The North Pole might as vell be in Chicago the veek before Fangs-giving, as over 25,000 visitors vill head to Navy Pier to shop and play vith thousands of toys and games on display from over 250 exhibitors. The 10th anniversary Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) is the largest public toy and game show in the nation featuring the holiday season’s newest offerings from some of the bestselling brands in the vorld, as vell as critically acclaimed, avard-vinning games from independent retailers.
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair vill be held at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th.
Count Gregula's Crypt vill be attending this exciting anniversary event! Read the folloving press release excerpts for more details.
- Giant-sized games such as: Bananagrams, Perplexus, Doggie Doo, Word on the Street, Pajaggle, and more
- Settlers of Catan North American Catan Championship
- Meet the Moshi Monsters
- Autographs from renowned toy and game inventors
- Free contests and game tournaments
- Speed Stacks sport stacking demonstrations and tournaments
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17: (10AM-6PM)
Stars Wars Lunch (12 Noon – 1PM): Kids and adults alike can dress up as their favorite characters for an interactive lunch and playtime that features a Star Wars-themed Top Trumps tournament. $30/$36 kids under 12/adults. Tickets will sell out, but are available for purchase now at www.ChiTagFair.com
Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest (10AM-4PM): A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs) that will be judged by former Illinois and World Champions as well as a quarter-finalist from the hit TV shot “America’s Got Talent.” Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. Sponsored by Cat ‘n Mouse Toy Store.
Top Trumps Guinness Book of World Records Attempt (3PM): Girl Scouts from all across the Midwest will join together in an attempt to break the world record for the most people playing a single card game at one time.
Young Inventor Challenge (10AM-2PM): Nearly 200 young inventors in two age groups (6-11, 12-18) will display their original inventions of toys and games to be voted on by the public as well as professionals from the United Inventors Association of America. Previous participants have had their inventions licensed by major toy companies. Sponsored by PlaSmart.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18: (10AM-5PM)
Stage Performances from Radio Disney, Blues Clues LIVE! presented by Naperville’s Center Stage Players, Elan Dance Company, Music from 4 A.M., as seen on Fox-TV’s The X-Factor, Ben’s Bubble Show, Lil’ Buds Theater and more.
Boy Scouts Top Trump Tournament (9AM): Boy Scouts are admitted into the Fair an hour early.
TICKETS & REGISTRATION
FREE ADMISSION FOR: Teachers, librarians, members of the military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.
$10: ages 14+
$5: ages 3-13
MEDIA/BLOGGER PREVIEW EVENT sponsored by BANANAGRAMS
Saturday, November 17 (8AM):
Members of the media including pre-qualified bloggers (see website for details) and their families can preview the Fair before it opens to the public. Guests will receive:
- Continental breakfast
- Meet & Greet with “Shark Tank” investor Kevin Harrington (founder and chairman of TV Goods, Inc. and As Seen On TV, Inc.)
- Meet 2011’s Young Inventor of the Year Winner Greyson MacLean, inventor of BrickStix
- Gift bags
- Photo opportunities with 2013 Calendar models from the Chicago Fire Department
Click HERE for ticket info and a $2 off coupon.
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