You have to travel a bit for the key shows, including one of the last 10-day shows, in the seventh week of show season around Chicago outdoors.
One of the last great 10-day shows is in Indianapolis, where the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from Friday through Feb. 24.
I have meant to check this show out for years, but it conflicts with some bowling coverage I do for the Sun-Times.
The Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo is fitted into the bigger show from Friday through Sunday.
The Milwaukee Muskie Expo is Friday through Sunday at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
The Our World-Underwater is Friday through Sunday at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There's another show I would love to visit, but haven't yet.
The Chicago RV & Camping Show continues through Sunday at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
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
March 2: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove
March 2: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance's Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion
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 15: Fraternal Order of Police, Evergreen Park Lodge 27, outdoors show, 115 Bourbon Street. Tickets available at Evergreen
Park Police Department.
March 22-24: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center