Category: Chicago

  • Mold-A-Rama Exhibit Opens at Museum of Science & Industry

    Mold-A-Rama Exhibit Opens at Museum of Science & Industry

    A Mold-A-Rama™ exhibit opened at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) on Thursday, November 3, A.D. 2022.[1] As I mentioned in an article in September (on my other, more scholarly blog) that concerned the M.S.I. auctioning off items from the Circus exhibit and Zeph the animatronic burro from All Aboard the […]

  • Mold-A-Rama Madness

    Mold-A-Rama Madness

    A Mold-A-Rama™ vending machine is a tiny, automated factory that uses an injection molding process to manufacture small, hollow waxy plastic sculptures on-demand that children use as toys and adults keep as souvenirs. [This is a revised and expanded version of an article I wrote for my more scholarly blog In the Garden City. ] Built in […]

  • The History of LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres

    The History of LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres

    A LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is an indoor attraction, a sort of miniature theme park that is organized vertically with various rides, activities, a 4D cinema, and a café spread out over several floors and a large gift shop in the lobby.  Merlin Entertainments owns and/or manages all of the LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery […]

  • What is Legoland Discovery Center Chicago?

    What is Legoland Discovery Center Chicago?

    In addition to operating a chain of full-blown LEGOLAND® theme parks around the world, the British company Merlin Entertainments owns and operates twenty-seven LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers, each one a sort of indoor theme park.  [Due to the fact that Merlin is a British company, outside the U.S.A. both The LEGO® Group and Merlin Entertainments use […]

  • LEGO Exhibits & Special Events at the Museum of Science & Industry

    LEGO Exhibits & Special Events at the Museum of Science & Industry

    The Art of the Brick is the third exhibit to feature Lego® bricks at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) in Chicago, by my count.[1]  The first exhibit was MSI Presents LEGO MINDSTORMS.  It was sponsored by LEGO Systems, Inc., the Amrican-based division of The LEGO® Group.  MINDSTORMS is a subtheme of the LEGO® […]

  • Where Did the Brickmania Chicago Store Move?

    Where Did the Brickmania Chicago Store Move?

    Not so long ago, Schaumburg, Illinois was a sort of mecca for Lego® fans because they could visit the LEGO® Store, a Brickmania® Chicago store, and the museum Blocks to Bricks in Woodfield Mall, and the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago across the street at the Streets of Woodfield mall.  Also, Brickworld® holds the annual Brickworld […]

  • What is Brickmania?

    What is Brickmania?

    Like building with LEGO® bricks?  Like vehicles from World War 2?  Then Brickmania’s the place for you!  At least, that’s the company’s reputation. This is a matter of an organization having evolved and narrowed its focus as Brickmania, L.L.C. originally made a product line of medieval civilian buildings that supplemented the LEGO® Castle theme before […]