportunity.
"It's the Christmas spirit. We're in Chicago, we're at the top of the Willis Tower, so prime opportunity to snatch a photo," she said.
There are plenty of scenic backdrops elsewhere downtown, with holiday decorations adorning office lobbies and light posts.
Beyond the colorful lights, Chicagoans made Friday a day of giving.
Lucy and Tom Sanchez visited patients at Saint Anthony's Hospital, bringing along carloads of toys. The couple said the generosity was a tribute to their son Tommy.
"It's almost like a small hug from our boy Tommy because this was his wish," Tom Sanchez said.
Tommy spent years battling Sarcoma cancer and lit up from the smiles on other pediatric patients' faces when they'd receive gifts around Christmastime.
"'When I get better, this is what I want to do,'" Tommy's mother Lucy said was his wish.
That dream didn't come true for Tommy, who died of his cancer in 2013; but his parents carry on that legacy.
"I know he's looking at us up above," Lucy said.