The last time Dean Milano turned up in the paper, nearly two years ago, he was worried about his collection of vintage model cars and toys. About to be married, he was moving from his own house--stuffed with his lifetime hoard of over 4,000 car kits, play sets, dioramas, store displays, and more--to his betrothed's cottage. The collection wasn't slated to follow. He thought a museum for his treasures (Americana manufactured by Marx, Remco, Superior, Ideal, and others between 1930 and 1969) would be a great solution, but at that point it was only a dream. This weekend the Milano Model & Toy Museum opens in a 1,500-square-foot storefront in downtown Elmhurst. Milano says the space is big enough to display about a third of his collection at a time; exhibits will rotate. There'll also be a changing display of vintage toys owned by other collectors. Hours are experimental to start: 6 to 9 weekdays, 10 to 9 Saturday, and noon to 5 Sunday; if volunteer help materializes, they could be extended, but it's a good idea to call before visiting. The museum is located at 116 Park in Elmhurst. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors, and free for kids under 10. Call 630-279-4422.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jim Newberry.