Features at a Glance

See you next year, January 15–19, 2015. Start summer with a splash at the Progressive® Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show® June 5–8, 2014 at the 31st Street Harbor! chicagoinwaterboatshow.com

NEW! Special Appearance

John Godwin, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty will be a special guest at this year's show. John will meet and greet fans on Sunday, January 19, from 11am to 3pm.

You won't want to miss this exciting appearance!!!

Welcome to the Water Center

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water./lib/img/gallery/img11421162257.jpg

  • Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
  • Expert, unbiased advice on finding a boat that best suits your lifestyle
  • Local resources to help you get started

Boater's Education

  • Boating 101: Seminars for novice boaters 
  • Advanced Seminars: Training and education for more seasoned skippers   /lib/img/gallery/img10111713045.png

Click here to see a complete seminar schedule

Presented by Discover Boating and The Annapolis School of Seamanship

Hands-on Demo's

  • Docking 
  • ASOS Nautic Boating Simulator 
  • Line Handling & Throwing


Discover Boating for less than $250/month!

Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.

When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget:

Compare Costs of Boating vs. Other Leisure Activities

Watch why this Chicago Family shops the show!


Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair & upgrades.

Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.

Click here to see a complete seminar schedule.


Chicago RV Pavilion Stage 

Don't miss leading RV expert and author of "The RV Handbook" David Solberg as he presents entertaining and informative programs designed for the RV enthusiast. /lib/img/gallery/img10121417551.jpg

Learn more about Dave at rv-seminars.com

Click here to see a complete seminar schedule

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You won't want to miss PaddleFest at this year's show! Get a first look at the latest in paddlesports gear and watercraft. Industry experts and manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their new offerings—everything from from fishing, recreational and whitewater kayaks to stand up paddleboards.

Free Paddlesport Demos offered daily in the pool – Get on the water and test out kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards for free. Try SUP Yoga or ask any of our experts to Introduce you to SUP.

Shop leading Paddlesports Retailers - Don't miss a great selection from leading manufacturers and once a year show deals being offered by leading paddlesports retailers such as Windward Boardshop, Offshore Marine, Quest Watersports & Fontana Paddle Company.

Presented by Windward Boardshop and Offshore Marine

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"Be a Diver Pool"—Try Scuba Diving

Begin your voyage into the exciting world of scuba diving right in McCormick Place! During the past 7 years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at a DEMA "Be a Diver Pool". Now it's your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool. Not only can you try scuba diving for free, but you can also test some of the latest scuba equipment and have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."

Wet suits will be provided. Please bring a swimsuit and towel.

NEW! Visit the Gypsy Rose III Pirate Landship

ARGH! Dare to climb aboard to join Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a "high seas adventure"—sing pirate sea shanties, skirmish with swords and even fire a canon. Plan to take a few shots as well— everyone will be able to take photos in front of the Gypsy Rose III as a souvenir of their pirate adventure

Rockin', Rollin', Bubbles

The newest craze in water walking sports -- Rollers!!!  Act like a crazy hamster or try log rolling tricks!  Its great fun and best of all you can go with a friend. Mom and Dad, bring your video cameras, the photo ops are fantastic!     

/lib/img/gallery/img1012715149.jpgAntique & Classic Boat Display

Presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society of America
Take a step back in time to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage craft!


Miss GEICO Racing Boat

The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.

The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. Weighing approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow
her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed. Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top
speed of 170mph. 

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Huck Finn Trout Pond

FREE fishing for children 12 and younger. There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release trout pond, stocked with frisky trout is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Adding to the fun—great prizes for any lucky little angler who catches a specially tagged trout. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one"!








Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants

Bikini Bottoms' favorite resident will be on hand to greet his fans and pose for pictures Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19 from Noon–4pm.
Be sure to bring your camera! 

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