Boat Shows & Events

Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show

Date: January 9 - 13, 2019
Location: Show map
McCormick Place
2301 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60616



Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair DIY Seminars
If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Sponsored by Nautic-On and Yamalube

Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills
Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The America's Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.

Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat

Learn how to build a boat!

  • Construct and launch a paper model
  • Build a tin-foil boat to enter a contest for the most in-water capacity
  • Use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) skills to learn how you can build a boat with friends or by yourself

Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina
Put yourself in a vacation state of mind!
The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare including Baha Cali fish tacos, beer battered fish & chips and specialty flatbreads. It’s the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and ponder your outdoor adventure options. Todd Donnelly of the Mr. Myers Band will provide musical entertainment.

Huck Finn Trout Pond
FREE fishing for children 12 and younger
There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Free for kids 12 and younger!

FREE Paddle Sports Demos
Experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking SUP yoga and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a test ride.

Progressive® Insurance Boat Club
Boost your boating IQ!
Progressive provides education and inspiration in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship to help you and your crew get the most of your boating lifestyle. Located in space F1
Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

Raingutter Regatta
Saturday, 10 AM—3 PM & Sunday 11AM—4 PM ONLY!

Hosted by the Pathway to Adventure Council

Join us in a friendly competition! The Boy Scouts of America Raingutter Regatta is the model sailboat equivalent of the Pinewood Derby model car race. Race a boat down a 10-ft. long standard rain gutter by blowing on the sail through a straw—no touching allowed. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter wins! Open to kids of all ages. Boats will be provided.

Remote Control Sailboat Racing
RC Power Boats Too!
Have you ever sailed in January…in Chicago? Ever sailed indoors? The remote control sailing pond offers you the chance to do just that. Race against your family, friends and teammates to see who the fastest sailor in the Midwest is! Open to RC power boaters too!

RV Info Center
Don't miss leading RV expert and author of The RV Handbook David Solberg. Dave will be on hand to chat with you about the joys of RVing and his experiences on the road and behind the wheel. Whether you’re a first-timer, a full-timer, or fall somewhere in between Dave can answer your questions and offer proven, practical advice for your next road trip.

Sailing Seminars
With more than 175 hourly seminars available, you’re sure to find a session that suits your sailing skills, whether you’re simply curious, a new sailor still learning the ropes or consider yourself an able skipper. See the seminars page for topics and schedule. PLUS, don’t miss our full-day advanced seminars featured here.

Sailing Simulator
Free Sailing Lessons
Discover the fun of sailing—without leaving the show floor. Enjoy a true-to-life sailing experience as you tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level while fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.

Dates & Times

January 9–13, 2019

Wednesday, Jan 9: 2pm-8pm
Thursday, Jan 10: 11am-9pm
Friday, Jan 11: 11am-9pm
Saturday, Jan 12: 10am-8pm
Sunday, Jan 13: 10am-5pm


General Admission - $15.00
12 & Younger - FREE (when accompanied by a paid adult)
Wednesday, Jan 9 - Senior Day (62+) - $10.00

Save $2 on full-price admission when you purchase tickets in advance online. Offer good through 1/8/2019 11:59 pm. Tickets go on sale in November 2018.




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