First Look for Charity stands as one of Chicago’s greatest one-day fundraisers, regularly generating more than $2.5 million for 18 area nonprofits. held at McCormick Place the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens its public run, the benevolent event is anticipated by socialites and car buffs alike. Guests are treated to champagne, wine, soft drinks, elegant hors d’oeuvres and desserts — all while being the first to explore the annual edition of the nation’s largest auto show. Additionally, gala attendees will have the chance to win one of two brand new vehicles that will be awarded that evening.


You can direct the proceeds of your ticket purchase to any or all of the 18 charitable organizations, and $222 of each $275 ticket is tax-deductible as a charitable donation. Corporate giving packages are also available. 

Still want more? Attendees have a chance to win a 2017 Acura TLX or Lexus NX. TLX compliments of Acura and Chicagoland Acura dealers, NX compliments of Lexus and Chicagoland Lexus dealers. Fine food and beverages, provided by more than 20 local restaurants, are complementary Additionally, live entertainment will be offered at various manufacturer displays across the show floor. 

Top off your evening with a stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, which adjoins the convention center. First Look for Charity has secured a limited number of rooms starting at $119. More information on reservations shortly.


Tuxedo attire mandatory. Prize vehicle winners must be present at time of drawings, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for orders received after Feb. 1, 2017, will be held at Will Call. 

Follow us at #FLFC17 - First Look for Charity and the Chicago Auto Show are presented by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, representing the new-car dealers of Chicagoland and northwest Indiana.