News & Interviews

Over 400 Interviews, Articles and Stories! Over 350 authors! 5 Newsletters!

Newsletters for industry, consumers, social media influencers and educators cover many aspects of play and

the interesting stories behind the playthings we love! 

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Business of Play News

Industry News - interviews, news, information about get-togethers we're hosting and more.

Importance of Play News

For consumers and anyone interested in toys and games and 

meeting the people behind the the products.


Legends and Legacies Profiles

There are many great stories and then there are those which are EPIC! 

ChiTAG White Papers

Interested in getting into the toy and game industry?

Our Inventor & Innovation Conferences Experts weigh in on industry topics. 

7 Top Holiday Gifts For 2017

7 Top Holiday Gifts For 2017 from Chicago Toy & Game Week In honor of the holidays and our TAGIE Award Winners, we put together the TOP 7 TOYS & GAMES straight from ChiTAG to give to all the kiddos in your life. Included below are the winning inventors and their respective toy and game inventions. Sure to be a blast for the entire family. Happy Holidays and we can’t wait to see you next year! 1. Barbie Dance Horse This pretty white horse does it all! Experience the fun of horseback riding with Barbie and her DreamHorse. Barbie’s horse walks forward, turns 360 degrees, neighs and even nods yes or no when you ask a question! TOY INVENTOR OF THE YEAR: David Small and Paul Rago of Shoot the Moon


Lisa Strick, Chief Idea Officer & FunVentor at The Idea Bungalow While pitching new toys at ChiTAG (Chicago Toy & Game Week) in November, toy company inventor relations executives consistently asked me: Do we need to approach game design differently for Millennials? And if so, how? Why did this come up? When thinking about inventing board games, most divide the target market into two categories: Kids and Adults. It doesn’t stop there. Games and toys targeting the kids market are further segmented by age and gender, taking child physical, psychological, and social development as well as related play patterns into account. But what about Adults? How is that target consumer segmented? Is there


2017 CHICAGO TOY AND GAME WEEK (CHITAG) YOUNG INVENTOR CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT FAIR CHICAGO (December 5, 2017) ― The winners of the 11th Annual Young Inventor Challenge, held annually as part of Chicago Toy and Game Week (ChiTAG), were announced at Navy Pier. The competition invites girls and boys between the ages of six and 18 to present original toy and game concepts to industry heavyweights, media and consumers, with the possibility of being picked up for distribution by a major toy company or retailer. 2017 YIC sponsors included Target, Pressman Toy, Mattel, PlayMonster, Spin Master, LEGO and Hasbro. After a day spent showcasing their original toy and game ideas in a setup similar

Ishkabibbles - Just for Fun!  

Play in Education News

For educators, librarians, homeschooling families and parents

who are interested in using play to aid learning.

ChiTAG Group Media Reach:

​Newsletters Email Subscribers

All Industry 40,000+

Educator 135,0000+

Inventor 15,000+

Consumer 15,000+

Blogger, Social Media Influencer 5,500+ email; 6,500+ handles

Scouts (Boy & Girl) 2,100+

Media List 7,500+

Combined Direct Newsletter Reach 220,000

Newsletter, In-Person and Social Media Reach

Newsletters 217,000

Postal Mail Addresses All Industry 33,000+

Twitter ChiTAGWeek 15,600+

Facebook ChiTAGWeek 6,300+

Facebook Mary Couzin 1,800+

Instagram ChiTAGWeek 1,600+

Pinterest ChiTAGWeek 370+

Pinterest Mary Couzin/Chicago Toy & Game Fair 1,900+

LinkedIn Toy, Game, Play Innovators Group 3,000+

LinkedIn Mary Couzin 18,500+

Events Attendance 35,000+

ChiTAG Group Reach 325,000+