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During the 30 years I lived in Chicago, I usually attended what would become known as “The Rosemont Show.”  It was originally held at the International Amphitheater on the Southside.  When the building was torn down the show moved to what is now called the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on River Road near O’Hare Field.  It is a great example of the hundreds of outdoor shows that are open this winter across the nation.  This one is open today through Sunday.

All the hoop-la this week about the closing of the Eastern Sports Show in PA I thought about the old Rosemont Show was once owned by the same people, and how they almost destroyed it with mismanagement.  The Rosemont Show is now back and open this weekend.

For more information on hours and ticket promos check out their website at  There is a Ticket Promo Food Drive for Discount Tickets.  All the food goes to Charity.  Kids under 11 get in FREE.  If you buy tickets on line for a discounted price you will receive a 1 year free subscription to Field and Stream or Outdoor Life.  Kids coming to the show in scout uniforms also get in FREE.


Hall of Fame Spence Petros Speaking and giving away marked lake maps of Lake Geneva and Lake Delevan on Friday.

Hall of Famer Bob Mehsikomer Speaks at the show with added discounts each day from A TEAM TACKLE.

Musky Panel on Sunday of the show features SPENCE PETROS, BOB MEHSIKOMER, DON PURSCH from Neilsons Fly In  and is moderated by Steve Sarley from the Outdoors Experience.

Grandt Rods release of their 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Series Rod line.  Thirty years of technology wrapped up in one special piece.

Speakers will include Jonathan VanDam Bassmaster Champion will be present. Tommy Skarlis All Time Money Winner in the Walleye Circuit. Mike Mlednick Smalllmouth bass expert from WI, Writer and full time guide.  Greg Bohn Mr. Walleye and Slip Bobber Techniques and Gene Ellison The Fishing Machine Bassmaster Champion.

MIDWEST OUTDOORS will present cooking segments and will be live at the show.

HUNTING EXPERT from the Outdoors Channel Mark Millis adds his expertise to the discussions.

Kids Zone is a real attraction to preserve our next generation of Anglers.

Illinois DNR Booth and Seminars are always popular.  Illinois Conservation Foundation Giving away Rods and Reels to the kids.

Chauncey’s Great Outdoors Programs present several hundred FREE TACKLE BOXES to the Kids on Sunday.  There is also the Kids Treasure Hunt on Saturday.

OSG TROUT POND has special promotions for the kids every day. Sponsored by Pure Fishing 50 packs of swim baits given away each day at the OSG TROUT POND.

3-D Archery Shoot at the show .

The Gun Show Presence at the show provides Education on Guns and Safety as well as some gun dealers and support.  This is the first ever gun show in Chicago Rosemont on Saturday.

RV DEALERS and BOAT DEALERS display their products, as do many retailers in Fishing and Hunting.

Lodges and outfitters from all over are present to answer questions and book that next vacation.


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