Friday, November 22 2013 01:42

2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair kicks off in style with playCHIC...

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The 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair takes place this weekend at Navy Pier, but just hours ago the festivities got off to a fashionable start with The 2nd Annual playCHIC Fashion Show at the River East Art Center. Hundreds of insiders from the toy and game worlds came together with those from the fashion industry for a runway show that combined "fierce fashion with top toys." Now, I'm not exactly known for being fashionable, but my reaction after attending my first-ever fashion show? Very impressive...

playCHIC 2013

Anna van Slee, playCHIC DirectorThe Toy/Game - Designer Pairings were as follows:

  • Leapfrog - Elda De La Rosa
  • Settlers of Catan - Michelle Tan
  • Kickboard USA - Peach Carr
  • Bananagrams - Gibeon Tolbert
  • txTylz - Joan Severance

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Actress/Fashion Designer/Game Designer Joan Severance...

Kickboard USA designs by Peach Carr...

Leapfrog Learning-inspired dress by Elda De La Rosa

Check out http://www.chitagfair.com/ for full details on this weekend's events, or search #ChiTAGFair on your favorite social networks to follow along.

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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