chicago hobby shops

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by ic&e_modeler, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. ic&e_modeler

    ic&e_modeler New Member

    does anyone that lives in or has visited chicago lately know of any good ho scale hobby shop in the chicago area.
  2. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    there are quite a few. It all depends on what area of Chicago you are going to. A lot of them are listed in Model Railroader.
    Most of the cities listed are up there:
    Berwyn Griffith, IN G&G Hobbies
    Des Plaines
    Morton Grove
    Orland Park
    Palos Heights
    Park Ridge

    Theres also a couple i didnt see in there that are pretty good. Near the border of IN, and IL on US 30 in Dyer there is one but I can't remember the name of it. He usually has some pretty good deals and had some S scale stuff last time I was there.
  3. Shlitz

    Shlitz New Member

    Be sure to visit America's Best Train and Hobby in Itasca at Rohlwing Road and Route 19 (Irving Park). I have visited most of the hobby stores in the Chicago area and found America's Best to have the most stuff.

    Lombard Hobby in Lombard seems to be the best if you are only looking for loco's and cars. Huge selection but not much other stuff.

    The Walthers and/or Atlas websites have a list of local hobby stores as well as the Model Railroader magazine.

    Best of luck...Bring lot's of $$ or leave the wallet at home.

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