We are the Chicago Toy & Game Group, but you can call us “ChiTAG” – pronounced SHY-Tag – for short. Every November, we produce five days packed with events that celebrate play, and the entrepreneurs who make toys and games! We are the only organization to bring together the public with play innovators and the media. Join others at one or more of ChiTAG’s events to reach media, consumers and trade just before the holidays – when you want the most coverage, connections and engagement.
ChiTAG’s Chicago Toy and Game Foundation which was founded in 2011 is a philanthropic foundation supporting various children’s organizations. ChiTAG works closely with Discover Games, founded in 1998 – the world’s largest co-op of board game inventors.
The ChiTAG Group is a family of industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power and joy of invention in social, educational, and professional environments.
The Chicago Toy & Game Group organises an extensive range of events as well: Meet the inventor – Meet the inventors from around the world of new and classic toys and games!
The International Summit for Professional Inventors (i-SPi): founded in 2011 – an exclusive, invitation only conference for Professional Inventors.
The Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon): founded in 2006 is the industry’s original, preeminent, and comprehensive conference available to toy and game inventors and seasoned industry professionals from around the world.
PlayCHIC Fashion brings play and brands to the people in a fresh and relevant way – on the runway! PlayCHIC is an opportunity for brands to strike a pose, dominate the runway, and take the media by storm – just in time for the holidays,
Toy and Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards: founded in 2008 – an elegant and playful evening that honors and celebrates the history of and the people behind the playthings.
Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Fair: founded in 2003 – the largest toy and game fair in the U.S. open to public. ChiTAG brings together consumers, families, inventors, manufacturers, retailers, educators, hobbyists, and the media, at the start of the holiday season, to play, celebrate, discover, support, and promote the creation of toys and games.
Young Inventor Challenge: founded in 2007 – open to kids ages 6-18, participants create their own toy or game inventions to be judged by popular vote by The ChiTAG Fair attendees.
Games for Educators event supported by a website and newsletters: founded in 2005 – resource developed in partnership with Live Oaks Games provides educators, librarians and parents with the tools and trends to bring games into the classroom and homeschool curriculum.