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12/7/2019 9:57:52 PM

General

What are 2020 Chicago Auto Show’s dates and hours?

What are 2020 Chicago Auto Show’s dates and hours? 1
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10/4/2019 4:17:50 PM

The 2020 Chicago Auto Show is open to the public February 8-17, 2020.

Show hours:
February 8-16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
February 17: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Is photography/videography permitted on the Chicago Auto Show floor?

Is photography/videography permitted on the Chicago Auto Show floor? 1
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10/9/2019 2:16:13 PM

Photography and videography is not only permitted, it is encouraged!

Please feel free to take photos/videos of displays.

Are there limits to the types of cameras I can bring to the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there limits to the types of cameras I can bring to the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:27:09 PM

Use of photography equipment that does not intrude on your fellow show-goers -- cameras, camcorders, camera phones and the like --  is fine by us. Just don't plan to take any crane shots, Mr. Spielberg.

When is the ribbon-cutting ceremony that signifies the Chicago Auto Show’s opening?

When is the ribbon-cutting ceremony that signifies the Chicago Auto Show’s opening? 1
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10/9/2019 2:35:00 PM

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday, February 8 at the Grand Concourse entrance of McCormick Place.

Which days are typically the least crowded for the Chicago Auto Show?

Which days are typically the least crowded for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:44:49 PM

The Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest with more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Weekends traditionally tend to be the most crowded; however, there is plenty of room to comfortably explore the show floor.

Will there be coat or luggage checks available at the Chicago Auto Show? How much does coat check cost?

Will there be coat or luggage checks available at the Chicago Auto Show? How much does coat check cost? 1
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10/9/2019 3:48:38 PM

Yes, there are several coat and luggage checks available for your convenience.

That price is controlled by McCormick Place. Generally it is less than $5 per item. 

Are there designated smoking areas at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there designated smoking areas at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:02:32 PM

The Chicago ordinance bans smoking inside all buildings as well as 15 feet within any building’s perimeters. If attendees wish to smoke, they must exit McCormick Place to find designated smoking areas located 15 feet away from the building.

Are the restrooms at McCormick Place equipped with baby changing stations?

Are the restrooms at McCormick Place equipped with baby changing stations? 1
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1/9/2019 11:43:29 PM

Yes, the majority of restrooms inside McCormick Place are equipped with changing stations.

This is our first Chicago Auto Show. Am I able to sit inside the vehicles?

This is our first Chicago Auto Show. Am I able to sit inside the vehicles? 1
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1/9/2019 11:44:30 PM

Most every production vehicle on the floor is unlocked for attendees to comb through. One-of-a-kind concepts are for viewing only, and a few of the displays for high-end cars give unfettered access to select patrons.

Are backpacks permitted into the Chicago Auto Show?

Are backpacks permitted into the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/9/2019 11:44:57 PM

Certainly; however, all bags are subject to search at the entrances to the Chicago Auto Show.

What is the Chicago Auto Show's average attendance? How long does it take to see the Chicago Auto show?

What is the Chicago Auto Show's average attendance? How long does it take to see the Chicago Auto show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:38:20 PM

The Chicago Auto Show is the nation's largest auto show. However, show management does not announce exact attendance figures. 

There is no perfect answer for this because it depends on how much you want to see at the show, what your intentions are (if you are shopping or just looking or want to find one specific vehicle, etc.), and if you want to paricipate in other activities at the show such as the indoor tracks, interactive displays, or outdoor test drives. But the average attendee spends about 4 hours at the show. 

Is there a “Lost and Found” area at the Chicago Auto Show?

Is there a “Lost and Found” area at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/10/2019 3:21:35 PM

If any of your belongings are lost during your visit to the Chicago Auto Show, please check with McCormick Place security at (312) 791-6060.

Are cars on display at the Chicago Auto Show available for purchase?

Are cars on display at the Chicago Auto Show available for purchase? 1
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1/10/2019 3:36:09 PM

No, the Chicago Auto Show is an exhibition only. However, product specialists are available to answer any questions you have regarding the vehicles on display. If you are interested in purchasing a new vehicle, representatives can help direct you to a dealer that is within a convenient location from your home or office.

In what year did the Chicago Automobile Trade Association start producing the Chicago Auto Show?

