About The Show

The Chicago Auto Show has received approval from state and city officials to host a special edition of the show July 15-19 at McCormick Place. The Chicago Auto Show will be one of McCormick Place's first live, in-person events since the pandemic shutdown.

The special edition show will move to the West Building of the McCormick Place complex and expand outdoors to take advantage of July weather. Attendees will now experience more outdoor test drive opportunities, test tracks and technology demonstrations, which will take place along Indiana Avenue and surrounding city streets. Auto show fans will be able to enjoy favorites like Camp Jeep and Ram Truck indoor test tracks as well as Subaru's popular pet adoption event. Ford has also embraced the show's outdoor space availability with experiences featuring the new Bronco, Bronco Sport and all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV.

The Chicago Auto Show is committed to providing a safe environment for all involved and will carefully adhere to the health and safety protocols and guidelines set forth by city and state officials.

2021 Chicago Auto Show - Dates & Times

  • July 15-18, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • July 19, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

2021 Chicago Auto Show - Location

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

2021 Chicago Auto Show Tickets - BUY TICKETS

$13 adults

$10 seniors 62+

$10 children 12 and under

All tickets must be purchased online; there are NO TICKET BOOTHS at McCormick Place. All ticket sales are final. While there won’t be any ticket booths, attendees can buy tickets on their smartphones. No discount tickets will be available from show organizers; however, select new-car dealers may have purchased them for their valued customers.


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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.


Scooter rentals are $55.00 a day and wheelchair rentals are $20.00 a day. Scootaround accepts all major credit cards. Pickup and drop off is at the baggage & coat check area in the West Building, nearest to Gate 44. Visit the Scootaround event reservation page for more information. 

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. The 2021 Chicago Auto Show utilizes nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the West Building of McCormick Place and another 150,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, activations and test drives on Indiana Ave.


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.


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