Insider's Guide to Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

March 11, 2022

Unleash your bricktacular creativity when you visit the 30,000 square feet of awesome known as LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago.

Follow along as we spill every last insider tip and trick on how to make the most of your time in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago.

Millions of Lego bricks, over 12 amazing rides and attractions, and jaw-dropping Chicago cityscapes come together to make this two-story Lego experience truly epic.

Learn tricks of the trade alongside master builders, marvel at Miniland recreations, or vanquish trolls on the rousing Kingdom Quest ride.

Little Lego lovers of all ages will want to spend all day in this plastic-built paradise.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about this entertainment center in Schaumburg, Illinois. 

About LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Wondering about the GPS of this Lego escape location? The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago can conveniently be found in Schaumburg, Illinois,  Less than an hour's drive from downtown Chicago.

The entrance is at the Streets of Woodfield, next to Woodfield Mall at the intersection of Higgins Road and Martingale Road. 

Free parking is available at the access Center lot or by utilizing the parking facility located across from AMC Loews Movie Theater. 

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If you are arriving at the Discovery Center by public transit, simply:

  • Take the CTA Blue Line to Rosemont Station
  • Transfer to the Route 606 Pace bus
  • Exit at Northwest Transportation Center
  • The Legoland Discovery Center will be directly across the street
Child and her dad high-fiving a LEGO Ninja at the Legoland Discovery Center in Chicago, Illinois

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center via Facebook

How Much Time to Spend at LEGOLAND Chicago

This bustling indoor playground of bricks, rides and 4D movie adventures is guaranteed to capture the curiosity of any mini builder. However, to fully experience the thrill of Merlin's Apprentice ride, meet and greet with your favorite Lego characters, and more, we suggest budgeting at least 2-3 hours for the Discovery Center. 

View looking up at the entrance to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center with a large LEGO giraffe named LE-LA in Chicago, Illinois, USA

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center (Chicago) via Facebook

When to Go

While there is no wrong time to plan your next brick-filled escapade,  know that the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an extremely popular kid-friendly Chicago destination. Major holidays, weekends, and school breaks will correlate with a higher influx of guests.

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Please note that the number of guests allowed in the Center at a time is limited for health and safety reasons. Therefore, to ensure your best possible experience with LEGOLAND, we suggest you pre-purchase your Legoland tickets online. 

Chicago Hotels

Is your dynamic LEGOLAND discovery part of a greater Chicago area getaway? Then, wring out every last drop of Windy City wonder by extending your stay and reserving any of our premier Chicago Hotels.

Whether you choose to lie your head just minutes from Lincoln Park or prefer luxury lodgings by the Central Loop, reserve with confidence, knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates online.

Wide shot of the lounge area at SOPHY Hyde Park with lots of chairs a curved couch in Chicago, Illinois, USA

photo credit: SOPHY Hotel via Facebook

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tickets

Ready to reunite with Emmet, Benny, and the gang? Gear up for a brick-fueled day of endless entertainment when you pre-purchase your LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago tickets. Buying your tickets ahead not only saves you both time and money but ensures your family's entry on the day of your visit. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center General Admission tickets for both adults and children (aged three and up) cost $24.99

Children under the age of 2 can visit Legoland for free. 

Do your kiddies create Lego creations and dream about vibrant adventures with Unikitty? Reward their Lego aptitude and excellence with a LEGOLAND Discovery Center Annual Pass. On the day of your visit, you can easily upgrade your general admission ticket and enjoy model building, 4D movies, and pirate adventures year-round.

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Please note that you must have at least one child in your group to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

Entrance to the Master Model Builder Workshop, a blue Wass with lego schematics on it and yellow pained windows where you can see a wall of legos thought the window at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center (Chicago) via Facebook

LEGOLAND Discovery Center App

Want to dial in your Legoland Discovery Center itinerary? Plan your visit to perfection with the help of the handy LEGOLAND Discovery Center App. Chock full of valuable tips, interactive games, and photo booth fun, this app is your key to unlocking the most awesome out of your Discovery Center visit.

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View master model build ideas, receive helpful travel suggestions, and stay up to date on the latest in Lego news. 

Can't Miss Attractions

Play, build and ride the day away when you embrace every last one of LEGOLAND Discovery Center's can't miss attractions. Whether your pint-size Lego connoisseur is craving time on the race track or is mesmerized by Merlin's magic potions, there are over a dozen amazing rides, attractions, and immersive build experiences to uncover.

