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Chicago outdoors: Showtime, 2012

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With show season around Chicago outdoors opening this weekend, here is the expansive list I pulled together.


There are a number of changes this year, including with the Boat Show (above last January) going to a Thursday to Monday schedule on Jan. 12-16.

The first show--Gotcha Outdoors Adventure Sport Show--is this weekend with Hank Parker as the headliner.

If you have additions or suggestions, please let me know by posting below or emailing me at


Saturday-Sunday: Gotcha Outdoors Adventure Sport Show, First Church of the Nazarene,

Jan. 12-16: Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, McCormick Place North

Jan. 12-15: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles

Jan. 13-15: Chicago Muskie Show, Harper College, Palatine

Jan. 14-15: Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, Marquette Mall, Michigan City, Ind.

Jan. 20-22 Bedford Sales Open House, Morris, IL 815-942-1333

Jan. 26-29: Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Jan. 26-29: Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier

Jan. 27-29: Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington

Jan. 28-29: Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind.

Feb. 3-5: Great Outdoors Fishing, Hunting, Boat, and RV Expo, Best Western Timber Creek, Sandwich

Feb. 11-12: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School

Feb. 12: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School

Feb. 15-19: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Feb. 17-26: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds

Feb. 17-19: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds

Feb. 17-19: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont,

Feb. 17-19: Rockford Boat, Fishing and Vacation Expo, Indoor Sports Center, Rockford

Feb. 25: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum

March 3-4: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock

March 3-4: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School

March 7-11: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

March 9-11: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

March 10: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School

March 16-18: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center

March 23-25: Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria Civic Center

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