Since Christmas this year promises to be different from any other, why not do something different when it comes to shopping for your Christmas toys in Chicago? It’s easy enough to order fun games, plush toys, and more from Amazon, but more than ever, local businesses need our support; in the spirit of shopping local— and at establishments that specialize in fun and games— check out these Chicago toy stores.
Opened in Lincoln Square in 1993, Timeless Toys has changed hands along the way but continues to fulfill Harry and Martha Burrows’ vision of serving as “an urban oasis for children and their families.” Without a doubt, Timeless Toys is one of the most iconic and respected places to buy Christmas toys in Chicago.
This Hyde Park toy store has been helping Chicago kids play, create, and learn since the ‘70s. They have over 10,000 toys in the store which cater to the imaginations of little scientists, musicians, story-tellers, and all other sorts of children.
2071 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL 60614
3306 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60657
2130 W Division St, Chicago IL 60622
Since 1996, the folks at Building Blocks (the self-described “champions of play”) have been carefully choosing a wide variety of toys that suit many budgets, many learning styles, and all kinds of fun.
Cat & Mouse opened in 2008 and continues to be family-run. Games and puzzles are at the heart of this store’s mission, but they also carry books, arts and crafts, science activities, and more.
2462 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60614
5311 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60640
Chock-full of toys and books for kids of all ages, this store has three Chicago locations to cater to your playtime needs. With the help of *play, kids can build structures, solve puzzles, make music, and follow their imaginations wherever they may lead.
A toy store of a different vein, SMASH carries lots of new, used, and vintage toys and collectibles, including action figures, Lego sets, and plenty of decades-old toys and memorabilia.
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