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Largest Auto Show opens its doors

Ready or not, the 2017 auto show season is well under way and Chicago is just around the corner. The Chicago Auto Show is truly a winter tradition for many families and couples in Chicago. This year, the public days of the Show are Feb. 11 – 20. The grand opening will be on a Saturday, February 11, at 10 a.m. at McCormick Place.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to be on hand Saturday, Feb. 11 for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will officially open the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

With more than one million sq. ft. of exhibit space of the McCormick Place complex, the show is the LARGEST in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. As always, the show features nearly 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs, appearances from celebrities and sports icons and interactive exhibits for the whole family.

Taking center stage at the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto Show are more than 20 vehicles that made their world debut during this week’s Media Preview, including Dodge Durango SRT; Ford Expedition; Hyundai Elantra GT; Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; Nissan TITAN King Cab and Midnight Editions; TRD Sport editions of the Toyota Tundra and Sequoia; Subaru Legacy; and Volkswagen Tiguan LWB.

And the show wouldn’t be complete without its impressive lineup of luxury and supercars. Visitors will once again have a front-row seat to the most luxurious vehicles, including:

  • Acura NSX
  • Aston Martin Vantage
  • Audi R8
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • BMW i8
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Dodge Viper
  • Lexus LC
  • Ford GT
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Lotus Exige
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
  • Porsche 911
  • Rolls-Royce Dawn

New this year, show organizers are enhancing and streamlining the attendee experience with a new program called epass. Attendees who visit the show can activate their ticket (both mobile and box office tickets) to scan at kiosks located throughout the show floor to request vehicle information on-demand, sign up for test-drives and even enter contests.

The show’s official app, now in its third year, is the perfect virtual companion for attendees. The app is available for Android and Apple iOS devices and contains a complete schedule, virtual show floor map and complete listing of vehicles on display. People who download the app can register to win a two-year lease on a Buick Envision or GMC Acadia. The app also acts as an epass for attendees.

The Chicago Auto Show also features several indoor test tracks, outdoor ride-and-drive opportunities and even a play zone for kids. This year there are FIVE indoor test tracks. Returning are Camp Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s multi-brand track and Toyota’s RAV4 & Highlander Experience. New for 2017 is a Ram proving ground and Mercedes-Benz’ “Iron Schöckl.” Named after the Schöckl, a mountain in Austria, the Iron Schöckl challenges the Mercedes-Benz G-Class by forcing it to undertake a 45-degree incline. Then, at the top, the G-Class enters a movable platform, teeters to point downward and undertakes a 45-degree descent. Ram’s proving ground boasts six stations designed to highlight the pickup’s capabilities. They include an active level station, construction culverts, torque pull, towing demonstration, mountain climb and high-wedge turn.

The Chicago auto show season is upon us and, as the nation’s largest and longest running show, do not miss the opportunity to be a part of it.

Dates: Saturday, February 11 – Monday, February 20

Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Show Hours: Feb. 11 – 20: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Feb. 20: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adults – $13, seniors and kids ages 7-12 – $7, kids age 6 and under – free

Special Days:

Tuesday, February 15: Women’s Day. Women are admitted for $7.

Wednesday, February 15 through Friday, February 17: Chicago Auto Show Food Drive. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for $7 admission.

Friday, February 17: Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day.

Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day): Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show.

Buy Tickets: McCormick Place Show Box Office or drivechicago.com

For more information visit: chicagoautoshow.com

Social media pages:

  • Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow
    • Twitter.com/ChiAutoShow
    • YouTube.com/ChicagoAutoShow
    • Instagram.com/thechicagoautoshow
  • Pinterest.com/ChiAutoShow

Official hashtag: #CAS17