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2009 Show Quick Reference

Event The 101st Chicago Auto Show
Producer The Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Public Show: Fri., Feb. 13-Sun., Feb. 22
Media Preview: Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 11-12
First Look for Charity-Thurs., Feb. 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m.*

Where McCormick Place, Lake Shore Drive at 23rd Street
Hours 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 13-21; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22
Web site  
Admission $10 for adults; $5 for children 7-12, children 6 and under free when they accompany a paying parent; senior citizens age 62 and older, $5. Advance ticket sales available through our Web portal,  Weekday discount tickets (half off the regular adult admission) available at area new-car dealers and from participating banks.  Weekday group discounts are available.
Exhibits The nation's largest auto show, the 2009 show spans 1.25 million sq. ft. of the McCormick Place facility. Multiple world and North American introductions. Complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles, experimental and concept cars. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles. Numerous aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars.
Women's Day** Tues., Feb. 17-Half off the full admission price for all women. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented programs on vehicle purchasing, leasing, maintenance, upkeep and sports activities.
Chicago Auto Show Food Drive** Weds., Feb. 18- Fri., Feb. 22-Show patrons who bring three cans of food, donated to the Chicago Christian Industrial League, will receive half off the full admission price.
Appearances As scheduled appearances by sports, radio, TV and screen personalities. Please check Web site for daily times and locations.
Background First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been staged more times than any other auto exposition. 2009 marks the show's 101st edition.
Accessibility Easily reached by car or public transportation. Extensive shuttle bus service operates from many area parking lots to-and-from McCormick Place. Weekend only shuttle service operates from the Millennium Park underground garage. 

*Black tie. Tickets $225 benefitting 18 Chicago area charities. **Special Days and events are subject to change. Please check the Web site,


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