Rick and Joanne Derr run the Learning Express Toys stores in both Lake Zurich and Barrington’s Ice House Mall. From the very first day they opened their doors in August 1996, Learning Express has been proud to be counted amongst the Barrington family of homegrown local businesses. Rick traded a high-pressure career as a globetrotting corporate executive with Dun & Bradstreet and A.C. Nielsen, for the whimsical world of toys.
In Rick and Joanne’s Own Words:
“Owning and running our own toy store has allowed the family to reconnect with each other and with the community. We’ve been working side-by-side in their store and have never looked back. Life couldn’t be better!
We take great pride in calling ourselves ‘Your Neighborhood Toy Store’ because we are just that: a hub of activity, a meeting spot for kids and families, a place where we get to know you by name and where going the extra mile for you is the norm. We go to work each day to provide you, our neighbors, with a warm, friendly environment in which to shop, meet, and learn. We seek out unique toys that catch our eyes for lots of play value. Our store is filled with learning toys, infant toys, baby toys … unique toys that will delight children of all ages.
Whether you’re stopping by for a birthday gift on the go, that extra-special cherish-forever Christmas present, or the latest must-have collectible, Learning Express will always have the perfect toy. The products on our shelves are the crème de la crème of the industry, carefully evaluated for safety, child-tested for fun, and guaranteed to help you raise smart, healthy kids.
Our award-winning manufacturers include: Alex, American Girl, Calico Critters, Creativity for Kids, LEGO, Melissa & Doug, Playmobil, Project Runway, Scientific Explorer, Sticky Mosaics, Ugly Doll, and many more. Complementing our selection of educational toys is an assortment of fashion accessories, jewelry, party favors, cards, and customizable gifts. Learning Express also offers a rich program of customer services, highlighted below.
We hope you come see us soon!”
Barrington Store Hours
Monday through Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday through Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday – Noon – 4:00pm
Lake Zurich Store Hours
Mon through Friday – 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location & Contact Information
Learning Express Toys – Barrington
200 Applebee Street
Barrington, Illinois 60010
Learning Express Toys – Lake Zurich
315 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047