Andy’s Room, created by Matt De Lanoy (Bolingbrook, IL) – This is a mini-figure scale replica of Andy’s Room from the movie Toy Story. Just one example of the detailed creations visitors will find at a Brickworld exposition. (Photo by Matt De Lanoy and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Andy’s Room, created by Matt De Lanoy (Bolingbrook, IL) – This is a mini-figure scale replica of Andy’s Room from the movie Toy Story. Just one example of the detailed creations visitors will find at a Brickworld exposition. (Photo by Matt De Lanoy and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Do your kids love building with LEGO bricks so much that it seems like those little bricks multiply around your home? If that’s the case, your LEGO fans, young and old, won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend Brickworld Chicago, an expo and convention dedicated to LEGO enthusiasts with creations from brick artists and engineers. Brickworld Chicago takes place at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, over Father’s Day weekend: June 14 and 15.

Celebrating its eight year, LEGO fans from around the world convene annually to attend workshops and presentations, join in community discussions, enjoy displays, engage in interactive activities, participate in competitions and raffles as well as other fun activities over the jam-packed weekend.

Viking ship and town, created by Bill Anjo (Ontario, CA) – This model presents a history lesson while providing a chance for the kids to be close enough to touch while the ship circles the town and monastery built on the rocks above. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Viking ship and town, created by Bill Anjo (Ontario, CA) – This model presents a history lesson while
providing a chance for the kids to be close enough to touch while the ship circles the town and monastery built on the rocks above. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

“The Brickworld fan convention provides a canvas for LEGO artists and engineers from around the world to gather their collective works and learn from each other,” says Bryan Bonahoom, Brickworld’s event organizer. “After all, this is a hobby for most people and like any other hobbies. They are very excited to show off what they have accomplished to their peers and the public.”

Among the activities that fans can participate in is LEGO Derby where kids from 5 to 70 years old make cars out of LEGO to race down the classic Pinewood Derby track. For those attracted to a different kind of challenge, the robotics challenge invites participants to build and program your robot within hours but the details of the challenge aren’t revealed until the challenge begins.

Kids building with the 20,000 LEGO bricks in a free build area. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Kids building with the 20,000 LEGO bricks in a free build area. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Yet another challenge allows participants to build something original using the same random bag of parts within one hour.

The LEGO brick is widely recognized as one of the most educational toys in the world and events like Brickworld afford enthusiasts an opportunity to get together, learn from one another and appreciate what can be accomplished with these little bricks.

Brickworld also will conduct a charity auction where proceeds are donated to Toys-4-tots, Make-a-Wish, and FIRST® LEGO League, a robotics competition for junior high aged kids. InSciTE, Illinois, a statewide organization which concentrates on inspiring youth through exciting science and technology programs, is running the robotics competition.

The display hall opens to the public on Saturday (10a.m. – 4p.m.) and Sunday (10a.m. – 3p.m.).

Crawler Country, created by Steve Hassenplug (West Lafayette, IN), John Brost (Remmington, IN), and Davin Huston (Lafayette, IN). This display provides the kids an opportunity to use remote controls and drive 4-wheelers made of LEGO parts through an off-road course all made of LEGO bricks, complete with abandoned cars to drive over. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Crawler Country, created by Steve Hassenplug (West Lafayette, IN), John Brost (Remmington, IN),
and Davin Huston (Lafayette, IN). This display provides the kids an opportunity to use remote
controls and drive 4-wheelers made of LEGO parts through an off-road course all made of LEGO
bricks, complete with abandoned cars to drive over. (Photo by Alex Taylor and used with permission by Brickworld.)

Brickworld Chicago will be held on June 14 and 15, 2014, at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg. General admission tickets are $11 at the door and kids under 3 are free. The organizers recognize those who are on active military duty, reserve service members and first responders with a discounted $8 ticket (military/ first responder identification required). Tickets can be purchased onsite or online at the Brickworld web site.

If you have time (and energy) afterward, head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago to view the current exhibit: Star Wars: Episode IVA New Hope.

If you’re hungry, Pilot Pete’s is a fun dining environment filled with antique model planes and a runway you can look out onto and watch private planes land while eating inside the restaurant. For something more casual, head to Portillo’s Hot Dogs in Schaumburg which features a fun 50s/60s retro theme and arguably some of the best hot dogs in the area.

Brickworld Chicago takes place over Father’s Day weekend (June 14 and 15) but it’s heading to Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 11 and 12 and then off to Tampa, Florida, on October 25-26 so mark your calendars today. Until then, will we see you in Schaumburg?