Lake Chicago will be a new addition and special feature to the outdoor sports show.   The Lake will be a way to promote and let potential buyers get a hands-on feel of boats, docks, or paddle sports while on the actual water. With an impressive 100,000 gallons of water, occupying over 4000 sq ft of exhibit space, the man made indoor lake will be the shows feature attraction. This will be an instant crowd favorite and will be a way to showcase special brands up close and on the water as well as their Pro Staff. 


What will be on the Lake?

·         1 Freshwater Boat to be docked:  Used for all on-water fishing and trolling demo's. (Seminars to be done from the boat or at the stationary dock with wireless audio)


·         1 Outboard Motor (for display only):  Used on the water and for promotional brand exposure


·         1 Electric Trolling Motor:  Used on the water and functional for movement of the boat during seminars


·         Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddleboards for Demos:  Interactive display for potential buyers and featured in pro staff seminars


·         Docks:  On display showing stability and docking options with accessories, dock rails, bumpers, cleats etc. 



All-American Taxidermy: North West Chicago's Premier Full-Time Professional Taxidermy Studio

In Booth Seminars: Hunting in Africa: What You Need to Know & What to Look for in Quality Taxidermy Stop by the Booth for One on One Seminars

The exhibit will showcase multiple taxidermy mounts for spectators to enjoy. Featuring a Large 600lb life size Black Bear, Whitetail and African Mounts

Part of the exhibit will have an interactive area were kids and adults can learn what goes on underneath and touch the furs\ hides, skulls and taxidermy forms and eyes first hand.


EWS collection of exotic animals include cute, cuddly and creepy. Stop by the booth to get a firsts hand look at these animals. For a list of EWS exotic animals click here: 



The Bowfishing Association of IL will be onsite to share their excitement and expertise for one of the most ancient forms of hunting that has been used to gather food since prehistory.




Fire & Ice Expo is the one stop shop for creating the ultimate mancave, camping or backyard barbeque. Here you’ll find a wide variety of products, interact with celebrity chefs, discover new recipes, educate your curiosity with cutting edge seminars from barbequing geniuses and much more. Fire & Ice will be a featured area at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show.

"SIMUL-CAST POND" Presented By Captain Mike Corblies

Q. What is the "SIMUL-CAST" Exhibit?

A. Our exhibit is a 50' long casting pond that is 16' wide by 2' deep.

We have large screen T.V. monitors placed along side the pond that are hooked up to our dvd/video camera pa system that shows exciting fly fishing and kayaking video footage related to the techniques we are teaching at and in the pond.

We call it "SIMUL-CASTING" and it takes teaching these sports to a whole new level. Member Pros of AMERICAN FLY FISHING SCHOOLS plus national and regionally known guest Pros give Pond Side Seminars on many topics. Our performances are very interactive with our guests plus we offer individual casting lessons and kayaking tips between presentations. 

For more information on the simul-cast show:

Boy Scouts Of America Eagle Project

Life ranked Boy Scout Joshua Jakes will be conducting his Eagle Project to benefit WRLR-FM 98.3 radio and the Next Generation of Sportsmen & Women. At Joshua’s Eagle Project youth and adults will find out more about community radio broadcasting, participate in a casting challenge, color an outdoor image, and learn more about being a Boy Scout. You will also learn important safety tips for all in the Great Outdoors. Take this opportunity to be part of an Eagle service project by supporting our local community radio station 98.3 WRLR. Josh has been co-host on Cast and Blast weekly since 2009. Please visit to learn more about community radio and how you can support this wonderful organization. See you at the show!!


The Historical Fishing Display specializes in the preserving and sharing old fishing equipment through displays, sports shows, fishing clubs, museums, historical societies, kids fishing derbies, and bass pro shops. More people see more old fishing items through us by far than any other location.

This exhibit traces the evolution of fishing in America from the earliest fishing items dating to the Copper Culture 8,000 years ago, early native american items, the first fishing lures brought from Europe, the earliest manufactured fishing items made in America continuing through the numerous manufacturers exhibits and humorous displays of items made through the 1970s.

Bring your old fishing lures and other tackle to us for a free identification, valuation and cash.


The catch & release trout pond is sure to make your heart melt and bring your entire family a lot of joy. There is nothing better than watching your child catch their first fish.




door prize - Giveaway

Win a Custom Rod by Grandt Rods!


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The first 100 kids at the door will receive free Berkley Lures on Saturday, Conservation Day to celebrate the next generation of the outdoors!

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Thursday  11 - 8

Friday       11 - 8

Saturday   10 - 8

Sunday      10 - 5