CHICAGO – The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show transforms McCormick Place into an outdoors enthusiast and boater’s paradise Jan. 16 to 20 over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The annual show not only offers the best deals on hundreds of boats and RVs, it also gives attendees a chance to escape the Midwest freeze and enjoy the great outdoors while indoors.
Whether it’s climbing aboard a life size pirate ship, trying paddlesports on an indoor mini-lake or learning about one-tank RV trips from Chicago, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and start thinking about the warm summer days ahead.
According to show organizers, here are the Top 10 reasons to ring in 2014 at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show:
10. Duck Royalty – Meet John Godwin from the hit A&E television show, Duck Dynasty. John is meeting and greeting fans Jan. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.
9. Get Active on the Water – Experience all the fun and fitness benefits of kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) at the PaddleFest pool. Industry experts will be on hand to answer questions, teach technique and new trends from SUP yoga and racing to inflatable kayaks.
8. Dive Into Scuba, Indoors – Explore the world of scuba diving at the heated “be a diver pool.” Anyone ages 10 and older can learn from diving experts, plus get a picture taken underwater as a keepsake. Wetsuits, equipment and changing rooms provided.
7. Walk the Plank- Climb aboard a life size pirate ship – the Gypsy Rose III. Meet Captain Tim and his pirate scallywag crew, dress up in pirate gear, sing pirate tunes and even fire a cannon.
6. Learn the Ropes of Boating – Visit Discover Boating’s Welcome to the Water Center for hands-on learning and seminars for all levels of experience from the Annapolis School of Seamanship. See seminar schedule here. Also, check out a display of boats that can be financed for about $250 per month or less.
5. Walk on Water – Don’t miss Rockin’, Rollin’ Bubbles, the latest craze in water walking sports. Act like a crazy hamster or pretend it’s a log rolling competition, all while inside large inflatable rollers on a pool.
4. Become the sharpest tool in the Shed – Do-it-yourself sessions at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center teach visitors everything they need to know about engine maintenance and repair.
3. Go RV’ing – Looking to hit the road in an RV? Don’t miss an array of seminars at the RV Pavilion Stage for every level of experience from motorhome 101 to cool RV tools and gadgets. Plus, learn about easy one-tank trips from Chicago presented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
2. Beat Cabin Fever with the Kids – Get the little ones out of the house and cast a line at the Huck Finn Trout Pond, stare in awe at Miss GEICO, an 11,000-pound, 50-foot racing boat, and meet SpongeBob SquarePants Jan. 18 or 19 from 12-4 p.m.
1. Historic Boats- Get up close and personal with American classics at the Antique and Classic Boat Display. An array of vintage boats are sure to grab attention and offer a nostalgic look back in time.
For more information and feature highlights visit, ChicagoBoatShow.com.
Show hours are:
- Thursday, January 16 from 12 to 9 p.m.
- Friday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event takes place at McCormick Place – North Building, which is located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
Admission is $12 for people 16 years of age and older. Children 15 and under are admitted free.
SOURCE: Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show press release