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Chicago Auto Show: By the Numbers

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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What if we told you it takes just 10 days to construct the nation’s largest auto show?

“As a major auto show, we’re proud of the fact that we can turn an empty exhibit hall into a show-ready event with glistening automobiles ready for media and public consumption in just less than two weeks,” said Chicago Auto Show Director of Show Operations Chris Konecki.

Here’s a look at the Chicago Auto Show – by the numbers:

  • 10 total days to complete the move-in process 
  • 30,000 feet of overhead truss 
  • 6,000 lighting instruments 
  • 1 million sq. ft. of flooring – both carpet and raised 
  • 100 semi-trailer loads of display material assembled  
  • 3 indoor test tracks (Jeep, Kia and Toyota)     constructed and tested  
  • Nearly 1,000 of the latest cars, trucks and SUVs arrive and placed on the show floor

About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2018 public show is Feb. 10-19. For more information, visit or

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is officially sanctioned by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Founded in Paris in 1919, it is known as the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs. 

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

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