I''ve gone to the Chicago Sailboat show for the past three or four years, and enjoy it very much. I go with my wife and she likes it because she can go to museums, shopping, or any number of other spots in downtown Chicago. I especially like the forums held there, and have found them varied, informative, and very interesting. It is easily the best sailboat show in the midwest, and certainly one of the best in the country. If you decide to go let me know and we can discuss sailing for twenty minutes or so over a cup of coffee.
Can''t help you with hotels because we always stay with my brother who lives in southwestern Michigan.
Enjoy the show.
Peter K., S/V Waltzing Matilda
Cape Dory 26, Hull #42