I''m in Milwaukee and I always enjoy going to this show. I highly recommend it. See the following web site for hotels :
I think we have stayed at a different hotel each time. There are many good ones, and I look for a good deal and something close to Michigan Ave for my wife. There are free shuttles that run to the show, so it is easy to get around.
Last year I bought a GPS, handheld VHF, a jacket and a few other things at big discounts. Many good boats to drool over.