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Big Monster Toys

This is an archived listing.


21 S. Racine Ave.


Near West Side


Pappageorge Haymes, 2003


There are two notable things behind the giant yellow door on Racine Avenue: a big purple monster and the quirky offices of world-renowned toy invention firm Big Monster Toys. In 2003 BMT converted a former trucking warehouse into their current home. Not unlike Santa's fabled workshop, BMT's playfully-decorated environment boasts a 25 ft. tall stuffed giraffe, 3-D printers, a machine shop, a full sized caboose, recording studio and the zaniest bunch of toy inventors this side of the North Pole! The firm designs, engineers and prototypes toys and games for clients including Mattel, Spin Master, Winning Moves, Moose, Fisher Price, Play Monster, Fat Brain, USAopoly, Goliath, Hasbro, and more. Big Monster has stocked toy store shelves with hundreds of must-have toys and games over its 30 year history. Chances are you played with more than a few!

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2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019