News & Events

GM Display Expands In Chicago

The list of manufacturers who choose Chicago to stage the largest displays they produce anywhere in the world has grown again.

General Motors has increased its Chicago footprint by an additional 22,000 sq. ft., totaling approximately 186,000 sq. ft. starting at the 2008 edition in the nation’s premier exposition center, McCormick Place. The Chicago Auto Show currently utilizes 1.3 million sq. ft. of “Class A” space with full 40’ tall ceilings—and all on the same floor. The new GM display will bring all of the General’s brands together in the North Hall of McCormick Place.

“We’re thrilled to have GM express its confidence in Chicago’s importance,” said Bob Loquercio, chairman of the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. “We also want to acknowledge the cooperation of a large group of manufacturers who have relocated to new homes to accommodate this major shift of in our floor plan.”

Steve Hill, General Motors North Central Regional Manager said, “We’re excited to have all of our brands grouped together for our customers. We’ll be able to showcase and feature our industry leading design and technology, as well as our vision for alternative fuels.

“While we’re celebrating our past 100 years, Chicago will help us to better tell the story of our future,” said Hill.

Auto Show General Manager Jerry Cizek said, “People keep asking us how we’re able to take care of requests for more space. Actually, Chicago is the only major show in the United States with room to grow. If someone wanted more space our response would be to ‘Bring it on!’ Not only will the increase in size of the GM display (featuring its Centennial Anniversary celebration display) provide a dramatic new look to the North Hall, but will bring new consumer views to the entire show. It’s always good to jumble up the deck a bit and with this move we’ll do exactly that. We think the public will love it.”

“There’s no spot on our show floor that doesn’t maximize an exhibitor’s ability to reach the public,” continued Cizek. “The size of the show coupled with its multiple entrance access points result in an ideal situation for all of our exhibitors. The brilliant design of McCormick Place makes production of the biggest automotive exposition in North America a much easier and cost-effective proposition.”

Chrysler Corporation’s 192,000 sq. ft. display, replete with a half-mile long indoor test track, will again provide a formidable platform to stage its world premier of the production Dodge Challenger. They’re going to need elbow room for what will surely be a sea of consumers, all craning their necks to see the next object of their automotive fantasies.
The Chrysler, GM and Ford displays alone total more than a half million square feet. That’s bigger than most shows in the United States.

“It’s really not a space race for the biggest display,” said Loquercio. “What’s important is that exhibitors from all over the world all know that Chicago has the capability to accommodate virtually any request made of us in Class A space right on the main floor.

“Additionally, we have the best infrastructure to stage the nation’s biggest auto show. We’re blessed with a burgeoning first class hotel population—including two of the top five-rated properties in the world—that offers 69,000 hotel rooms within a 15-minute drive of McCormick Place; a city that’s central for air travel from anywhere in the world; unparalleled restaurants and a dedicated labor force that constructs this gigantic show in a mere seven days.

“Why wouldn’t we be proud? We have what everyone else wants.”

Back to News

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS16

Blog

More

Friday, May, 27, 2016

Racing's Greatest Weekend

Memorial Day, time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our ...

Thursday, May, 19, 2016

Nissan Leaf Charged Up for 2016

While the completely redesigned Chevrolet Volt and soon-to-be produced Bolt garner most of the electric-car media ...

Friday, May, 13, 2016

Ford GT a Sellout!

Ford received 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world in the one-month window to apply to ...

Wednesday, April, 20, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits with a social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp. The campaign ...

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

Ford Now Accepting Applications for GT Supercar

For the first time, 2015 Chicago Auto Show goers were able to see the Ford GT supercar in person at the show and ...

Wednesday, March, 30, 2016

Cars are the Star of the Big Apple

Automakers lit up the Big Apple last week with an assortment of flashy vehicles that debuted during the New York ...

Monday, March, 14, 2016

Buick Presents Cascada to Midwest Automotive Media Association

Buick Vice President of Marketing Tony DiSalle spotlighted the all-new Buick Cascada during the Midwest Automotive ...

