The popular holiday tradition is celebrating its 12th anniversary. We were live at the show with Jamie Leblanc, president of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, which produces the show.
Cantigny 12th Annual LEGO Train Show
Sunday, Dec 15
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL Admission:
Show admission is free.
Parking is $5 per car.
Parking fee waived if you bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots
LEGO Fans Invited to Cantigny Park for December Events 12th Annual LEGO Train Show Dec. 14-15 includes party on Saturday evening NEW for 2013: LEGO Engineering classes for kids!
WHEATON, IL, Dec. 3, 2013 - Cantigny's popular LEGO? Train Show, a holiday tradition, returns to the park on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. Show hours are 9 am to 4 pm each day. Admission is free.
The show, requiring a full day of set up, transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO fans. It is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is the group's largest annual event in terms of floor space and attendance.
Visitors can experience the event in a more intimate way by attending a special LEGO Train Show party on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 pm. Guests will enjoy the show without lines as they view the spectacular LEGO displays and meet the builders. Snacks, desserts and hot chocolate will be served and a cash bar will be available. Ticket holders also receive a holiday keepsake and complimentary parking.
The party is priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at Cantigny.org, at the park in the Cantigny Shop or by phone at 630.260.8162.
In addition, young LEGO enthusiasts are invited to the park before the main event for these first-time workshops: Pre-engineering with LEGO
Wednesday, Dec. 11, for ages 5-6 Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO
Thursday, Dec. 12, for ages 7-12
Both 90-minute workshops begin at 4:30 pm in the Medill Room, inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. Cost is $20 per child includes expert instruction by the staff of Play-Well TEKnologies. Class registration is at Cantigny.org or call 630.260.8162.
Admission to the two-day LEGO Train Show is complimentary with paid parking of $5 per vehicle. Cantigny Park will waive the parking fee for anyone bringing a new and unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve's Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center.
About Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park, part of the nonprofit Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, is the 500-acre Wheaton (Illinois) estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to 30 acres of spectacular gardens, the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum and a 27-hole championship golf course. All are open to the public. Cantigny also is a favorite destination for special events, weddings, concerts, lectures, workshops and other recreation and learning opportunities for all ages. Full-service banquet and dining facilities are on site. More information, including hours, directions and a calendar of upcoming events is online at Cantigny.org. For details about Cantigny Golf, including the Cantigny Golf Academy and 9-hole Cantigny Youth Links, please visit www.CantignyGolf.com.