In what year did the Chicago Automobile Trade Association start producing the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:22:57 PM

The Chicago Auto Show premiered in 1901. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association has owned and produced the show since 1935.

Will the manufactures give out rebates on vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show?

Will the manufactures give out rebates on vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/10/2019 3:37:51 PM

Many of the manufacturers do offer special show pricing, typically through the end of February. Please check with your local dealership for more details.

Additionally, you can identify all area franchised, new-car dealers at DriveChicago.com.

Is free WiFi available at the Chicago Auto Show?

Is free WiFi available at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:37:14 PM

Yes! Free WiFi is available for show attendees.

Are there any indoor test tracks or outdoor test drives at the Chicago Auto Show? Is there an extra fee for participation on the indoor/outdoor test tracks at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there any indoor test tracks or outdoor test drives at the Chicago Auto Show? Is there an extra fee for participation on the indoor/outdoor test tracks at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:30:13 PM

Yes, right now we are schedule to have four indoor test tracks and up to six outdoor test drives. We will update this with current information as soon as it becomes available. 

There is no cost for the indoor test tracks and outdoor test drives.

Is there a gift shop at the Chicago Auto Show?

Is there a gift shop at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:41:40 PM

There are merchandise stands in the lobby of McCormick Place that will have Chicago Auto Show memorabila for sale. 

Are there any children's activities at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there any children's activities at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:43:44 PM

Children are more than welcome at the show and there are plenty of activities and fun displays they can play with at various booths. However, there is a specific Family Day on Monday, Feb. 17 and there will be additional family fun activities to participate in on that day. 

Are small dogs allowed at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are small dogs allowed at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:44:46 PM

Only service dogs are allowed. 

Will Mobility Works or any of the automobile manufacturers have wheelchair accessible vehicles on display at the Chicago Auto Show?

Will Mobility Works or any of the automobile manufacturers have wheelchair accessible vehicles on display at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:01:14 PM

Yes, each year, there are wheelchair accessible vehicles on the show floor. We never know about these in advance, but they generally appear in the Ford and FCA commercial areas. 

If you have a CCL can you have your Firearm with you in the Chicago Auto Show? Are we allowed to bring pocket knives to the Chicago Auto Show?

If you have a CCL can you have your Firearm with you in the Chicago Auto Show? Are we allowed to bring pocket knives to the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:10:45 PM

No, the Chicago Auto Show is a gun-free zone. 

All patrons are subject to search. It is unlikely that you will be able to bring a knife into the show. 

Are selfie-stickies allowed inside the Chicago Auto Show for photos?

Are selfie-stickies allowed inside the Chicago Auto Show for photos? 1
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10/9/2019 4:11:31 PM

Yes.

Where can I vote for best vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show?

Where can I vote for best vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:12:24 PM

Best of Show voting kiosks are located in the social media space at the show entrance of the north building next to Chevrolet. 

My reason for coming to the Chicago Auto Show is to see all the Teslas and prepare to buy one. Why are there no Tesla exhibits scheduled?

My reason for coming to the Chicago Auto Show is to see all the Teslas and prepare to buy one. Why are there no Tesla exhibits scheduled? 1
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10/9/2019 4:14:34 PM

Thank you for your interest, we do not exclude any manufacturers. If an auto maker is not present at our show, it is because they have elected not to participate.

Do each of the Vendor/car companies display all of their 2020 models, or is it just the ones with special features, high end, jazziest etc.?

Do each of the Vendor/car companies display all of their 2020 models, or is it just the ones with special features, high end, jazziest etc.? 1
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10/8/2019 2:26:04 PM

No, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest in the nation. Most automakers display every vehicle in the lineup. 

Ticket & Admission

What is the discount for bringing in canned goods on particular days for the Chicago Auto Show?

What is the discount for bringing in canned goods on particular days for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:08:53 PM

$5 off an adult's $13 admission is granted when you bring three canned goods to the show on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14. Discount is NOT eligable for ONLINE tickets. Must buy ticket at the show for discount redemption. Please limit your donation to canned goods only. All goods will be donated to http://www.asafehaven.org/. If you bring canned goods on another day, you'll receive heartfelt thanks from the auto show but no discount.

If I purchase a ticket online for the Chicago Auto Show is my credit card information secure?