Monday, February, 29, 2016

Chevy Inspires Kindness in #DayItForward

Today is a unique day in history, one that does not come around often but has inspired goodness throughout ...

Friday, February, 19, 2016

Test Tracks Are A Gear Shifter

Of everything to see and do at the Chicago Auto Show, some of the most popular attractions are the test tracks, ...

Wednesday, February, 17, 2016

Women's Day Revs Up Excellence

Women's Day at the Chicago Auto Show is a revolutionary way to bring a diverse group of women with a common ...

More

5/27/2016 3:04:41 PM

#FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the 1954 show

5/27/2016 12:50:17 PM

Memorial Day...time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our freedoms, throw some encased meat onto the grill and prepare for the greatest racing weekend of the year

5/27/2016 11:01:49 AM

How cool is this photo by @jasonmpeterson? Feel free to save down as your desktop or phone screensaver! #Volvo #Chicago

5/26/2016 10:28:21 AM

We're out at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally! From track time, to off-roading and testing out Family Vehicle of the Year contenders, there's much to see and do at Road America. Highlights will be posted soon to the blog - stay tuned

5/20/2016 9:15:27 AM

Chicago Auto Show producers, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, shares the facts & myths on how frequent you really need your oil changed

5/19/2016 4:37:49 PM

The Chevrolet Volt and Bolt aren't the only talk of the EV town

5/17/2016 10:36:48 PM

Mark your calendars for July 16! Help support the USO of Illinois & local troops. #BBQ4Troops

5/16/2016 1:23:49 PM

We worked on this project for Nissan in January and are happy to share it now! We wrapped three Nissan crossovers with custom red #chrome wraps and chrome, black, and white #vinyl accents. They were showcased at The Chicago Auto Show after a snowy photo shoot in Wisconsin. Let us know what you think! #CAS16 #averychrome #chromewraps #Nissan

5/16/2016 10:23:50 AM

Were you one of the 6,506 people who submitted an application for the Ford GT? Well, in just one month, the supercar has sold out

5/13/2016 12:01:00 PM

There used to be a "South Side Day" at the 1951 Chicago Auto Show! #FlashbackFriday

More

5/27/2016 3:21:02 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: #FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the '54 Chicago Auto Show! https://t.co/ewH0rqM2rp

5/27/2016 3:19:07 PM

#FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the '54 Chicago Auto Show! https://t.co/ewH0rqM2rp

5/27/2016 1:22:07 PM

Thanks for following @ChiAutoShow @FairwayFordSC @brandywineap Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend ! -- https://t.co/j6SsQTR7O2

5/27/2016 1:07:44 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: #MemorialDayWeekend is a time to honor the fallen & prepare for the best racing wknd of the year: https://t.co/KXrp5FVjkV

5/27/2016 12:54:38 PM

#MemorialDayWeekend is a time to honor the fallen & prepare for the best racing wknd of the year: https://t.co/KXrp5FVjkV

5/27/2016 12:12:44 PM

RT @rbourgoise: @Toyota 's Mike Kroll receives the @ChiAutoShow "Best of Show" award for @Lexus LC 500 during #MAMA16SR https://t.co/8GnRN6

5/27/2016 12:12:36 PM

RT @slowcb7: Look @fligouri cleaning up the awards for @chevrolet from @ChiAutoShow for #BestInShow https://t.co/Rl1JfvterL

5/27/2016 11:52:15 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Feel free to use as your screensaver! Photo cred: @Jasonmpeterson. #Volvo #Chicago #ChicagoSkyline #LakeShore https://t.co

5/27/2016 11:28:18 AM

RT @rbourgoise: @Toyota 's Mike Kroll receives the @ChiAutoShow "Best of Show" award for @Lexus LC 500 during #MAMA16SR https://t.co/8GnRN6

5/27/2016 11:28:14 AM

RT @slowcb7: Look @fligouri cleaning up the awards for @chevrolet from @ChiAutoShow for #BestInShow https://t.co/Rl1JfvterL