First Look for Charity - Know Before You Go

First Look for Charity - Know Before You Go

Thank you for supporting the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity! Before you arrive at the gala, below is the key event information you will need to know.

Event Information

  • Friday, February 9 | 7-11 p.m. | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Parking & Transportation

  • McCormick Place parking lots A and C will be open on the night of First Look for Charity. Parking does fill up quickly so please plan accordingly and leave yourself time to find parking and walk to the show floor.
  • If you are arriving in an Uber/Lyft, you will be dropped off at Gate 4.

Will Call

  • Will Call will be located in the Grand Ballroom S100 near the main entrance to McCormick Place (Gate 4). Will Call will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Security & Bag Policy

  • New this year, all gala attendees will be screened before entering the show floor. Please allow yourself extra time when arriving to the venue to go through security.
  • All items are subject to visual inspection by security personnel. Clutch purses (under 9" x 5" x 2" or smaller) are permitted to carry into the event. When an infant is present, diaper bags and strollers are permitted.  No other bags will be permitted.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed, per McCormick Place. This includes concealed carry permit holders.

Vehicle Giveaway


  • This year, one lucky attendee will walk away with the keys to a brand-new 2024 Chevrolet Blazer, courtesy of the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. The giveaway will take place at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage in the Chevrolet booth. Winners must be present to win, and you only have a few minutes once the number is drawn to make your way to the stage with your ticket.
  • You can sign up here to receive text message alerts regarding the vehicle giveaway and when it is taking place.

Black Tie Attire

  • The First Look for Charity gala is strictly a black-tie-mandatory event. Guests not in black-tie attire will be turned away.
  • We will have limited tuxedo rental available on site through Men's Wearhouse on a first-come, first-serve basis. The pop-up store is located in the Grand Ballroom, S100.

Food & Beverage

  • First Look for Charity wouldn't be complete without the wonderful gourmet food and drink provided by our sponsoring restaurants. You will find food and beverage stations throughout the show floor, each with unique bites and themes.


Thank you to our restaurant partners:

  • Andy's Frozen Custard
  • Aviation Gin
  • Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Beyond Catering
  • Biteable Baked Goods
  • Bitoy's Sweets
  • Bumbu Rum
  • Carnivale
  • Catered By Design
  • Don Julio
  • ERIS Ciderhouse and Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Michael's Grill
  • Norman's Bistro
  • OVG 360
  • Seedlip
  • Smoke Daddy
  • Springview Sweets
  • TAO
  • Trinchero Family Estates Wines
  • Tuco & Blondie
  • Weber Grill

Live Music

  • There will be live music to keep the party going all night! Here's a listing of where you can dance the night away:
  • 7th Heaven Band - located in Buick GMC
  • Michael Lynch Band - located in Ford
  • DJ - located in Powering Chicago

Walk the Red Carpet with Val & Ryan


  • ABC 7 Chicago's Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini will be hosting a red-carpet takeover from 7-8 p.m. Make your way to the Grand Concourse and meet Val and Ryan under the Chicago Auto Show globe to get your picture taken on the red carpet.

Share Your Experience


  • We encourage you to share your First Look fun on social media using #FLFC2024 or #FirstLookforCharity and tag the Chicago Auto Show in your post.

Thank you to the donors who supported this year's event:

  • D'Arcy Buick GMC
  • George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities
  • MedEx Ambulance Service
  • The Shebik Family
  • Spraying Systems Co.
  • Toyota Motor Sales-Chicago Region
  • Emir and Patricia Abinion Family Giving Fund
  • Allstate
  • BorgWarner Transmission Products LLC
  • Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers
  • Cozzini and Gaetano Families
  • James Hardie
  • Illinois Ford Dealers Advertising Fund, Inc.
  • Robert Lozins
  • Marina Cartage
  • MAT Leasing, Inc.
  • McCook Cold Storage
  • Margaret Ellen Nielsen Foundation
  • Rivers Casino
  • Symbria
  • Walgreens
  • Unidine
  • Vituity
  • AARP Illinois
  • ABC 7 Chicago
  • Action Sertoma
  • Assured Partners
  • Anne Baetz
  • Bema Inc.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • BMO Commercial Bank-Dealer Finance
  • Bounteous
  • Mary Doug and Tom Brown
  • The Bruns Family
  • Edward and Julie Burke
  • The Leroy Carlson Family
  • Chicago Coding Systems
  • Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana BMW Centers
  • Chicago Lawn Sertoma
  • Coding Solutions Inc.
  • Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
  • Cognitive Capital, LLC
  • Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company
  • EC-United
  • Enova International
  • Faith Hope and Charity Ladies Guild 
  • Fisher Phillips
  • Goldman Sachs Ayco
  • Henry Bros. Co.
  • The Horton Group
  • Hunziker and Associates, Inc.
  • The William and Diane Johnson Family
  • Jack Phelan Auto Group
  • Jones Day
  • KRD, Ltd.
  • Lexus Central Area
  • Katherine Maloney of RCK Law Firm
  • Markentum
  • Marsh McLennan Agency
  • Lisa and Joseph McGowan
  • Medical Staff of Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • The Family of Matthew Moran
  • The Fritzsche and Moran Families
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation
  • Murgado Automotive Group
  • The Nash Family
  • Office Solutions, Inc.
  • Old National Bank
  • Tony & Mary Ann Pasquinelli Foundation
  • The Pomykala Group, LLC
  • Price Insurance
  • Professional Medical, Inc.
  • Pat and Lindy Salvi Family
  • SIV
  • Stanley Spring & Stamping
  • Umanskiy Family
  • United Service Companies
  • Vertical Bridge
  • House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch
  • Wintrust
  • Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Wesco

Your ticket benefits 18 Chicagoland charities who thank you for your support.



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