Wondering where to find the best toy stores near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of places to venture next time you’re in the store market. of toys.
At the top of the list is Rotofugi. Located at 2780 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Kenmore Avenue and Diversey Pky) at Wrightwood Neighbors Toy Store and Art Gallery is Chicago’s highest rated toy store, with 4.5 stars out of 207 reviews on Yelp.
If you’re looking for Kid Robot and Funko collectibles, Japanese vinyl figures, or funkopops like Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles, you’ll find all that and more at this store. Named one of the “World’s Greatest Toy Stores” by Travel + Leisurethe window of this store actually features a sign asking, “Are you a fan of toys?”
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With hand-picked toys, books and games, the store’s mission “is to make life more fun” for children and adults, according to its website. Expect to find board games, outdoor games, lego sets and star wars question books. You’ll even find a pretend play section featuring princess hats, firefighter helmets, and fake food. There are engineering and doctor sets for girls as well as thought-provoking books about female heroes like Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart.
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Gladstone Park American science and surpluslocated at 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave. (between Central and Parkside Avenues), is another top pick, with Yelpers rating the toy store, crafts, and education 4.5 stars from 156 reviews.
This no-frills store, founded by Al Luebbers in 1937, aims to offer “incredible stuff, at incredible prices” and gifts that inspire a giggle or a “Gee whiz!” according to its website. You’ll find a range of science kits, games and puzzles, plush toys and floppy disks, glow-in-the-dark items, lego gear kits and more.