THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Toys, Fun and Games at Navy Pier

The 10th anniversary of the Chicago Toy and Game Fair will be celebrated this weekend at Navy Pier, with 25,000 visitors expected to join in the fun.

According to founder and CEO Mary Couzin, “We’re pulling out all the stops with more toys, giant-sized games, awesome tournaments and contests, specialty programming and much, much more. It’s like a giant interactive and bottomless toy box.”

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is the largest public show of its kind in the nation. It features the latest and greatest toys for the holiday season as well as critically-acclaimed, award-winning games from independent retailers.  The show features 250 exhibitors, the Young Inventor Challenge, a Star Wars character lunch, Blues Clues LIVE! by Naperville’s Center Stage Players, Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest, Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, Settlers of Catan North America Catan Championship 2013 pre-qualifier, Meet the Moshi Monsters, interaction with renowned toy and game inventors, and much more.

Navy Pier offers a one-size-fits-all destination for the weekend before the perils and pleasures of Thanksgiving food and family.  The Pier has parking on-site; CTA bus route access; many restaurants, bars and shops; the Chicago Children’s Museum; and one of the best views of the Chicago cityscape imaginable.  It also anchors the 18-mile paved Lakefront Trail, which provides a ready excuse to stop and take a well-deserved deep visual breath of the City before continuing on.


Admission to Navy Pier is free.

Admission to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair:

Free admission for: Teachers, Librarians, Members of the Military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, Children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.

$10: ages 14+

$5: ages 3-13