The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is making the final preparations before opening its doors to the 17th annual event taking place at Chicago’s Navy Pier this month.
Some 30,000 attendees will be navigating the halls of CHITAG Fair over the course of the two day show, revered as North America’s largest toy and game fair open to the public. Running from Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24, the show will feature more than 125 interactive exhibits.
Visitors will also be treated to immersive events and activities, all created by leading toy and game brands from around the world.
Now in its 17th year, the CHITAG Fair has become a much-anticipated tradition for toy and game lovers of all ages in Chicagoland and around the world. The Fair takes place annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, when tens of thousands of attendees kick-off the holiday shopping season by experiencing toys, games and entertainment properties first-hand.
“CHITAG Fair is Chicago’s original play experience,” said CEO and founder Mary Couzin. “This year, we’re taking the experience to new heights, launching the World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket, along with sneak peeks of some of the hottest holiday toys.”
Events taking place during the two-day show, include the launch the World’s Largest Kid-Powered Rocket (Kite and Rocket Research), the launch of the new Super Things line of collectable toys, craft activities with PlayMonster and its Fuzzikins range, and the Young Inventor Challenge on Saturday, November 23.
Attendees can also join Sven’s Frozen Adventure for the Frozen II Scavenger Hunt with JAKKS Pacific, experience the first public showcasing of the adorable new D-O being introduced in Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker, enjoy a performance of WTTW’s The Big Idea Tour’s Traveling Lab on Saturday, November 23, and watch contestants from coast to coast compete in the Yo-Yo Championship.
For adult visitors, the Beer Garden will serve up the pints as visitors sit down to play some of the industry’s best games for grown-ups, including the newest from the makers of Exploding Kittens by Let’s Play Games.
One day ahead of the Fair, the Toy and Game Innovation Awards, known as the TAGIEs, will host the 12th Annual Gala on Friday, November 22. The Gala is an elegant evening event that brings together toy industry leaders from around the world for a night of celebration to honour masters of invention in categories such as Toy Innovator of the Year and Game Innovator of the Year.
These events are supported by key sponsors including Goliath, Mattel, PlayMonster, Hasbro, Spin Master, The Michael Kohner Corporation, Oxford Games, Exploding Kittens, Rummikub, American Specialty Toy Association, Toy Association, Longshore, Big G Creative and ThinkFun.