CAMP Canteen in Chicago

Calling all campers! CAMP, the family experience company with eight locations across the country, has planted the flag for its first-ever destination in The Windy City!

The 7,500-square-foot destination in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is opening in phases over the next month. Described as “part toy store, part party venue, part immersive theater space,” CAMP Chicago features a “Canteen” retail space alongside the Midwest outpost’s first “Magic Door” experience: Doodles x CAMP.

The 2,000-square-foot Canteen opened its doors to guests today and will be followed by the full Doodles x CAMP experience beginning August 19.

CAMP Chicago
CAMP Chicago is located at 651 W. North Avenue. | Source: CAMP

The Doodles x CAMP experience invites families to explore tunnels and mushroom-filled Lost Caves, as kids zip down a rainbow slide and emerge in fluffy pink Cosmic Clouds. Families can also do arts and crafts under 12-foot-tall daisies in the Flower Forest, jam on interactive synth noisemakers and play alien arcade games in the Mothership, and create Doodles characters in Rainbow Valley.

Doodles x CAMP
Concept art for Doodles x CAMP | Source: CAMP

CAMP promises an exclusive range of co-branded Doodles apparel and accessories and is planning nighttime events for grown-ups only.

Following its limited engagement in Chicago, the Doodles x CAMP experience will move to another CAMP location and the Chicago store will take on another theme.

Tickets for the Doodles x CAMP experience are on sale now at

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.