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Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show

Announces 2018 Dates: January 10-14

Published: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Where else can you hang out on hundreds of boats and RVs and paddle board in the dead of winter in Chicago? The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show®, the Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, is dropping anchor at McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, January 10 – 14, 2018. Packed with jawdropping power and sailboats and hightech RVs , the show will offer attendees a gimpse of summertime fun without leaving Chicago. Showgoers will have the opportunity to board, view, and shop over 600 boats and 100 RVs, ranging from inflatables to 50 ft. yachts, the latest in outdoor and marine accessories and technology, and attend a variety of free and paid educational seminars.

“For 88 years the show has given Midwesterners a chance to get out of the cold, and gear up for the exciting outdoor season ahead,” said Keith Ogulnick, Show Manager, Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show®. “We pride ourselves on showcasing the latest and greatest in boating and outdoor recreational vehicles, and educating attendees on the newest technology available. The show is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the best boating, sailing and RVing have to offer year after year.”

Show attendees are also invited to participate in a number of special features during the show. The Progressive® Insurance Boat School brings top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship on deck to teach an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses including teaching guests to virtually dock a boat or tie a proper knot.  Paddlefest returns and invites attendees of all ages to test out the fun of stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in an indoor pool. Young attendees will love trying their hand at fishing for real trout at the Huck Finn Trout Pond plus other activities for kids.  Attendees looking to beef up their boating IQ can do so during a variety of seminars, from DIY tips at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center to an extensive lineup of boating and sailing seminars featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing such as John Kretschmer, Nigel Calder and Kimo Worthington. The show also boasts an extensive lineup of RV seminars hosted by leading RV expert and author of The RV Handbook David Solberg.

The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® will be open Wednesday-Sunday, January 10-14, 2018.  Show hours are as follows: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 10; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 13; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 14.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 for adults starting November 15; children 12 years old and younger are free.

For more information on the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show visit www.ChicagoBoatShow.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  #ChiBoatShow.

This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.


tags: Lake Michigan, Boat Show

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