DHS 2020 Chicago Auto Show - Top 25 Reasons to Go - Things To Do in Chicago

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(Contributing Editor: Susan Frissell)


We’re having a heat wave…. The mid winter temps are tolerable in contrast with this time last year when frostbite was pervasive. It should nix any anxiety of making a Windy City pilgrimage, this upcoming week, to visit 2020 Chicago Auto Show, The 112th edition of America’s largest consumer car display makes a it’s splash today.


In the Flesh: nearly 1000 new vehicles at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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TECH IS WHERE IT’S AT: Even the more affordable new cars & and light trucks have a rear camera as standard equipment and offer some variation of Advanced Driver Assist System, which typically includes self-steering, accelerating and braking within an identifiable lane above a nominal speed and lane departure or rear cross traffic warning.

PLUG IT IN: While petrol power isn’t going away any time soon, every few months seems to bring the announcement of new battery electric vehicles. The trend towards greater renewable or cleaner energy means every brand offers now Electric Hybrid models. Don’t count Hydrogen fuel cell electrics out of the renewable energy mix too.

GOING VERTICAL, OVAL OR GRID: with Jeep, Ram, Toyota and Volkswagen indoor offroad and track courses. Ford, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo will make local streets drives available outside (weather permitting).

SHAKE IT UP: in Ford’s GT & Toyota new Supra GR hydraulic arm simulators. Lap a real Volkswagen GTI arcade style (Our advice = Brake Hard). Upload a photograph of your dream car to Twitter or Instagram to win a chance for a VIP tour of Lamborghinis, Rolls and Bentleys at the Wintrust Supercar Gallery.

MUNCH AND CHUG: There’s light / hearty digestible fare for the hungry or thirsty.

Craft beer afficionados can quench their thirst with returning Friday Night Flights craft beer night, 6-9 p.m., Friday February 14, 2020.

BRING THE KIDS: Monday February 10, 2020 hosts Family Day special family themed events on Presidents Day, when kids are off from school. The place is abound with interactive displays including Chevrolet’s challenging robot erector set vehicle maze. Parallel parking has never been so easy.

HUMAN POWER: Honda will calculate your human power running speed on Sunday February 16th, 2020 at their Miles Per Run tracking 2.4 miles through McCormick Place buildings.

TWITTER-ers: can tweet to @ChiAutoShow.  Follow the hashtag #CAS2020, for the latest exhibit news or to share their Chicago Auto Show experiences.

APP IT: 2020 Chicago Auto Show MOBILE APPs are available for Android and Apple devices, qualifying users for a $3 off admission.

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

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WHAT: 2020 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 8, 2020 through February 17, 2020

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

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– Adults: $13, Seniors and Kids aged 7-12: $8

Discounts & Coupons (valid Weekdays only) :

Women: $8 admission on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020.

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

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

– $5 coupons off admission Monday February 10, 2020 for attendance wearing Chicago / Illinois sports team apparel.

– $6 coupon off regular admission February 12 – 14, 2020 with donation of 3 cans of food (benefiting Safe Haven Foundation kiosk in Grand Concourse)

– Tickets may also be purchased online at:

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Parking at McCormick Place runs $15-$23, reduced to $10 after 6 pm. Remote Millennium Park Garages ($15 daily) offer free shuttle services.

Public Transportation: the CTA , Metra Electric Line .

Senior/ Disabled Accessibility: Scooters and wheelchairs can be rented at Gate 4 ($20 daily).

Further details: the 2020 Chicago Auto Show website:


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