Toys R Us Is Back in Chicagoland

Since I heard about Toys R Us making a comeback this holiday season, I can’t help but feel nostalgic.

I grew up a Toys R Us kid. No, really! My mom worked at Toys R Us for 29 years and I grew up in that place. My favorite day of the year was “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” when I got to go in with her around 10 p.m. (since she worked midnights). I would work (and play) the whole night and afterwards, I got to pick out a new Barbie doll. It was awesome!

My son, Jordan, never got to experience the joy of Toys R Us, like many of your kids. When the store closed in 2018, Jordan was only two years old and he doesn’t remember the thrill of it. This is why I am so excited to show him the new shop at Macy’s this holiday season.

This year, Macy’s announced that it would offer Toys R Us in-store shops in their stores. Macy’s opened 11 flagship locations nationwide, including one at their State Street location in downtown Chicago. Their other Chicagoland locations include:

  • Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
  • Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
  • Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
  • Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
  • The Promenade Bolingbrook, Bolingbrook
  • Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet
  • Gurnee Mills, Gurnee
  • Orland Square, Orland Park
  • Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
  • River Oaks Center, Calumet City

The stores range from 1,000-10,000 square feet. Every store has demonstration tables so kids can interact with toys, just as they used to at the previous store. There are also photo opportunities with a life-size Geoffrey, the store’s mascot, who’s sitting on a bench.

Be sure to take your kids and share your Toys R Us experiences with them by using our community hashtag #ShareChicagoParent on Instagram.

Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.


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