Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores

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These locally owned bookstores and toy stores have the perfect gifts for the kids on your holiday shopping list. If you’re not sure what to get for the kiddos on your list, you’ll definitely want to stop in and ask for recommendations; the level of passion and knowledge that these shop owners and staff have is what makes the shopping experience special! Think local first and make these great bookstores and toy stores your first stop when holiday shopping this season. 

Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores in the Western Suburbs

Berwyn’s Toy & Trains
7025 Ogden Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 484-4384
Berwyn’s Toy and Trains much more than just trains. Figurines, LEGOs, animals, princesses, and hobby kits can be found on their shelves.

Barbara’s Bookstore
770 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 920-1500
The children’s section at Barbara’s is one of the best around, with everything from ‘first’ books to young adult, plus lots of games, toys, and activity sets for inquisitive minds.

Learning Express Toys
19 S. Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60521
(630) 590-5495

18 Countryside Plaza
Countryside, IL, 60525
(708) 352-8697

1420 Commons Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-8697

900 Roosevelt Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-8574

2863 W. 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 922-3334

From arts and crafts to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Shipping and in-store pickup available.

Frugal Muse Books
7511 Lemont Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 427-1140
Frugal Muse Books is a great stop for gently-used books. Find books, puzzles, games and more.

My Special Toy Store
5137 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 324-6344
Here you will find a unique and special toy store for boys and girls of all ages!

Anderson’s Bookshop 
5112 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-2665
Anderson’s mission is to share a passion and knowledge of books to create lifelong readers. They strive to be a place of good company, great reads, and engaging conversations for all ages.

Fair Game
1015 Curtiss Street
(630)ย 963-0640
At Fair Game,ย you will find a vast selection of board games, puzzles, and card games designed to challenge minds and encourage face-to-face interaction.

Harvey’s Tales
216 James Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2991
Harvey’s Tales carries the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Besides offering a wide range of books, Harvey’s Tales also carries games, puzzles, toys and novelty gifts.

The Little Traveler
404 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-4200
The Little Traveler houses many departments in a historic building, including a toy section. You can even grab a snack or coffee to-go from their cafe.

The Bookstore
475 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-2891
The Bookstore is a reader-friendly shop with a staff that will make every effort to find the exact book you’re looking for.

My Sister Kate
48 S. Washington Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-5866
My Sister Kate offers contemporary fashion, toys, and gifts for kids. Shipping & curbside pick-up is available.

American Best Train & Hobby Shop
865 Maplewood Drive
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 467-1102
This is the stop for the train enthusiast in your life! Trains, speciality toys and hobby supplies are available for curbside pickup.

Fair Game
19 S La Grange Road
La Grange, IL
(708) 937-9066
At Fair Game’s second location, you’ll find more board games, puzzles, and card games for all ages.

25 South La Grange Road, Unit A
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 286-6747
This boutique also includes a play space and is full of curated goods for parties and gifts. Online ordering available.

Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665
Anderson’s mission is to share a passion and knowledge of books to create lifelong readers. They strive to be a place of good company, great reads, and engaging conversations for all ages. Contact-free in-store pick-up is available during regular hours.

Anderson’s Toyshop
111 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665
Just two doors down from the bookshop in Naperville, Anderson’s has an expanded toy store featuring a wide variety of toys and games.

121 S Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 935-1298
New toy and game store offering curbside pickup and delivery within a radius from Naperville.

Geppetto’s Toy Box
730 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 445-9906
Designed to appeal to the conscious consumer, this European-inspired toy shop focuses on wood and natural fiber toys: toys that feel good, look good, and can withstand years of play and exploration.

Pumpkin Moon
1028 North Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 524-8144
Specializing in eclectic and whimsical toys and gifts, Pumpkin Moon is the place for good time stuff for all ages.

The Book Table
1045 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 386-9800
Fiercely independent book store in downtown Oak Park.

The Looking Glass Books
823 S. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 434-5515
The Looking Glass Books is a gently-used bookstore in the heart of Oak Park. They also offer book-related gifts, greeting cards, and pieces from local artisans.

Town House Books
105 North 2nd Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-8600
A quaint independent bookstore and cafe, Town House Books has something for the newest and seasoned readers in your life.

MOORE Toys & Gadgets
107 E Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 480-4285
This independent owned toy store in downtown Wheaton is full of toys, games, and everything in between.

Did we miss your favorite locally owned bookstore and toy store? Leave a comment below or email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com to see it included.

Looking for additional gift ideas? Check out our 2021 experience gift guide for a gift that extends past the holiday season!

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