Why Go to the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show
By Brian Souders, Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo
Once the holidays pass and you get towards the end of football season, admit it – your fishing brain starts kicking in and your casting hand gets twitchy. But we know it’s not time yet, as there’s still some winter left to go. This is the Chicago area, after all.
The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show Jan. 23-26 at the Schaumburg Convention Center is the perfect way to get your required dose of angling and the outdoor life.
If you still aren’t positive you’re heading on down to the show, here are eight reasons why you should join us:
Shop for Tackle and Accessories
The show is THE place to upgrade your tackle, boat, dock and wardrobe for the coming season. More than 200 vendors will be selling exactly what you need, including rods, reels, lures, apparel, boats, kayaks and much more. Basically everything needed to make 2020 your best fishing year yet! Browse all exhibitors here
There is nowhere you can learn more about fishing and boating than the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show. We have more than 50 seminars Thursday to Sunday from an incredible roster of instructors, including Bassmaster Champions and local experts. They cover everything for all species whether fly fishing, trolling or casting conventional. Here’s the full schedule
Book a dream trip
We have insanely great fishing right in our backyard here in Chicago, but sometimes you want to get away and go for different species or scenery. Maybe you want to try fly fishing. Nearly 100 guides, lodges, resorts, charters and outfitters will be at the show for you to learn about and book your next angling adventure.
Check out Amazing Boats
If you love getting on the water, a boat show is just heaven. We’ll have most of the major fishing boat brands on display from bass boats to kayaks, aluminum to fiberglass. It’s fun to see all the cool innovations and eye-popping designs, all under one roof. Here’s the list of exhibitors, including boat brands, you can see at the show.
Shop for a Boat
Unlike auto and most powersports shows, you can actually buy boats right at the event. Our show is particularly great if you’re in the market for a new boat because you can shop several dealers and compare boat types/brands in one place. Plus, boat and engine manufacturers often offer incentives in order to book sales well before the high season.
Women in Fishing
More and more women are discovering fishing as a great way to enjoy the outdoors, alone or with friends or family. Join us Sunday, Jan. 26 at 9am for a meet-and-greet with women who make the sport of fishing their career, followed by a Q & A panel discussion at 10am. On the show floor you’ll find women-exclusive fishing trips, women’s clothing and gear and even more learning opportunities.
It gets the kids out of the house!
At this time of year, we all want to get out of the house with family so we make the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show a great time for kids. Kids love exploring all the different kinds of boats, of course (be sure to keep them close to keep them safe on board!). But you’ll find tons of other kids activities, such as a scavenger hunt with prizes, live raptor birds, fly tying crafts, a fishing simulator, casting pond and more! Sunday is Family Day with special activities and giveaways. Full list of kids activities is here.
Cure your Winter Blues!
Finally, the Progressive Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show is a great event for getting together with your fishing buddies now that the hectic holidays are over. You can meet at the show after work, grab refreshments and relive some great stories from last summer – or plan this season’s outings. Come in Thursday after 5pm and pay just $5 admission!
Oh, and all Parking is FREE every day!
We hope to see you at the show! Buy your ticket here.