2013 ChiTAG Preview: Events and Tournaments!

2013 ChiTAG Preview: Events and Tournaments!

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


fastrackBlue Orange Games: Fastrack and Spot It Tournaments

Booth 510

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


OversightGriddly Games: Beat the Inventor

Booth 307

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.

Sunday 2pm


settlers of catan boxMayFair Games: Settlers of Catan Worldwide Championship (CWC) USA Pre-Qualifier

Booth 710

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

Booth 725

Moshi Monsters top trumpsTop 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

Sunday 1pm

Industry Event: Women In Toys Breakfast

Room 328

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



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