Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 12th Anniversary #ChiTAGFair

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Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 & Sunday, November 23, 2014. 

As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the public, ChiTAG Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago, the world’s top city for toy and game inventors, for a weekend of fun-filled discovery, interactive events, and of course, play.

The first 1,000 attendees through the doors on Saturday, November 22, will receive a free copy of the acclaimed book, About Jenga, by author and Jenga creator Leslie Scott. Leslie Scott will also be attending the Fair and autographing copies of her book during the Fair.

Here is just a sampling of more funtabulous things to see and do at the fair!
Featured Exhibits - Robots, Rainbow Loom, dinosaurs, Star Wars characters, a truck filled with video games... and so much more! Check out the Featured Exhibitor Page: http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-exhibits/

Zoomer Dino presents Earth's Dinosaur Zoo LIVE! - (Saturday 11/22) - To quote Jurassic Park, "We have a T-Rex". One of the spectacular life-size dinosaur puppets will be making limited showings at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair on Saturday!

Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master(11/22 10a - 2p) – A fantastic opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public. We have a new workbook full of inspirations and exercises for you, and an even bigger prize package! Registration for the Young Inventor Challenge is at http://chitagfair.com/young-inventor-challenge/.

Rummikub National Championship! (11/22) - The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is hosting the Rummikub National Championship! The winner of the tournament receives round trip airfare and a travel stipend to compete in the World Championship next year in Germany! More details coming soon - http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-events/rummikub-national-championship

Illinois State Yo-Yo Championship (11/22 10a - 4p) - A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs). Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. This immensely entertaining contest will feature multiple divisions in both the Sport and Pro categories. Contest entry is open to all ages!

Catan National Championship, US Qualifier (11/22 10:30am) - This event is already full, and a wait list has started. Mayfair is considering adding additional seats. Open to ages 18+. For more information and wait list sign up, visit http://www.chitagfair.com/settlers-of-catan-national-championship-us-qualifier/

Star Wars Luncheon (11/22, 12p-1p) - Meet & eat with your favorite Star Wars characters! Plus free Star Wars Action figures! Sponsored by Hasbro. http://chitagfair.com/star-wars-luncheon/

Adventure Sandwich LIVE! - Adventure Sandwich has an area filled with cardboard for you to create your own funtastic creations, and on Sunday they will take the stage with their own unique and lively performance.

Special Programming for Scouts (11/23) - Scouts in uniform receive free admission to the fair thanks to Mayfair Games, publishers of the hit board games "The Settlers of Catan" and "Catan Junior". Mayfair Games will be providing a special workshop for boy scouts working towards their game design badge. Legoland Discovery Center will be providing a workshop for Girl Scouts oncreating their own LEGO Comic Book. For more information, visit http://chitagfair.com/girl-scouts-and-boy-scouts/

Meet the Inventors (11/22 & 23) - Leslie Scott, inventor of the worldwide tower stacking sensation Jenga, will be giving copies of her book "About Jenga" to the first 1000 attendees at the fair. She will be available for signings 12-2 each day. You can also meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom, Zoomer the Robot Puppy and more! http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-inventors

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Ticket Information - $10/adult, $5/child ages 3-13. More information, including the $2 off coupon and complimentary admission guidelines, can be found on our ticket page: http://chitagfair.com/tickets-and-hours/

Grandparents Day - ChiTAG celebrates fun at all ages and on Sunday grandparents get in for free! Bring your grandchildren along and enjoy the fun together.

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My family is excited to attend the Fair again this year. We don't leave Michigan often, so this is a vacation for us. Last year we had a fun time enjoying the weekend with our friends. This year my whole family is going. We can't wait to try out some new toys and games, along with visiting with some of our favorite brands. 
We also plan to see the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. It includes an evening parade down Michigan Avenue
We are hoping to finally visit the SkydeckIt's a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.
This is only my 3rd time in Chicago, so any tips & advice is greatly appreciated. What is a must see or do in Chicago?

ABOUT THE CHICAGO TOY & GAME GROUP
The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. is a family of toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. The Chicago Toy & Game Group consists of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair; International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference; International Summit for Professional Inventors; playCHIC Fashion Show; Toy & Game Inventor Awards; National ChiTAG Networking Events; Games for Educators; and DiscoverGames.com. For more information, visit www.ChiTAG.com, join in the conversation on Facebook, or follow the fun on Twitter @ChicagoToyNGame.

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