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

December 13, 2019

 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 and retail companies such as Mattel, YULU, KID Group, Target, IDEO, Nextoy, Getta1Games and more.


The 2019 Young Inventor Challenge winners among Junior (ages 6-10) and Senior (ages 11-18) competitors are:


Best Game (Sponsored by Spin Master)

Junior: Quinn Curran, 4th Grade, from Palos Heights, Illinois; for Blindfolded Builder

Senior: Diego Humberto Martínez and Dario Yañez, 9th Grade, from Monterrey, Mexico; for Tic Tac Cubed


Best Playful Learning Concept (Sponsored by the Chicago Toy and Game Foundation)

Junior: Mason Marable, 4th Grade, from Palos Park, Illinois and Cash Phillips, 4th Grade from Orland Park Illinois; for NFL Battles

Senior: Aashi Sinha, 8th grade, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; for Rescue Buddies


Most Creative Concept (Sponsored by PlayMonster)

Junior: Violet Kooyenga and Piper Sterling, 4th grade from Palos Park, Illinois; for Beat the Bullies

Senior: Donnie Corbitt, 8th grade from Santa Clarita, CA; for the Flying Mjolnir


Most Marketable Concept (Sponsored by Pressman/Goliath)

Junior: Addison Wiersma, 4th grade from Palos Heights, Illinois; for Totally Chick

Senior: Zoe Bain and Isabella Murch, 6th grade, from Fishers, Indiana; for House of Cards


Best Presentation (Sponsored by Yulu and the Toy Association)

Junior: Iliyan Shariff, 4th grade, from Chicago, Illinois; for Cube World, the Board Game

Senior: Eliana Lawrence, 9th grade, from Denver, Colorado; for Firehawk

And Kyle Levy and Robert Becker from Glencoe, Illinois; for Barrier Battles


No doubt, the most playful part of CHITAG Week was the 17th annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair, which took place November 23-24, 2019. Attendees were greeted by more than 140 interactive toy and game exhibits, immersive events and activities for all ages, created by leading toy and game brands from around the world.

CHITAG Fair attendees were invited to vote on their favorite toys, games and experiences and the winners are:



Chicago Toy & Game Fair #1 Fan Favorite Experience

  • The World’s Largest Kid-Powered Nerf Rocket by Kite and Rocket Research, sponsored by NERF


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Fan Favorite Top Five Toys

  • SuperThings by Goliath

  • PlayFoam by Educational Insights

  • GeoBender Cubes by GeoBender

  • UGears Mechanical Models by UGears

  • Squirmles Magical Pet by Squirmles


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Fan Favorite Top Five Games

  • Heist by Megableu USA

  • Meltdown by PlayMonster

  • Gator Golf by Goliath

  • Hoot Owl Hoot by Peaceable Kingdom

  • Trapper Keeper Game by Big G Creative


Other CHITAG Fair attendee favorites included Hasbro’s first public demonstration of the new Star Wars D-O remote-cont