Come Out and Play with Us. We’re Going To The Chicago Toy Fair!


My family has been going to the Chicago Toy Fair since 2010. It has become sort of a tradition that my entire family looks forward to. We head out pretty early but no one seems to mind. We leave around 5 a.m since we live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it is a little bit of a drive. The kids and I pretty much sleep most of the way so we definitely appreciate that my husband does the driving.

ChiTAG is North America’s Biggest Toy & Game Fair 

Come join the fun! Preview, play with and test the hottest toys and games from around the world with your family, friends and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, 8-Bit Art Mario and many more! 

You can meet Toy and Game Inventors, take your photo with Star Wars characters and Princess Etch, enjoy live Stage Events with The Good Time Kids and Élan Dance Company – catch Ben’s Bubble Show, Mercy Magic, Contests, Giveaways, Ride-on Vehicles, Young Inventor Challenge, and so much more! 

What You Will See at ChiTag 2017

If you have never been to Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTag), you are probably curious as to what goes on there.

  • Giant Soggy Doggy will be at the fair Saturday and Sunday! Come join and see if you get soaked!
  • Super Power Sensory Hour 9:00 am – 10:00 am hosted by Neighborhood Parents Network providing early access to families of children with special needs.
  • U.S. National Rummikub Championship Tournament {Register here | must be 18 or older} Winner gets all expense paid for 2 to Israel for World Rummikub Tournament.  
  • Young Inventor Challenge (deadline October 28th)! Amazing Prizes & Meet Toy and Game Executives and Inventors + Meet the Last Year’s Winners of Ship of Treasures!
  • Meet Inventors! Come say “hello”, take your photo and get inside knowledge on what it takes to invent a game or toy! You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot!
  • National Yo-Yo Championship: Over 50+ Professional YoYo Competitors from Coast to Coast Saturday, November 18th!
  • Play for Peace Art Sculpture by Chicago toy inventor turned sculptor Jeffrey Beslow
  • Photo Ops: Snap a photo with some of your favorite characters from Star Wars!
  • Demo Areas: Play and test the hottest toys and games with your family, friends, and other attendees .
  • LIVE Unboxing: Check out live unboxings from our Play Influencer team!
  • Holiday Shopping: Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays and take advantage of the many “ChiTAG exclusive” discounts.
  • Local Entertainment: Interact with Chicago’s local play celebs – Ben’s Bubble Show, Mercy Magic, meet Princess Etch, and many more!
  • Stage Performances: Kids LIVE Brush-A-Thon, The Good Time Kids, Young Inventor Challenge, Élan Dance Company, Improv by Kevin Reader and Chicago Kids Media are live on stage Saturday and Sunday!
  • Interactive Exhibits: Experience a fun filled day with hands-on displays encouraging and promoting the world of play! We’ve got fun crafts like Make your Own Fairy Garden, Ultra Dash Challenge, Marbleocity Marble Coaster and Automoblox Build and Race!
  • Giveaways! Many exhibitors will be giving away toys and games throughout the day.
  • Festival of Lights Parade: After playing your way through ChiTAG, head to Michigan Ave for the Festival of Lights Parade.

ChiTag is a great way to get out the house with you family and have some fun. It is not one of those fairs where you look and don’t touch. You can put your hands on the toys and games and really play. It is also a good way to come up with some gift ideas. My husband had so much fun with the X-Cube, I got him one for Christmas.

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ChiTag Tickets Information

Chitag is a two day event. It is on November 18th and 19th, 2017. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children. At the door it is $1 more. I have a code you can use for 50% off your tickets. Use the code ChiTAGPLAY and register here. Are you a Scout, firefighter, police, active military, educator, librarian or grandparent?  Check out the ticketing page for more information on qualifying for free admission.

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