Roadblazing.com DHS 2018 Chicago Auto Show - 25 Should Sees - Things To Do in Chicago

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(Contributing Editor: Susan Frissell)

 

Chicago braced for Snowmaggedon February 2018.

It arrived and appears to have passed without having laid as much waste as predicted.

 

Many stayed home from work yesterday only to do all the snow emergency chores like shoveling and plopping down folding chairs to take side street parking space Dibs.

 

It's time to get out and head over to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show which opens its McCormick Place doors to the public today.

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Over 1000 new vehicles on display at this year's Chicago Auto Show.

AMAZING FACT: Most new cars & even many light trucks make available some version of a self-steering, accelerating and braking (within a lane) technology.

Fuel economy is on everyone's radar with numerous Gas-Electric Hybrid vehicles and concepts, including several new Plug-Ins (PHEV). But petroleum powered high performance  sports cars, hot hatchbacks, compact luxury crossovers and...get this...5-door hatchback sport sedans are on the rise!

For the "Real Feel Behind the Wheel" go vertical at Camp Jeep and Kia's indoor courses, burn a little rubber over at Toyota. Cadillac, Ford, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen allow you to drive on the local streets outside (weather permitting).

Get shaken up in Ford's hydraulic arm simulator. Plop into arcade style driver's seats over at the Hyundai display.

For the hungry/ thirsty there are snack / beverage choices aplenty.

TWITTER-ers can follow the hashtag #CAS18, for the latest exhibit news or to share their Chicago Auto Show experiences.

2018 Chicago Auto Show MOBILE APPs are available for Android and Apple devices.

Check out our photo gallery for auto show highlights. And a handy .jpeg Floor Map, which can be enlarged.

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WHAT: 2018 Chicago Auto Show . Nearly 1,000 vehicles on display along with plenty of interactive activities in over 1 million square feet of space; the largest in North America.

WHERE: McCormick Place (at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616)

WHEN: from February 10, 2018 through February 19, 2018

WHAT TIME: 9 am to 10 pm daily (8 pm on the final day).

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HOW MUCH:

- Adults: $13, Seniors and Kids aged 7-12: $7

Discounts & Coupons (valid Weekdays only) :

Women: $7 admission on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

- $3 off Weekday adult admission  by downloading Android or Apple Chicago Auto Show apps.

- $6 coupons off Weekday adult admission at Chicagoland car dealers.

- $6 coupon off regular Weekday admission ($3 off Weekend rates) with coupons available at select Wintrust Banks.

- $5 coupon off regular admission February 14 - 16, 2018 with donation of 3 cans of food (benefiting Safe Haven Foundation kiosk in Grand Concourse)

- Tickets may also be purchased online at: tickets.drivechicago.com

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GETTING THERE:

Parking at McCormick Place runs $15-$23, reduced to $10 after 6 pm.

Public Transportation: the CTA , Metra Electric Line and shuttle buses available to the Millennium Park Parking Garage.

Senior/ Disabled Accessibility: Scooters and wheelchairs can be rented at Gate 4

Further details: the 2018 Chicago Auto Show website: www.chicagoautoshow.com

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