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Complimentary Admission Offered to those who Qualify


CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2022) - This February, Chicago Auto Show organizers will host a First Responders and Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Feb. 15. On this day, all first responders (police officers, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters) and U.S. Military (veterans or active duty) receive a complimentary admission when they present their badge or military ID for complimentary. Moreover, guests who accompany first responders or military personnel will receive a voucher for $5 off an adult admission.

"Our intent with introducing this new First Responders and Military Appreciation Day is to showcase our deep appreciation and gratitude for the people who put themselves on the frontlines as they carry out these critical roles in our society and world," said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Bill Haggerty. "In the midst of a global pandemic, and always, we want to send an important message to the men and women who keep us all safe, even if it means putting their own lives at risk. We hope they can escape to the Chicago Auto Show for a few hours - or the entire day! - and experience an enjoyable day out with family or friends."

First responders and military personnel who attend on. Feb. 15 should visit the Grand Concourse Ticket Lobby to check in, show their badge or ID and pick up a voucher for $5 off the general admission for any family and friends who join them.

The 2022 Chicago Auto Show will feature five indoor test tracks from manufacturers including Ford, Jeep, Ram Toyota as well as an EV track where attendees can experience and learn about the latest electric vehicles. In addition, outdoor test drive opportunities will be offered by Ford, Kia and Subaru for plenty of chances for consumers to get behind the wheel.

"We're thrilled to provide 10 days of back-to-back entertainment to fans who look forward to this event each year, and we're exceptionally proud to offer free admission to first responders and military personnel as a small gesture of 'thanks,'" said Chicago Auto Show General Manager Dave Sloan.

Tickets to the 2022 Chicago Auto Show are currently on sale at The 2022 show runs Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, except for the final day (Presidents Day) when the show closes at 8 p.m. Adult ticket prices are $15; seniors ages 62 and older are $10; children ages 4-12 are $10; kids 3 and younger are free. The Chicago Auto Show will operate in full accordance with health and safety protocols required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Check the website for the latest updates.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or watch this video. Media information is available at


About the Chicago Auto Show
First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation's longest running auto exposition in North America. The show is produced by the Chicagoland's new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which has staged the show since 1935. The 2022 public show is Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place. For more information and the latest updates, visit or
About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904 and located in Oakbrook Terrace, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 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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