ChiTAG Announces Preliminary Lineup and Theme

ChiTAGThe 15th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Week (ChiTAG) will take place from Nov. 16 to 19, featuring the annual TAGIE awards and Young Inventors Challenge. The weeklong event brings together non-hobby toy and game brands, inventors, retailers, and distributors for attendees to play, celebrate, support, promote, and participate in the creation of toys and games. [Read more...]

ChiTAG, Lekotek Partner for Super Power Sensory Hour

CHITAG2The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) partnered with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes play for kids of all abilities. This year, ChiTAG will open its doors an hour early for these kids and their families, giving them free admission and an exclusive experience before the fair opens up to the general public. [Read more...]

2015 ChiTAG Breaks Records

CHITAG2The 13th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair in November had an increased attendance by 20 percent, with its largest crowd ever of 30,000 people, and there were more than 550 million impressions on social media. [Read more...]

PlayChic Fashion Show at Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGThe Chicago Toy & Game Week announced the fourth annual PlayChic Fashion Show will take place on November 19 at the Alhambra Palace at 7 p.m. Fashion designers Peach Carr and Michelle Tan will show off their toy-inspired designs at this year’s show. The PlayChic Fashion Show allows fashion designers to work with toy and game brands that will be featured at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Tickets for the PlayChic Fashion Show can be purchased here.

ChiTAG Teams with The National Lekotek Center for Super Power Sensory Hour

CHITAGThe Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) has entered into a partnership with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting play for children of all abilities. This year, the Lekotek Super Power Sensory Hour will allow families who have children with special needs to attend the ChiTAG fair an hour earlier than the general public.

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Chicago Toy & Fair Group to Host Eighth Annual Young Inventor Challenge

CHITAGThe 2014 Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master, is returning for its eighth year at the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. The toy and game inventing competition is open to kids between the ages 6 to 18, and designed to combine imagination, play, and critical thinking.

Attendees will cast their votes for their favorite inventions based on originality, creativity, appeal, and presentation of the marketing message. Six winners in total will be announced in junior and senior categories, including “First Place,” “Runner Up,” and “Fan Favorite” for each. The winners will be announced on November 22, the day of the competition.

Registration for the competition is free, and parents, guardians, and educators are invited to sign up young inventors online before November 4 on the ChiTAG website.

Voting Opens for 2013 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards

TAGIE.AwardsThese nominees for the annual Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards in the categories of toy design, game design, young inventor, and rising star were selected by industry colleagues. Now the public is invited to place their votes before the annual award show taking place in November as part of the 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

The 2013 TAGIE Award nominees are as follows:

Excellence in Toy Design

  • Bruce Lund, inventor of the Dino Construction Company Line
  • Cheong Choon Ng, inventor of Rainbow Loom
  • Jon Paul Capriola, inventor of ZippyDo
  • Sean Frawley, inventor of Aero Force Flight Designs: “Ultra-Light/Extended Flight” Gliders/ Wind Ups/ Power Gliders
  • Wim Ouboter, inventor of Microlino Airseat Hybrid

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Schylling To Distribute Moshi Monsters In North America

Mind Candy, the online games developer and entertainment company, partners with Schylling Toys to distribute its Moshi Monsters brand in North America. Toy manufacturer Vivid Toys and Games will cover mass and mid-tier chains. Moshi Monsters are online adoptable pet monsters for boys and girls. Players choose one of six customizable monster pets to name and nurture while playing games and earning virtual money solving the daily puzzle. [Read more...]

Chicago Toy and Game Fair Teams Up with PlaSmart to Challenge Artistic Youth

The Chicago Toy and Game Group challenges kids to display their innovative excellence at the 5th Annual Young Inventors Challenge on November 17. The Young Inventors Challenge will be one of the featured events at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, hosted at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

PlaSmart Inc., which provides non-electronic toys as merchandise, is the presenting sponsor of the Young Inventors Challenge. Kids ages 6 to 18 are welcome to present their original toy or game inventions at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, where it will be judged by popular vote in front of more than 25,000 fair attendees.

To register or receive further information on the Young Inventors Challenge, visit

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Chicago to Host Toy and Game Events

The Chicago Toy & Game Group is hosting three events for the toy and game industry this November. The Toy and Game Industry Networking and Inventor Conference event will be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier from November 18-19. Jill Moore from Disney Consumer Products and Steve Rehkemper of Rehkemper Design and Innovation will present the welcome.

The Toy and Game Inventors of the Year Awards Dinner (TAGI Awards) will be held on November 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry, which features a private viewing of the Jim Henson Retrospective Exhibit. Eddy Goldfarb will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. Hasbro is the presenting sponsor.

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair will be held November 20-21. Open to the public, ChiTAG allows exhibitors to meet consumers face-to-face.