About The Show


Jan. 2021 Update: Show organizers are working closely with McCormick Place along with state and city officials to be able to host a safe Chicago Auto Show for all involved. Please check back frequently as we will post any updates and information to our website. We are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to open our doors to host a safe event in Spring of 2021!

2021 Chicago Auto Show - Dates & Times

  • Spring 2021

2021 Chicago Auto Show - Location

  • McCormick Place - map it
  • 2301 S. King Dr, Chicago, Illinois, 60616

2021 Chicago Auto Show Tickets - BUY TICKETS

Once the official dates for the 2021 Chicago Auto Show are announced, tickets will be available online at DriveChicago.com. Unlike in years past, tickets will only be available online. There will be NO TICKET BOOTHS at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. 

$13 for adults

$8 for seniors aged 62 and older

$8 for children 7-12

Free Admission for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Family members only.


Call us - 630-495-2282

Special Days & Special Events 

Media Preview - Spring 2021 - more info

First Look For Charity - Spring 2021 - (7 p.m - 11 p.m. black tie) - more info

Sports Team Pride Day Presented by Marquee Sports Network - Spring 2021 - more info

Family Day - Spring 2021 - more info

Women's Day - Spring 2021 - more info

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive - Spring 2021 - more info 

Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day - Spring 2021 - more info

Craft Beer Night - Spring 2021 - more info

Family Day - Spring 2021 - more info

Show Background

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 113th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability.


The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. The CATA has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.


All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.


Special appearances and events take place every day. Please check our Event Schedule for up-to-date listings.

For The Safety Of All Attendees

All bags subject to search. Patrons will be randomly selected for security screening. All mobility devices must be approved by show management. Hoverboard, Segway and similar devices are not allowed on the show floor.


McCormick Place is easily reached by car or public transportation. Extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place. Weekend-only shuttle service from the Millennium Park and East Monroe underground garages. Shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Columbus/Upper and Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.

Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting Scootaround toll-free at (888) 441-7575.

Scooter rentals are $55.00 a day and wheelchair rentals are $20.00 a day. Scootaround accepts all major credit cards. Scootaround is located at Gate 4 of McCormick Place (west end of the Grand Concourse). While Scootaround will make every effort to accommodate all needs, you are encouraged to reserve in advance. Visit the Scootaround event reservation page for more information.