Chicago Drives Electric - 2023


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 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. 

A new Chicago Drives Electric Parner, Weber, will be providing fresh-grilled food for attendees on its new, all-electric grills, powered, of course, by electric vehicles.

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.

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

-- If a timeslot is full, return to this page and select a different day/time. --

Friday, Sept. 29 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Multiple sessions (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Noon - 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 30 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Multiple sessions (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

Multiple sessions (click time slot to make reservation)

  • 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Noon - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



  • Friday, Sept. 29 | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept 30 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 1 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


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


  • $5 (Includes a $5 discount for the 2024 Chicago Auto Show)

(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)

  • Audi RS e-tron GT
    Audi Q4 e-tron
    Audi Q8 e-tron
    Cadillac LYRIQ 
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 
    Ford F-150 Lightning
    Ford Mach-e
    Ford e-Transit
    Hyundai IONIQ 5
    Hyundai IONIQ 6
    Jeep Wrangler 4xe 
    Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 
  • Kia EV6 
    Kia Niro EV
    Kia EV9 (static only)
    Nissan ARIYA 
    Nissan LEAF
    Toyota bz4x
    Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Prime
    Toyota RAV4 Prime
    Volkswagen ID.4
    Volvo XC40
    Volvo C40

Test drives are on a first come, first served basis. Your Chicago Drives Electric reservation guarantees your entry within your selected date and 2-hour timeframe only. Please be on time to maximize the full event experience.

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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.