I've escaped to a sunny destination to enjoy my turkey and stuffing so I did not attend the Chicago Toy and Game Fair over the weekend. By all accounts (from fair attendees both big and small), the event was pretty awesome. Luckily, fellow ChicagoNow blogger Peter Skiadopoulos of Rambler Hoops volunteered to head over to ChiTAG in my place to check it out. Here is Peter's take on the event.
The Chicago Toy and Game Fair took place this weekend at Navy Pier and was an incredible experience. My day commenced around 7:30 a.m. as my sister and I headed north to Navy Pier extra early for a special Blogger/Media event on Saturday morning. Those running the fair had set up a light, but delightful breakfast for the bloggers and their families.
Navy Pier’s festival hall filled with a variety of blogger as well as their little rascals running around and playing with arts and crafts. It looked like all the kids enjoyed themselves. At about 9:00AM, entrepreneur Daymond John, creator of Fubu and host of the hit show Shark Tank, gave a little speech to advise future inventors. He highlighted the criteria he looks for when evaluating a company on Shark Tank.
Shortly after, the exhibit opened and all the bloggers and kids flocked into the hall looking for the coolest toys and games displayed. Tons of companies were present showing off their latest and greatest games and toys - some not even on store shelves yet. The young kids had blast testing them out and the parents enjoyed seeing the plethora of toys/games makers create. A few makers and games that stood out were WordWave and The Logo Game by the manufacturer SpinMasters as well as CurtainCritters. Check them out on the web or in toy stores.
The folks running the fair also gave the bloggers a social media scavenger hunt to take part in, which I loved. Check out my Twitter @PeteSkiadop to see all the pictures taken for the hunt as well as other notes from the day. In addition to the popular toy and game manufacturers, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair also held a Young Inventor Challenge. Children and teens ages 6-18 showcased games they have invented. The winner for the senior category was none other than my fellow classmate, Nick Metzler. Nick developed a creative and awesome game called Squashed. I wish him the best of luck in his game developing journey!
After scouring all the exhibits and booths, my sister and I collected our Blogger gift bag, posed with some Lego Harry Potter and SpongeBob characters, checked out the rest of Navy Pier then hit the road. Overall, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is an event all families should attend. The interaction available for the kids and even adults is wonderful. Everyone can feel like a kid again playing their favorite board and toy games. I would like to thank all those that planned the Toy and Game Fair and congratulate them on a successful day.
Be sure to look out for the dates for next year’s event. It truly is a great experience for the entire family!
Peter Skiadopoulos is guest contributor to Wee Windy City and blogger for the ChicagoNow blog, Rambler Hoops. Follow him on twitter @PeteSkiadop. Big thanks to Wee Windy City for allowing me to attend the show and write this review.
Filed under: Uncategorized