CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago), Chicago Toy & Game Group is hosting the 13th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), featuring more than 150 toy and game exhibitors including Hasbro, Spin Master, Mayfair Games, Uncle Milton, Razor, Goliath and many more. Navy Pier's Festival Hall will be transformed into a playful extravaganza of holiday fun for people of all ages. For tickets and more information, visit ChiTAG.com.
"ChiTAG is the largest toy and game fair in North America that's open to the general public, offering the whole family a weekend jam-packed with fun-filled discovery, interactive events, playful contests and awe-inspiring exhibitions," said Mary Couzin, CEO of Chicago Toy & Game Group. "In addition, we are hosting the 8th annual Toy & Game Innovation (TAGI) Awards Gala on Friday, an elegant evening honoring the outstanding achievements of toy and game inventors whose playful creativity and inventiveness resulted in some of the most fun and entertaining play products on the market today."
Known as the Oscars of the toy industry, the Toy & Game Innovation (TAGI) Awards Gala takes place Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the historic Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Guests will enjoy an elegant evening of entertainment that includes a cocktail hour, a seated dinner and the awards program. The TAGI Awards celebrate the achievements of toy & game inventors, designers and industry leaders through awards presented in nine categories. Tickets to this elegant evening event are $250, available at http://www.tagieawards.com/.
The grand finale of Chicago Toy & Game Week is the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG). In addition to exploring the booths of more than 150 toy and game exhibitors, kids will also get the chance to see a life-size Tonka Truck and Giant Jenga, meet Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol, see the PAW Patroller, experience an electronic petting zoo and much more! Fair hours are Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per day for children and $10 per day for adults, available at chiTAGFair.com or on-site at Navy Pier Festival Hall.
ChiTAG is hosting the first-ever Live Audience Unboxing Event Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage of the fair, featuring the hugely popular YouTube channel, Mommy & Gracie Show. The Mommy & Gracie Show will be the first unboxing channel ever to review toys in front of a live audience. This event is available to ChiTAG Fair attendees as part of general Saturday admission to the fair; no separate ticket is required.
At the ChiTAG Young Inventor Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Navy Pier Festival Hall "A", kids between the ages 6 and 18 years will showcase their original toy and game inventions, "science fair style" to a panel of play industry experts for the chance to win more than $700 worth of amazing toy prizes courtesy of Spin Master.
The Star Wars Luncheon takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 from noon to 1 pm in the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. Tickets are $36 for adults and $30 for children, and include photo opportunities with characters from the Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader's Fist, Saturday admission to the ChiTAG Fair, special prizes and giveaways, and a buffet lunch with Star Wars-inspired dishes. For tickets, visit bit.ly/ChiTAGStarWars.
About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than 6 city blocks and welcoming more than 8 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization, maintains and oversees Navy Pier and its redevelopment into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. For more information, visit our website at www.navypier.com.
About the Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc.
The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. oversees toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. Chicago Toy & Game Group initiatives include the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), the playCHIC Fashion Show, the Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the International Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&G Con), the International Summit for Professional Inventors (I-SPI), Games for Educators, Discover Games and the Chicago Toy & Game Foundation. For more information, visit www.ChiTAG.com.
SOURCE Chicago Toy & Game Group