Skip to main content

Chicago in-water show returns in June

The third annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will dock June 5-8 at the 31st Street Harbor, transforming Chicago’s newest marina into what organizers said will be a one-stop marketplace for boating enthusiasts.

Visitors will be able to shop and compare more than 125 new boats, ranging from luxury yachts to ski boats and pontoon boats. Organizers said show highlights will include powerboat, sailing and scuba-diving lessons, flyboard demonstrations and a showcase that will feature more than a dozen antique and classic boats displayed in the water from the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

Those who aren’t in the market for a boat will be able to participate in free activities that include paddlesports, Hobie kayak spin classes, banana boat rides, DIY boat repair and maintenance seminars and boating lessons (for a nominal fee).

Visitors also will be able to shop booths selling nautical gear and accessories and enjoy live music on the party deck by DeHurricane, recent winner of the Chicago Music Award for best reggae entertainer.

Admission will be $10 for adults (age 16 and older); $8 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on June 5 only; and free for children ages 15 and younger.



Clearing the Deck

Bombardier Recreational Products unveiled the Rotax outboard with Stealth Technology in August


Shoring Up Your Defenses

Marine businesses are just as open to cyberattacks as all kinds of other businesses in nearly every industry


Hinckley Unveils SilentJet

Hinckley Yachts teamed up with Wisconsin-based transmission-maker Twin Disc to create a hybrid electric system called SilentJet that can switch automatically from diesel to electric power, depending on how much throttle you use.


Finding the Next Buyers

Discover Boating commissioned a research study to fine-tune targeting efforts in marketing.

Insider Access

My hope is to include at least one insider story in every issue of Soundings Trade Only to provide a look at corners of the trade that some folks might not know exist.


How to Create a Great Workplace

With insights gleaned from more than 16,000 individual industry employee satisfaction surveys, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has gained new understanding and answers of how to drive employee engagement.


Two Secrets to Getting Results

Any leader can give reasons for failing to achieve acceptable results. The best leaders overcome inevitable challenges, and some of those leaders make it look easy. Some seem to drive results effortlessly, while others struggle.