The Chicago Auto Show. Don't Miss It

Ladies, for those of you who haven't heard the hype, the Chicago Auto Show begins this Friday for the public, February 11. Utilizing more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex (2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago), you can peruse the glory that is the world's largest auto show for the public in McCormick Place's 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls.

2016 Riviera Concept

2016 Riviera Concept

Produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization, the CATA has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

In case you weren't aware, women buy more than half of the new cars in the U.S. and influence up to 80 percent of all car purchases. Furthermore, women request 65 percent of the service work done at dealerships-which may be one of the reasons it makes sense for dealerships to employ a female service manager! Women also spend over $200 billion on new cars and mechanical servicing of vehicles each year. And, who is often seen behind the wheel of those SUV's? Women, who make up 45 percent of all purchases of light trucks and SUVS.

Exhibitions will include the following: Multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. It is reported that nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, there will also be numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.

I See You!

I See You!

Special appearances and events take place every day. A list of these can be found on the show's Event Schedule. Don't miss the Chicago Cubs Trophy which will be on display Tuesday, February 14.

Tickets are available at McCormick Place ticket booths on public show days or online at ChicagoAutoShow.com and https://tickets.drivechicago.com. Prices are as follows:

*$13 for adults
*$7 for seniors aged 62 and older
*$7 for children 7-12
*Free Admission for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Family members only.

Show Times are February 11-19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;February 20: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Special Days include:

*Media Preview (Thursday & Friday, Feb. 9,1)
*First Look For Charity (Friday, Feb. 10 (7 p.m - 11 p.m. black tie). Tickets required.
*Family Day (Monday, Feb. 20.)
*Women's Day (Wednesday, Feb. 15. Women admitted for $7. Manufacturers present special women-oriented programs on the purchase and lease of cars and maintenance).
*Chicago Auto Show Food Drive (Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 15-17. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for a $7 adult admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation).
*Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day (Friday, Feb, 17)

Expect a bag search; Patrons randomly selected for screening. All mobility devices must be approved by show management. Hoverboard, Segway and similar devices are not allowed on the show floor.

McCormick Place is easily reached by car or public transportation. Extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place. Weekend-only shuttle service from the Millennium Park and East Monroe underground garages. Shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Columbus/Upper and Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.

Scooter (50/day) and Wheelchair ($20/day) rentals are available by contacting Scootaround toll-free at (773) 439-9940. Credit cards accepted, located at Gate 4.

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