Friday, November 22, 2019

ChiTAG 2019 is this weekend!

One of my favorite events of the year is nearly upon us-- The Chicago Toy and Game Fair .(CHITAG) where toy and game makers from around the world gather at Navy Pier to display their new wares and sell the hottest new games to consumers, just in time for the holidays.

The two day event is THIS WEEKEND at Navy Pier, and it promises to be a lot of fun!

Photo of past CHITAG-- provided by 
(and if you haven't played Klask, you totally should.  It's great fun!)

One of the things I love about CHITAG is that each year they host kid game inventors to display their games, and the winner gets a deal to produce their game!  Of course, it's cool that happens, but even more cool is the amazing creativity and high degree of professionalism that some of the games have.  And you get to talk to the kids and see what drove them to do that.

Photo of past CHITAG-- provided by

That's also true for adults.  CHITAG gives many fledgling game designers the chance to get out into the marketplace and see if their game is going to find a buyer/distributor/ or just players and fans.  I love chatting with the new game designers and seeing why they decided to risk a sizable portion of their savings (as well as time and energy) on a brand new venture.  It's exciting!

Photo of past CHITAG-- provided by

And of course there's tons and tons of game playing and game booths and games to try out and toys to look at.  It's just a lot of fun!
A couple of years ago, we saw this amazing life-size dino at #chitag

Over 30,000 people are expected to walk through the doors this weekend.

Will one of them be you?

Check out CHITAG.COM for more details.
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A Yoyo champion from Chitag in year's past (from my Instagram account)

Some of the Highlights of this year's CHITAG

A kid-designed game from past CHITAG
The World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket (Kite and Rocket Research)

The new Super Things line of collectible toys and receive free blind bag samples before the toys hit retail stores (Goliath)

Get crafty and decorate a Fuzzikins to take home (PlayMonster)

Test your putting skills at the Gator Golf Putting Station (Goliath)

Take a spin on the My Buddy Wheels balance bikes and new Yvolution scooters (Yvolution)

Young inventors ages six to 18 compete in the Young Inventor Challenge on Saturday, November 23

Join Sven’s Frozen Adventure for the Frozen II Scavenger Hunt (JAKKS Pacific)

A local young man brought the X-cube to life from
CHITAG a couple of years ago.
Experience the first public showcasing of the adorable new D-O being introduced in Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Hasbro)

Enjoy a performance of WTTW’s The Big Idea Tour’s Traveling Lab on Saturday, November 23 

Watch contestants from coast to coast compete in the Yo-Yo Championship

Adults can stop by the Beer Garden for pints of cold suds and sit down to play some of the
industry’s best games for grown-ups, including the newest from the makers of Exploding Kittens (Let’s Play Games)

Watch Princess Etch bring your favorite characters to life on her Etch-a-Sketch

Enjoy Ben’s Giant Bubble Show and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

This was a fun game we discovered 3 years ago at CHITAG
Buy The Presidential Game on Amazon
Snap a photo with your favorite Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion

Meet toy and game inventors from around the world

Take advantage of discounts on the hottest holiday toys

Special needs families can come early both days for the Sensory Power Hour 

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