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Cantigny’s LEGO Train Show takes shape from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, in Wheaton.

A holiday tradition, the 12th annual show, requiring a full day to set up, transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a wonderland for LEGO fans. It is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club and is the group’s largest annual event in terms of floor space and attendance (

Evening party
Visitors can experience the event in a more intimate way by attending a special LEGO Train Show party from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Guests can enjoy the show without lines, as they view the elaborate LEGO displays and meet the builders.

Snacks, desserts and hot chocolate will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Ticket holders also receive a holiday keepsake and complimentary parking.

The party is priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. It's free for younger kids. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the park in the Cantigny Shop, or by phone at 630-260-8162.

New workshops
In addition, young LEGO enthusiasts are invited to the park before the main event for these first-time workshops:

• Pre-engineering with LEGO
  Wednesday, Dec. 11, for ages 5 and 6

• Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO
  Thursday, Dec. 12, for ages 7 to 12

Both 90-minute workshops begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Medill Room, inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. Cost is $20 per child, which includes expert instruction by the staff of Play-Well TEKnologies. Class registration is at or call 630-260-8162.

Toy drive 
Admission to the two-day LEGO Train Show is complimentary, with paid parking of $5 per vehicle. Cantigny Park will waive the parking fee for anyone bringing a new and unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center at 1S151 Winfield Road.