Chicago outdoors, show list: Winter of 2018, update No. 14

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An overview during setup at the Chicago Boat, RV & Show last season.
Credit: Dale Bowman

When it comes to shows around Chicago outdoors, there’s been a few date changes and a few site changes from last show season, so read carefully the show list.

I am missing updates on a couple of the regular club swap meets. If you got them or any other tweaks or additions for this list, even later this winter, please let me know via email at, on Facebook at Dale Bowman or on Twitter at @BowmanOutside.

The Early Show, the fly-tying show, was last month, but I included it in the overall list. Otherwise, Milwaukee Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show kicks off show season.

As usual, I arranged the show list by date.


Nov. 12: Early Show, co-presented by DRiFT and ISA, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook

Dec. 8-10: Milwaukee Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Jan.5-7:Chicago Muskie Expo, Pheasant Run, St. Charles

Jan. 5-7: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center

Jan. 10-14: Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, McCormick Place South

Jan. 11-14: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles

Jan. 13-14: West Michigan Fly Show, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jan. 19-21: Greater Chicago RV Show, Schaumburg Convention Center

Jan. 25-28: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, Schaumburg Convention Center

Jan. 26-28: The Pantagraph’s Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington

[Updated] Jan. 28-29: Great Lakes Angler Super Salmon Clinic with Capt. Dan Keating, Lake Michigan Angler, Winthrop Harbor, (847) 395-5730,  register at (847) 395-5730 or bluehorizonsportfishing@gmail

Feb. 10-11: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School

Feb. 10-11: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 10: DRiFT’s 24th annual auction, Villa Park VFW

Feb. 15-18: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 16-25: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds

Feb. 16-18: Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park

Feb. 17-18: Our World Underwater Chicago Dive & Travel Expo, Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Feb. 17-18: Capt. Ralph Steiger seminars, Cabela’s, Hammond, smallmouth bass on 17th, trout/salmon on 18th,…

Feb. 17: Midwest Musky Club’s swap meet, Village Sportsman’s Club, Alsip, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 18: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School

Feb. 24: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove

Feb. 24-25: Fish-On, Portage (Ind.) High School

March 1-4: Northern Illinois Boat Show, New Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake

March 2:Sport & Fishing Show by Evergreen Park Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #27 Association, Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park, 7-11 p.m., $25 includes meal.

March 3: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, sponsored by Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and RMHS Post Prom Committee, Rolling Meadows High School

March 3: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion

March 3-4: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood Community Schools

March 7-11: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.

March 9-11: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park

March 9-11: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

March 11: Quad County Hawg Hunters’ Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Plano American Legion, (815) 286-7170 or

March 15-18: Ultimate Sports Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.

March 17: Fish and Hook Sport Show, American Legion Post 13, Plainfield

March 22-25: Chicago Sports Show, Arlington Park, Arlington Heights

March 24: Walleyes Unlimited swap meet, Fox Lake Legion Hall

April 7: Spring Fishing Seminar fundraiser for veteran medical programs, Joshua W. Harris Memorial  VFW Post, Brookfield, (708) 485-9670

April 14-15: Chicago Herpetological Society ReptileFest.Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

April 14:Walter Burzawa Sr. &Sid Holder Memorial Tackle Show (hunting and fishing), entry and vendor fees donated to Joliet Area Hospice, Top Fuel Saloon, Braidwood,

April 18: Southside Muskie Hawks mini-fundraiser and swap night, Vince’s Pizza, Chicago, 7 p.m., (773) 704-3401

April 24-28: North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles,

April 28: Riverside Fishing Club swap meet, LaGrange American Legion

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