Sweet Suite 2016

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...]

Chicago Toy & Game Group Announces Young Inventor Challenge Winners

young-inventor-challengeThe Chicago Toy & Game Group has named winners for the ninth annual Young Inventor Challenge.

The winners include senior category first-place winner Steven Huetteman, age 11 and senior category second-place winners Nathaniel Grgurina and Kodo Elder, both 17 years old. The junior category first-place winner is Kedar Narayann, while Athena Gottleib, age 6, took home the second place prize. The People’s Choice awards went to Malik Haleem, age 9, and Miguel Segovia, age 10. [Read more...]

The Chicago Toy & Game Group Announces 2015 TAGIE Award Recipients

ChiTAGThe honorees for the eighth annual Toy and Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards are in and will be presented at the TAGIE awards gala on November 20 at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This year, the awards ceremony has a storytelling theme, and excellence will be recognized in The Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award, In Memoriam, and Lifetime Achievement Award categories.

The Hassenfeld Family Humanitarian Award will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago for their contribution to empower at risk youth. The In Memoriam Award will honor Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin, the co-founders of Wham-O, who also created the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Richard Maddocks for his toy inventions. [Read more...]

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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WIT to Host Networking Breakfast, Sponsor PlayCHIC, and More at ChiTAG

WIT.logoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT), will be celebrating the power of play at the Chicago Toy & Game Week from November 20 through 23.

WIT is a premier sponsor of PlayCHIC, the industry’s annual play-inspired fashion show. The event pairs couture fashion designers with toy and games brands to create runway looks, and this year’s show will feature a WIT-inspired look.

On November 21, WIT will celebrate the Rising Star Award nomination of organization president and Brandberry Inc. founder, Ashley Mady, at the 7th annual TAGIE Awards. The celebration honors toy and game inventors worldwide, and will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Mady is nominated for her work with the Wicked Cool Toys brand, Crashlings, which she co-invented.

WIT’s Wake Up With WIT breakfast networking event will be held on November 22. Building product for today’s market, going for a TV licensed property, the power of mentorship, and business empowering girls are some of the topics to be discussed. The breakfast is open to WIT members and non-members, aimed at professional men and women in the toy, games, licensing, and entertainment industries. [Read more...]

Makies Make U.S. Debut at Chicago Toy & Game Fair

MakieLab makies dollsLondon-based indie toy developer MakieLab is bringing its Makie dolls to its U.S. The dolls will debut at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from November 22 to 23. Makies, an alternative to mass-produced fashion dolls, are the world’s first safety-certified 3-D printed toy at retail.

No two Makies are alike. With 3-D printing technology, each doll’s hand-crafted face is built individually for its new owner. Makies also emphasize hands-on making and crafting skills, healthy body shape, and expressive individuality.

Customers can build their own Makie at mymakie.com and receive their custom 10-inch doll in two weeks. When building the doll, customers can choose the gender, skin and eye color, hair style, and clothing of the doll. Additional accessories are available for purchase.

ChiTAG Group Brings Largest Toy and Game Inventor Event to Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGHosted by the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG), the International Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon) is a networking and educational opportunity in which both industry leaders and those looking to get involved in the industry and/or have their product licensed can come together to share key insights and ideas.

The conference, scheduled to take place on November 20 and 21 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, also includes the International Summit for Professional Inventors (I-SPI), and the Inventor Relations Summit (IRS), which is part of I-SPI. Attendees will have the chance to meet top executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, Ravensburger, NASA, Patch Products, and more.

At T&GCon, new inventors will have opportunities to show their ideas to dozens of toy and game industry companies. Meanwhile, at I-SPI, aspiring inventors can meet colleagues from around the world, experience new technology, meet with manufacturers in private offices, and more. Finally, at IRS, attendees can discover new ideas, products, and innovation from different inventors and companies, as well as discuss ways to strengthen both the inventor community and the industry as a whole.

Registration includes a ticket to PlayCHIC, the toy, game and entertainment brand-inspired fashion show on the evening of November 20, as well as a ticket to the Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. Interested parties can visit the official T&GCon site to register.

ChiTAG Welcomes New Advisory Board for Third Annual playCHIC Fashion Show

CHITAGThis year’s playCHIC advisory board is brand-new as the most stylish part of The Chicago Toy & Game Group’s (ChiTAG) Toy & Game Week is returning for the third time. playCHIC is a runway show that combines fashion with top toys.

This year’s playCHIC elite advisory board includes Anna van Slee, this year’s director of playCHIC and co-founder of Otherdoor Entertainment; Alison Ray, managing editor and founder of sassymomsinthecity.com; Gwen Austin, founder of RC Art Toys; Joan Severance, acclaimed model, actress, and game developer, who also walked in last year’s playCHIC fashion show; Mary Couzin, CEO and founder of ChiTAG; Moira Tuffy, who has developed brand identities and executed events for clients; and Peach Carr, self-taught Chicago designer on the eighth season of Project Runway and the second iteration of Project Runway: All Stars.

The 2014 playCHIC fashion show will hit the catwalk on Thursday, November 20.

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.

Chicago Toy & Fair Game Group Unveils ChiTAG Fair Lineup

ChicagoThe Chicago Toy & Fair Game Group Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago from November 22 to 23 this year. The fair is open to the public for a weekend full of interactive events and play. ChiTAG commemorates the toy and game industry as the global hub for consumers, inventors, trade and media to preview, play, and purchase the hottest new toys and games.

This year’s ChiTAG events roster includes playCHIC on November 20, an annual fashion show that pairs toy and game developers to create couture looks; Young Inventor Challenge on November 22, a toy and game inventing competition for kids ages six through 18; the TAGIE Awards on November 21, honoring innovation in the toy and game industry; I-SPI from November 20 to 23, a networking event with the International Summit for Professional Inventors; and T&G Innovation Con, where industry leaders can share key insights with others.