Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois

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If you drive or walk past the Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois, you’ll probably do a double take. That’s what happened to me the first time I went past. “What is that?” I squealed in delight at the giant yellow door with a giant silver knob and a giant green and purple monster peeking through the window pane.

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop

That is the big yellow door that belongs to Big Monster Toys, a company that creates, invents, designs, prototypes, and licenses all kinds of wonderful games and toys for companies such as Mattel, Fisher Price, Goliath, and Hasbro. If you’ve played with toys, you’ve probably played with one of the creations they came up with for the likes of Polly Pocket, UNO, Barbie, Disney, and more.

Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago

The Big Monster Door makes for a fantastic photo opp when walking through the West Loop of Chicago. But it often leaves visitors wondering, “what’s behind that door?” As a private business, the inside is usually off limits to visitors and if you try to ring the bell on the adjacent human-sized door, you’ll be sent away.

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop

But, one weekend a year, at Open House Chicago, the company opens its doors, big and small, for the public to step inside see what lies beyond the monster.

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop

Open House Chicago is an annual architecture festival where buildings all across the city, many of which are usually closed to visitors, welcome people inside. Everything from giant skyscrapers to small churches participate, and this toy company is among them. So, what’s inside Big Monster Toys? Well, it’s just as wonderful inside as it is outside.

Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago

If Santa had a workshop in Chicago, this would be it. There’s a big caboose-shaped kitchen in the middle of the floor. A giant giraffe towers above. A building-wide elevated train set loops around. A full-sized Toys R Us sign lights up a passageway. An elliptical conference room looks like it came straight out of a movie set. And every desk and every surface is covered in a myriad of toys, toys, and more toys.

Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago

What’s the most fun secret you’ll find inside Big Monster Toys? The back of the monster! In a small waiting room at the front of the building you can see the big purple monster in full, scaling the wall and a tower of oversized building blocks reading BMT (the company’s initials and original name) and watching out the Big Monster Door at all the visitors taking selfies below.

Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago

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Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop
Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago
Inside Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois at Open House Chicago

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys

Address: Big Monster Toys, 21 South Racine, Chicago, IL. 60607
Cost: Free to See
Hours: The door is visible 24/7, the office is closed to the public


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Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop
Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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