Question: Why would anybody leave the warm Gulf Coast in January and fly to Chicago?
Answer: A Sailboat Show, silly, and deep dish Pizza, and some Blues, and……
Southwest Flights (from Tampa $128 Round Trip) + Downtown Hotel winter rates under $99 add up to a very inexpensive weekend getaway.
The Boats will be indoors at Navy Pier (shuttle from hotel).
Stanton Murray will be at the show Thursday and Friday, please email us at Info@MurrayYachtSales.com for help with tickets and logistics.
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The Midwest’s only and the nation’s largest indoor all-sail boat show arrives January 28–31, 2010 at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier. Strictly Sail Chicago has become a must do event for all sailors and has become Chicago’s favorite boat show. Strictly Sail in 2010 offers more boats, more gear, more seminars and more fun than ever. Celebrating 15 years at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, the 2010 show has promise to be unlike any other show in the US!
The festivities begin Thursday, January 28th and will not end until the final bell sounds on Sunday, January 31st. This four-day sailing extravaganza features the latest and greatest the sailing industry has to offer. You’ll find the latest boat designs and the designers themselves, the newest sailing gear, accessories and hardware from the industries top suppliers and the most up to date charter information all from more than 250 exhibiting companies from around the globe.
Strictly Sail shows have become a resource for learning and fun, putting ‘edutainment’ at the forefront of the planning. Every Strictly Sail Show has added more interactive exhibits and more hands on seminars providing an opportunity for new sailors to learn about sailing and for the more experienced sailor to improve their skills and become more confident at the helm.
Sailors of all ages and abilities find Strictly Sail Chicago “the sailing event” of the year. This year’s activities include a full schedule of seminars from the most renowned sailors in the world, live music, daily prizes and special events for every attendee. Additionally, Navy Pier, located on Chicago’s famous waterfront, offers restaurants, stores and fun filled activities to fill every landlubber’s day. Make it a day trip or make it a weekend getaway, Strictly Sail Chicago promises to deliver an experience that you’ll talk about until you return next year.
Features Currently Being Planned Include:
SEMINARS—World adventure cruisers, authors, experts in navigation software and sailing equipment specialist will share their stories and knowledge through the show’s extensive seminar program. Unless noted on the schedule all seminars are free with the price of admission. Seminars are subject to change so please check the website frequently.
AUTHOR’S CORNER—Some of the greatest adventurers of our time will be on hand to share their sailing experiences. Stop by the AC and meet your favorite author.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT—We’ll party like Rock Stars to the island tunes of the Eric Stone Band. Eric and his crew will be on hand to entertain the masses with all his latest hits.
Plus: New Product and Boat Debut Area, Sail Magazine’s Innovation Station, Parties and more fun than ever before.
Strictly Sail has something for everyone!
Hotel: The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is extending a special promotional package rate to all Strictly Sail Chicago attendees. Enjoy luxurious accommodations for two, late-checkout of 5pm, special discounts on food, beverages and parking, and unparalleled convenience to the show’s location at Navy Pier – all for just $99 per night.
Newly renovated, the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park mixes truly remarkable service and impressive amenities…all wrapped inside a fresh, comfortable design. Dine among Chicago’s elite at Aria Restaurant & Bar, indulge your senses at Eno, a wine-cheese-chocolate sensation, and relax in my Spa’s 11,000 square foot urban sanctuary. Rising majestically between Millennium Park and downtown Chicago, the Fairmont Chicago provides a purely incredible experience, inside and out.