One of the busiest weeks in the outdoors show season begins today, and kayaks are one connecting thread, as I note in today's column.
It begins with the Progressive Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show opening at 2 p.m. today at McCormick Place. I hope to be there around the open.
The All-Canada Show is Thursday through Sunday at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.
The Chicago Muskie Show is Friday through Sunday at Harper College in Palatine. Sunday's column was on a great trip on Georgian Bay by Stephen Crook and Johnny Dadson, who will speak at 7 p.m. Friday on ``Blue Moon Muskies.''
CANCEL NOTE: The Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Spring Fever Outdoor Show, which had been scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled.
Upcoming shows this winter:
Jan. 18-20: Bedford Sales Open House, Morris (ADD)
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