The Hawg Trough
Check out our 5,000 gallon fish tank loaded with monster large mouth bass. The nation’s top pros will be demonstrating the latest and the tried and true lures. The BEST way to see how a lure acts in the water is to see it firsthand. Let our pros show you how!
Wings and Talons
Wings and Talons: Raptor Education, Stewardship and Conservation, is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization run by volunteers who dedicate their time and passion caring for non-releasable, injured or imprinted birds of prey.
As stewards of these magnificent animals, we offer educational programs with a focus on conservation, while allowing children and adults an opportunity to see and learn about their unique qualities up close.
The Wings and Talons booth will be filled with live raptors and trained Raptor Handlers, prepared to answer your questions. The birds currently in our care include: Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Western Screech Owl, American Kestrel and two Red-tailed Hawks, each species possessing their own individual qualities.
Grab the rod and hold on, because you're guaranteed to hook a big one at our realistic fishing simulator. Watch on a large screen TV as the fish you've just hooked jumps and dives while the pull on the line exactly simulates the action of the fish. Fun for anglers of all ages.
The Fisherman's Boatyard
See the very best in fishing boats and all at boat show pricing. New models from Lund, Crestliner, G3, Ranger, Triton, Recon, Skeeter, Prince Craft, Sea Ark, Bass Cat, Alumacraft, Bayliner, Avalon, Sun Tracker, Tahoe, Crest, Smokercraft and more!
Musky Madness Friday - Seminars and Tackle Giveaway
On Friday evening, join a question and answer forum hosted by Jim Saric that will include all of the musky pros. Two lucky forum attendees will walk away with a Musky tackle package valued at over $1,000 including a St. Croix rod, Daiwa reel, Stormr Strykr jacket, Plano Tackle Management Pack, Frabill net, J Braid Fishing Line and Joe Bucher Outdoor lures.
Our 50’ casting pond is an excellent area to try out one of the many new rods and reels on display with manufacturers and retailers, or to learn the quiet sport of fly fishing. Fly casting experts will be on hand teaching the basics of fly casting geared to the novice or first time fly caster, regardless of age.
Visit one of the local retailers to test out a complete spinning or baitcasting outfit, or stop by one of the many manufacturer booths to compare and try their latest models. Each day will come with seminars by experienced fly casters on varied techniques targeting both warm and cold water species.
Fly Tying....Sit and Tie with an Expert
DRiFT will once again offer it's very successful Youth (of all ages) Fly Tying Program with all the materials and tools provided. Come and sit down with some of DRiFT's best instructors as they demonstrate their fly tying talents one-on-one. View the actual bugs that fish eat under a high-powered microscope at DRiFT's entomology table. They have hundreds of aquatic insects in our collection and laboratory quality microscopes
The Travel Pavilion
Meet potential hosts and book your next fishing/hunting trip or family vacation at the Expo. Over 100 fishing travel/family vacation destinations from Canada, the United States and beyond. You can leave the Expo with all your travel plans confirmed.
Chauncey from Chauncey's Great Outdoors Radio Program
Chauncey from Chauncey’s Great Outdoors Radio Program heard on ESPN Radio AM 1000 will be at our show with an exciting area for kids and adults to learn more about the outdoors. Check out the nature center with live animals and reptiles, outdoor games and more at Chauncey’s Great Outdoors. So stop by and have fun with Chicago and the Midwest’s favorite outdoorsman Chauncey at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo.
The CastingKids program is easy, fun and makes fishing an exciting pastime for kids. It also serves as a positive way for kids to spend their free time so they are less likely to come in contact with negative outlets. Open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, the goals of these competitions are to involve America's you in fishing and to foster in each participant an appreciation and concern for the outdoors.
CastingKids competitions are similar to NFL Punt, Pass and Kick events, except the challenge is to "cast, pitch and flip." These are three very important skills everyone needs to know in order to catch fish. Scoring is based on a points system so the young angler with the most points wins.
Since its inception, CastingKids has reached over one million children.
Through the CastingKids program, B.A.S.S., Inc. honors its commitment and dedication to our nation's youth. At the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, CastingKids will be presented by the Illinois BASS Federation Nation (IBFN) on Sunday, January 27. During the last hour of the competition, IBFN will be conducting the Illinois Casting Kids State Championship.
Ages 6-11 - $3.00
5 and under - free