If I purchase a ticket online for the Chicago Auto Show is my credit card information secure? 1
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10/9/2019 2:35:44 PM

Yes, all credit card information is protected through VeriSign, an e-commerce leader for processing payments securely. VeriSign uses SSL encryption to transmit data safely.

Do I need a physical ticket to get into the Chicago Auto Show?

Do I need a physical ticket to get into the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:43:42 PM

If you purchased your ticket online, please print and bring that ticket for entry. Also, find details on this website for details on how to download our all-new mobile app.

What card brands and card types does the Chicago Auto Show accept?

What card brands and card types does the Chicago Auto Show accept? 1
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10/9/2019 2:52:54 PM

The box offices are equipped to accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard payments.

How do the Employee Appreciation tickets work for the Chicago Auto Show?

How do the Employee Appreciation tickets work for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:58:25 PM

The special Employee Appreciation Day ticket, produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, admits only the holder and is valid on weekdays.

On "Food Drive" days for the Chicago Auto Show, is everyone eligible for a $6 discount if they each bring donations? Can I purchase the full price tickets online and receive a refund at the door for bringing in the canned donations?

On "Food Drive" days for the Chicago Auto Show, is everyone eligible for a $6 discount if they each bring donations? Can I purchase the full price tickets online and receive a refund at the door for bringing in the canned donations? 1
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10/9/2019 3:20:28 PM

The "Food Drive" discount is $5 off a regular $13 adult admission, not simply $5 off all tickets. Seniors and children receive a discount every day. 

No, you'll pay full-price for the tickets you buy online, and no amount of such a purchase is refundable. If you want to take advantage of discounted admission related to the food drive, you must present three cans at a food drive collection point at McCormick Place. Volunteers there on Feb. 12-14 will give you a voucher for discounted tickets at the show's box offices.

Is my ticket good for more than one day of the Chicago Auto Show? Is my ticket good for same day re-entry?

Is my ticket good for more than one day of the Chicago Auto Show? Is my ticket good for same day re-entry? 1
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10/9/2019 3:43:08 PM

Tickets are valid for one entry into the show. Once they are scanned, they are no longer valid. However, you may re-enter any time that day. If you chose to leave and come back, that is permitted (just make sure to get your hand stamped). If you would like to come back multiple days there are many discounts offered that many benefit you.

Do you offer any complimentary admission tickets to the Chicago Auto Show for non-profit organizations?

Do you offer any complimentary admission tickets to the Chicago Auto Show for non-profit organizations? 1
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10/9/2019 3:32:49 PM

Chicago Automobile Trade Association member dealers can purchase discount tickets for non-profit organizations. See DriveChicago.com for a complete listing of dealers.

Are disabled veterans admitted free for the Chicago Auto Show this year as last year?

Are disabled veterans admitted free for the Chicago Auto Show this year as last year? 1
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10/9/2019 3:46:26 PM

 No

I bought tickets online for today but we're not able to go to Chicago Auto Show. Can we use them another day instead?

I bought tickets online for today but we're not able to go to Chicago Auto Show. Can we use them another day instead? 1
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10/9/2019 3:33:27 PM

Tickets purchased online at ChicagoAutoShow.com are valid for any public day for that particular show year. Tickets from previous shows are not valid for admission. 

My family wants to purchase tickets online, but it appears we may more children than adults. How can we buy the remaining tickets for the Chicago Auto Show?

My family wants to purchase tickets online, but it appears we may more children than adults. How can we buy the remaining tickets for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:34:53 PM

You can only purchase a matching number of child or infant tickets online. So, if you need more child or infant tickets than you have adults, you have to go to the box office to purchase the remaining tickets. 

What are the discounts for the show?

What are the discounts for the show? 1
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10/7/2019 2:40:26 PM

There are several ways to obtain discounted entry into the Chicago Auto Show. Most are listed on our Weekday Discounts page. 

Personnel who currently serve in the active duty, National Guard or Reserves and hold valid military ID are admitted free to the show. However, non-active personnel and any family and friends who may accompany you must purchase a ticket.