Master Model Builder Workshop

Do you have what it takes to be a master model builder? Discover the skill, magic, and undeniable style of these plastic masterminds when you step inside the Master Model Builder Workshop.

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Gaze upon thousands of Lego bricks, learn invaluable building tips, and even try your hand at crafting your own unique Lego creation. Be sure to check out the Lego Master Builder Academy schedule. You'll be able to see what workshops are available during your visit.*

*Lego Workshops are temporarily unavailable

Kingdom Quest

Beastly trolls, sneaky skeletons, and a captured princess await those brave enough to travel through the awesome Kingdom Quest. Hold tight to your zapper, and collect points as you storm your chariot through this magical Medieval kingdom. Be the mighty hero, rescue the princess, and aim to have the highest score in all the land on this thrilling immersive ride.

family of four on an indoor ride at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kingdom Quest in Chicago, Illinois, USAMerlin's Apprentice Ride

High flying enchantment, mystical potions, and plenty of wizarding fun are in store for tiny tykes who jump to Merlin's aid. Strap into your very own enchanted cart on Merlin's Apprentice Ride, and prepare yourself to peddle to the stars.

Pump those feet and watch the all-mighty sorcerer conjure a secret spell.

4D Cinema

Pop some popcorn and cozy up for some first-class cinema when you soak in plenty of brick fulled hijinks in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center's 4D Cinema.

An action-packed experience complete with supercharged special effects. You'll experience wind, rain, and snow! These awesome flicks will come to life before your very eyes.

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Select from options like LEGO® City: Report For Duty™ or The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure starring everyone's favorite Emmet. Movies are played on rotation every 15 minutes, so catch one or catch them all.

Pirate Adventure Island

Raise that Jolly Roger flag and set sail for some swashbuckling fun when you drop anchor at Pirate Adventure Island. This life-size pirate-themed playground is every first mate's dream. It's bursting with hidden sea creatures, a crystal cave, and rope swing bridges.

Design your own Lego sandcastle or treasure map, set off air cannons, or even walk the plank.

Wide shot of a LEGO pirate ship and play area at the Pirate Adventure Island at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center (Chicago) via Facebook

Miniland Chicago

The Windy City is synonymous with charming architecture and art. Install an appreciation for this city's staggering skyscrapers when you pay a visit to Miniland Chicago.

A miniature metropolis that took a team of 15 expert model builders over 5,000 hours to build. These spectacular recreations contain over 1.5 million Lego bricks!

Snap photos of Lego Millenium Park, revel in the Willis Tower or take in a Bears game at Soldier Field. In addition, observant kiddies should be on the lookout for the many mischievous Minifigures who can be found hiding out in Miniland. 

Chicago Exhibit at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago - Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Great Lego Race VR Experience*

On your mark, get set, GO! So Rev those engines and put the pedal to the medal when you sign up for the most exhilarating Lego ride yet. The Great Lego Rave VR Experience* is a wildly interactive romp through worlds of lava caves, flying objects, brick rivers, and more.

Race your brick-built vehicle through this virtual reality and try to beat out the competition to become the next Lego Champion!

*The Great Lego Race VR Experience is not included in the price of General Admission

Gift Shop

Looking to bring home a little taste of LEGOLAND? Swing on by the Lego Store to scope out the perfect souvenir for your favorite brick head.

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The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Retail Shop carries many Lego products and sets. Build worlds of Ninjago madness, or grab a Star Wars-themed Lego set. 

Food & Drink

All that brick building and vanquishing evil trolls can undoubtedly build up quite an appetite. So kiss hunger-inspired meltdowns goodbye when you stop by the Lego Cafe. Instead, linger over a Starbucks coffee. Or settle in for a snack and ice-cold soft drink.

Unless caring for babies or food allergies, no outside food or drink is allowed at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. 

Close up of a family eating out of LEGO boxes at the LEGO Cafe at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA

photo credit: The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

What to Bring

Raise a glass to a day of plastic perfection when you arrive at LEGOLAND Discovery Center thoroughly prepared. To enjoy every minute, we recommend packing a bag with the following 'must have' items:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A Minifigure to trade
  • Stroller (if required)

Lifesize jungle cats made entirely of bricks, supernatural spell casting with Merlin, and endless amounts of 4D entertainment make any day spent at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago unforgettable.

Fire up that imagination as you create animal-themed edifices in Duplo village. Or sneak in some high seas-themed make-believe when you beeline it to Pirate Adventure Land.

Brick-obsessed builders of all ages will be in Lego heaven as they uncover the dynamic thrill of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Tell us, what's your favorite LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Attraction?

Leave us a comment below!


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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