Thank YOU for Exhibiting! This is YOUR Resources Page
Your success is our success. If you have any questions - ask! We are here for you!
Chicago Toy & Game Group
ChiTAG Registration questions and event tickets
Phone: (847) 677 8277
Wisconsin Expo, Inc.Services: Furniture / Carpet / Labor / Display Units / Cleaning
Phone: (262) 670-1300
Fax: (262) 670-1360
MC DISPLAYS, INC./SHOW SERVICES
Contact Tom Larney @ MC DISPLAYS for any special freight questions or rental items not offered in Exhibitor Show Manual
Phone: (708) 446-9029
Navy Pier Services: Telephone / Internet / Plumbing
Phone: (312) 595-5266
Prime Electrical & Exhibition Services
Services: Electrical Needs
Warehouse / Advance Warehouse Shipment
Wisconsin Expo C/O Y R C at C C S Trucking 4108 W. 52nd Place, Chicago, Illinois 60632
Tracing 773-254-8282 - Contact Cordero McClure firstname.lastname@example.org
PR and Marketing
Sheena Stephens email@example.com
Information & Forms
Don’t Forget to Tell Us About You and Your Company!
Navy Pier Facility Map
Exhibitor Manual - You should have login info from WI Expo
Advertise in Programs - deadline October 25th (if room in program)
Badge Requests - then pick up at Registration Desk next to Fair entrance when you arrive
Trade Media List - Announce Events, Product Launches, etc.
Floor Plans and Exhibitor List
Construction Is almost finished at the Pier. You’ll be excited to know and see that they will be building a 440 room hotel on top of the Pier!
Advertise in Fair, Conference, TAGIEs Program - All Combined into one CHITAG Week Program! (closes 10/21/19)
Simple and effective! Just go here: http://www.chitag.com/advertise
If you are interested in a sponsor opp, go here www.chitag.com/sponsor-an-event
Custom $3 Coupon with Your Company Name
We can create a custom code for $3 off Fair tickets using your company name to use in your social media and newsletters. There is no cost. Just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday and Friday, November 22-23
Inventor Conferences - info and details here www.chitag.com/inventor-innovaton-conferences
Discount of $500 if you paid for a booth and $300 if you paid for a table – a great deal!
Friday, November 22
8:00am - 6:00pm - Exhibitor Check-in, Booth Set up
12:00pm - Deliver Your Banners to Desk Deadline
6:00pm - TAGIE Awards, tickets and info here www.chitag.com/2019-toy-game-innovation-awards
Saturday, November 23
7:00am - Exhibit Hall available to Exhibitors
9:00am - Open for Media, Social Influencers, Young Inventor Challenge, Educators, Special Needs Families
10:00am - Open to the Public
6:00pm - Exhibit Hall Closes
Sunday, November 24
9:00am - Open for Media,Social Influencers, Special Needs Families
10:00am - Open to the Public
5:00pm - Exhibit Hall Closes
Discounted Parking for Exhibitors
Navy Pier is offering a discounted rate of $32/day or $85 for 3 day parking for exhibitors attending all three days of the show. This parking will permit overnight parking and in-and-out privileges. This parking discount will only be available online for advance purchase through 5AM on the first date of the parking discount. Info on this page www.chitag.com/directions
How to Have a Successful Fair
Let Your Fans Know You're Coming!
1. Let Trade, Consumers and Media know you'll be at the Fair
Trade Media List - Announce Events, Product Launches, etc. to the trade media
Talk about it on your social media accounts
Themes: visual theme this is year is “pompoms, dots & bubbles”. Incorporating these themes in your exhibition or really thinking about how your booth and displays are going to best present the theme for your brand will help better advertise your brand and your products. Make sure you display your website and social media handles prominently so social media influencers do not need to search for them.
3. Camera Ready
You will have local, national & international media walking by your exhibit at the Fair. Are you ready to tell the story of your brand & feature product? Making sure your exhibition has a photographable element will enable the media to tell a strong visual story.
It is important to follow-up with the new connections you make. Photographs and videos make the biggest impressions so share them online and tag us/share with us on either of the following platforms:
Share on our Social Media
LinkedIn Chicago Toy & Game Fair and Toy, Game & Play Innovators Network
Pinterest Chicago Toy & Game
Email Send us your Dropbox/Google drive/photographs/videos at email@example.com
Show Your Fans You'll at the Fair with this Badge that you can download from this page:
4. Read These Articles
Joyce Johnson’s Inventor PR Toolbox - 10 tips to Promote You and Your Product
Product Launch Checklist: 10 Tips for a Kickass Sales by Michelle Spelman
Preparing your Talking Points for Media by Lucky Penney
Attracting Attention to your Booth
Innovation Conferences on Thursday and Friday - Not Too Late to Register!
If you have not already registered for the Innovation Conferences, as an exhibitor, you receive a discount to attend. $500 if you paid for a booth and $300 if you paid for a table – a great deal! Here are some of the companies looking for ideas.
Women in Toys Breakfast - Spotlight on Retail: Finding Your Path to Market
Saturday morning 7:30am.
You need to have breakfast, make the most of it and network.
How Brands Use Experiential Marketing to Drive Sales
Join WIT for an engaging panel discussion about what it takes to build and grow brands by immersing consumers in amazing, interactive experiences. Hear from a panel of experts who will share their knowledge, insights and recommendations. From hands-on grassroots marketing to social and digital engagement, learn how our panelists applied successful brand engagement strategies… as well as what they’ve learned to avoid.
Super Power Sensory Hour for Special Needs Families
Saturday and Sunday 9:00-10:00am
We are inviting families of children with special needs to Super Power Sensory Hour! This one hour event starts before the doors of ChiTAG fair opens to the public on both Saturday and Sunday, allowing kids with special needs to navigate, acclimate and easily access the fun of the fair. Let us know if you have a product for families with special needs so we can let these families know. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your company name and Super Power Sensory Hour in the subject line.
Once again this year at CHITAG, our friends at 30Seconds.com may be available for Facebook Live interviews!
As you may have seen at previous CHITAG shows, we create a set where interviews with brand representatives and inventors are held throughout the day. These interviews stream live on the 30Second Mom Facebook page on Saturday of CHITAG. Then, 30Seconds prepares a written interview that incorporates the video, text and photos - all published on 30Seconds.com with links back to your site and social media channels, and to your product on Amazon.com (if available and/or desired). This year, 30Seconds also may be able to do the interview right at your booth! Here is a link to the 30Second Mom Facebook page (37K fans): https://www.facebook.com/30SecondMom/
Here is a sample interview with Playfoam from last year's show: https://30seconds.com/mom/tip/17459/Sensory-Play-Toys-Kids-Get-Squishy-With-Playfoam-by-Educational-Insights-at-the-Chicago-Toy-Game-Fair-ChiTAG
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please reach out to Elisa at 30Seconds directly: email@example.com or 847-644-3094.
Official Charity of CHITAG - Association House of Chicago and Kidz Korna
This year we have two charities we are supporting: Association House of Chicago and Kidz Korna
They will be near the entrance to the Fair and tax forms and receipts will be available.
Hotel and Travel
To book at the closest hotel at the best rate, call Kate at: 1-802-857-8434 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kate is fantastic and has been working with us for many years.