When we are looking for the best gift for our child, local toy stores come to the rescue. These independent toy stores even went out of their way during the pandemic (phone purchase, free delivery, curbside pickup) to keep customers happy. And now it’s our turn to support them more than ever.
Plus, we love that these small businesses provide a great environment for kids with train tables, book corners and more to make them feel welcome. Here are our recommended independent toy stores for year round shopping in Chicagoland.
With over 30 years of toy shopping experience, Anderson’s is one of the best resources for hot trends and classic favorites. When you walk into Anderson’s, you’ll find a wide assortment of specialty brands rarely available in department stores.
Building blocks toy store
With three locations in Chicago, Building Blocks Toy Store is a neighborhood staple, offering a great selection of well-selected toys and books. Struggling to find the perfect gift? Call the store, tell them the price range and who you are buying and they will choose the perfect gift, wrapped and ready to be picked up.
Cat and mouse games
This West Loop gem is packed with games, toys, puzzles, stuffed animals and more. The staff at Cat & Mouse have a real knack for curating the best games – from traditional old school board games that will make you nostalgic for the latest and greatest finds everyone is talking about.
Emmerson Toys, Gifts & Hobbies
This family-friendly toy store is a one-stop-shop for all ages. For the added security of customers, Emmerson offers a 60-minute private shopping experience by appointment before or after office hours.
Geppetto’s is a European-inspired toy store filled with basic toys made from wood and natural fibers. They are toys that feel great, look great, and can withstand years of play and exploration.
As well as offering trendy clothes for your stylish little ones, this black-owned business has an array of curated toys and collectible books that teach toddlers about diversity and race.
Moore Toys and Gadgets
This charming store in historic downtown Wheaton has a wonderful selection of unique and high quality gadgets, toys, games and puzzles that are fun and educational for the whole family.
With three locations in Chicago, * play is the place to go for educational and imaginative toys. But rather than carrying around different versions of the same toy, they carefully select the best toys from each category.
The toys of the wild child
With locations along the North Shore, The Wild Child’s goal is to unplug kids and engage them in pretend play and interactive activities. The store offers a unique selection of books, toys, dolls, clothing, stuffed animals, jewelry, artwork, crafts and science projects.
This cozy but well-stocked toy store in Lincoln Square lives up to its name. The store has an old-world feel, filled to the brim with retro wooden toys, creative toys, puppets, games, books and more.
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