Chicago outdoors: The 2013 show season

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As promised in Sunday’s column about the upcoming outdoor show season, here is the expanded list of outdoor shows for 2013 around Chicago outdoors.

The Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show (aboe in February) has become the defining outdoor show around Chicago.

This winter is a little different with The Early Show: A Fly Tying & Fishing Show, presented by Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and DRiFT, on Nov.10 in Batavia, actually opened the other show season in the fall.

Below are the shows of interest for the greater Chicago area. If you have additions or tweaks, please let me know, either by posting below or emailing

Here goes:

Dec. 7-9: Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show, The Patriot Center, Rothschild, Wis.

Jan. 5: Indiana on the Fly: Fly Fishng/Wing Shooting Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

Jan. 5-6: Gotcha Outdoors Adventure Sport Show, First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee

Jan. 9-13: Progressive Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, McCormick Place

Jan. 10-13: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles

Jan. 11-13: Chicago Muskie Show, Harper College, Palatine

UPDATE/CANCEL NOTE: The Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, scheduled for Jan. 12-13, has been cancelled.

Jan. 18-20: Bedford Sales Open House, Morris (ADD)

Jan. 23-27: Chicago Outdoor Sports Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Jan. 23-27: Chicagoland Gun Show, co-located with the Chicago Outdoor Sport Show

Jan. 24-27: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, Schaumburg Convention Center

Jan. 24-27: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier

Jan. 25-27: Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington

Jan. 26-27: Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind.

Feb. 1-3: Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield

Feb. 1-3: Great Outdoor Expo, Timber Creek Convention Center, Sandwich

Feb. 8-10: Rockford Boat, Vacation and Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center

Feb. 9-10: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School

Feb. 10: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School

Feb. 13-17: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 15-17: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 15-17: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

Feb. 15-24: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds,

Feb. 22-24: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center

Feb. 23: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum

Feb. 23-24: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock

[ADD] March 2: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion

March 2: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove

March 2-3: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School

March 6-10: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.

March 8-10: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

March 9: Indoor Fishing Flea Market (Chicago Muskie Hunters), Rolling Meadows High School (ADD)

March 22-24: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center

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