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On July 16th my husband, myself and my two daughters ventured to Northbrook Court in Northbrook, IL to see all the cool buildings in the THE LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW. Close to 1 million bricks were used in the construction of all the models on THE LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW!
THE LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW: BUILDING ACROSS AMERICA
If you are looking for something cool to do inside to beat the heat, I highly recommend heading to Northbrook Court. It’s free and super fun for the kids!
As you may know, The LEGO Group patented the LEGO brick with the familiar tubes inside and studs on top on 28 January 1958. All 2 x 4 LEGO bricks manufactured since have been produced to the exact same measurements as this patent. They are exactly the same design as the wooden blocks developed in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen.
We started at the Liberty Bell, that is built to scale and then we took the tour with our awesome Lego Group Tour Guide, Shelby.
A tradition that has started during the roadshow is people leaving pennies in the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Liv decided it would be fun to leave our mark. 🙂
Tossing a penny into the @Lego Jefferson Memorial #Lego #LegoAmericana Built by 3 master builder in 230 hours
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THE LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW Building Specs:
- The LEGO Supreme Court is built at 1:54 scale and is almost 10 feet long
- It was built in 450 hours by three LEGO Master Builders
Statue of Liberty
- The LEGO Statue of Liberty is built at 1:25 scale and is over 9 feet tall
- It took 320 hours to build by three LEGO Master Builders
Old North Church
- The LEGO Old North Church is built at 1:32 scale and is 3 feet, 11 ¼ inches long
- It was built in 200 hours by three LEGO Master Builders
- The LEGO Jefferson Memorial is built at 1:51 scale and is 1.8 feet tall
- It was built in 230 hours by three LEGO Master Builders
US Capitol Building
- The LEGO Capitol Building is 25 feet, 7 inches long compared to the actual building’s 751 feet, 4 inches
- The real Capitol building is 288 feet tall while the LEGO building is about 10 feet tall
- The LEGO building was designed at a 1:29 scale, and it took a team of eight builders 1,700 hours to complete
- The LEGO Washington Monument is built at 1:35 scale and is 503 bricks tall, or 15 feet, 10 inches
- It was assembled by a team of three builders in 250 hours, and was built in sections which were later stacked on top of each other.
- The structure at the base of the display is the new visitor screening center, which was approved in 2014 and will be constructed in the next set of upgrades to the monument
- The LEGO White House is built at a 1:30 scale, and is 80 bricks tall, or 2 ½ feet
- It took four model builders 825 hours to complete
- The LEGO Lincoln Memorial is built at 1:25 scale and is 8 feet wide
- It was built in 475 hours by four LEGO Master Builders
Here’s a bit of our fun adventure!
Northbrook Court in Northbrook, Illinois will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks
Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Old North Church – take over Northbrook Court and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts.
Northbrook Court, 1515 Lake Cook Rd., Northbrook, IL, 60062
Saturday, June 18 through Monday, July 4
Exhibition Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00p, Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm