Building Blocks Toy Store launches a new informational blog for parents!


Katherine, McHenry, play ambassador and owner of Building Blocks Toy Store in Chicago, Illinois, launches a new blog today. The blog, “Word on the Block”, will feature a variety of entertaining and useful stories for parents, grandparents, and children. 

Katherine introduced Building Blocks Toy Store to Chicago in 1996. She started her first retail business at age nine, buying candy by bulk and setting up “Kandie’s Candies” out of a Tupperware box in her Queens, New York, apartment. Other retail businesses (men’s clothing, electronics, gifts) were to follow through college, mainly as a means to earn spending money. 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.

Fourteen years after Building Blocks was created, Katherine and her husband, Todd, started their own family. Their son, Tai, was born in 2010 and daughter, Linh, was born in 2012. These two kids certainly don’t mind that mom brings work home … a lot!

Building Blocks Toy Store provides Chicago parents with two great locations: The Lakeview store is located just a mile west of Wrigley Field, home of Chicago’s beloved Cubs. The CTA Brown Line stop at Paulina takes you within mere steps of our magical world of fun. Other local treasures in the neighborhood include Wishbone & Frasca (family-friendly restaurants), Dinkel’s Bakery (around for more than 80 years), Chicago Music Exchange, Whole Foods, YMCA Lakeview, Little Gym & Gymboree. In 2008, our second Building Blocks Toys location was introduced in Wicker Park. This neighborhood is bustling with bars, restaurants, hair salons and clothing stores, and has a lively, artistic pulse. Our favorite local stops are Letizia’s Bakery, Enoteca Roma, Juko Nail, Paper Doll, Joe’s Wine Cellar, Circle Salon & Fifty/50. Our Wicker Park shop is just a short cab ride from the touristy area of Michigan Avenue and downtown, and a short walk from the CTA Blue Line stop at Division.

Why shop at Building Blocks?

  1. We have the best selection of all the greatest educational and developmental toys in Chicago
  2. Our toy experts truly love what they do and are happy to provide personal guidance
  3. FREE gift wrapping
  4. We make a difference for our community
  5. Shop hassle-free. Returns and exchanges have NO time limit
  6. Shop by phone service
  7. Easy online shopping from your desktop, tablet or cell phone

Specialty Toys Network is proud to partner with Building Blocks Toys in the creation of the new blog site.

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