Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago
600 E. Grand Ave.
Cost: $12 weekday, $15 weekend, $25 family pack (online only) $24 two-day pass, free kids 15 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 23-24; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan 26, 2014
The nation's largest indoor "all-sail" boat show and the winter destination for the best deals on new sailboats, gear and accessories, plus hundreds of educational seminars and fun for all ages. Nautical fun for families includes: knot tying, crafting toy sailboats, a bouncy play area, appearances from Skipper, the sailing dolphin, and the remote control sailboat pond. Attendees can also climb aboard the sailing simulator, a sailboat that replicates the wind and waves indoors without getting wet, plus a sailing instructor will be on-hand to teach young sailors the ropes.