Choose from Four Options
$13 for single-day admission for two adults and one child ($25 value)
$8 for single-day admission for one adult and one child ($15 value)
$15 for single-day admission for two adults and two children ($30 value)
$30 for single-day admission for for four adults and four children ($60 value)
- Location: Navy Pier’s Festival Hall A in Chicago, “Toy and Game Inventing Capital of the World.”
- Dates and times: Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, November 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Highlighted events: the Young Inventor Challenge, Settlers of Catan and Rummikub tournaments, a frozen parade, and the Illinois Yo-Yo Championship. A Star Wars lunch is available for an additional fee.
- Attractions: Meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom, Operation, Jenga, and other toys and games. The fair includes a dinosaur zoo, giant toys and games, and more.
- Featured exhibitors: Hasbro, Rainbow Loom, Spin Master, Mayfair Games, Hexbug, Razor, and Goliath Games
Please note that educators and librarians, scouts in uniform, and active or retired service members get in free.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair
When toy and game inventor Mary Couzin attended Essen Fair in Germany in 2001, she was moved to see families playing together and the excitement European crowds greeted toy and game designers. Two years later, she'd founded the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier. Chicago is Toy & Game Inventing Capital of the World, where many beloved playthings such as Beanie Babies, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and TMX Elmo were created. Couzin continues to throw an annual two-day extravaganza the weekend before Thanksgiving. Along with international guests, inventors of classics such as Bop It, Operation, Twister, Nerf and Jenga gather to sign copies of their famous creations. Giant toys and games, interactive exhibits, STEM activities, tournaments, costumed characters, stage events, Young Inventor and Young Tech Challenges and costumed Star Wars fans gather for lunch.