The 20th annual Chicago Toy & Gift Fair resumes in person on 10th and 11th December.
On December 10th and 11th, the 2022 Holiday Chicago Toy & Gift Fair will be resuming its annual in-person event after a two year hiatus due to Covid. This marks the 20th year for Chitag, which will take place at a new venue this year: the Donald J. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, 5555 N River Rd Rosemont, IL 60018.
As one of the only toy and game fairs open to the public, thousands of families expected to attend will experience immersive events, interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. This year’s highlights include a Gel Blaster Activation, craft and build at the Spaghetteez booth, fan favourite the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Giant Jenga games, the Beer and Board Game Garden is back, plus magicians and characters including Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, sports mascots and booths with the hottest holiday toys and games from industry leading companies.
Toy giant Goliath Group will also host a qualifying event for the North American Rummikub Championship on Saturday 10th December. The winner will receive two round-trip air tickets and $1,000 to compete in the 2023 Rummikub World Championship, which will take place in September 2023 in Poland.
There will be special activations with lead sponsors Goliath, Gel Blaster and Little Medical School. Additional sponsors of the POP and Chitag week suite of events include Disney, Oxford Games, Mattel, The Michael Kohner Corporation, Hasbro, Tomy, Longshore, Crazy Aaron, Nextoy, Spin Master, Super Impulse, Moose Games, PlayMonster. Funko, Zigazoo, Backdrop.com, The Singing Machine, Peggy Brown Creative and Barry and Jason.
Also scheduled to be at the Fair is The Toy Coach Azhelle Wade who will be podcasting live. Parents can also meet Rachele Harmuth from ThinkFun and learn about the company’s new initiative to help kids strengthen their skills for Mental, Emotional, Social, Health and how toys play a part.
“Chitag is back, and we’re so excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary with such a great line-up of sponsors, exhibitors, and activations,” said Mary Couzin, president of People of Play. “To celebrate the start of our 20th anniversary, we are rolling back prices to 2003 when we first started this event. It’s a fun way to give back to our fans and community who keep coming back year after year.”