Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof at the Schaumburg Convention Center. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic animals, we have it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join us for educational seminars and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industries best and trend-setting manufacturers. Add in a bevy of high powered speakers you’ve heard of and read articles from but have not had the chance to meet in person and you’ve got a must see for any aquarist no matter what their experience level.
GATOR ENCOUNTERS This year, Aquatic Experience brings the only mobile alligator experience in the world to Chicago with Gator Encounters! Guests of all ages will get an up-close experience with an Alligator Touch Tank, providing the rare chance to touch and hold a live gator, in addition to a display of adult alligators. Daily “Gator Talks” will teach guests about these amazing reptiles, with trained alligator handlers and experts on site to answer questions, discuss alligators’ survival techniques, adaptations, hunting style and much more. - See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/#sthash.MQ4kxsfv.dpuf
2015 ENTERTAINMENT & ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE: 64,000+ Sq Ft of Salt/Fresh Water Exhibits and Displays – Daily Show Floor Raffle – Free Show Floor – Presentations – Kid’s Aquarium Contest – Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Fish Display – Win A Betta Fish Toss – Touch Tank – Educational Programs from top-notch Speakers – Face Painting and Caricature Artist – State of the Industry Town Hall Meeting/Q&A Session
EXHIBITORS AND PRODUCT SHOPPING MART: Manufacturers – Hobbyist/Clubs – Health & Nutrition Retailers – Non Profit Organizations – Coral, Frags and Live Rock Marine – Pond & Aquarium Aquatic Livestock – Innovative Products – Substrates and Decor – Water Garden Products – Filters, Lighting and Accessories – Furniture and Supplies.