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Summer Fun Abounds at 3rd Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show
Midwest’s Largest In-Water Boat Show Makes Waves at Chicago’s Newest Harbor, June 5-8

CHICAGO  – After a winter of record breaking snow and cold, nothing creates more excitement for Midwesterners than warm weather and the chance to enjoy summertime on Lake Michigan. The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the ideal event to splash into summer with hundreds of boats to browse and buy at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. The in-water boat show returns for its third year bringing Chicagoans food, fun and a chance to get on the water.
The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature more than 125 power and sailboats for sale, dozens of vendors showcasing thelatest and greatest in marine accessories and gear and attractions for all ages on land and water, including free paddlesports on Lake Michigan, a floating party barge complete with food, drink and live reggae music and on-water boater education for all levels of experience.  
Highlights of the 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show include:
  • Take a boating lesson – Powerboat and sailing lessons offer attendees the opportunity to learn everything from boating safety to advanced docking and precision control. Check our website regularly to register early, as these spots fill up fast!
  • Jump in Lake Michigan! Cool off with on-water activities including kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and demos.
  • Antique and Classic Boat Display. Check out a spectacular in-water display of antique and classic boats from the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
  • Bike, Boat, Drive. This year’s show offers complimentary transient boat slips for up to 4 hours, free secure bike parking and a new and improved parking and shuttle system to the show.
When:                  NEW! Extended Hours Thursday through Sunday, June 5- 8, 2014
Thursday, June 5:             11 – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 6:                   11 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 7:             10 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 8:                 10 – 5 p.m.
Where:                31st Street Harbor
3155 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Convenient parking is available in Lot B of nearby McCormick Place. This is located directly south of the McCormick Place South Building and immediately west of Lake Shore Drive—just $12 and includes shuttle to and from the show site!
Admission:         $10 – Adults (16 years & older)
FREE – Children (15 years & under)
Web: For more information and to pre-shop the show, To keep up with conversation, win prizes and more become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat 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
About Progressive: The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies is a leader in boat insurance and the largest seller of personal watercraft insurance in the U.S. It offers flexible, year-round coverage so boaters can go wherever they choose, whenever they choose and have peace of mind they’re protected. Specialty coverages which vary by state include On-Water Towing, Roadside Assistance, Personal Effects, Total Loss Replacement, and Pet Injury.
Progressive makes it easy to understand, buy, and use vehicle insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it’s most convenient for them—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent.
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