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The Chicago Auto Show started this weekend and we were there for the press preview day before it began. This is the first major U.S. auto show in over a year, the last one being, you guessed it, the Chicago show in February of 2020.

Moving to a one-time summer format means that some of the show is outdoors and there is a lot to see and do. Here’s our quick rundown of what to see there.

For tickets and other information, see http://www.chicagoautoshow.com

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The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 Chicago organizations in a single night.

With more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, the Chicago Auto Show has something for everyone. Whether or not you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the 2020 show will provide a great opportunity to experience the latest technology and safety features found in today’s cars, trucks and SUVs.

The show’s new website features updated online ticketing, additional social media integration and an enhanced exhibitor registration process. The show, held annually at McCormick Place, will open to the public Saturday, Feb. 8, and run through Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents Day. The show is open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. each day, except for the final day of the show, Presidents Day, when it closes at 8 p.m. The Media Preview is Feb. 6-7 and its black-tie charity gala, First Look for Charity, will be held the evening of Friday, Feb. 7 at McCormick Place.

The show’s producer, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, offers access to nearly 1,000 of the industry’s latest cars, trucks and SUVs; demonstrations of the most innovative technology; interactive exhibits featuring virtual reality simulators; family-friendly activities; special appearances from celebrities and sports icons; and special themed days. In addition to the latest production, concept and exotic vehicles, the show is packed with opportunities for attendees to get behind the wheel through multiple indoor and outdoor ride-and-drive experiences.

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

Special-themed Days Include:

  • Sports Team Pride Day on Feb. 10 (wear a Chicago team jersey for discounted admission)
  • Women’s Day on Feb. 11 (women are admitted for a discounted price)
  • A Safe Haven Food Drive from Feb. 12-14 (bring three cans of food for discounted admission)
  • Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day on Feb. 14 (Telemundo hosts interactive activities and a live TV broadcast from the show floor)
  • Chicago Friday Night Flights the evening of Feb. 14 (more than a dozen local breweries offer samples of popular craft beer)
  • Family Day on Feb. 17 (The Daily Herald hosts a day of family fun and programming; Presidents Day also means a school holiday for many children)

Tickets are available for purchase at www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or at McCormick Place ticket booths throughout the public show. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $8 for seniors aged 62 or older, $8 for children ages 7-12 and children 6 and younger are admitted free when they accompany a paying adult.

For more information, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com or www.Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow

Information from this article sourced from the Chicago Auto Show site

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