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An immersive ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up store is coming to Chicago

Take a selfie with a Demogorgon and bring home exclusive merch starting May 20.

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Lindsay Eanet
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If you're too full of anticipation to wait another week and a half for the premiere of Stranger Things Season 4 on May 27, there's a way you can get your nostalgia fix locally. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of Hawkins and the parallel dimensions beyond at Stranger Things Store, a new Netflix-created pop-up experience coming to suburban Oakbrook Center starting Friday, May 20.

The Stranger Things Store will feature show merch that fans won't be able to find anywhere else (except maybe eBay, several months down the road), including '80s-inspired Stranger Things breakfast cereal, collectible action figures (such as a Demogorgon with interchangeable heads), place-specific merchandise from the Palace Arcade and Hawkins High School and, of course, the 'Elegorgon,' a vinyl figure from iam8bit, Netflix and Ecuadorian artist Chogrin that imagines what a half-Eleven, half-Demogorgon would look like. There will even be a station where you can customize your Hawkins High apparel. 

In addition to the merch, the shop will feature interactive exhibits where fans can step into their favorite show for an afternoon to pose with the gaping, toothy maw of a Demogorgon in the Upside Down, visit with Scoops Ahoy employees, stage photos in the Hawkins Middle Snowball Dance and in the Byers family home, shop at the Starcourt Mall, play games at the Palace Arcade and avoid the Rift in the lab. 

Stranger Things Store is open May 20 through June 26, Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 10am to 6pm—and while there’s no cost to visit the experience, you can reserve a ticket to skip the line. Ready to step in the world of Stranger Things? Take a look through the pop-up below. 

Stranger Things Store
Photograph: Courtesy Netflix
Stranger Things Store
Photograph: Courtesy Netflix
Stranger Things Store
Photograph: Courtesy Netflix
Stranger Things Store
Photograph: Courtesy Netflix

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