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Chicago show set for January

The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show, which organizers said is the Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, will be held Jan 10-14 at McCormick Place.

Organizers said the show, which is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will offer visitors a glimpse of summertime fun without leaving Chicago. They will have the opportunity to board, view, and shop more than 600 boats and 100 RVs, ranging from inflatables to 50-foot yachts, see outdoor and marine accessories and technology and attend free and paid seminars.

“For 88 years the show has given Midwesterners a chance to get out of the cold and gear up for the exciting outdoor season ahead,” show manager Keith Ogulnick said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on showcasing the latest and greatest in boating and outdoor recreational vehicles, and educating attendees on the newest technology available. The show is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the best boating, sailing and RVing have to offer year after year.”

Visitors are also invited to participate in special features.

The Progressive Insurance Boat School brings mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship to teach hands-on boating courses, including virtually docking a boat or tying a proper knot.

Paddlefest invites visitors to try stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking in an indoor pool. Children can fish for trout at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

Organizers said other seminars range from DIY tips at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center to an extensive lineup of boating and sailing seminars featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing, such as John Kretschmer, Nigel Calder and Kimo Worthington.

The show also will offer RV seminars hosted by David Solberg, a leading expert and author of “The RV Handbook.”

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