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Chicago’s Favorite Winter Boating & Outdoors Event
January 16-20, 2014

The 2014 Progressive Insurance® Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show®Chicago’s Favorite Winter Boating & Outdoors Event Brings Newest Yachts, Family Cruisers, RVs, Summer Fun & Pirates to the Windy City, January 16-20, 2014 returns January 16-20, 2014, over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, transforming McCormick Place into an outdoor paradise, offering visitors a one-stop shop with big bargains on hundreds of new boats, RVs, marine accessories, camping equipment and travel destinations, plus fun attractions for all ages including the new Gypsy Rose III, a life-size pirate ship and a chance to get on the water indoors.

2014 show highlights include:

  • Discover Pirate’s Booty! 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 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.

When:   Thursday through Monday (Martin Luther King Day), January 16-20, 2014
                Thursday, January 16:    12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
                Friday, January 17:          11 a.m. –   9 p.m.
                Saturday, January 18:     10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
                Sunday, January 19:       10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
                Monday, January 20:       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:      McCormick Place – North Building
                    2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Admission:  $12 – Adults (16 years & older)
                        FREE – Children (15 years & under)

Web: For more information and to pre-shop the show, visit Be a part of the conversation – become a fan on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter, at its new handle @ChiBoatShow
About the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit

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