With the possible exception of the song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, the biggest toy-related phenomenon to come out of Denmark in the last half century has to be LEGOS. The colorful plastic building blocks have gone from being the stackable amusement of nerds and future engineers to starring in a multi-million dollar movie franchise.
Regardless of the current wave of Hollywood commercialism that has swept over the LEGO brand, those of us who spent countless summer days in an air-conditioned basement creating (and destroying and recreating) amazing worlds of LEGO structures will be thrilled to know that a gathering of like-minded LEGO fanatics is happening in Schaumburg this weekend for Brickworld— a 100,000 square-foot LEGO exhibition packed with jaw-dropping creations and LEGO-centric activities geared towards fans from ages 4 to 99.
Holding the honor of being the largest LEGO fan display in North America, Brickworld is a wonderland of real-world replicas and fantastical original scenes. Event Organizer Bryan Bonahoom says of Brickworld, “The displays at the event are awe-inspiring. The detailed ideas and creativity of the artists and engineers always amaze.”
In addition to the magnificent displays, there will be a number of interactive activities including LEGO and DUPLO build spaces, fighting robots, and more. Vendors will also be selling an incredible array of LEGO sets and accessories, so you won’t have to go home without your own little piece of Brickworld.
Brickworld is sure to be perfect for Father’s Day weekend fun, a reunion with your old LEGO-building buds, or just an excuse to get out of the house but still enjoy air conditioning.
Full details and ticket information below:
Brickworld Chicago will be held on June 17 and 18, 2017 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Hours are 10am – 4pm on Saturday and 10am – 3pm on Sunday. General admission tickets are $12 at the door and kids under 3 are free. Discounted tickets for $9 are available for active duty and reserve service members and first responders (military / first responder identification required). Tickets are available at the door (unless/until the event reaches sellout) and online at the Brickworld web site – http://brickworld.com.
All Photos Courtesy of Brickworld, LLC