Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, established in July 2004, is located on the border of Chicago's Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods in a beautiful vintage building. Since opening, Rotofugi has grown to become one of the world's premier sellers of designer toys from artists all over the world. Rotofugi features a diverse selection of vinyl figures, capsule toys, plush and more from both eastern and western designers. The adjoining Rotofugi Gallery features monthly art exhibits by a range of both local and nationally known artists.
Beginning in late 2007 Rotofugi partnered with Chicago based product development specialist Squibbles Ink to begin producing artist-designed figures by the talented designers located in their home town. Click here for more information on Squibbles Ink + Rotofugi projects.
Rotofugi is owned and operated by husband and wife duo Kirby and Whitney Kerr. You can find the couple in and around the store on most days. They love to talk about toys and art.
Kirby, Whitney & Official Store Greeter Fugi
We get asked a lot about two things in particular: how do you say Rotofugi?...and...what the heck does that mean?
Well, when we say Rotofugi, we pronounce it with a "soft" G...like "RO-TOW-FOO-JEE." However, if you wanna give it a "hard" G sound we really don't care.
Strictly speaking, Rotofugi doesn't mean *anything*...it's a made up word.
We knew from the very beginning that we wanted the store to have a vaguely asian sounding name since a lot of the inspiration and artists that define this genre come from Japan and Hong Kong. Kirby wanted to call it "roto"-something as a nod to the molding process used to make lots of vinyl toys: roto-casting. And Whitney wanted our beloved beagle-shihtzu puppy (his name is "Fugi") to be represented. After a lot of back and forth over dinner one evening while we were still in the planning stages for our new store, a good friend of ours told us to "just call it Rotofugi so we can talk about something else!" and a name was born.
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You can reach us by phone at 773-868-3308 during our normal business hours (11a-7p Central) and quite often even later. We even have a fancy answering machine thingy so you can leave us messages. We will admit that sometimes we're not so good at returning voicemail though, so if your question is important you might want to go ahead and email us too.
If talking isn't your thing you can always send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do our very best to answer all emails in a timely manner (within 24 hours if not sooner) but sometimes we miss one, so if you don't hear back from us, just send another email bump and we'll get your questions all answered. Thanks!
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Please Note: We moved our store to a new location in August 2010. We're no longer on Chicago Avenue. ;)
We are located approximately 2 miles northwest of downtown Chicago (aka The Loop) at the intersection of Lincoln, Diversey and Racine. For public transportation take the Brown Line to the Diversey stop and walk two blocks west.
If you are driving, free street parking is available on Diversey Avenue west of the Lincoln & Diversey intersection and metered parking is available along Lincoln Avenue (pay boxes accept quarters or credit cards).
2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
11am-7pm, Seven Days a Week