2021-2022 Tournament Information

Illinois Regional and Affiliate Tournaments will be held in person this year!

DI Regional Tournament fees this year in Illinois are only $100.00, if the team registers for the Regional tournament by the registration deadline for the region. Affiliate Tournament Fees are $100.00 for qualifying teams who have presented at one of the four Regional Tournaments where they were assigned to compete.

The dates for Regional Tournaments will be announced shortly.

The Illinois Affiliate Final Tournament will be held on April 2, 2022 on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 

A Destination Imagination tournament is the ultimate celebration of creativity and innovation, and is an opportunity for kids to connect with and support other creative thinkers who participate in the program. Each year, volunteers help run more than 200 DI tournaments around the world.


Regional Destination Imagination tournaments are open to all teams registered with DI. At a tournament, teams will compete against other teams in their Challenge Level (i.e., Elementary, Middle, etc.) and Challenge Category (i.e., Scientific, Fine Arts, etc.).

Teams that qualify at the regional level will have the opportunity to compete at their state (Affiliate) tournament. The top-tiered teams from each state qualify to participate in Global Finals, our culminating international tournament that takes place each May and includes more than 8,000 kids from 15+ countries. With more than 17,000 people attending the event, Global Finals is the world’s largest celebration of creativity. Global Finals will be held In Kansas City, Mo, from Saturday, May 21 through Tuesday May 24.


A Destination Imagination Team Challenge is an open-ended project that teams work on over an extended period of time, usually 2-4 months. We offer seven new Team Challenges each year: Engineering, Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning (Project Outreach) and Early Learning Challenge (Rising Stars!). Our Early Learning Challenge is noncompetitive.


Each Team Challenge includes a set of specific requirements your team must complete in order to solve the Challenge. This is called the team’s Central Challenge. These requirements in the Central Challenge could include a combination of technical, scientific, theatrical, engineering, fine arts and improvisational elements. Teams will often have to do research in order to fulfill the requirements in each Challenge. Many teams also participate in skills workshops or work with mentors and parents in a specific field in order to learn new skills needed to design and build their Challenge solutions.

In addition to the Team Challenge requirements, teams will also incorporate certain elements, called Team Choice Elements, into their solution. Team Choice Elements often have a meaningful connection to the team’s solution and are a chance for them to show off their skills, talents, interests and areas of strength. These elements can be anything and often range from a small prop to a vehicle steering system.


Instant Challenges are short problem solving activities (usually less than 10 minutes) that help strengthen students’ quick, creative and critical thinking skills. They may be performance-based, task-based or a combination of the two.

At a tournament, teams will solve one Instant Challenge in addition to showcasing their Team Challenge solutions. Instant Challenges are kept secret until the day of the tournament. Because Instant Challenge is worth 25% of a team’s overall score at a tournament, teams often practice different types of Instant Challenges throughout the season.

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