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Chicago-Area Stores Set to Receive New Shipments of Hatchimals Just in Time for the Holidays

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    It’s the hot toy this holiday season—and it’s nearly impossible to find in the Chicago area. Trina Orlando reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016)

    One of the hottest toys of this holiday season is about to return to store shelves in the Chicago area just in time for the holidays. 

    New shipments of Hatchimals will be hitting store shelves at several big box stores across Chicago and some suburbs.

    Shoppers searching for coveted wishlist item, a cuddly creature inside an egg that hatches, have reported difficulties getting their hands on the highly-desired children’s toy.

    Walmart said new shipments will begin hitting store shelves at some point between Thursday and Dec. 19 for $48.88 at the following locations:

    • Walmart store #1933, 137 W North Ave, Northlake
    • Walmart store #1938, 7050 S Cicero Ave, Bedford Park
    • Walmart store #1401, 2552 W 75th St, Naperville
    • Walmart store #1892, 9450 Joliet Rd, Hodgkins
    • Walmart store #1556, 9265 159th St, Orland Hills
    • Walmart store #1228, 2680 N Illinois 83, Round Lake Beach
    • Walmart store #1413, 1205 S Illinois Rte 31, Crystal Lake
    • Walmart store #1377, 3801 Running Brook Farm Blvd, Johnsburg
    • Walmart store #1211, 21101 McGuire Rd, Harvard
    • Walmart store #3004, 3320 S Cicero Ave, Cicero

    Walmart said it is scheduled to receive dozens per store. The local shipments are part of a larger national shipment set to bring tens of thousands of the toy to stores across the country.

    Hatchimals were ranked as one of Walmart’s Chosen by Kids top 25 list earlier this season.

    Target announced Tuesday that it expects more Hatchimals will hit store shelves beginning Sunday. That’s when Target stores across the country will begin receiving dozens of the hot toy, priced at $59.99, with inventory popping up throughout the week, the company said.

    “You’ll need to be quick to scoop these up (limit two per guest) while supplies last, so be sure to check your local store,” the company said on its website.

    A Toys R Us store in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, located at 3300 N. Western Ave., reported a shipment of over a dozen Thursday morning.

    “For Chicago area customers looking for Hatchimals they should just check in with local stores in the area regularly,” said the company’s Midwest spokesperson Jessica Offerjost. “Stores are getting shipments over the next several weeks.”

    Hatchimals typically cost between $60 and $70—but on eBay they’re going for much more.

    A message posted on the Hatchimals website says more of the cutesy toys are on the way.

    “While additional product will hit retail shelves in December, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly,” the company said on its website. “We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. “

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