Chicago Drives Electric - 2022


The producers of the Chicago Auto Show are plugging into the EV revolution with Chicago Drives Electric, putting you behind the wheel of some of today’s brand-new electric vehicles! This FREE event is designed for attendees to experience the latest EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids to showcase a variety of options that may fit individual needs or lifestyles.

In addition to driving and learning about the latest electrified vehicles, experts from the automakers,, Charge Enterprises, ComEd, and Powering Chicago will be on hand to assist with questions as they relate to range anxiety, on-the-go charging networks and infrastructure, at-home charging and installation, and where to begin your search. 

If you are already registered, here are some things to know BEFORE you attend:
  • Arrive ON-TIME. Arrive as close as possible to your registration window. Upon arrival, you must check-in under the large tent.
  • This is an OUTDOOR EVENT. Dress appropriately. If we have to cancel the event due to severe weather you will be notified via email.
  • Bring your DRIVER'S LICENSE. If you have registered and intend to test drive vehicles, you must have a valid driver's license to participate. If you are not intending to drive, you do not need any form of identification. 
  • Show your QR REGISTRATION CODE. When you check in at the event, you will need to show the QR code you received in your registration confirmation email. You can display the code on your phone or print out in advance.
  • Free PARKING. Parking will be available in lots immediately adjacent to the event. There is on-site parking for individuals with disabilities. 
  • FOOD & BEVERAGES are available for purchase. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

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Choose the Day & Time You Want to Attend (subject to availability)

Friday, Sept. 30 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Single session (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (closed)

Saturday, Oct. 1 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Multiple sessions (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (closed)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (closed)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (closed)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (closed)
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed)

Sunday, Oct. 2 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Multiple sessions (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (closed)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (closed)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (closed)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (closed)
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed)



  • Friday, Sept. 30 | 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 1 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 2 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Chicago Automobile Trade Association (click for directions)
18W200 Butterfield Rd. 
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


  • Free

(All individuals wishing to test-drive vehicles MUST register in advance. Individuals who are not driving do not need to register.)

List of Vehicles (subject to change)

  • Alfa Romeo Tonale (static display)
    Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
    Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevrolet Bolt EUV
    Ford F-150 Lightning
    Ford Mustang Mach-E
    Ford E-transit
    Hyundai IONIQ 5 (static display)
    Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV (static display)
  • Hyundai Tucson PHEV (static display)
    Hyundai Kona EV (static display)
    Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV
    Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV
    Kia EV6
    Volkswagen ID.4
    Volvo C40 Recharge
    Volvo XC40 Recharge
    Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
    Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

Test drives are on a first come, first served basis. Your Chicago Drives Electric reservation guarantees your entry within your selected date and 90-minute timeframe only. Please be on time to maximize the full event experience.

Sponsors     Charge-Enterprises-Logo-1502022-ComEd-150x66     Powering-Chicago-150     

Test-Drive Requirements

  • Driver requirements are set by the participating manufacturers.
  • In most cases, drivers must be 21 years of age and posses a valid, state-issued driver license.
  • Drivers may be required to submit to a breathalyzer test.
  • Age and other requirements vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  • All participants will be asked to sign individual waivers from each manufacturer. 

Parking & Accessibility

  • Chicago Drives Electric will provide free parking. Attendees will be directed to the parking lots upon arrival.
  • Attendees with disabilities will be directed to designated parking, which is immediately adjacent to the event. State-issued license plate or placard required.
  • All bags subject to search. Patrons may be randomly selected for security screening. 
  • This is an outdoor event, subject to weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.


Call us (630) 495-2282.