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  • Julia Olson, 7, and her brother Erick, 4, of Arlington Heights sit with Santa Claus at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg Thursday. "I wanted a robot and squinkies" Julia said afterward, and "I asked for a racetrack," Erick said.

       Julia Olson, 7, and her brother Erick, 4, of Arlington Heights sit with Santa Claus at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg Thursday. "I wanted a robot and squinkies" Julia said afterward, and "I asked for a racetrack," Erick said.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Allura Magsino, 11, Hoffman Estates wants a laptop and Justin Bieber (himself)

      Allura Magsino, 11, Hoffman Estates wants a laptop and Justin Bieber (himself)

  • Brianna Lucansky, 3, Wood Dale asks for pajamas, Mickey Mouse, Dora and Happy Feet 2.

      Brianna Lucansky, 3, Wood Dale asks for pajamas, Mickey Mouse, Dora and Happy Feet 2.

  • Chloe Lucansky, 8, Wood Dale ponders Adidas, Justin Bieber tickets, Play-Doh and a wallet.

      Chloe Lucansky, 8, Wood Dale ponders Adidas, Justin Bieber tickets, Play-Doh and a wallet.

  • Teona Markoski, 3, Libertyville is asking Santa for a lollipop, a horse, Minnie Mouse and a princess.

      Teona Markoski, 3, Libertyville is asking Santa for a lollipop, a horse, Minnie Mouse and a princess.

  • Dillion Magsino, 6, Hoffman Estates has just two things on his Christmas list: Transformers and a doggy.

      Dillion Magsino, 6, Hoffman Estates has just two things on his Christmas list: Transformers and a doggy.

  • Caleigh Chesnutt, 3, North Aurora wants a princess bike, a drum set and Barbie.

      Caleigh Chesnutt, 3, North Aurora wants a princess bike, a drum set and Barbie.

  • Miriam Anderson, 4, Arlington Heights wants a few Barbie dolls, a pair of ice skates, an Ultimate Dream Castle, a remote control car, and a Happer Napper (whew!).

      Miriam Anderson, 4, Arlington Heights wants a few Barbie dolls, a pair of ice skates, an Ultimate Dream Castle, a remote control car, and a Happer Napper (whew!).

 
Kris Kringle (photographed and transcribed by Laura Stoecker)

What do kids want Santa Claus to bring them these days? There's only one way to find out: Find Santa, because where there's Santa before Christmas, there are kids presenting their wish lists. We spent a day with Kris Kringle and listened in to the fervent hopes and wishes whispered in his ear. Here's what suburban kids are hoping to find under their trees.

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