November 16, 2012


Fun times at the City Winery Chicago! Chicago Toy & Game Fair is here and MJ Tam and myself will be there with Chicagonista!

Wednesday we ventured out to PlayChi this incredible pre-Toy Fair event that fused a haute couture fashion show with the major attendees of the Gaming Fair. It was huge fun!

playCHIC fashion concepts were created based on these brands:

Settlers of Catan®, one of the fastest-selling board games in the US with a die-hard cult following of fans including Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) and Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn)

Moshi Monsters®, virtual pet monsters that have already been adopted online by over 65 million kids worldwide!

Word Winder®,
The Game of Winding Words” is a new brand of board games, mobile apps, puzzle books and more created by the world’s most syndicated puzzle creator.

Annie®, the
beloved musical based on the Tribune comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, is back on Broadway with an all-new, star-studded production premiering at the famous Palace Theatre in Times Square on November 8

Brenda Starr, Reporter one of the most popular comic strip characters-turned-dolls of all time, and a woman noted for being a pioneering fashionista

Pony Royale®, the
award-winning fashion doll line featuring 12 beautiful princess ponies, that delivers open-ended creative play with interchangeable manes, tails, and mix-and-match fashions.
The Chicago Fashion Designers were:

The wine, by the way, was incredible.

Join us this weekend! Chicago Toy & Game Fair November 17 - 18 Chicago's Navy Pier

Cost:  $30 per child (age 12 and under), $36 per adult.  Includes the following: 
  • Photo opportunities with characters from the Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader's Fist
  • One day Fair admission ticket (value $10/adult; $5/child)
  • Special prizes and giveaways (courtesy of Hasbro and Top Trumps)

  • Menu includes:  Chicago style hot dogs, served on warm poppy seed buns, with all the fixin's; Nacho Bar - with warm cheese sauce, jalapenos, green onions, diced tomatoes and sour cream. Assorted cookies and fudge brownies for dessert. Fruit punch, lemonade and iced tea for beverages.

Top Trumps Tournament at the Star Wars Lunch!

Top Trumps is award winning game that is based on "camouflage learning".  The card game features stats, pictures, and amazing facts that turn our favorite subjects, like Star Wars, into hours of fun.  Enter the Top Trumps Star Wars Tournament using the Lunch Registration Form.
Here are the Tournament details:
  • Children 6 to 14 yrs of age qualify to play in the tournament
  • Participation in the tournament is limited to the first 36 individual signups with paid breakfast registration.
  • All 36 Participants receive a Star Wars Top Trumps game pack ($8 Value)
  • Six top Star Wars Top Trumps Tournament Finalists get a finalist Star War Top Trumps Tournament Participation Medal & advance to the Grand Final Top Trumps ChiTAG Tournament on Sunday, November 18th at 1:00pm in Festival Hall A.
The Star Wars Tournament Champion receives:
  • Champion Star Wars Top Trumps Tournament Medal
  • 10 free packs of Top Trumps, winners choice of pack theme ($80 value)
  • Star Wars Top Trumps Tournament Game Set ($35 value)
Want to learn more about Top Trumps? Visit their website (
Questions?  Call 847-677-8277 or send us an email at

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