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CHICAGO BOAT, RV & SAIL SHOW | McCormick Place • January 9-13

Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show


CHICAGO – The 2019 Progressive® Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show drops anchor at McCormick Place, January 9 – 13, 2019. This year’s show is packed with more than 600 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunies, plus the latest in technology and outdoor and marine accessories.

Some highlights of this year’s show include:

  • 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 the fastest sailor in the Midwest is!

  • 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.

  • Progressive® Boat Club: Attendees can relax in an interactive, nautical space while also boosting their nautical know-how with top-notch mariners teaching hands-on boating courses for all levels of experience with a hands-on docking pool. Plus, visitors can also try Progressive’s Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race.

  • More For the Family: Family fun activities include Paddlefest, where attendees of all ages can test out the fun of stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in an indoor pool. Young attendees will also love catch-and-release fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

  • Boating, Sailing & RV Seminars: For those looking to stay on top of the ins and outs of the industry, the show boasts a wide variety of seminars, featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing such as John and Amanda Neal, Nigel Calder, Mark Thornton and more, including the new Preparing Your Chicago-Mac Forecast for sailors. The show also boasts an extensive lineup of RV seminars hosted by leading RV expert and author of The RV Handbook David Solberg.


McCormick Place

2301 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60616


  • Wednesday, January 9: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, January 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 for adults; children 12 years old and younger are free.

  • Save $2 when you purchase before show opening

  • Tickets are $10 on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for Seniors (62 & older)


For more information, please visit or connect on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. #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 sportshows 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 To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, please visit or contact Julie Kolencik at, (440) 395-2019.