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Tenth Chicago Toy & Game Fair Sets Attendance Records

The 10th anniversary Chicago Toy & Game Fair continued its tradition as the nation’s largest public play event, attracting more than 25,000 people to Navy Pier on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Fair was the finale of Chicago Toy & Game Week, which featured industry seminars, a highly celebrated inventor awards gala, and a new toy-inspired fashion show, playCHIC. [Read more...]

Toy, Game-Inspired Fashion Show Strides Right Down the Runway

Last week the runway became the fun-way as models donned haute couture styles created by some of Chicago’s most innovative fashion designers, inspired by hot toy and game brands, many of which were featured at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, the nation’s largest public toy and game event, held on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18 at Navy Pier. The event was held at City Winery in Chicago’s burgeoning West Loop corridor. [Read more...]

Plasmart Serves as Official Sponsor of ChiTAG Young Inventor Challenge

Plasmart will be the official sponsor of this year’s Young Inventor Challenge, which will be held at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair in November. Submissions are voted on by representatives from around the toy industry and various press members.

For more information about the challenge, visit

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Giant Word on the Street Championship Tomorrow

Out of the Box Publishing is hosting its first annual Giant Word on the Street National Championship on November 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the 2010 Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier in Chicago.

The company’s party game, Word on the Street, will be transformed to fit the streets as families and team members brainstorm words and race down the 50-foot game board with giant tiles to spell out the words.

The Giant Word on the Street Championship will be held on Saturday. Anyone can play and the cost is free with admission to the fair. The winning team will receive one copy of each of the current Out of the Box games, which totals more than 25 games.

Chicago Toy and Game Fair Announced

The eighth annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) is coming to Chicago’s Navy Pier this November. ChiTAG is the largest public toy and game fair in the country and features new toy and game announcements as well as talks by up-and-coming toy makers.

This year’s event features guest appearances by Jenga inventor Leslie Scott, TMX Elmo inventor Bruce Lund, and inventor and author Peggy Brown, among others. ChiTAG also features a Star Wars breakfast, Monopoly tournaments, chess tournaments, the Mascot Madness toy drive, the Mommy Blogger Brunch, an Illinois Accredited Educator Conference for teachers, and more to be announced. The third annual Toy and Game Inventor Awards Dinner will also take place November 19. Those wishing to attend should contact Mary Couzin at 847-677-8277.

The event runs from November 20 – 21 starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Children under 3, Scouts in uniform, military in uniform, librarians, and teachers are admitted free of charge. Parking discounts are available.