It’s just about time for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair aka ChiTAG — and I’ve got lots of fun insight as to what to expect at the show this year! I’m going to break this article into 2 simply because there’s so much to share. This week will be tournaments and things you might want to pre-register for. Next week will be games to check out while you’re there!
Some quick details about the fair:
- Saturday 11/23: 10am – 6pm
- Sunday 11/24: 10am – 5pm
- At the far end of Chicago’s Navy Pier
- Admission is: $10 for adults, $5 for kids from 3-13 and admission is complimentary for Educators, Librarians, Scouts in Uniform, Firefighters, Police, Military and Industry Professionals (just go to the Trade Registration Desk) FOR $2 OFF – PRINT THE COUPON ABOVE! (click to enlarge)
More info can be found at: www.chitagfair.com
Blue Orange Games will be at ChiTAG this year and they’re running a few cool tournaments – and they’ll have them both days so it doesn’t matter which day you’re there!
Fastrack Tournaments are Saturday and Sunday 11am – 12pm
Spot-It Tournaments are Saturday and Sunday 4pm – 5pm
Who doesn’t want to try to beat the inventor at their own games? The first five people to play against the inventor of Oversight and WIN gets a FREE game.
MayFair Games: Settlers of Catan Worldwide Championship (CWC) USA Pre-Qualifier
There’s still time to register for this one and they’ll even offer some on-site registration if there’s room available. If you make it past the prelims on Saturday, the semis and finals are on Sunday. Here’s the link if you’re looking to register: https://chitag-fair.squarespace.com/settlers-of-catan-worldwide-championship-usa-pre-qualifier and it’s FREE for ChiTAG Fair attendees! And the prize is pretty bad-ass too: Travel costs, hotel stay and a 4-day GenCon pass PLUS a seat in the CWC Competition at GenCon.
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm (preliminary rounds)
Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm (top 16 semi-finals, and finals)
Top Trumps: Scouts Touranments
Top Trumps is hosting events that are FREE to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts . Space is limited and so it’s best to pre-register. You can find the links to both events on their site: http://www.toptrumps.com/usa/category/discover/
Girl Scout Tournament: Saturday 3pm – 4pm
Boy Scout Tournament: Sunday 10:30am – 1pm
World’s Largest Playdate!
Register at Booth 719
It’s a Guinness World Records attempt for the largest number of participants in a clapping game. Registration is FREE and can be done before the fair at: www.playdateplanet.eventbrite.com or during the fair at Playdate Planet (Booth 719) by 12:30 on 11/24
Industry Event: Women In Toys Breakfast
Yeah, it’s called “Women in Toys” but it’s open to anyone who wants to go. This year’s speaker lineup looks great:
- Debra Sterling, CEO and Founder of Goldieblox
- Sarah Baskin, Senior Brand Manager at LeapFrog
- Anita Landgraf, Games Agent at White Castle Games Agency
- Peggy Brown, Co-Founder at otherdoor entertainment and Owner, Peggy Brown Creative Consulting
It’s $20 for non-WIT Members if you register online ahead of time and $25 at the door. You can find out all the info you need and register here: Women In Toys ChiTAG Breakfast
Saturday 7:30am – 9am