Friday, November 21, 2014

LG OLED at Best Buy is A Game Changer #OLEDatBestBuy #HintingSeason #Ad

Last month, it was my great pleasure to be invited to a delicious farm to table lunch and an LG OLED demo at the W Hotel. I was astounded by how great the OLED TVs actually looked. These sets are beautiful, skinny AND smart. If they were women I might be a bit jealous. As it is, I want to bring one or two home! Hashtag #HintingSeason people! If you've got someone on your nice list who loves to have the best first, then look no further.

Disclaimer:  ChiIL Mama is elated to be a Best Buy WOLF (Women's Leadership Forum) Blogger and we're happy to partner up and bring our readers tech news and reviews. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display! You don't even have to camp out over night or elbow over and muscle through a door busters crowd to save $500. 

Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 saves you $500!

LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV
· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
· Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
· Find content faster with webOS 

I had a chance to judge for myself in a blind side-by-side comparison of OLED and 4K ULTRA HD LED TVs, and though both are gorgeous, the LG OLED results were seriously impressive. It was also an honor to meet some of LG's management team who flew half way around the world to be there and present their award winning line themselves. They truly have breakthrough technology to be proud of. 

Now, back in the day I worked in the tech industry, running trainings on new technology all over Illinois and Wisconsin, for store staff and customers. I taught people how to use Siemens routers, Kodak digital cameras, Palm OS, early smart phones, and more. So I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to claims of "groundbreaking new tech". The tech industry moves fast and updates constantly, and many of the "hot new things" are just bells and whistles. But OLED TV is truly stunning. It's a game changer!

The LG OLED features crisp colors with unbelievable depth and range, so the picture quality is excellent from the side view and from across the room, not just in the sweet spot. The blacks pop and are so true black, that if you find an image that's got a wide, dark background it looks like your TV is OFF, except for the brilliant image glowing in the center. 

Don't just take my word for it... Swing by your local Best Buy and see it for yourself

*Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.*

What is OLED TV?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. 

Click here to learn more:

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

Disclaimer:  Once again, ChiIL Mama is elated to be a Best Buy WOLF (Women's Leadership Forum) Blogger and we're happy to partner up and bring our readers tech news and reviews. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Winners Announced & ChiTAG is HERE This Weekend at Navy Pier

Big congrats to ChiIL Mama's Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) Family Pass Winners from the past 3 weeks via Flash Giveaways on our social media sites alternating with our traditional blog form where we had 290 entries. Our winners have been e-mailed passes. Contact us ASAP if you are listed and did NOT get your pass.

Winners are:
Nicole Lynn
Jill Boysen
Westin & Alina Hahn

As always... all our readers are winners. If you didn't win a freebie this time, we still have a printable discount coupon for everyone. 

Click here and scroll down for years of our past original Chicago Toy and Game Fair coverage (more than 20 features).

Then check back with us early and often for our photo filled recaps of ChiTAG 2014, more great giveaways, news, reviews, and video interviews.

We'll be up bright and early Saturday for a press/blogger brunch and early preview of ChiTAG. Follow along on our social media outlets below for real time updates, flash giveaways and photo fun.

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Come on out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014. As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the public, ChiTAG Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago, the world’s top city for toy and game inventors, for a weekend of fun-filled discovery, interactive events, and of course, play.

ChiTAG 2014 Highlights & Happenings

Discover the top trends in toys and games this year at the 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair, a two-day, fun-filled celebration of the power of play and creativity. Founded in 2003 as the only U.S. fair of its kind also open to the public, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair provides a unique outlet for fun-seekers from far and wide to preview, play, and purchase the hottest toys and games, rediscover classics, and meet the inventors behind the ingenuity. The memorable weekend kicks off holiday fun with contests, live stage entertainment, interactive exhibits, tournaments, and more. Revel in the fun of the ChiTAG fair, the global toy and game hub for consumers, inventors, trade, and media.

ChiIL Mama's Favorite:
Revel in the opportunity to meet the inventors of some of your favorite games, including Nick Grisolia and Pete Greenley the inventors of Boomer, Zoomer and Zuppies, Laura Robinson the creator of Balderdash, Dan Klitsner the inventor of Bop It and Simon Swipe, Tom Quinn the inventor of Game of Things, and many, many more!

November 22 & 23, 2014
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Navy Pier, 2nd Floor Festival Hall A (far east end of the Pier)
Chicago, IL

Bringing together inventors, designers, manufacturers, retailers, the public and the media, the TAGIE Awards are hosted in conjunction with the Toy & Game Inventors Conferences, the playCHIC toy inspired fashion show and the Chicago Toy & Game Fair weekend. In praising creative minds from around the world, the evening also pays homage to masters of invention who differentiate themselves with an exceptionally innovative spirit for fun, philanthropy, inventor advocacy, creativity, and humanitarianism.

Founded in 2003 by the Chicago Toy & Game Group, the ChiTAG Fair commemorates the toy and game industry as the global hub for consumers, inventors, trade, and media to preview, play, and purchase the hottest new toys and games, while rediscovering the classics and meeting the inventors behind the ingenuity of play. For $10 per adult ticket and $5 per children’s ticket, fair attendees can explore the booths of more than 150 toy and game exhibitors, participate in engaging contests and tournaments, enjoy live stage entertainment, and much more.

