Where to Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

The holiday season is about to begin, which means it’s time to start your shopping! While we know about Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday, there’s another special day to think about: Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

Brought to you by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (which is based in Chicago), Neighborhood Toy Store Day reminds us how important it is to shop local during the holidays. On Nov. 14, remember to support these participating retailers in the Chicagoland area even if it’s online! Also, many of these stores offer pickup and delivery options to help customers shop safely.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute cancellations. Stay safe!

Moore Toys & Gadgets

Where: 107 E. Front St., Wheaton

Moore Toys & Gadgets will be running giveaways all day. Make sure to follow the shop on Facebook to see who won. If you do not have a Facebook account, you will be asked for an email address or phone number to let you know if you’ve won. 

Becky & Me Toys

Where: 620 Grove St., Evanston

To kick off the store’s annual Toys for Tots drive, customers who purchase toys for donations will receive 20% off on Nov. 14-Dec. 15. Becky & Me Toys will also be hosting a virtual scavenger hunt on its website where you’ll get to see some of the new and best-selling items. Each in-store or online purchase will be entered in a drawing with various prizes. 

Emmerson Toys, Gifts & Hobbies

Where: 12940 S LaGrange Road, Palos Park

This year, Emmerson Toys, Gifts & Hobbies will celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day from Nov. 12-15. Each in-store customer will receive a scratch-off discount card to receive 10%, 15% or 20% off their purchase (some restrictions may apply). While supplies last, customers can even receive a free gift with purchase. The store will also host in-store raffles and contests on its Instagram and Facebook pages.

Learning Express Toys

Where: 315 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich

At Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich, the annual Friends & Family sale will run Nov. 9-16 with 25% discount for in-store customers. Shoppers can also find special giveaways in the store and emails will go to customers for a chance to win $5 LE Bucks. Tune in on Facebook at 10 a.m. Saturday for a special live deal.

Marvin’s Toy Store

Where: 64 A N. Williams St., Crystal Lake and 100 E. Station St., Barrington

Take a peek at the hottest toys out for the holiday season. For every purchase made in stores, customers can spin a wheel to win prizes like new toys or Marvin’s Toy Store gift certificates.

Timeless Toys

Where: 4749 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago

The Lincoln Square toy store will be running prize drawings all day. For every in-store or online purchase, customers will be placed in a drawing that will happen every hour on the hour throughout the day.


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