Chicagoans love their city, and why shouldn’t we? It’s pretty special. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago taps into this pride with their famous MINILAND Chicago and lucky us, they’ve added more marvel-worthy Windy City landmarks to the LEGO kingdom. Read on to learn about new architectural additions, an all-new 4D movie experience and an interactive building zone that’ll have your LEGO lovers itching to create.
photo: LEGOLAND® Discovery Soldier Field
Calling all Sox and Bears fans!
How many bricks does it take to make a mini Soldier Field? Standing at over 7 feet wide and almost 4 feet tall, the stadium with an interactive football game in play was constructed from 50,000 bricks, including 2,000 minifigures cheering on the home team. That’s enough to make even the legendary Harry Caray shout, “Holy cow!”, don’t ya think?
Coming in for a landing: Chicago O’Hare Airport
Our hometown airport, Chicago O’Hare, is consistently one of the top 3 busiest in the world and LEGOLAND® is paying homage with a 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall replica displaying 3 planes and control and radar towers. It was no small feat either, requiring 10,000 bricks and a whole lot of patience to construct this mostly monochromatic masterpiece. Your kiddos will wish they could get their hands on the mini cargo trucks.
Everything is AWESOME! (Including the new LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure)
We won’t give away the thickening plot, but The LEGO® Movie stars reunite for an all-new story about life after their blockbuster movie. Let’s just say they were total blockheads to think they were retiring to a nice quiet life in the ‘burbs. Besides the lovable (and some diabolically evil) characters, this 13-minute 3D mini-sequel features real wind, mist and fog that will make you feel like you’re part of the adventuring.
Leave your mark at the all-new City Builder
In the past, kids could build their own from-scratch creations using a bin of LEGOs. Now, they can accessorize an entire city! The city is in place and your master builders decide what special touches should be added to ensure the city is — well, in the words of the perpetually optimistic Emmet, AWESOME!
Don’t forget, LEGOLAND® was already pretty great
The newest exhibits are definitely worth making a trip, even if you’ve already experienced LEGOLAND® Discovery, but let’s not forget it was a pretty swell place to spend your kids-in-tow day already. All the greats are still in place, like the LEGO Racers area where kids can make and test drive their own race cars and the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, where riders are armed with a laser zapper while they ride through the forest in a dragon car in the hopes of destroying villains. Just in time for summer, they’ve also added Pirate Adventure Island that encourages free play with hands-on sensory activities.
Cost: Online ticketing $13.50+/person; at the door $17.50+/person; free for ages 2 & under
Hours: Mon.-Fri. noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
The Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Rd.
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— Maria Chambers