Thursday, June 07, 2012

My Kind of Town (for a Boat Show)

Chicago's inaugural spring in-water boat show, and other nautical happenings this weekend...

Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show 2012
Photo courtesy of the 1st Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show FB page

The first annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is this weekend, and it's going to be huge. The rest of the world's boat show schedule is light this weekend, but with a show like Chicago, what more could you ask for? Read on for a preview of the new Chicago show in this week's boat show round-up...

We've looked at this weekend's boating events below; and, as always, you are welcome to jump ahead to the First Boat boat show calendar for a quick look at the lineup of boating events this weekend and beyond.

Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show

The inaugural Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the city’s only on-water event in June, and Chicago's only in-water boat show all year. And it is happening at the perfect time to kick off summer on Lake Michigan (or wherever you boat!)

Show-goers have the opportunity to browse more than 100 boats, from luxury yachts and sailboats to family cruisers and performance boats - there's even a clean-energy 65 ft houseboat on display. On-the-water fun includes free boat rides, demos and lessons in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, sailing and SCUBA diving.

If you're not local to Chi-town, this event is a great excuse to visit the area and discover boating on Lake Michigan. In addition to Progressive, the show is being run by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which is headquartered in Chicago, so you know they will put on a top-notch event right in their proverbial back yard.

The show runs today (June 7, 2012) through Sunday (June 10) at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. Show hours are 12pm – 8pm each day, and 10 to 6 on Sunday. For the most up-to-date info on the show, and pictures from this weekend's event, visit the show's Facebook page.

This Weekend's Other Boat Shows And Nautical Events...
  • The National Houseboat Expo is Friday through Sunday (June 8 - 10, 2012) on Lake Cumberland in Jamestown, Kentucky.
  • The Lake Arrowhead Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show is Saturday and Sunday in Southern California.
  • This Friday, June 8th 2012, is World Oceans Day. Try to save one.
  • This Saturday is National Marina Day. If your marina isn't throwing a picnic on National Marina Day, consider looking for one that is more fun before next season.  

There are a few more shows, as well as links to the official websites of all these events and more on the First Boat boat show calendar

Did We Miss One? Got Pics? Please Share!
If we didn't mention a boat show this weekend, please comment on the Daily Boater Facebook page or here as a comment on Thanks, and see you at the next show!


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