ChiTAG Doors Open
The first 1,000 attendees through the doors on Saturday, November 22, will receive a free copy of the acclaimed book, About Jenga, by author and Jenga creator Leslie Scott. Leslie Scott will also be attending the Fair and autographing copies of her book during the Fair.

Young Inventor Challenge (YIC)
Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18; this showcase exhibits imaginative original toys or games from aspiring inventors. Prize packages are awarded to “Best in Show” in junior and senior categories, along with two runners-up and one “People’s Choice” recipient. Judging will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m., and the winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. 

Official Illinois State Yo-Yo Contest on ChiTAG Stage
Perfect your technique with a dynamic performance competition featuring hands-on tips for all skill levels. The immensely entertaining contest is open to all ages with the longest standing yo-yo participant taking home the title of champion.

Legoland Discovery Center Girl Scout Program
Make your own scene using LEGO® bricks and mini figures and snap photos for each frame of your comic. Edit each photo to make your visual story come to life.

Star Wars Character Luncheon in the Lakeview Terrace Room
Meet and eat with your favorites from Star Wars 501st Legion: Vader’s First. Registration required. | Cost: $30 per child, $36 per adult | Tournament for children ages 6 to 14.
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Catan National Championship - US Qualifier
Take a chance at becoming a Catan Worldwide Champion by competing in the CWC

USA Pre-Qualifier a ChiTAG.
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Rummikub USA Championship Presented by Goliath Games
Participate in the first U.S. Rummikub Championship event for the opportunity to win a trip to Germany to attend the 2015 Rummikub World Championship event!

Dino Zoo Live sponsored by Spin Master
Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking pre-historic tour. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.

Grandparents Day
ChiTAG celebrates fun at all ages and on *Sunday grandparents get in for free! Bring your grandchildren along and enjoy the fun together.

Legoland Discovery Center Girl Scout Program
Make your own scene using LEGO® bricks and mini figures and snap photos for each frame of your comic. Edit each photo to make your visual story come to life. *Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform get in free to ChiTAG!

Frozen Parade starting at the ChiTAG Stage
*Sunday-Come dressed as your favorite character from Disney’s “Frozen” and receive free admission to the ChiTAG Fair. All ages are invited to participate.
Adventure Sandwich Performance on ChiTAG Stage

Watch Adventure Sandwich perform live action cartoon scenes that combines music, art, & storytelling to encourage the imagination to run wild.

Mayfair Games Boy Scout Badge Design
Join Mayfair Games for a special workshop on Game Design. Participants will receive a special design kit from Mayfair containing components.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. is a family of toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. The Chicago Toy & Game Group consists of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair; International Toy & Game Inventor and Industry Conference; International Summit for Professional Inventors; playCHIC Fashion Show; Toy & Game Inventor Awards; National ChiTAG Networking Events; Games for Educators; and For more information, visit, join in the conversation on Facebook, or follow the fun on Twitter @ChicagoToyNGame.

To keep up with the latest news about ChiTAG, “Like” us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @ChicagoToyNGame and Instagram @ChicagoToyandGame. For more information please visit online.

As always, check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. It's rewarding!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREAT GAMER GIFTS: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game and Season Pass Add-On Content Pack

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a new trailer this week, showcasing the exciting add-on content included in the DLC Season Pass for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The Season Pass will include six add-on content packs that feature unique themed levels, stories and free play modes.  Players will gain access to more than 40 characters, vehicles, achievements and more.  The Season Pass is currently available for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for a great price of $14.99.  Each pack can be purchased separately at $2.99/pack. 

The Season Pass includes:
  • The Dark Knight Add-On Pack (now available)
    • Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort.  Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.
  • Man of Steel Add-On Pack (now available)
    • Help Jor-El, his wife Lara and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-el” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.
  • Batman 75th Add-On Pack (now available)
    • Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.
  • Arrow Add-On Pack (coming soon)
    • Become the Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell, from the hit TV show Arrow on The CW. Explore Starling City and interact with new characters, including Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Huntress, Slade Wilson, Black Canary and more.
  • Access to Future DLC Content
    • Gain access to two additional game packs, featuring new playable characters, vehicles and levels. Details about the additional content will be revealed at a later date.

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest Super Heroes and the most cunning Super Villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the ultimate super hero game for the entire family, is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC.

PlayCHIC Toy & Game Fashion Show Photo Filled Recap #ChiTAG #PlayCHIC

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at PlayCHIC 

Check out our original photo recap from PlayCHIC 2013. PlayCHIC was playfully fabulous fun, with toy and game inspired couture. We had a great time shooting the show and networking with toy and game folk from around the world. Click here and scroll down for our PlayCHIC coverage from 2012 & 2013.

Our full set of photos is in the slideshow right here, and favorites of ours are embedded below. 


There were so many whimsical designs at PlayCHIC and so many talented designers including our host for the evening, Joan Severance.

Here at ChiIL Mama, the Bananagrams line of games is a huge favorite of ours, so we were amused to see them strut their stuff on the runway. This Bananagram outfit has appeal!! 

The Micro White scooter was stunning when translated into runway worthy fashion!

Our favorite design was the incredibly creative txTylz dress by our host for the evening. 

PlayCHIC rocked the multimedia angle with an excellent slide show of works in progress. We love to see behind the scenes coverage.

Even the next generation of fashion forward designers got a shot at 
being noticed:

Game on! Check back with ChiIL Mama early and often, for our original photo filled recaps, video interviews, news, reviews, and great giveaways.

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