The name says it all: The Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show showcases the newest boats, sports equipment and RVs on the market, not to mention hands-on education opportunities, interactive exhibits and new attractions.
Whether you take to the waters for fishing, sailing or scuba, or prefer to get behind the wheel for cross country adventures by land, this massive gathering of all things outdoor is for you!
The annual 5-day event will turn McCormick Place into a one-stop marketplace Thursday through Monday (MLK Day) January 16-20, 2014. Chase away the winter blues and start on your warm weather plans.
Thursday 1/16: 12 pm - 9 pm
Friday 1/17: 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday 1/18: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday 1/19: 10 am - 7 pm
Monday 1/20: 10 am - 5 pm
McCormick Place, North Building
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
Adults (16 years & older): $12
Children (15 years & under): FREE
With the addition of interactive activities like scuba diving and paddle sports, plus returning favorites and an expanded educational lineup covering everything for land lubbers and boaters, the 2014 show offers an ideal one-stop-shop and winter escape for all things outdoors.
Get the official show guide, a full seminar schedule and a list of show features and exhibiters online at chicagoboatshow.com. This year don't miss:
The Gypsy Rose III pirate ship has blown into the Windy City offering pirates young and old a chance to play dress up, find buried treasure and even shoot a cannon.
- Dive into SCUBA
Adults and kids ages 10 and up can learn to scuba dive for free at the "Be a Diver" Pool. Expert instructors are on hand to give group lessons in a heated pool, and visitors can get a picture taken underwater.
- Fun for Kids
All-ages activities includes casting a line at the Huck Finn Trout pond, rolling away on the water at Rockin' Rollin' Bubbles (similar to a hamster wheel on water), or getting up close and personal with Miss GEICO, one of the world's fastest racing boats weighing in at 10,000 pounds.
- Boating 101 and DIY Fun
The new and improved Discover Boating, Welcome to the Water Center provides show goers a chance to try out boating on dry land with a virtual boat simulator, in addition to daily seminars for boaters of all levels of experience. Fred's Shed gives DIY lovers a garage-like atmosphere to sharpen their skills with an array of seminars on boat repair and maintenance.
- RV Classroom
Don't miss out on a complete line-up of seminars for beginning to advanced RV enthusiasts. Check the website for seminar details and schedules.
- Try paddle sports, indoors!
Paddlefest addresses everything about the world of paddle sports from kayaking to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with daily clinics and on-water demonstrations.