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2018 Chicago Auto Show Hosts 6th Annual Family Day: Feb. 19

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CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2018) – Chicago Auto Show organizers are wrapping the 110th edition of the show with the return of Family Day on Monday, Feb. 19. Hosted on Presidents Day, when many students are off school due to the holiday, Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show features a full lineup of programs and events suited for families and kids of all ages.

Family Day has become a staple at the Chicago Auto Show. Nearly 40 automakers and exhibitors showcase fun, creative and hands-on programs geared toward children and families. In addition to nearly 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as a substantial collection of luxury supercars, Family Day attendees will have access to the interactive exhibits and ride-and-drive experiences for which the Chicago Auto Show is known. 

Sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Wolves, who will feature exciting activities and giveaways for even the youngest fans. Visitors will have the chance to try on official Wolves player gear, pose for pictures with Wolves mascot, Skates, and even take their best shots on goal. The White Sox will encourage attendees to try their hand at the prize wheel for a chance to win jerseys, hats and T-shirts.

Other family-centered programs and activities will be hosted by:

  • Illinois State Police
  • IKEA
  • Laugh Out Loud Theater
  • Trickster Gallery
  • Sports Clips
  • My Party Princess
  • Raging Waves Waterparks
  • MasterMind Escape Games
  • Legoland Discovery Center
  • Top Golf
  • Schaumburg Boomers
  • Medieval Times
  • Caricature by Bruce
  • AMITA Health

“The Chicago Auto Show’s exhibitors work hard to create a family-friendly experience each and every day; however, Family Day features a special lineup of events,” said John Hennessy, chairman of the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. “There’s no better way to close out the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.”

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Feb. 10-18, and 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19. For more information about the 2018 Chicago Auto Show and a full schedule of Family Day events, please visit


About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one 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 $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2018 public show is Feb. 10-19. For more information, visit or

The 2018 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.

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

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