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association offers discounted tickets to the 2020 Chicago Auto Show for schools and groups. Groups of 20 or more will receive a discounted rate of $8 per ticket. These tickets may be used on one of the following days: Monday, Feb.10 through Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17.. Chaperones for the students will be given complimentary tickets; the ratio that we use is 1:10.

Click here to download school and group ticket order forms.

Discount offers for admission to the Chicago Auto Show cannot be combined. There is only one discount offered per admission.

What is the 2020 Chicago Auto Show ticket price?

What is the 2020 Chicago Auto Show ticket price? 1
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10/7/2019 2:41:14 PM

Admission prices are as follows:

  • $13 for adults
  • $8 for seniors ages 62 and older
  • $8 for children ages 7-12
  • Free admission for children 6 and younger when they accompany a paying adult (family members only)
  • Weekday discount coupons ($5 off the regular adult admission) available at various area new-car dealerships.

To avoid lines, you can purchase tickets in advance at ChicagoAutoShow.com. Tickets are available for online purchase starting in November. You can also purchase tickets on-site at the box offices located at the entrances to the show (cash and credit cards will be accepted). All Ticket Sales are Final.

What times do the ticket booths open for the Chicago Auto Show?

What times do the ticket booths open for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:15:54 PM

10 AM every day. 

The Chicago Auto Show honored guests tickets are good for what hours? Is same ticket good for multiple days?

The Chicago Auto Show honored guests tickets are good for what hours? Is same ticket good for multiple days? 1
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10/9/2019 4:14:07 PM

Honored Guest Tickets are valid any public day for multiple entries. They are not valid for First Look for Charity or the Media Preview. 

Is an ID required to enter the Chicago Auto Show?

Is an ID required to enter the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:15:30 PM

No, an ID is not required for entry. However, it may be required to participate in an outdoor test drive. 

Parking & Shuttle Services

What are my parking options closest to the Chicago Auto Show?

What are my parking options closest to the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:06:53 PM

McCormick Place offers on-site parking. There are three main McCormick Place lots: A, B & C.

  • Lot A: $25 (or $30 after 16 hours) 
  • Lot B: $16
  • Lot C: $25

*After 6 p.m. during Chicago Auto Show dates, the parking rate is reduced to $11 at all three lots.

Attendants at any of the Standard Parking lots surrounding McCormick Place open at 5 a.m. daily. The Chicago Auto Show opens at 10 a.m. each day.

Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available, and there are no in-and-out privileges.

Other Options: On weekends show-goers can park offsite at either Millennium Park Garage or East Monroe Garage. The Chicago Auto Show runs a free shuttle service on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays only) for those who park in the Millennium or East Monroe Garages. The free weekend shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Columbus/Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.

The automobile entrance for the Millennium Garage is on South Columbus Drive between Monroe Street (from the south, heading north) and Randolph Street (from the north, heading south).

If I were to park in the Soldier Field lot, is there a free shuttle to the Chicago Auto Show?

If I were to park in the Soldier Field lot, is there a free shuttle to the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:16:58 PM

Yes, you can park in the Soldier Field lot. The Chicago Auto Show does not operate that lot or set rates. However, we will provide a free shuttle from the Soldier Field lot every day. Buses run between the Center Aisle at 18th Street in the stadium lot and Gate 27 at McCormick Place. Be sure to return to Gate 27 for the return trip!

Shuttles operate each day beginning at 9 a.m. The last departure from McCormick Place is 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9; 10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Feb. 10-14); 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb 15; and 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

*Shuttles can accommodate children's lightweight umbrella strollers  

Is there valet parking service offered at McCormick Place?

Is there valet parking service offered at McCormick Place? 1
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1/9/2019 11:31:45 PM

Valet parking is offered by the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, which adjoins the convention center, but spots are limited for those not staying at the hotel.

What time are the free shuttles for the Chicago Auto Show on the weekends?

What time are the free shuttles for the Chicago Auto Show on the weekends? 1
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10/9/2019 3:50:26 PM

The shuttle service coincides with the auto show hours, so expect to see the first buses about 10 a.m. at Millennium Park on weekend mornings -- Feb. 8-9, 15-16 -- and until about 10:30 p.m. 

Is there a free shuttle from Chinatown to the Chicago Auto Show? I have heard in years past there was one.

