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LaGrange Hobbies; LaGrange, IL

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LaGrange Hobbies; LaGrange, IL
Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:50 AM

I heard some sad news from a friend in Illinois about LaGrange Hobbies in suburban Chicago. The owner, Bill, had just agreed to sell the building, and the buyer will use the building for another purpose after closing on June 30th.  LaGrange Hobbies would then be history. .... Sadly, Bill passed away over the past weekend. He was just 6 weeks away from retirement, and this happened. ... The store is now closed. 

When I was growing up in Illinois, I used to buy trains at LaGrange Hobbies. Then it was a larger store on a different street in LaGrange. Different owner back then too. 

 

GARRY

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:22 PM

That is sad news.

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I had planned to visit both LaGrange Hobbies and Des Plaines Hobbies when I visit Chicago in September.

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-Kevin

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Posted by drgwcs on Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:10 PM

Sad to hear. My condolences to the family. That is one hobby shop I never got to when I lived in Chicago.

 

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Posted by richhotrain on Friday, May 18, 2018 5:00 AM

SeeYou190

That is sad news..

I had planned to visit both LaGrange Hobbies and Des Plaines Hobbies when I visit Chicago in September..

-Kevin 

Al's Hobby Shop in Elmhurst closed a few years back, adding it to a long and growing list of closed and shuttered local hobby shops in the Chicago suburbs.

Kevin, when you visit Chicago in September, visit Walt's Hobby Shop in Joliet and Lombard Hobbies in Lombard. Lombard Hobbies discounts merchandise, Walt's does not.

Rich

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, May 18, 2018 5:59 AM

Is it time to queue up that song by Queen?  

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Posted by drgwcs on Friday, May 18, 2018 9:38 AM

Park Lane Hobbies over in Dyer also closed when the owner retired a little while after we moved. They had an incredible layout- I wonder if they were able to move it? Most of these are due to retirements.There was also a toy and hobby store in the suburbs that I can not remember the name of that about downsized themselves out of existence. went to about 10-20% of their original size.

There are still a lot of good hobby shops there Zinteks over in Pilsen has a tremendous amount of stuff including OOP and is a great shop. Grayland station on Devon is a tiny ship in space but is absolutely packed to the rafters- lots of Nscale too. RAM is also a really good shop but the hours are a bit irregular probably due to the owners health. Chicagoland hobby on Milwaukee is also a good stop. Des Plaines is absolutely a not miss. On the Indiana side is B&G which is a little out of the way. Did not make it to Lombard but heard it was good. I know I am forgetting some.

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