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Chicago outdoors: Showtime for 2011

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As requested and promised, here is the list of outdoor shows I consider within the range of Chicago.


I included two collectible shows, one long-running flea market and some of the shows on fringes of the Chicago area.

And that is no mistake, both the place and dates for the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic were moved.

If you have suggestions or additions, please post below or e-mail

Today is the beginning of the outdoor-show season around Chicago with the 81st Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show opening at McCormick Place North and running through Sunday. The photo above was from 2009.

Thursday-Sunday: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles

Friday-Sunday: The Chicago Muskie Show, Harper College, Palatine

Jan. 22-23: Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind.

Jan. 26-30: America's Outdoor Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Jan. 27-30: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier

Jan. 28-30: Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington

Feb. 5-6: Great Outdoors Show, Best Western Timber Creek, Sandwich

Feb. 12-13: Tinley Park Fishing & Outdoors Show, Tinley Park High School

Feb. 13: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School, (309) 364-4104 or

Feb. 16-20: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 18-20: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 26: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum

Feb. 26-27: Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Expo Center, Valparaiso, Ind.

March 4-6: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center

March 4-6: Rockford Boat Show and companion Fishing & Outdoor Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Rockford

March 5-6: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock

March 5-6: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School

March 9-13: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

March 11-13: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison

March 12: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School

March 25-27: Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria Civic Center

April 29-30: National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show, Phesant Run, St. Charles

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