A few newer thing certainly piqued family interest last week during the Progressive Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show last week at McCormick Place during one of the two busiest weeks in the outdoors show season.
I did all three shows last week--the Boat Show twice, the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College in Palatine on its opening day Friday and the All-Canada Show is at Pheasant Run in St. Charles afterward.
At the Boat Show, as always, touring the boats and RVs was the biggest draw. That's why there is a Boat Show. Three newer things were the family hits: Evolution of Boat Building: Seven Decades of Innovation, which Gage Marine puts on,; The World of Scuba put on by Scuba Emporium; and Rockin', Rollin' Bubbles.
Because the instructors were working with another group with some special care, my daughter (above) was allowed to try the scuba pool for half an hour. The idea was pretty successful: she came out and while toweling off asked if she could have lessons.
I like the idea.
And anybody who saw the Rockin', Rollin' Bubbles knows what a hit they were. Worth every bit of the half hour wait we had.
The Harper College pool, always, sets apart the Muskie Show. It is just a tightly focused show. It is something to see SRO seminars.
In its own way, the All-Canada Show is just as tightly focused.
In the lull between the two busiest weeks is Bedford Sales Open House Friday through Sunday in Morris. David Dudley and Jim Saric headline. Forrest L. Wood appears on Saturday.
Jan. 23-27: Chicago Outdoor Sports Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Jan. 23-27: Chicagoland Gun Show, co-located with the Chicago Outdoor Sport Show
Jan. 25-27: Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, Interstate Center, Bloomington
Jan. 26-27: Hammond Outdoor Sports Show, Jean Shepherd Community Center, Hammond, Ind.
Feb. 1-3: Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield
Feb. 1-3: Great Outdoor Expo, Timber Creek Convention Center, Sandwich
Feb. 8-10: Rockford Boat, Vacation and Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center
Feb. 9-10: Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show, Tinley Park High School
Feb. 10: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School
Feb. 13-17: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 15-17: Our World-Underwater, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Feb. 15-17: Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
Feb. 15-24: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds,
Feb. 22-24: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
Feb. 23: Chicago Maritime Festival, Chicago History Museum
Feb. 23-24: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, Woodstock
[ADD] March 2: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance's Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion
March 2: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove
March 2-3: Elmwood All Outdoors Show, Elmwood High School and Grade School
March 6-10: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.
March 8-10: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 9: Indoor Fishing Flea Market (Chicago Muskie Hunters), Rolling Meadows High School (ADD)
March 22-24: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center