Is there a free shuttle from Chinatown to the Chicago Auto Show? I have heard in years past there was one. 1
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10/9/2019 4:07:03 PM

No free shuttles from Chinatown. Instead, you're a $2.25 cash fare away from the show (less than $2.25 with a farecard) using the CTA's #21 Cermak bus. That line operates from the West Side and Near West Suburbs east on Cermak, every 10 -15 minutes through mid-evening daily and every 20 minutes in the later evening. #21 Cermak shuttle buses operate to the show from the Orange Line Halsted station every 15 minutes on weekends only.

Is there available storage for strollers on the Millennium Park weekend shuttles for the Chicago Auto Show? If not can one be carried onto the shuttle?

Is there available storage for strollers on the Millennium Park weekend shuttles for the Chicago Auto Show? If not can one be carried onto the shuttle? 1
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10/9/2019 3:31:54 PM

The buses' overhead bins can store lightweight umbrella strollers. Anything more than that probably is more than the buses can accommodate.

Will there be any shuttle services from the train stations to McCormick Place?

Will there be any shuttle services from the train stations to McCormick Place? 1
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1/10/2019 3:43:04 PM

Yes, there will be Auto Show buses (regular CTA rates) that operate in between Ogilvie Transportation Center/Union Station and McCormick Place throughout the day for the length of the show. 

These buses will either have "Auto Show Bus" or "Metra Stations/Via Downtown" in their destination signs depending on the direction of travel. 

Click here for more specific shuttle information. 

I heard that Chicago does not allow trucks on their streets. Will it be safe to drive to the event in a truck? I'll be driving on I-55 N to get to the Chicago Auto Show.

I heard that Chicago does not allow trucks on their streets. Will it be safe to drive to the event in a truck? I'll be driving on I-55 N to get to the Chicago Auto Show. 1
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10/9/2019 4:12:05 PM

Lake Shore Drive is a boulevard, that means pickups are not allowed. However, you don’t need to drive on Lake Shore Drive to get to McCormick Place if you are coming from 55. Park in Lot A and you will be fine. 

Where can I get a cab going out of McCormick place after the Chicago Auto Show?

Where can I get a cab going out of McCormick place after the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:17:34 PM

The cab line is at the Martin Luther King Drive turnaround at the west end of the Grand Concourse. 

Disability Services

Are wheelchairs and motorized scooters available for rent at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are wheelchairs and motorized scooters available for rent at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/4/2019 4:37:06 PM

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available to rent at the McCormick Place. To make a reservation, please contact Scootaround's toll-free hotline at (888) 441-7575. Motorized scooters are $50 a day; wheelchairs are $20. For more details, visit ScootAround.com. Scootaround is located at Gate 4 of McCormick Place (at the west end of the Grand Concourse).
 

Where is there handicapped parking available at McCormick Place?

Where is there handicapped parking available at McCormick Place? 1
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1/9/2019 11:40:35 PM

All McCormick Place parking lots include a number of stalls reserved for handicapped parkers.

*However, Lot A is closest in distance to the show floor. Lot A’s entrance is at I-55 and Martin Luther King Drive.

Are personal motorized scooters or wheelchairs allowed into the Chicago Auto Show?

Are personal motorized scooters or wheelchairs allowed into the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/9/2019 11:42:47 PM

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own motorized scooter or wheelchair to the Chicago Auto Show. 

Who do I contact for handicap assistance in the parking lot for the Chicago Auto Show?

Who do I contact for handicap assistance in the parking lot for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:06:51 PM

American Sightseeing Chicago operates the trolley shuttles for McCormick Place lots: the 31st Street lot (Lot B in McCormick-speak) and the Soldier Field lots. To secure a shuttle with chairlift capacity, call American Sightseeing at (800) 621-4153 when you park, and the company will dispatch one to you.

Are assistance pets permitted at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are assistance pets permitted at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/9/2019 11:47:41 PM

Yes, assistance pets are permitted in the Chicago Auto Show.

Are there handicap-accessible restroom facilities and elevator access at McCormick Place?

Are there handicap-accessible restroom facilities and elevator access at McCormick Place? 1
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1/9/2019 11:45:12 PM

Yes, there are handicap accessible restrooms for guests at the Chicago Auto Show in McCormick Place. There is one restroom on the building's fourth floor, near Room S400, that accommodates one customer at a time if needed.

