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Chicago Auto Show’s Annual Women’s Day to Feature Special Proramming and Events on Feb. 13

Contact: Mark Bilek

Senior Director of Communications and Technology
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6082
Cell: (847) 652-0632

Contact: Jennifer Morand
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Office: (630) 424-6084
Cell: (630) 391-1986



CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2018) – In recognition of the growing purchasing power and expanding role of women in automotive, show organizers, manufacturers and exhibitors will coordinate a full day of special events and programming for the Chicago Auto Show’s annual Women’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Women are also offered a discounted entry at $7 per ticket.

New this year, A Girls Guide to Cars Founder Scotty Reiss will host a breakfast, discussion and show tour geared specifically to women. Emily Miller, founder of Rebelle Rally, a women-only off-road competition, will keynote the event and encourage women to become masters of the road – both in their personal and professional lives. Scheduled events include:

  • Emily Miller to keynote breakfast
  • Exclusive Test track experiences at Camp Jeep, Kia SUV Gym and Toyota Camry course
  • Prize drawings, show tour led by A Girls Guide to Cars Founder Scotty Reiss, beginning at 10 a.m.

The afternoon program, called #DrivingWomen, will be hosted by Chicago Woman Magazine and is an evening of networking, connecting and inspiring women. The lineup of events includes:

  • 5:30 p.m. – “Networking with a Purpose” session with complimentary wine from Trinchero Family Estates and appetizers
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fireside chat with Anna Valencia, City Clerk, City of Chicago and Kendra Chaplin, publisher of Chicago Woman Magazine
  • 7:15 p.m. – Panel discussion called “Courage, Grit and Leadership” featuring Ana Dutra, president and CEO of the Executives’ Club of Chicago; Cheryle R. Jackson, vice president of global business development, AAR; and Mindy MacKenzie, speaker, CEO advisor and author of The Courage Solution

“There continues to be a remarkable uptick in female attendance year over year,” said Chicago Automobile Trade Association [producer of the Chicago Auto Show] Board Member Kelly Webb Roberts. “As the nation’s largest consumer auto show, the Chicago Auto Show is proof that males and females are equal players and the gender gap has closed.”

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Feb. 10-18, and 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19. For continuing coverage and a behind-the-scenes look at the show, follow the Chicago Auto Show on social media. For more information about the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, please visit


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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