Chicago Auto Show: What you need to know before going

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The Chicago Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow at 10 a.m. So, in a nutshell, here's what you should know before you go (from the ChicagoAutoShow.com website):

Dates

  • Public Show:  Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 20
  • First Look for Charity:  Thursday, February 10, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Black tie.
     

Location - McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616.

Show Hours 

  • February 11-19:  10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • February 20:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission 

  • $11 for adults
  • $7 for seniors aged 62 and older
  • $7 for children 7-12
  • Free admission for children 6 and younger when they accompany a paying adult.
     

Special Days

  • Tuesday, February 15:  Women's Day. Women are
    admitted for $7. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented
    programs on the purchase and lease of cars and maintenance.
  • Wednesday, February 16 through Friday, February 18: 
    Chicago Auto Show Food Drive. Show patrons who bring three cans of
    food will receive a coupon for $7 admission. All food will be donated to
    A Safe Haven Foundation.
  • Friday, February 18:  Telemundo Hispanic Day.

Parking

McCormick Place offers on-site parking. There are three main McCormick Place lots. A, B & C. Lots A & C are $19 and Lot B is $14. All lots are $10 after 6 p.m. Parking
fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American
Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours.
Overnight parking is not available, and there are no in-and-out
privileges.

Saturday and Sunday only: the Chicago Auto Show operates free shuttle bus service to and from the Millennium Park Garage and East Monroe Garage.
Weekend parking rates at Millennium Park are $14 per day. Parking fees
can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American
Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours.
Overnight parking is not available. The Millennium Park Garage and East
Monroe Garage can be accessed at the following locations:

  • Millennium Park Garage -- The automobile
    entrance for the Millennium Garage is on South Columbus Drive between
    Monroe Street (from the south, heading north) and Randolph Street (from
    the north, heading south).
  • East Monroe Garage -- The automobile entrance
    for the Monroe Garage is on South Columbus Drive between Monroe Street
    (from the south, heading north) and Randolph Street (from the north,
    heading south).

Public Transportation

CTA - Bus routes are a
convenient travel option for those heading to the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
at McCormick Place North and South beginning Friday, February 11
through Sunday, February 20. Bus service is available during all hours
the show is open.

CTA's #3 King Drive and #21 Cermak bus routes provide direct service
to McCormick Place. #3 buses serve McCormick Place from North Michigan
Avenue and the South Side every six to 15 minutes. #21 buses serve the
West Side, operating to McCormick Place from North Riverside Park Mall
approximately every 11 to 18 minutes and 16 to 20 minutes later on
weekday evenings and Sunday evenings. Customers also can take the CTA's
Red Line and transfer to #21 buses at the Cermak-Chinatown station.

In addition, the #129 West Loop/South Loop operates between the
Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and McCormick place during
weekday evening rush hours.

CTA also will operate two bus routes dedicated to Auto Show service.
One route will provide convenient connections with CTA's rail lines
downtown and Metra lines at Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station
and LaSalle Street station. Service will operate approximately every 15
to 20 minutes on weekdays and approximately every 7.5 to 15 minutes on
weekends between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day, and until 9 p.m. on
Sunday, February 20.

On weekends only, a shuttle service will operate from the Halsted
station on the Orange Line approximately every 15 minutes beginning one
half hour before the Auto Show opens to one hour after the event closes.

CTA Auto Show Service - Auto Show buses start their
trips from Ogilvie Transportation Center on Clinton at Washington,
making stops south on Clinton to Jackson, east on Jackson to Wabash. A
stop is also made on Columbus at 11th to serve the Museum Campus.

From Columbus and 11th, the buses run express to McCormick Place.
Customers can connect to buses on Jackson from the Blue Line at
Dearborn, the Red Line at State, and from Brown, Green, Orange and Pink
Line trains serving the Adams/Wabash station (one block north of
Jackson).

Enjoy the show! And for more information or to purchase advance tickets be be sure to visit ChicagoAutoShow.com.

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