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.
Sponsored by Aqueon, Coralife and Kent
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.
Sponsored by Hikari®
Coldwater Marine Aquatics presents, experience octopus! Your chance to get up close and personal with two Octopus rubescens (Commonly known as the East Pacific red octopus) and other amazing pacific coast underwater animals so please join us as we get hands on, feed and learn about these amazing creatures. Feedings will take place twice a day at the exhibit.
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
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
Keynote Speaker Frank Reece of BlueZoo Radio and TV
Join Frank Reece on his journey of quirk as he delves into the lighter world of social media. Reece has interviewed industry leaders, best-selling authors, manufacturers, fish clubs and hobbyists, while also being locked in an aquatic jail, cleaning penguin homes and being eyed up by hungry Groupers. Reece will take you through the unique and often unimaginable sideshow that is the internet. From the ludicrous to the insane. Enjoy a night of good food and laughter as Reece explores the humorous side of a social media world gone mad. Some aquatics may apply!
2015 Speakers include Greg Wittstock, Hans-Georg Evers, Heiko Bleher, Joe Olenik, Oliver Knott, Oliver Lucanus, Patrick Donston, Paul Loiselle, Julian Sprung, Charles Delbeek, Sanjay Joshi, George Blasiola, Tony Vargas and Steve Lunblad.