The most venerable of shows in Chicago outdoors has this week alone: The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show opens today at McCormick Place North and runs through Monday.
That’s right Monday. Once again, the show runs through Martin Luther King Day.
This year, more bigger boats are back, as I noted in my column on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesday.
Or as Bryan Blazek responded Wednesday on Facebook, “A lot of really BIG boats this year. We have been setting up since Monday and this is going to be a great show.”
I look forward to it. Plan to hit opening night with a knowledgeable boat guy, then do the family thing, probably on Monday.
Jan. 23-26: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, Schaumburg Convention Center
Jan. 23-26: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier
Jan. 24-26: Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington
Jan. 24-26: Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show, Coliseum, Fort Wayne
Feb. 8-9: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School
Feb. 9: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School
Feb. 12-16: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 14-16: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 14-23: Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb. 14-16: Bedford Sales Open House, Morris
Feb. 14-16: Rockford Boat, Vacation and Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center
Feb. 20-23: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb. 21-23: Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield
Feb. 21-23: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
Feb. 27-March 2: Northern Illinois Boat Show, Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake,
Feb. 22: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum
March 21-23: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center
March 1: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove
March 1: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout,, Elmhurst American Legion
March 1-2: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School
March 5-9: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.
March 7-9: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 8: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School
April 25-26: Midwest Decoy Collector’s Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles