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

Friday, June, 24, 2016

A Day at the Park, Ridgeline Style

  Honda introduced Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) members to the new 2017 Ridgeline truck ...

Thursday, June, 02, 2016

MAMA Spring Rally Roundup

Each spring, car manufacturers and auto writers flock to Elkhart Lake, Wis. to partake in the annual, ...

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 ...

More

6/25/2016 10:12:03 AM

Want to help support local troops and their families? Chicagoland’s car dealers are firing up the grill on Saturday, July 16 to host USO BBQ for the Troops fundraisers. Find a BBQ Near you: www.DriveChicago.com. #BBQ4Troops

6/24/2016 3:35:13 PM

A day at the park...Honda Ridgeline style. #UltimateTailgate

6/24/2016 11:31:25 AM

I think we can all agree that The Chicago Auto Show is the best in the nation! Let's show our support by voting

6/24/2016 11:31:04 AM

#FanFriday! Great photo via @chicagoland_cruisers

6/22/2016 11:13:18 AM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 16. Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details and learn how you can help. #BBQ4Troops

6/21/2016 2:48:00 PM

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, that debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, gets a "totally tubular" review

6/21/2016 11:09:03 AM

#TakeMeBackTuesday! The Chevrolet Camaro 1967 was revealed at the 59th Chicago Auto Show

6/21/2016 9:12:47 AM

Acura's NSX concept more advanced than a Tesla? - via Mashable

6/20/2016 1:15:11 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

6/20/2016 12:17:58 PM

Vote for The Chicago Auto Show

More

6/25/2016 8:00:48 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

6/25/2016 11:58:01 AM

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/E0eSzO49Re

6/24/2016 7:54:12 PM

The Frank's Bar In Lincoln Park Daily is out! https://t.co/thljLJrEDp Stories via @MightyVine @ChiAutoShow @RLCarriers #chicago

6/24/2016 3:36:17 PM

A day at the park... @Honda Ridgeline style. https://t.co/iP0Z2gNT1Z #UltimateTailgate #HappyFriday

6/24/2016 11:34:11 AM

#FanFriday! Thx to @chicagoland_cruisers for this great photo. https://t.co/p51ccfkw9W

6/23/2016 6:25:53 PM

RT @tweetAprilRose: Promise I'll be good if I get one of these! The new Ford GT ?? 600hp @ChiAutoShow @979TheLoop https://t.co/iRdNSmv9Ey

6/22/2016 1:48:00 PM

Save the Date: 7/16. Help us support local #troops at @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops events! Visit https://t.co/I8YFZZ217r.

6/21/2016 6:35:13 PM

It's not too soon to start planning for next year's @ChiAutoShow! Check out these reasons to attend: https://t.co/xOikaepF2Y #auto #CAS17

6/21/2016 2:21:10 PM

RT @craftymomof3: Thanks for the recent follow @ChiAutoShow @Authoramp @PinzonRobert Happy to connect :) have a great Tuesday. >> https://t