In-Water Boat Show Debuts with Chicago’s Newest Harbor

31st_harbor_renderingShown here in a rendering, Chicago’s new 31st Harbor is set to open in May.

In conjunction with the grand opening of Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced it is producing the inaugural Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show from June 7-10.

“As the first major event held at 31st Street Harbor, we’re thrilled to provide Chicagoans and visitors an opportunity to discover boating along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront,” Ben Wold, the executive vice president for NMMA, said earlier this week in a press release. “With 1,000 slips and top-notch amenities, the city’s latest premier marine facility is an ideal in-water boat show venue with ample room to grow into a favorite annual tradition for boaters and a summer sales haven for the region’s dealers and manufacturers.”

Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina is scheduled to open in May. With more than 5,000 boats docked annually in nine marinas across the city’s lakefront, the scenic 31st Street Harbor will provide an additional 1,000 slips and make access easier to Lake Michigan from downtown.

The Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature dealers and manufacturers showcasing approximately 150 power and sailboats for sale, more than 100 accessory, technology and travel booths, and entertaining and educational in-water and on-land attractions, including complimentary boating courses at a Discover Boating Demo Dock.