No toys in downtown Chicago

Walgreens no longer has a toy section in its downtown Chicago stores. With the redesign of Walgreens floor layout last summer, they completely eliminated their toy section. So now other than the Lego Store on Michigan Avenue, there is a complete absence of toys in downtown Chicago. How sad.

Here’s the gradual disappearance:

  • Toys R Us on State Street (closed Summer 2003?)
  • FAO Schwartz on Michigan Ave (closed January 2003)
  • KB Toys in Merchandise Mart (closed January 2004)
  • Tribune Tower’s toy store on the 14th floor (closed December 2005)
  • Walgreens (closed toy sections Summer 2006)
  • Game store in Nordstrom’s Westfield Mall (closed January 2007)

Tribune Tower had a toy store? On the 14th floor? Well, kinda. Back in January 2004 I made a blog post about toy store closings: “Toy vacancy in downtown Chicago” where I said that I was gonna open up a toy store at my desk. Haha. But then in December of 2005, I was part of a company-wide cost-cutting layoff. I returned back to Tribune in April 2006 (they just couldn’t keep me away!), but this time around I’m trying to keep my work desk less cluttered with stuff. But…

PLEASE! CAN SOMEONE OPEN A TOY STORE IN CHICAGO!? If someone knows of any toy stores in downtown Chicago, please let us know in the comments of this post.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
14 years ago

thats pretty sad 🙁

Marco Buscaglia
Marco Buscaglia
14 years ago

I think there’s a game store in Water Tower Place. There’s also the Disney Store on Michigan Ave., as well as that funky little store at the top of the Chicago Place mall next to the foodcourt that sells lots of cool Japanese toys. I’m not sure there’s even a toy section in Macy’s. There used to be one when it was MF by the Santa entrance, but I’m not sure it’s still there.

Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

I was having a related conversation with a friend a couple of weeks ago. The reason there are no toy stores in Chicago is because there are no children in Chicago, at least not in the city. All of the kids live in the suburbs or north of downtown.

Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

Sorry, kids also live south of downtown, my point is that there are no kids downtown.

Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

I was thinking that very same thing when I was responding! Too funny! Maybe we should open a toy store!

Wendy
Wendy
13 years ago

There is Galt Toys in the Bloomingdale building at 900 N. Michigan Avenue, phone 440-9550.

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

I know of a Great toy store in Chicago! Monster Island Toys, 3407 S. Halsted St. Chicago IL 60608 773-247-5733 Open 7 days aweek Mon-Sat 11-6pm Sun 11-4pm http://www.monsterislandtoys.com They have over 500 Godzilla figures instock all year round! WOW! They also have many rare hard to find japanese sci-fi dvds. They also have high quality toys like Gundam,Anime,Manga,Bandai Japan,Hot Toys,McFarlane,Medicom Toys,Neca,Hello Kitty,DC & Marvel Legends figures,Alien vs Predator,Scarface, Chucky dolls this place is very unique an rare. Its located in the Bridgeport area not far from White Sox Park Us Cellular field. Check them out! We need to bring business to these small rare shops so they will be around for our kids.

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