Lego Train Show returns to Cantigny this weekend.
Byline: Submitted Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park's annual Lego Train Show, a favorite holiday tradition for families, returns Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to the Lego Train Show is complimentary with paid parking of $5 per vehicle. Cantigny 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.
This is the 16th show produced for Cantigny by the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. The event -- not held in 2017 due to construction at the park -- requires a full day of set up, a process that transforms the Cantigny Visitors Center into a wonderland for Lego fans of all ages.
In total, the dioramic displays with running trains contain more than 3.5 million Lego pieces. The show includes a marketplace with Lego kits and accessories for sale.
Cantigny's two museums are part of the excitement, too.
The First Division Museum will display a 25-foot model of the USS Missouri built with more than 500,000 Lego pieces and with 400 Lego soldiers on deck.
McCormick House's Freedom Hall will be a temporary Lego art gallery with a dozen mosaics on exhibit.
Downstairs in the Gold Theater, children can test their Lego engineering skills during the monthly Second Saturday family program, from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8.
Cantigny Park is open daily 9 a.m. to sunset in December. The park will close Dec. 24, 25 and 31. More information, including directions and details about upcoming holiday events, is online at Cantigny.org.