Lights, Camera, Action

Ready or not, the 2016 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. It just so happens that the 2016 Chicago Auto Show opens a day before Valentine’s Day. This year, the public days of the Chicago Auto Show are Feb. 13 – 21. 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 108th 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 2016 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 to look at cars, then you haven’t been down to the show for quite some time. This year there are THREE indoor test tracks. There is the Jeep Test Track where you can climb into a Jeep and have a professional driver take you through their exhilarating obstacle course. Chrysler has a multi-brand track that features an acceleration lane, slalom and brake zone. The Camry Experience will immerse Chicago Auto Show attendees within a 27,000 square foot themed indoor driving course and is designed to recreate one of the recent television commercials in Toyota’s “Bold New Camry” advertising campaign. Additionally, there are six outdoor test drive opportunities. Sign up for those at Ford, Kia, Mazda, Scion, Subaru and Toyota exhibits. Plus there’s so much more for families to do on the floor of the Chicago Auto Show.

First Look for Charity will be held from 7 – 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. It stands as one of Chicago’s greatest one-day fundraisers expected this year to raise $2.5 million for 18 area charities. Now in its 25th 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 13 – Sunday, February 21
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616
Show Hours: Feb. 13 – 20: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Feb. 21: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adults – $12, seniors and kids ages 7-12 – $7, kids age 6 and under – free

Weekday discount vouchers ($5 off general adult admission tickets) are available at area new-car dealers.

Special Days:

Monday, February 15 (Presidents Day): Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show.
Tuesday, February 16: Women’s Day. Women are admitted for $7.
Friday, February 19: Hispanic Day.
Wednesday, February 17 through Friday, February 19: 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

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