The 83rd annual Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports, and RV show opens Wednesday at McCormick Place and runs through January 13.
Show Manager Keith Ogulnick talked to ABC7 Chicago about some of the offerings.
This special event will showcase everything outdoors with over 600 boats ranging from kayaks to $1-million yachts, over 100 RVs, interactive family/entertainment activities, marine accessories and outdoor exhibitors showcased; while attracting more than 40,000 attendees throughout the Midwest region.
-Go-Float, $1995 - $4995, B&E Marine
For 2013, there is a full selection of one, two and three person models. Whether it is casual running, romantic cruises, fishing excursions or wildlife adventures, Go-Floats deliver hours of fun with each easy charge.
Go-Float boats run for up to 5 hours per charge and batteries can be changed out quickly for indefinite fun.
Convenient features like on-board stereo, single-handed steering, pushbutton controls, easy-access cooler and virtually no maintenance
Go-Float is easy to own. There's no fuel cost, no winterization, no engine maintenance, no expensive gear case damage risk and with Go-Floats that can stand vertically on their transom, storage is a snap.
Unlike traditional watercraft, Go-Float boats are extremely quiet.
CWB Surfboard - The Benz, $375 (Boat Show Giveaway Prize), Boat House Chicago
Short fast design for spins
Style fins adjustable for beginner to expert levels
Starboard, Astro Touring Inflatable Standup Paddleboard (Approx. $1,499), Paddle & Trail
Long Haul Folding Kayak ( Approx. $3350), Paddle & Trail
GoPro HD Camera, $199, Paddle & Trail
Wednesday through Sunday, January 9-13, 2013
Wednesday, January 9: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 10: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, January 11: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: 10 a.m. -9 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.
$12 - Adults (16 years & older)
FREE - Children (15 years & under)
About the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world's largest producer of boat 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
Boating in Chicago
It doesn't matter what type of boating you like to do -- power boating, sailing, kayaking -- Lake Michigan and the Chicago River are some of our nation's most valuable recreational resources.
Boating season in Chicago runs May through October 15.