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NMMA Merges Chicago Boat, Sail Shows


The largest boating and outdoor event ever is about to hit the Windy City — the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show, January 14-18, 2015.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently announced today that it will merge two of the Midwest’s largest shows next year — The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and Strictly Sail Chicago — to create an all-encompassing show for boat, RV and sailing enthusiasts.

“Joining Chicagoland’s two winter boat shows creates a world of opportunity for all exhibitors, driving customers to one premier destination for boating, sailing and the outdoors,” says Ben Wold, NMMA executive vice president. “With a combined attendee base exceeding 50,000 people from throughout the Midwest, the new Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show will deliver more buyers, more opportunities to reach new audiences, and more value for everyone involved.”

The show is expected to grow 30 percent in its new South Hall location at Chicago’s McCormick Place, where it will feature 840,000 square feet of exhibit space for larger boats and more attendees. The show also will feature three distinct areas for powerboats, RVs and sailboats.

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