It’s Chicago Toy and Game Week!

Chicago Toy and Game WeekIt’s Chicago Toy and Game Week and there’s a whole lot of fun going on. I’ll be getting my game on Saturday at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTag).ChiTag takes place November 17 and 18 at Navy Pier.

Now in its 10th year, the fair keeps growing. This year, attendees can participate in on-site tournaments, enjoy a Star Wars character lunch and learn about what’s new and exciting in the world of play.

Saturday the 17th is also young inventor day at ChiTag, it’s the culmination of the Young Inventor Challenge, a competition for children ages 6 to 18. The kids exhibit an original toy or game which they get to show off to game industry reps and yes, there are prizes.

Ticket information is available here. Note the generous free admission policy for scouts in uniform, teachers, librarians and more.

I found a handful of items that piqued my interest last year at ChiTag. The game that continues to rock my world is Telestrations– part classic telephone game, part Pictionary and all fun. We’ve played Telestrations many, many times with friends and family and it leads to lots of laughs.

I’ll be sure to share a favorite find or two with you. In the meantime, tell me about a favorite family game, you know, one that doesn’t leave you checking the time or your Twitter feed in between turns.

Speaking of Twitter feed, please join in for #STEMchat on 11/13 at 8 PM Central as we discuss tweens and engineering.

Note: I have and will receive a media pass to ChiTag. And I received a review copy of Telestrations in conjunction with ChiTag. I reviewed it last year, but mention it here because it really is streets ahead. This year’s media preview s sponsored by another family favorite–Banangrams.

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