Chicago Toy Store Promotions Make It Easy to Shop Local & Save

Written by: Carrie Kirby

If you love your Chicago neighborhood, local businesses are probably a big part of that love.  Logically, we know that these stores will not be around forever if we don't patronize them. That's why I'm making a resolution this holiday season to do at least part of the shopping for the kids at local toy stores.

For a frugal shopper like me, this is easier said than done. I can find such great toy deals online!  But Chicago stores are helping make it easier for us to do the right thing with some compelling holiday promotions.

This Saturday, Nov. 12, toy stores all over the Chicago area are reminding us of the value they add to their communities by hosting Neighborhood Toy Store Day. I'll be using this fun event as a springboard for my pledge to support local businesses with a portion of my holiday shopping.

Here's how some Chicago toy stores are marking the occasion:

  • Geppetto's Toy Box in Oak Park is offering free crafts, face painting, a magic show and more.
  • Building Blocks Toys has entertainment, snacks and goody bags lined up in both its Wicker Park and Lakeview locations.
  • Cat & Mouse Game Store in Bucktown has a scavenger hunt, goody bags and challenges (with prizes!). 
  • Visit three participating local toy stores Saturday (options listed here) and earn $30 credit!

Find a list of all participating stores in Illinois here.

After Neighborhood Toy Store Day, there will be more chances to save on holiday gifts locally:

A few money-saving tips for shopping locally:

  • Use manufacturer's coupons. A number of toy manufacturers issue coupons this time of year that can be used anywhere.
  • Watch the daily deals such as Groupon and Living Social for opportunities to save at local stores.
  • Consider cutting the number of gifts you buy in order to buy a few higher-quality gifts locally. (This is my goal this year!)

Visit and check out the latest on how to save money frugalistically!

Posted on November 07, 2011 at 3:30 PM