31st Street Harbor, Chicago
10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 7-9;
10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10.
$10, free kids 15 and under
Miami has it. So does Tampa. Even Norwalk has one. And now,
finally, so does Chicago.
This June, the 1st Annual In-Water Boat Show will take place at
the new 31st Street Harbor on Lake Michigan. The show will have
hundreds of boats to browse, buy and test drive, along with
activities for kids and entertainment for the whole family.
Keith Ogulnick, show manager, says getting the boats in the
water brings a whole different perspective compared to Chicago's
indoor boating shows.
"People like the experiential aspect of being in the water, the
sight, the smell, the sounds. You get a real feel for what it would
be like," Ogulnick says.
The show will have power boats and sailboats, as well as a
65-foot houseboat. A protected cove will let visitors try ski and
wakeboarding boats, as well as small sailboats, kayaks, canoes and
stand-up paddling. A sailing simulator on land is a great way for
kids to learn from trained personnel and is a safe way to get them
involved in boating, Ogulnick says.
Parents can check out the Boating Demo Dock, with a full
schedule of sessions of hands-on boating training. Check the
website for the schedule and to sign up for seminars.
Ogulnick says kids of any age can enjoy the boat show, and the
new harbor, with its beach, playground, green space and restaurant,
is perfect for families.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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