Elevators are accessible for use at the show. The elevators operate during the entirety of the Chicago Auto Show.

Where are food services available with handicap accessibility at the Chicago Auto Show?

Where are food services available with handicap accessibility at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:11:00 PM

There are two elevated food courts on the show floor in the South Hall and another large food court on the show floor in the North Hall.

Can guests with handicap disabilities be dropped off near the entrance of the McCormick Place?

Can guests with handicap disabilities be dropped off near the entrance of the McCormick Place? 1
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1/9/2019 11:47:07 PM

Yes, handicapped individuals can be dropped off at the horseshoe-shaped taxi stand that is accessible at Martin Luther King Drive and what essentially is 23rd Street. Just show your handicap placard to police directing traffic, if the vehicle's license plate doesn't include the symbol, and the police will give you access to the taxi area.

King Drive runs north/south, separating the McCormick Place North/South and McCormick Place West facilities, and the taxi stand is about equidistant between Cermak Road (22nd Street) and the Stevenson Expressway.

Can I bring my walking sticks into the Chicago Auto Show with me?

Can I bring my walking sticks into the Chicago Auto Show with me? 1
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10/9/2019 3:49:41 PM

All patrons are subject to search upon entry. It is up to the discretion of McCormick Place and show security if large items will be admitted to the show.

Where is the best drop off area for elderly vehicles that are not able to park in the handicap parking at the Chicago Auto Show?

Where is the best drop off area for elderly vehicles that are not able to park in the handicap parking at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 4:04:04 PM

The best area to drop off physically challenged individuals is the Martin Luther King turnaround. It is located immediately adjacent to the wheelchair and scooter rental facility. From there it’s a short walk to the show entrance.

Do you have family bathrooms at the Chicago Auto Show? I'm confined to a wheelchair and my husband needs to assist me in the bathroom.

Do you have family bathrooms at the Chicago Auto Show? I'm confined to a wheelchair and my husband needs to assist me in the bathroom. 1
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10/9/2019 4:16:51 PM

Yes, there are family restrooms located in the Grand Concourse. 

Hotel Accommodations

What are the Chicago Auto Show’s official hotels?

What are the Chicago Auto Show’s official hotels? 1
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10/4/2019 4:16:41 PM

The Chicago Auto Show is proud to announce its official hotel partners for 2019: the Hyatt Regecy McCormick Place and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Tentative rates include:

  • Hyatt Regecy McCormick Place: begnning at $189 for a standard guest room.
  • Waldorf Astoria Chicago: beginning at $295 for a Superior King guestroom.

More information is available on our Official Hotels page.

Food & Beverages

Do the food vendors on the show floor for the Chicago Auto Show accept credit cards?

Do the food vendors on the show floor for the Chicago Auto Show accept credit cards? 1
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10/9/2019 3:03:57 PM

Food and beverage vendors on the show floor accept cash, and are unlikely to accept credit cards for payment. Restaurants in McCormick Place near the show floor do accept credit cards for payment.
 

Are alcoholic beverages available for purchase at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are alcoholic beverages available for purchase at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/9/2019 11:40:12 PM

Yes, alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the Chicago Auto Show. Due to regulations at McCormick Place, outside alcohol is cannot be brought into the show.

Am I allowed to bring bottled water or snacks into the Chicago Auto Show?

Am I allowed to bring bottled water or snacks into the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:09:08 PM

Yes, that is permitted. Food and beverages are also available for purchase on-site.

Do you have a list of places to eat at the Chicago Auto Show?

Do you have a list of places to eat at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:10:12 PM

The list is extensive. Ask ushers at the event for directions to all restaurants.

Do you know if there are any gluten free food options available at the Chicago Auto Show?

Do you know if there are any gluten free food options available at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:36:20 PM

Food services are provided by McCormick Place. There are gluten free options at the 23rd Street Café.

Is there a way I can purchase food vouchers in advance for a large group of students attending the Chicago Auto Show?

Is there a way I can purchase food vouchers in advance for a large group of students attending the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:36:42 PM

You can find out more information about school and group tickets here: https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/about-the-show/school-group-ticket-sales/

Are there any full service restaurants inside McCormick place during the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there any full service restaurants inside McCormick place during the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:51:15 PM

There is a McDonalds and Connie’s Pizza on the 2.5 level below the North Exhibit Hall. The South Hall food court offers cafeteria-style dining. There are several sit-down restaurants in the adjacent Hyatt hotel. 

