Chicago Boat Show

January 2020 News

Cruising into the Windy City for the 90th time, the 2020 Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, returns to McCormick Place, Wednesday, January 8 – Sunday, January 12, 2020. Offering something for everyone, from boarding luxurious 50+ foot yachts and fishing (for real fish!) indoors in the middle of January, the 2020 Show will feature over 600 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunities, plus the latest in technology and outdoor accessories.

Highlights of the 2020 show include:

  • NEW! Discover Boating Experience (DBX): Offering an interactive area to mingle with other attendees, listen to presentations by outdoors enthusiasts, participate in demos, discover new products, and more, the DBX offers guests a variety of avenues to connect to the boating and outdoor world.
  • Family Fun: Family friendly activities include Paddlefest, where guests of all ages are welcome to participate in paddle sports, from stand up paddle boarding to kayaking, Remote Control Sailboat Racing on the show’s indoor sailing pond, and the Chicago Maritime Arts Center, which invites guests of all ages to try their hand at using aluminum foil to construct a boat. Youngsters will also be entertained for hours with catch-and-release fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.
  • Progressive® Boat Club: Build on existing boat knowledge with interactive courses taught by skilled mariners. Attendees may practice their docking skillls at the docking pool or try out a virtual reality boating experience. Progressive representatives will also be in attendance to answer boating coverage questions.
  • Boating, Sailing & RV Seminars: For those looking to stay on top of the ins and outs of the Boating, Sailing, and RV industries, the show boasts a wide variety of seminars for all skill levels throughout the show, including seminars hosted by sailing experts Pam Wall and John Kretschmer.


McCormick Place
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616


  • Wednesday, January 8: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Tickets can be purchased in advance online beginning November 1 for $15 for adults; children 12 years old and younger are free.
  • Tickets are $10 on Wednesday, January 8 for Seniors (62 & older)
  • On Thursday, January 9, tickets are $5 after 5 p.m. and guests will be treated to other $5 specials such as food and beverage items.

For more information, please visit or connect on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.  #ChiBoatShow.

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