Thanks to his staff of multitasking elves and fleet of diesel-powered reindeer, Santa maintains widespread availability despite an 89-country book tour and a steady workload as Canadian prime minister. Shake hands with the North Pole’s renaissance man with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a Santa Claus photo-shoot package of four wallet photos, four 4"x6" prints, two 5"x7" prints, one 8"x10" print and one hi-resolution portrait CD at PopUp Toy Store, located in Lincoln Park (a $45 value).
In addition to stocking a whimsical array of cute dolls and figures, arts and crafts, and collectibles, PopUp Toy Store has managed to book Kris Kringle himself every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., right up through Christmas Eve. Stock up on shots of your progeny sitting on Santa Claus’s lap, listing their desired Christmas gifts and imploring Santa to shave his beard in favor of a handlebar mustache. Canoodling couples can also use the photo-op to commemorate their love without risking painful tattoo removal down the road. A high-resolution portrait CD gives you a flawless digital copy of the Santa summit, an ideal attachment to taunting emails sent to St. Nick naysayers.