Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show Set for 88th Year

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Chicago’s massive McCormick Place convention center will again host the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, now in its 88th year. For RVers that are interested in the boating world, it’s a particularly good place to — pardon the expression — get your feet wet. The 2018 show drops anchor January 10-14.

Touted as the Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, Midwesterners will have the chance to forget about the cold for a bit and check out 0ver 600 boats and 100 RVs, outdoor and marine accessories and technology, and 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.”

Kids and adults alike can try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in an indoor pool, and fish for trout in an indoor stocked trout pond. The Progressive Insurance Boat School will be on hand, hosted by mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship, to teach hands-on boating courses in areas such as docking and knot-tying.

Seminar opportunities include an extensive lineup of sessions from David Solberg, author of The RV Handbook, as well as many boating courses.

The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show will be open Wednesday-Sunday, January 10-14, 2018.  Show hours are 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 1011 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 1210 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 1310 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. No-hookup overnight RV parking is available at the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard.

For more information on the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show visit www.ChicagoBoatShow.com.

 

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Jason Epperson

Jason travels the country full-time with his wife Abigail, and three children in a converted school bus.

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