Chicago has several skyscrapers that boast sweeping views of the city from their observation decks, but only one place lets you look out over the entire cityscape without traveling up 100 stories—the LEGO Store. Okay, so maybe the buildings you’ll see at this beloved toy shop are actually made of colorful plastic bricks, but the LEGO model of the Chicago skyline that welcomes guests to this Water Tower Place megastore will wow your kids just the same. This shop is a gallery of sorts, and in addition to its jaw-dropping model of the Windy City, you’ll find a life-sized version of Toy Story’s Woody, a Death Star complete with windows into classic scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy, and miniature renderings of everyone’s favorite Hogwarts students. Not surprisingly, all of these LEGO collections are for sale for you to recreate in your own home—including individual buildings like the White House and Chicago’s Willis Tower—so be prepared to leave with some kind of souvenir. For that reason, it’s probably best to visit the store early in the day to allow the kids plenty of time in the afternoon to assemble their new creations. Who knows, you might just have a budding architect on your hands.

LEGO Store Chicago

845 N Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60611

(312) 202-0946

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