travel with kids

Chicago’s Midway Airport gets a classic toy store

FAO Schwarz may have closed it iconic toy store on New York’s 5th Avenue back in 2015, but the brand is working its way back into our hearts with its appearance in airports.

During the holiday season in 2017, there was a 300-square-foot pop-up FAO Schwarz shop at JFK’s Terminal 4.

In December 2018, an FAO Schwarz store opened in the new concourse at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B.

And on Monday, the Chicago Department of Aviation will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of an FAO Schwarz toy store by Gate A5 at Midway International Airport.

The store is located by Gate A5 and features the toy store’s well-known toy soldiers, large toy displays and a piano key dance mat.

Coming soon: an FAO Schwarz toy store at Indianapolis International Airport.

Now parents who do their “What did you get me?” shopping at the airport will have an easier time wowing the little ones after a business trip.

Souvenir Sunday: chocolate airplanes & Aeroflot give-aways

I’m still snacking on the packaged samples and sorting through the screen cleaners and assorted geegaws I picked up in Long Beach, Calif. last month while attending the APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) Expo and discovering the adjacent exhibit hall for IFSA, the International Flight Services Association.

Here are two items I wish I could have taken home as souvenirs: a white chocolate airplane and a sampling of the toys and games Aeroflot hands out to its youngest passengers.

Toe-tapping time at LaGuardia Airport

The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport is continuing its free Friday concert series this month in the Central Terminal Building.

The shows take place every Friday from 11:00am – 3:00pm in the center food court, between Gates B and C. Here’s the August line-up:

° August 3 – The Bassenettes Pop Trio
° August 10 – The Dynamic Dixieland Duo
° August 17 – Jesante Latin Music

° August 24 – The Caribbean Talent Mart

And for kids stuck at the airport, there’s a coloring station in the center food court. Find it between Gates B & C, in front of Hudson Booksellers. It’s open from 8am through 8pm until September 4, 2012.