Every year it's the same thing. Well, not really. In fact, every year it's something NEW and exciting when it comes to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTag for the uninformed!).
Never been? IT'S A BLAST. All of the newest and most innovative toys and games of the year (and dozens of classics that you may have missed) are presented in the enormous exhibition hall at Chicago's Navy Pier. My family has attended for 3 years now and it has become a much-looked-forward-to fall tradition.
|Patrick and Evan playing Stratego in 2011|
“We’re so excited about this year’s Fair,” said Mary Couzin, founder and CEO of the Chicago Toy & Game Group which hosts the Fair as the culmination of an entire week of industry conferences and playful events. “For our 10th anniversary we’re pulling out all of the stops with more toys, giant-sized games, awesome tournaments and contests, specialty programming and much, much more. It’s like a giant interactive and bottomless toy box!”
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th. Highlights include:
- Giant-sized games such as: Bananagrams, Perplexus, Doggie Doo, Word on the Street, Pajaggle, and more
- Settlers of Catan North American Catan Championship
- Meet the Moshi Monsters
- Autographs from renowned toy and game inventors
- Free contests and game tournaments
- Speed Stacks sport stacking demonstrations and tournaments
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17: (10AM-6PM)
Stars Wars Lunch (12 Noon – 1PM): Kids and adults alike can dress up as their favorite characters for an interactive lunch and playtime that features a Star Wars-themed Top Trumps tournament. $30/$36 kids under 12/adults. Tickets will sell out, but are available for purchase now at www.ChiTagFair.com
Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest (10AM-4PM): A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs) that will be judged by former Illinois and World Champions as well as a quarter-finalist from the hit TV shot “America’s Got Talent.” Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. Sponsored by Cat ‘n Mouse Toy Store.
Top Trumps Guinness Book of World Records Attempt (3PM): Girl Scouts from all across the Midwest will join together in an attempt to break the world record for the most people playing a single card game at one time.
Young Inventor Challenge (10AM-2PM): Nearly 200 young inventors in two age groups (6-11, 12-18) will display their original inventions of toys and games to be voted on by the public as well as professionals from the United Inventors Association of America. Previous participants have had their inventions licensed by major toy companies. Sponsored by PlaSmart.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18: (10AM-5PM)
Stage Performances from Radio Disney, Blues Clues LIVE! presented by Naperville’s Center Stage Players, Elan Dance Company, Music from 4 A.M., as seen on Fox-TV’s The X-Factor, Ben’s Bubble Show, Lil’ Buds Theater and more.
Boy Scouts Top Trump Tournament (9AM): Boy Scouts are admitted into the Fair an hour early.
TICKETS & REGISTRATION
FREE ADMISSION FOR: Teachers, librarians, members of the military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.
$10: ages 14+
$5: ages 3-13
Click here for ticket info and a $2 off coupon
You can win a 4 pack of tickets for your family to attend! In fact, FIVE FAMILIES will win as I have 5 sets to give away! I KNOW, RIGHT? All you have to do is enter a comment below stating who you would like to take with you to the ChiTag and you will have 5 chances to win a set of 4 tickets. (One winner per family, please).
Drawing dates are every Friday from 10/12 to 11/9. I must have an email address to contact you with as that will be my only form of communication with you!!
Good luck and hope to see you at the Fair!
LIST OF WINNERS:
10/12/12 - #1, Newhere
10/19/12 - #3, Journeytowardelysium
10/26/12 - #2, Tony G. I DO NOT HAVE YOUR EMAIL.I'm sorry. I will have to pass your tickets onto someone else.
NEW winner for week 10/26 is Meg39 Mommy
11/6/12 #5 Stephanie Kush is winner! YAY.