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The Progressive® Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo Announces 2019 Features and Seminar Leaders

Chicagoland's Ultimate Outdoor Expo Makes a Splashy Return to the Schaumburg Convention Center January 24-27, 2019

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Cast a line out to the Progressive Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, taking place at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, this January 24-27 and reel in the best deals and seminars of the year. Featuring more than 100 travel-related exhibitors and a seminar lineup featuring the most the elite anglers in the industry, the Progressive Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo welcomes guests old and new to learn, see, shop and enjoy. From stocking up on the latest gear from major tackle manufacturers, to buying a new fishing boat or even booking a trip, the Expo is the ultimate one-stop outdoors experience.

Fun and Exciting Features at This Year's Show:

  • Lure Like the Pros at The Hawg Trough
    The Hawg Trough is a massive, 5,000-gallon fish tank that houses monster Large Mouth Bass. Guests will have the chance to learn from the pros as they demonstrate the latest lures and how they behave in the water.
  • Family Fun at the Fishing Simulator
    Grab a rod and go fishing! This realistic fishing simulator allows the user to experience all the excitement of catching a fish through a large screen TV. The pull on the line even simulates the action of the fish!
  • Musky Madness Friday, January 25
    After a day of seminars featuring tips and tricks from some of the most notable Musky anglers, Angler Jim Saric will host a Q&A forum, giving guests the chance to win the ultimate Musky Tackle Package. The package will include a St. Croix Rod, Daiwa Reel and Stormr Strkyr Jacket.
  • Respect and Revere the Great Outdoors
    Get up close and personal with the birds of prey with the assistance of trained Raptor Handlers from Wings and Talons: Raptor Education, Stewardship and Conservation. Guests will have the opportunity to see and learn about animals such as the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Western Screech Owl, American Kestrel and two Red-tailed Hawks, as well as learn about preservation and conservation.

Seminars Hosted by the Industry's Most Elite:

In addition to hearing from Pro Favorites like Seth Feider and John Crews, guests should expect an exciting weekend full of engaging and informative seminars including:

  • Thursday, January 24: Bass Fishing with Brandon Palaniuk
    One of the most popular pros and 2017 Angler of the Year, Brandon Palaniuk is known for his success on the Bass fishing tournament circuit. He will be sharing his secrets at the show in two seminars: "Winter Bass Tactics" at 1:30 p.m. and "Tips for More Bass Fishing Success" at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 25: Fish Like Hall-Of-Famer Joe Bucher
    National Freshwater Fish Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Bucher is one of the most highly regarded multispecies authorities in the outdoor trade. Having founded Musky Hunter Magazine and pioneered many of the Musky hunting techniques that have since been adopted by many, Joe will be hosting "Overlooked Tricks That Trigger Bigger Fish Strikes!" at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 26: Enjoy the Love of the Sport with "Z"
    One of the most recognizable faces in outdoor television today, Mark Zona is the current host of "Zona's Awesome Fishing Show" on the Outdoor Channel, which encourages outdoorsman to have fun with fishing. Zona will be sharing his passion and approach to the sport in his seminar "In Pursuit of Monster Smallies" at 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 27: Bassmaster Junior National Champion Carter Wijangco
    Naperville native Carter Wijangco has been fishing since he was in Kindergarten. Four years into the tournament circuit, he earned 1st place in the Bassmaster Junior National Championships in 2017. Speaking to novice and aspiring anglers, he will host "Angling for All Ages" at 1:00 p.m. during the show's "family day".

Fast Facts

WHEN: The Progressive® Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will be open Thursday-Sunday, January 24-27, 2019. Show hours are as follows: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, January 26; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 27.

TICKETS: Tickets are $13 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 - 11. Tickets to the show can be purchased here.

MORE INFO: For more information on the Progressive® Insurance Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, visit: or connect on Facebook, or Twitter.


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