An Errand that Turned into a Pilgrimage

A couple Sundays ago I drove out to Mount Prospect, IL, to pick up a fantastic 21 pound LEGO Brick donation, and ended up making a pilgrimage. I’d read about a museum that had opened its doors inside Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall, and since it was on the way back, I decided to drop in.

Blocks to Bricks is the brainchild of fellow LEGO addict and Chicagoland entrepreneur, Adam Tucker. Museum-goers enjoy a self-guided tour through the history of toy building blocks… from their first incarnation in wood, paper, and other natural materials, and then to post-industrial materials like metal and plastic.

The exhibit charts the evolution of the Lego brick from its humble beginnings and first-ever sets to today’s wild creations under the Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Mindstorms LEGO lines. For me, this was like hopping in a time machine and seeing my youth flash before my eyes.

Like many LEGO followers, I’m still hanging on to the very bricks I played with as a kid. To say they inspired creative thinking is a major understatement. What they actually unlocked is the place in my brain that says, “Look what you accomplished! What’s next? Something to add? Something to change? Or something new to build altogether?!?”

Blocks to Bricks Museum Exhibits: LEGO Castle, LEGO Technics Race Car, and LEGO Police Station

Blocks to Bricks Museum Exhibits: LEGO Castle, LEGO Technics Race Car, and LEGO Police Station

Mark Ailsworth