Chicago Auto Show 2011: A Guide to the Show and a Sneak Preview of the Concept Cars.

See what's on tap for the future at the Chicago Auto Show.

What to Expect.
Chicago, January 19, 2011. The 103rd, Chicago Auto Show is just around the corner.  You'll need your walking shoes for what is the largest Auto Show in North America--covering 1.2 million square feet.  Nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display including: Multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, concept cars (see slide show below) and a variety of automotive related products.

Dates.
The Chicago Auto Show comes to McCormick Place Friday, February 11 and continues through Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Hours.
February 11 through the 19th: 10a.m. to 10p.m.
February 20: 10a.m. to 8p.m.

Admission.
Adult admission is $11; Seniors 62 and older is $7; Children, 7 to 12 is $7; Children 6 and younger, free when accompanied by a paying adult.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online.

Discounts.
Half-price coupons are available at participating BP gas stations.
Weekday discount coupons ($4 off the regular adult admission) are available at most area new-car dealers.
Women will be admitted for $7 on Women's Day, Tuesday, February 15.
Patrons who bring three cans of food for the Chicago Auto Show Food Drive will be admitted for $7 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (February 16 through February 18).

Location.
McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive.

Transportation.
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.

More Information.
The Chicago Auto Show has an extensive website that is almost as good as taking a trip to McCormick Place.

Concept Cars.
You may want to wait until next year to buy after you see what the future promises.  Check out six new looks in the slide show below of Concept Cars that will appear at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

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