We went last year for the first time, and took a bunch of notes back with us. The classes
are really what you want to go for, the venders, there are a bunch of them, are a mixed bag of equipment/gear displays and yes, even jerky. It was nice to talk to reps, and "see" what they had, and talk to them about their equipment
. I will have to guess there were around 30/35 boats, from day sailors, to the 42' New Bluejacket, and sizes in-between, including a cat, which was a forever wait to get aboard.
are very good. Keynotes this year include Larry and Lin Pardey
, and Nigel Calder returns again this year. But really, the classes are great, do go just for them, the venders are just a bonus.
One note, and this is a headache saver, get there within the first 15 minutes of the show start(11AM), preferably earlier, as parking on Navy
Pier will be full by 11:15. Or take a cab from your hotel
, personally I love the Palmer House Hilton, just off Michigan Ave, close to the Museums, and Millennium Park. It is a great old hotel
, and the grand foyer is just that.
I hope this helps a little bit,