A Comprehensive Guide to Legoland Discovery Center

Photo courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center Schaumburg

Legoland Discovery Center In Brief

There are a number of locally focused kids' activities, plus family-friendly restaurants, in Chicago. That's fantastic for those staying at hotels in the city, but for those staying in the suburbs, options are limited. One of the biggest thrills is the Legoland Discovery Center, which allows kids to channel all their creative energy in a positive manner. The centers became a reality all over the globe when someone once suggested that the company "build a park where visitors can build with LEGO bricks.” The Legoland Discovery Center Chicago is actually in Schaumburg, approximately 45 minutes to an hour from downtown.

It features 11 different attractions, which are included in the ticket price.

What To See

  • A 4D cinema with moves that run approximately 12 minutes
  • LEGO Nexo Knights: The Book of Creativity
  • LEGO City Builder: Children can build their own LEGO City complete with skyscrapers, police and fire stations, cafes, suburban streets and beaches.
  • Miniland Chicago: See Chicago built in miniature with LEGOs, including replicas of Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain and the Wrigley Building.
  • Jungle Expedition: Kids come face to face with some incredible life-size LEGO jungle animals like tigers, hippos and monkeys.
  • Model Builders Workshop: a tutorial on creating LEGO masterpieces
  • Hall of Fame: View famous fictional heroes built out of LEGOs
  • Pirate Adventure Island: The pirate-themed playland encourages children and adults to participate in free play and hands-on sensory activities.
  • Factory Tour - a display that demonstrates how LEGOs are made

Legoland also features a cafe that serves sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages.

Pertinent Details

Address: 601 N. Martingale Rd., Streets of Woodfield, next to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg

Phone: 866-929-8111

Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday

Admission: Adults, $19; children 2 and under are free. Unlimited year long pass, $40.

How To Get There

Driving: I-90 West to I-53 South to Higgins Road. Turn right onto Higgins Road, then turn right onto Martingale Rd. Legoland is located in the Streets of Woodfield shopping complex.

Public transportation from downtown Chicago: Take the CTA Blue Line to Rosemont Station. Transfer to the Route 606 Pace bus. Exit at Northwest Transportation Center. Legoland Discovery Center is located directly across the street.

Top 5 Nearby Hotels

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg: Located 20 to 25 minutes away from O'Hare Airport, this Mariott outpost offers guests a boutique-style experience. It's smaller and more intimate than the downtown Chicago location, and parking is included. There's also a full-service restaurant, indoor/outdoor pools and coffee shop. There's complimentary wifi. No pets allowed except service animals.

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Schaumburg: As with all Hampton Inn hotels, the Schaumburg outpost is family friendly and serves free breakfast every morning. It's also a convenient location in Schaumburg’s business district, which includes the likes of main and district headquarters for Pepsi, Motorola, Experian, Catamaran, Capital One, Bank of America, AT&T and IBM. Amenities include indoor heated pool, fitness center and free wifi. No pets allowed except service animals.

Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg: The freshly renovated rooms and meeting spaces at this hotel are an incentive to pay them a visit. That includes, of course, state-of-the-art accommodations with updated televisions, contemporary beds and bathroom facilities. There's also a restaurant, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and business center. Parking is free. No pets allowed except service animals.

Hyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg: Pets are allowed at the Hyatt House, which is ideal for those requiring extended-stay accommodations. There are plenty of amenities as well, which should be a big incentive. Guests should appreciate the complimentary shuttle service that takes guests anywhere within a five-mile radius. There is also a fitness center, indoor pool, gym and sauna. There's complimentary hot breakfast every morning and evening social hour with complimentary food and drinks. Parking is free.

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg: Located directly across the street from Woodfield Mall, this Hyatt features 470 contemporary guest rooms. Visitors should be pleased with the many amenities, which include free wifi, indoor/outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, concierge service and business center. There's also a coffee bar and full-service restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine. Complimentary shuttle service escorts guests to nearby attractions. No pets allowed except service animals.

--edited by Audarshia Townsend