First Look for Charity

When is the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity held and what is the proper attire?

When is the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity held and what is the proper attire? 1
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10/9/2019 2:25:55 PM

The benevolent 2019 First Look for Charity black-tie gala will take place this year 7:00-11:00 p.m. Friday, February 7.

First Look for Charity requires a strict black-tie dress code. Males are required to wear a tuxedo and females should wear an elegant dress or gown.


Should you forget your tuxedo, we will conveniently have a rental company on-site.

Where can I purchase Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity tickets?

Where can I purchase Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity tickets? 1
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10/9/2019 2:33:37 PM

To purchase your ticket and to find additional details regarding the event, please visit FirstLookForCharity.org.

For packages of 25 or more tickets, please call the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the Chicago Auto Show, at (630) 495-2282.

Will attendees have the opportunity to win a free car during the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity event?

Will attendees have the opportunity to win a free car during the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity event? 1
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10/9/2019 2:34:21 PM

Yes, two lucky attendees will have the chance to win the event's grand prizes: a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer or a 2019 Jeep Compass.

Are children allowed to attend the First Look Charity Event?

Are children allowed to attend the First Look Charity Event? 1
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1/10/2019 3:26:06 PM

Children are more than welcome to attend First Look for Charity. However, the ticket price remains the same amount despite their age. Additionally, all attendees must wear black-tie clothing (a tuxedo for males; an appropriate dress or gown for females).

What portion of the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity ticket price donation is tax deductible?

What portion of the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity ticket price donation is tax deductible? 1
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10/9/2019 3:21:39 PM

For the 2020 First Look for Charity Gala, $226 of each $275 ticket is deductible as a charitable expense, for tax purposes.

I am concerned about weather forecast. Can I buy Chicago Auto Show First Look Tickets at the door?

I am concerned about weather forecast. Can I buy Chicago Auto Show First Look Tickets at the door? 1
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10/9/2019 3:35:20 PM

Yes. There is a ticket booth set up on the 2.5 level of the Grand Concourse. There is also tuxedo rental available on site. 

Media Preview

What are the Media Preview dates and schedules for the Chicago Auto Show?

What are the Media Preview dates and schedules for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:09:57 PM

The 2020 Media Preview of the Chicago Auto Show will be on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7.

Schedule will be found here. Details will be posted closer to the event. 

How can I obtain credentials for the Media Preview at the Chicago Auto Show?

How can I obtain credentials for the Media Preview at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:56:42 PM

To apply for media credentials, please click here. Please allow at least 48 hours for us to confirm your request.

Where can I find the schedule for the Media Preview?

Where can I find the schedule for the Media Preview? 1
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1/10/2019 3:18:48 PM

These details will be posted here closer to the show.

Exhibits

Where can I find a list of exhibitors for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show?

Where can I find a list of exhibitors for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/4/2019 4:18:00 PM

The full map of exhibitors will be avaialble on the Chicago Auto Show website in late January. These details will be posted here.

Do the cars on exhibit change throughout the Chicago Auto Show or remain the same?

Do the cars on exhibit change throughout the Chicago Auto Show or remain the same? 1
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10/9/2019 2:46:50 PM

Every vehicle that enters the building during move-in remains at the show until its conclusion.

Will manufacturer representatives within exhibits try to push me to purchase a new car at the Chicago Auto Show?

Will manufacturer representatives within exhibits try to push me to purchase a new car at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:10:36 PM

No selling is permitted on the show floor – that is the beauty of the Chicago Auto Show! Product specialists will be on-site to help answer all of your questions regarding the cars on display. Should you be interested in purchasing a vehicle, representatives can direct you to your closest dealership so you can initiate that process.

Will there be any classic and/or antique cars at the Chicago Auto Show?

Will there be any classic and/or antique cars at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/10/2019 3:19:35 PM

Yes, vintage automobiles will be displayed by several car clubs at the show.

Will the Secretary of State be present at the Chicago Auto Show?

