Chicago Boat Show Jan 9 – 13

Chicago Boat Show Jan 9 – 13

Chicago Boat Show Jan. 9 – 13

CELEBRATE SUMMER AT THE LARGEST OUTDOOR GATHERING INDOORS – THE 89THPROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE CHICAGO BOAT, RV & SAIL SHOW®
Shop more than 600 of the Newest Power & Sailboats, 100 RVs, Plus Activities for the Whole Family at McCormick Place January 9-13, 2019

The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® cruises into the Windy City showcasing more than 600 boats, 100 RVs, plus the latest in marine accessories, outdoor gear and technology at the best prices of the year.

This year’s Show has many exciting features from an extensive boating and sailing seminar series, which includes some of the biggest names in sailing, to one of the first-ever hybrid yachts, and so much more!

Pool at the annual Chicago Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Progressive Chicago Boat Show

Pool at the annual Chicago Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Progressive Chicago Boat Show

5 Ways to Make the Most of This Year’s Show

  1. Download the App!
    • NEW! Yep, there’s an app for that. Download ‘The Chicago Boat Show Pass’ app for iOs or Android. Why? Here are the top reasons to download today:
      • Access exclusive deals! Before and during the Show, you have access to deals and discounts, from products on the Show floor to popular Chicago restaurants!
      • Have the chance to win prizes! At the Show, the app will give attendees access to scan their phone at numerous kiosks for the chance to win exciting prizes.
      • Put the Show in your pocket! Save paper by managing tickets, navigating the Show, scheduling seminars, accessing a complete exhibitor and product list, plus more!
  2. Join in on Nautical Family Fun:
    • NEW! Remote Control Sailboat Racing: Have you ever sailed in January…in Chicago? The remote control sailing pond offers you the chance to do just that. Race against your family, friends and teammates to see who is the fastest sailor in the Midwest!
    • NEW! Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat: Put your boat building skills to the test! Build a boat from a sheet of aluminum foil and compete to see whose design can hold the most golf balls without sinking. Open to kids and adults. Top competitors from all categories will get a prize.
    • Huck Finn Trout Pond: A favorite for children and parents alike, The Huck Finn Trout Pond, which is stocked with rainbow trout, offers free fishing for kids 12 and under.
    • PaddleFest: Free paddle sports demos will be offered throughout the show in an indoor pool. Attendees can get out on the water and experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports.
  3. Take the Helm (or Wheel) – Hands-On Education:
    • Sailing & Boating Seminars: More than 150 hourly boating and sailing seminars are available for sailors of all levels, featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing such as John and Amanda Neal, Pam Wall, Nigel Calder, Brian Adams and Howard Rice. Full and half-day paid seminars will also make for the most comprehensive sailing education program under one roof. See the seminars page for topics and schedule. Full-day advanced seminars are featured here.
    • Progressive® Boat Club: Attendees can test their boating IQ at Progressive’s state-of-the-art Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race, navigating simulated waters, all while trying to beat the clock. For those looking to improve their nautical know-how, the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck with an array of hands-on boating courses.
    • Chicago Sailing Sail Simulator: An actual true-to-life sailing experience on dry land! Designed with beginners in mind, users will tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.
    • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills: Guests of all ages are invited to set out on a simulated “boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more.
    • RV Info Center: The nation’s leading RV expert, David Solberg, will be on hand to chat with attendees about the joys of RVing. He will also cover many topics including cool RV tools, gadgets and must-have apps, care and maintenance, things to know before you go, connecting to the campground and even traveling with pets.
  4. Dive into the NEW! Boats, Sailboats, RVs & More:
    • Iconic brands returning to the show for the first time in years include Fountain Powerboats, Baja Marine and Donzi Marine. Some of the other can’t miss boats this year, include:
      • The Queen of the Show: Carver Yachts will showcase the largest yacht at the show: the new Carver 52 Command Bridge, a 52-foot yacht showcasing the ultimate in luxury with an open-concept cockpit, an eye-catching design and cutting edge technology.
      • Green Technology: The GreenLine 40 is both energy efficient and stylish; built with Hybrid driving power, solar roofs, and an enhanced design that increases energy efficiency and performance.
  5. Find Your Beach:
    • The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina, featuring the Island Party Boat, serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare, and live music. It is the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and mingle with other boat and RVers.

Additional Fast Facts

WHEN: The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® will be open Wednesday-Sunday, January 9-13, 2019.  Show hours are as follows: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 12; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 13.

TICKETS: Through January 9, tickets purchased in advance are $2 off the regular price of $15 for adults. Tickets purchased at the show are $15 for adults, and children 12 years old and younger are free.

MORE INFO: For more information on the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® visitwww.ChicagoBoatShow.com, download the Chicago Boat Show Pass app or connect on Facebook, Instagram, orTwitter.  #ChiBoatShow.

About the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat and sport 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 www.nmma.org. To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, please visit www.progressive.com/boat or contact Julie Kolencik at Julie_Kolencik@Progressive.com, (440) 395-2019.

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