Discover Boating Experience—The Hub for Boaters
Education and inspiration for your boating lifestyle. Offering hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers, the Discover Boating Experience (DBX) is staffed by a crew of experts who are eager to share their nautical knowledge with you. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more. Stations include:
- Discover Boating—Learn which boat is right for you
- Boat Care—Keep your boat in ship-shape
- Conservation— Learn about National Marine Sanctuaries around the US
- Product Innovation—Discover the latest in gear & technology
- Main Stage: Hear from leading boating and outdoor enthusiasts
DBX offers a seating lounge where you can relax with a drink, find inspiration for your on-water adventures. Enjoy live music on the weekends.
Progressive® Insurance Booth
Come visit the Progressive booth for education and inspiration to help you get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also:
- Boost your boating IQ with an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses
- Spin the Progressive compass for your chance to win a branded takeaway item
- Get answers to boating questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts about boat coverage
Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.
- Ask a Captain
- Boating Apps & Tablets
- Docking De-Stressed
- 10 Steps to Being a Good Gilligan
- Get Your Captains License
- Gateway to Boating
- Trailering (Hooking Up)
- Maintenance 101
- Electronics 101 (SS Neversail)
- Docking Pool
- Line Handling
Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina
Put yourself in a vacation state of mind!
The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare including Baha Cali fish tacos, beer battered fish & chips and specialty flatbreads. It’s the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and ponder your outdoor adventure options. Todd Donnelly of the Mr. Myers Band will provide musical entertainment.
With more than 150 hourly seminars available, you’re sure to find a session that suits your sailing skills, whether you’re simply curious, a new sailor still learning the ropes or consider yourself an able skipper. See the seminars page for topics and schedule. PLUS, don’t miss our full-day advanced seminars featured here.
Chicago Sailing Sail Simulator
Free Sailing Lessons
Discover the fun of sailing—without leaving the show floor. Enjoy a true-to-life sailing experience as you tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level while fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.
Remote Control Sailboat Racing
Have you ever sailed in January…in Chicago? Ever sailed indoors? The remote control sailing pond offers you the chance to do just that. Race against your family, friends and teammates to see who the fastest sailor in the Midwest is!
Huck Finn Trout Pond
FREE fishing for children 12 and younger
There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Free for kids 12 and younger!
Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat
Learn how to build a boat
Test your boat building skills! Build a boat from a sheet of aluminum foil and compete with other boat builders to see whose design can hold the most golf balls without sinking. Open to kids and adults. Stop by to watch the action and learn about kids building boats.
Top competitors from all categories will get a CMAC water bottle.
First Prize for kids ages 11–15—Full scholarship for any CMAC 2019 Boat Building Program (a $500 value)