Walk through the shop and you’ll see toys, books, games, puzzles, crafts, trucks, trains, dolls, science, baby toys and so much more. Everything is meticulously scrutinized for its play value and quality. Whether you are looking for party favors, birthday presents, tools that inspire learning and developing, or well-curated books, Building Blocks will leave you smiling.
Building Blocks was introduced to Chicago in 1996 by educator-wannabe, play ambassador and retail aficionado Katherine McHenry. After working as a public accountant in the corporate world, Katherine quickly realized that retail was her passion and way to express herself. Growing up, she loved to play schoolteacher, tutor and play with kids. It was clear that serving families with educational, developmental and play-based products was her real mission in life.