Multimedia

Chicago Auto Show Blog

Let's Get This Party Started!

Posted by: Kristen Rich

Following Mark Bilek around the show floor on the first day of this internship was a tad frightening. Maybe it was the cranes hanging dangerously above my head, the sounds of distant engines revving or the taunting task of weaving my way around the show floor. I couldn’t imagine that just a couple days later, I would be navigating myself from exhibit to exhibit with such ease. I don’t even need to use a map anymore! But then again, I never pictured the mess of crates, trucks and dust becoming the beautiful show room I saw last night at the First Look for Charity.

We had watched the floor anxiously as they prepared for First Look, eyeing the decorations and obviously, all of the food. But even my sneak peak didn’t prepare me for the spectacular event that was to take place. Us girls ran back to the hotel and luckily had enough time to paint ourselves pretty , throw on our dresses and strap on our horrifically painful dress shoes, while the boys, well, just changed. And even though I basically set up camp on the show floor for the 48 hours beforehand, it was almost like I was seeing the show for the first time. Dressed to the nines, all attendees came to see the cars, drink the champagne and most importantly, eat the food. The most difficult challenge (other than trying to walk through the show with throbbing feet) was trying to eat all my food before stopping at another table, where I would receive another plate of tasty food. At the end of night, when all the interns collapsed in the media center, with their complimentary McCormick place slippers and bottles of water, I just couldn’t imagine seeing the auto show in any other way.

And then I did. And it was awesome. Newly-appointed governor Pat Quinn, along with Jesse White and a bunch of other bigwigs cut the ribbon this morning to open the auto show. I was more than excited to see Jesse White, because I have not only been an Illinois driver for six years, but I’m a huge fan of the Jesse White Tumblers. Besides being completely star struck, I was also excited to see my first ribbon cutting ceremony. It was everything I imagined, big scissors and all. And once the ribbon was cut, the floor opened up to the public.

At first, I was apprehensive. I was afraid that the First Look for Charity and all of my behind-the-scenes access had spoiled me and hindered my ability to enjoy the show. But I was definitely wrong. I was sent down to the floor to perform some intern duties and as I did, I sensed a completely different energy throughout the show. People were everywhere, jumping in cars, taking pictures , collecting goodies, running from exhibit to exhibit to see the coolest, fastest and prettiest cars. And even though I had to weave through visitors to find the cars and even though there was a line for Volkswagen’s Caraoke, I had finally seen the show in action and that was definitely the best part of this whole experience.

« Last Post Next Post »

View all Posts from this Blog

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS16

Blog

More

Wednesday, September, 21, 2016

Tidy Car, Clear Mind

With as much time as we spend in them, our cars become an extension of our households often carrying snacks, extra ...

Tuesday, September, 13, 2016

Chevy Bolts Onto the Scene

Those waiting in line for a Tesla Model 3 might want to consider asking for their deposit back as the Bolt EV is ...

Tuesday, September, 13, 2016

Come Drive the All-New Mazda CX-9!

Hot on the heels of last weekend's MX-5 drive, Mazda is offering a consumer driving experience of its all-new ...

Friday, September, 09, 2016

Nissan TITAN Driving Experience This Weekend

The 2017 Nissan TITAN is rolling into dealerships this fall, and Nissan is giving Chicagoans an exclusive ...

Wednesday, September, 07, 2016

Drive the MX-5 Roadster This Weekend!

Mazda wants to put YOU behind the wheel of the MX-5 roadster. This week, the MX-5 Experience Tour will be making a ...

Friday, August, 19, 2016

Stunning Concepts Headline Monterey Car Week

Two stunning concepts headline Monterey Car Week - a 7-day car orgy featuring the Pebble Beach Concours ...

Monday, August, 15, 2016

Nissan Reveals Pricing for 2017 Armada

Today, Nissan announced pricing for its all-new 2017 Armada – a full-size SUV that made its global debut at ...

Monday, August, 01, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Expands WORKER Line to Metris

On the heels of the Sprinter WORKER reveal at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has announced an expansion ...

Tuesday, July, 26, 2016

A Guide to Safety Features in Cars Today

Safety technology has evolved since the standard seat belt was included in most automobiles around the 1960s. ...

Wednesday, July, 13, 2016

Chrysler Says, "Hack Away!"

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering a "bug bounty" financial reward for discovery of potential vehicle ...

More

8/5/2016 3:18:01 PM

CAS Fans, what do you think? - via Chicago Tribune Cars

8/3/2016 12:52:46 PM

Busy morning planning for #CAS17! #Mitsubishi #Mazda

8/2/2016 2:32:45 PM

Guess who we're meeting with to start planning for #CAS17? #CAS15Debut

8/2/2016 10:53:03 AM

What three trucks debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 2016? #TriviaTuesday

8/2/2016 8:17:32 AM

On the heels of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter WORKER reveal at #CAS16, the brand just announced the Metris

8/1/2016 9:51:02 AM

Give something new a try this week! #MondayMotivation

7/29/2016 10:03:02 AM

We love this old vs. new picture from @automobile_nation! #FanFriday #chevrolet

7/28/2016 1:30:14 PM

Congrats well deserved

7/28/2016 10:31:02 AM

Guess That Grille! Can you guess which car from #CAS16 this grille belongs to

7/28/2016 10:16:55 AM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

More

9/23/2016 9:39:32 PM

@ChiAutoShow My LED Digital truck is based in Chicago and available for trade show promotions. 312-924-7979 https://t.co/KxXij0VExL

9/23/2016 7:12:29 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? On 7/16, attend a @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops event at a dealer near you! https://t.co/E0eSz

9/22/2016 10:37:00 AM

Keep your car tidy with these great organization hacks! https://t.co/E870z2xQlu

9/21/2016 8:07:25 PM

@ChiAutoShow GMC yukon

9/21/2016 12:40:16 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: We're on board with this #ItCanWait campaign. https://t.co/8wVghDi0lL

9/21/2016 12:36:47 PM

@ChiAutoShow GMC Acadia

9/21/2016 12:33:08 PM

@ChiAutoShow Envoy

9/21/2016 11:47:30 AM

Our winner for this week's #TriviaTuesday is @GStratonDHS! It was indeed the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali! DM us for more info on your free swag!

9/20/2016 9:25:48 PM

@ChiAutoShow GMC Acadia

9/20/2016 9:25:13 PM

@ChiAutoShow Ford Focus