Chicago Auto Show Announces 2013 Dates: February 9-18

CAS 2013 500 MEDIA INFORMATION
Contact: Mark Bilek
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Chicago Automobile Trade Association

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW ANNOUNCES 2013 DATES: FEBRUARY 9-18
Nation's Largest Auto Show Takes Advantage of Presidents Day Holiday to Heighten Exhibitor Value

CHICAGO (June 6, 2012) -The public portion of 2013 Chicago Auto Show will run Saturday, Feb. 9 through Monday, Feb. 18. This marks the first time since 1998 that the show will open to the public on a Saturday. Show organizers decided to shift the dates for 2013 to take advantage of the Presidents Day holiday.

"From years past, we know that Presidents Day at the Chicago Auto Show is huge from an attendance standpoint and we want to ensure as many people as possible can attend our show," said 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chairman Mike Ettleson. "This will help give our exhibitors the best value and best opportunity to reach new buyers."

The Chicago Auto Show's black-tie benevolent event, First Look for Charity, will shift from Thursday to Friday, Feb. 8. "It's a move our charities have asked for and it will, no doubt, increase attendance at one of Chicago's most popular charity events," says 2013 Chicago Auto Show Co-Chairman Kurt Schiele.

Accordingly, the Media Preview for the Chicago Auto Show will begin Thursday, Feb. 7 and conclude Friday, Feb. 8. Please visit ChicagoAutoShow.com or Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow for more information.

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About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2 million annually for 18 worthy Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2013 public show will be February 9-18. For more information please visit ChicagoAutoShow.com or Facebook.com/ChicagoAutoShow.

About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of about 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit CATA.info.

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show is officially sanctioned by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Founded in Paris in 1919, it is known as the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles.

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