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Legends and Legacies Profiles

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Move Over North Pole: Chicago Toy and Game (CHITAG) Week Became the Holiday Hub for Toys, Games and

CHICAGO, IL (December 12, 2019) – Chicago Toy and Game (CHITAG) Fair, the largest event during CHITAG Week, welcomed more than 30,000 attendees to the experiential and immersive playground at Navy Pier in Chicago. Attendees were invited to discover and play with hot holiday toys and games and meet the inventors who created them. On the first day of the Fair, the annual Young Inventor Challenge (YIC) showcased the youngest toy makers. More than 250 creative kids competed in the challenge and each participant received written feedback from over 100 seasoned industry professionals, with specialties in product development, acquisition, innovation and marketing. These mentors represented top toy

GeoBender's BeachArt Leaves Impression on Chicago for Second Year!

The fantastical team at Geobender, Andreas Hoenigschmid, Klaus Mielke & Thomas Kies, along with Alex Fuhrer from Nextoy created stunning BeachArt to inspire CHITAG attendees once again this year... and topped last year's creation, which surprised everyone, especially us at CHITAG as it took a day to figure out who the mystery artist were!!! Here are images we were treated to this year! The BeachArt is approximately 400 x 100 feet of pure joy and imagination enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in hotels and high rises overlooking Navy Pier! They worked on it from 1am to 5am in the morning. The sand was mostly ice, which required a lot more muscle this year.


2019 TOY AND GAME INNOVATION (TAGIE) AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 17th ANNUAL CHICAGO TOY & GAME WEEK CHICAGO, Ill., December 3, 2019 – The Chicago Toy & Game Group revealed the winners of the 12th annual TAGIE Awards, recognizing top toy and game innovators from around the world. The TAGIE Awards are the preeminent awards program honoring innovation and excellence in the toy and game industry. Winners were announced at a playful Gala event, The Power of Magic, on November 22, 2019 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago. Attended by almost 500, the Gala event kicked-off with magic, music and a rocket with industry innovators in the spotlight. Mark Setteducati (magician, author and inventor

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