After completing a full week of work, I bet most Chicagoans are ready for a vacation!  As usual, the city has us covered this weekend!

Here’s two great shows to get us started!!

The 15th annual Travel and Adventure Show takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd.) in Rosemont this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.). Here you’ll be face-to-face with thousands of travel experts from around the world!  You’ll explore endless vacation options, discover over 250+ destinations from around the globe, plan your trip, meet travel celebrities, attend dozens of educational seminars, and so much more.  There’s even fun for the whole family with camel rides, scuba lessons in the dive pool, and many other activities!  Plus guests can renew their passport, sign up for the Global Entry Program, snag some sweet deals with exclusive show-only specials, and trip giveaways!!

The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat RV & Sail Show drops anchor at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the South Loop this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  It’s the ultimate one-stop market place for outdoor adventure and fun.  This year’s show is packed with over 600 boats, 100 RV’s, sailing and boating educational seminars, plus the latest in technology and outdoor & marine accessories!  Visitors can also participate in various activities and games such as free paddle sports demos, remote control sailboat racing, the Huck Finn trout pond for kids 12 and younger, the Corona find your beach bar & cantina, oyster shucking demos, and more!!  There’s something for everyone at this year’s show!

Watson Adventures returns this Saturday (1:00 p.m.) to the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.) in The Loop for its The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt.  Oh boy, the curator knew too much and was murdered!  Of course, he left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in the works of art so you could piece together the sordid details that got him killed!  BTW, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out whodunnit!!

The largest sketch comedy festival in the country presents a packed lineup of more than 100 hilarious performers at the 18th annual Chicago SketchFest held at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Performances take place every hour, on the hour, featuring a comedic melting pot of local favorites, award-winning international ensembles, veterans, and fresh talent performing nearly 200 shows over 8 days!  After all, January can be a rough month in Chicago, so why not have something to laugh about?!

Beware of the No Pants Subway Ride on the Red Line this Sunday (12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)!  This pantless tradition started in New York City in 2002 and has spread across the country to other cities.  This event is meant to have a little fun with a celebration of silliness and nothing more.  All private bits should be kept private!  Please refer to the official Facebook page for more details and find out exactly where to meet if you wish to participate.  Don’t forget to bring a pair of pants!  After all, you can’t spend the entire day walking around without them!!  Or, can you?

Are You Ready for a Vacation?