More than 2,000 adults and children
Guests were entertained by an intricate display that spanned 4,080 square feet and featured a Medieval Village and Castle with tournament grounds, a European-inspired Village Hall, a farm with a windmill, railroads, skyscrapers and much more. Trains connected the layout, which included replicas of gas and fire stations, an opera house, a bike shop, and various fast food staples such as Starbucks, White Castle and Culver’s.
“Even to this day, we’ll have people come in and think it’s going to be a couple ping pong tables with a couple LEGO sets with a little train going around it; and it’s not,” said Jamie LeBlanc, president of the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club.
The Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club – formed in 2002 – participates in seven to eight shows each year around the Chicagoland area. Each club member has their own display space and the opportunity to focus on a genre of their choice.
“We all have sections we take off, and you can see a lot of differences in architectural styles,” LeBlanc said of the 20-member club. Each show requires more than seven hours of set-up time. “The fun part is really seeing what everyone else has created and what techniques they’ve used. We almost inspire each other.”
The group’s love of LEGOs and the opportunity to be creative is what keeps them participating in shows.
“You build something and that next show you can put it out and get immediate feedback or adulation,” LeBlanc said. “And that’s pretty cool.”
—Submitted by Oak Lawn Library