Brick By Brick

People around the world spend more than five billion hours a year building Legos.

Thousands of those people came out to Cantigny Park to see it transformed into a brick wonderland at the annual Lego Train Show.

This is the largest event for the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club (NILTC) who have put on the show at Cantigny for eleven years in a row.

The group is made up of 19 Lego lovers who get together to build, design, and display their creations for the public.

Visitor Gino Buttitta came from Dekalb to check it out. “I’m a really big fan of Legos and it’s great to be here,” he said.

Trains zoomed in and out of the tunnels and between the buildings, and the builders were on site to handle malfunctions or questions from fans.

The event had a common theme: Star Wars. Kids could meet their favorite characters and check out a completed Star Wars spaceship display.

“I’ve been looking on YouTube and online at that one, and it’s probably one of the best Lego sets I’ve ever seen,” Buttitta said.

There were thousands of children on hand to pick out pieces for their own collections, but they weren’t the only ones there to make purchases.

Last year’s event attracted more than 10,000 visitors in just two days.

Evanston resident Jerry Saperstein makes stop-motion Lego movies with his grandson. For him, coming to the event is a way to stock up and take notes. “I never had Legos as a kid, and I’m 70-years-old. So when my grandson got involved with it, I got involved with it. What I pick up are construction tips from people who really know what they’re doing,” he said.

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