Will the Secretary of State be present at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/10/2019 3:19:57 PM

Yes, the Illinois Secretary of State will have a booth at the Chicago Auto Show.  Visitors to the booth can renew their driver’s license (vision screening only) and ID card. Additional services provided include vehicle transfers, vehicle sticker sales, passenger and B-Truck license plates, specialty license plates, vehicle title and registration, parking placards for persons with disabilities, and pick-a-plate. The public also can register to be organ/tissue donors.

Are there any VIP lounges offered by automakers at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there any VIP lounges offered by automakers at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:47:13 PM

Several of the automakers have areas dedicated for owners. That entry into those spaces is at the discretion of the automaker. 

Are there restrictions for the public entering the high-end cars at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are there restrictions for the public entering the high-end cars at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:52:25 PM

Access to the vehicles is at the discretion of the automakers. We work very closely with each automaker to provide the best access possible. 

Interactive Test Tracks

Can we ride the vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show?

Can we ride the vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:08:03 PM

Yes, all show attendees can ride as passengers with the professional drivers on the designated tracks on the show floor. In addition, there are outdoor test drive opportunities where attendees can get behind the wheel and drive.

There is no age limit to ride along on the track, but guests must be at least 42 inches tall.

*There is no additional fee to participate!

What is the age limit for guests for the ride-alongs on the Chicago Auto Show test track?

What is the age limit for guests for the ride-alongs on the Chicago Auto Show test track? 1
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10/9/2019 2:26:37 PM

There is no designated age limit, but guests must be at least 42 inches tall in order to ride in the vehicles on the test track.

Special Events & Appearances

Where can I find the special guest appearances schedule for the Chicago Auto Show?

Where can I find the special guest appearances schedule for the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:51:38 PM

The special guest appearance schedule is posted here and is updated as we are notified, so please be sure to check back fom time to time.

Are you offering any special or themed days at the Chicago Auto Show?

Are you offering any special or themed days at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 3:05:32 PM

 We sure are, and some even have special admission pricing available.

  • Monday, Feb.10: Sports Team Pride Day. Wear your favorite Illinois sports gear recieve $5 coupon off admission.
  • Tuesday, Feb.11: Women's Day. Women are admitted for $8. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented programs on the purchase and lease of cars and maintenance.
  • Wednesday, Feb.12 through Friday, Feb.14: Chicago Auto Show Food Drive. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for $8 admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation.
  • Friday, Feb. 14: Friday Night Flights at the Chicago Auto Show. Held from 6-9 p.m. Tickets available for purchase prior to the event and on-site. For tickets and more information: https://cfnf.chicagoconcierge.com/
  • Friday, Feb.14: Hispanic Heritage Day. For more information, visit http://www.telemundochicago.com.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, Family Day.

Can we donate any non-perishable items for the Chicago Auto Show food donations?

Can we donate any non-perishable items for the Chicago Auto Show food donations? 1
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10/9/2019 3:16:01 PM

Please limit your donation to canned foods. Items like a bag of egg noodles wouldn't stand a chance when everything gets loaded onto the truck. The food drive is expected to collect more than 5 tons of food for A Safe Haven.

Employment Inquiries

Who can I contact regarding employment during the Chicago Auto Show?

Who can I contact regarding employment during the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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1/9/2019 11:32:38 PM

The Chicago Auto Show management does not hire individuals. Rather, it retains firms that provide ushers and security. For such work, contact AF Services, (630) 279-0500. Many other workers in the building are employees of McCormick Place, (312) 791-7000.

People who set up and dismantle the displays are arranged for by the show's general contractor, GES Exposition Services, (773) 767-2237 or chicago@ges.com.

As for the people who work in the various exhibits, they are hired by the vehicle manufacturers, like Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. For those opportunities, suggest you turn to the websites of the vehicle manufacturers and search the sites either for Employment or Contact Us.

Who can I contact for information about promotional modeling at the Chicago Auto Show?

Who can I contact for information about promotional modeling at the Chicago Auto Show? 1
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10/9/2019 2:45:35 PM

Chicago Auto Show management does not hire models; they are retained by the exhibitors themselves. The automakers turn primarily to three Detroit-area agencies and hire models months before the auto show in order to train them. You can inquire about modeling on the auto show circuit by contacting the modeling agencies:

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