Chicago Auto Show 2015: Chicagoan winter tradition
Ready or not, the 2015 auto show season is well under way. Los Angeles and Detroit wrapped successful shows and Chicago is just around the corner. The Chicago Auto Show is truly a winter tradition for many families and couples in Chicago. It just so happens that the 2015 Chicago Auto Show opens on Valentine’s Day. This year, the public days of the Chicago Auto Show are Feb. 14 – 22. Once again, the show will open on a Saturday and close on a Sunday.
Despite the deep chill that’s affecting the Midwest, plans for the nation’s largest auto show are heating up.
First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 107th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization that has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.
North America’s largest auto show, the 2015 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of the McCormick Place complex and displays multiple world and North American introductions and a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. In all, hundreds of different vehicles will be on display, plus hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars. The Chicago Auto Show also features several indoor test tracks and outdoor ride-and-drive opportunities. If you think that the only thing to do at the Chicago Auto Show is look at cars, then you haven’t been down to the show for quite some time. This year, the show floor will host three indoor test tracks to keep attendees thoroughly entertained. In addition, there are multiple outdoor test-drive opportunities. Plus there will be multiple daily events and appearances.
Attendees of the Chicago Auto Show have come to expect a hands-on driving experience in a Toyota vehicle. This year, Toyota is raising the bar, offering two different consumer ride and drive opportunities – one indoor and one outdoor – for show visitors. The Camry Experience will immerse Chicago Auto Show attendees within a 27,000 square foot themed indoor driving course. Outside of McCormick Place, the popular Toyota Drive Center returns. This experiential event offers show visitors an opportunity to test drive a variety of popular Toyota vehicles in a non-retail environment on a specially-designed street course around area roads. Featured vehicles include the RAV 4, Highlander, 4Runner and Sienna. The Scion Live Drive, by Toyota’s Scion brand, adds a third venue for 2015 Chicago Auto Show patrons to experience Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. vehicles. Scion Live Drive, a driving event similar to the Toyota Drive Center. Show attendees can drive the award-winning FR-S sports car, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, and the sporty tC coupe.
First Look for Charity will be held from 7 – 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. It stands as one of Chicago’s greatest one-day fundraisers, regularly generating more than $2 million for 18 area nonprofits. Now in its 24th year, First Look for Charity stands as one of the special events on the winter schedules of Chicago socialites and car buffs.
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 14 – Sunday, February 22
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616
Show Hours: Feb. 14 – 21: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Feb. 22: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adults – $12, seniors and kids ages 7-12 – $6, kids age 6 and under – free
Weekday discount tickets, which are $6 off general adult admission tickets, are available at area new-car dealers.
Monday, February 16 (Presidents Day): Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show.
Tuesday, February 17: Women’s Day. Women are admitted for $6.
Friday, February 20: Hispanic Day.
Wednesday, February 18 through Friday, February 20: Chicago Auto Show Food Drive. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for $6 admission.
Buy Tickets: McCormick Place Show Box Office or www.drivechicago.com
For more information visit: www.chicagoautoshow.com
Social media pages:
Instagram.com/thechicagoautoshow • Pinterest.com/ChiAutoShow
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