Chicago Boat Show moving to new location in 2025

Published On: March 20, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

The Discover Boating Chicago Boat Show®, in partnership with Progressive Insurance®, is moving from McCormick Place to the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center (DES Convention Center) in 2025. Organizers say the move of Chicagoland’s largest boating event is the result of market analysis, exhibitor demand and boater feedback. The show will take place in its new space Jan. 8-12, 2025, with both large and small boats and exhibitors from a multistate area spanning Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Located in the Village of Rosemont, just 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the DES Convention Center provides 840,000 square feet of exhibition space, is near a multitude of restaurants, hotels, shops and entertainment, and within close access to a number of major highways and public transportation offerings. The Discover Boating Chicago Boat Show joins other popular shows in the outdoor industry in making Rosemont its home, including the Chicago RV & Camping Show, Chicago Golf Show, and Travel & Adventure Show. For more information, visit