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Chicago outdoors: Showtime, the Big Week

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It's here, the wildest week in memory for outdoors shows around Chicago.


Do you planning and scheduling.

Click here for today's column on Brad Jackson taking the guys at The Anglers Outlet to three outdoors shows in the same week. And he had some strategies for getting around shows in general.

Click here for my Sunday column on my general planning strategy I should have added a graph stating that I will hit Hammond Outdoor Sports Show on Saturday. And I just found out, I will be working the Heartland Outdoors booth on Sunday at [CHANGE] Rosemont.

Here goes.


The big traditional show, the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show opens today at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Photo above is from last January. Also co-located with it is the new Chicagoland Gun Show. I will be at the opener today and [CHANGE] at the Heartland Outdoors booth on Saturday.

On Thursday, the big new, very loaded fishing show, the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo opens at the Schaumburg Convention Center. I plan to be there for the opener, maybe one other day..

Strictly Sail Chicago opens Thursday at Navy Pier.

The Illinois Fish & Feather Expo opens Friday at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. I have yet to visit this because it generally is the same weekend as the big shows.

The Hammond Outdoor Sports Show is this weekend at the Jean Shepherd Community Center in Hammond, Ind. I will be there Saturday.


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

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