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Four TV Specials to Originate from 2018 Chicago Auto Show Floor

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CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2018) –  The Chicago Auto Show provides the perfect backdrop for exciting and engaging television, and the Chicago market is strong enough to support multiple live television specials. This year, four stations are planning auto show special programming including ABC 7 Chicago, CBS 2 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago and WGN-TV.

Official show broadcast partner ABC will return with a live broadcast originating from the show floor 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The hour-long special will focus on Chicago Auto Show vehicle introductions, new technologies and interactive activities at the show.

“ABC 7 is thrilled to showcase the 2018 Chicago Auto Show on Chicago’s most watched media platforms. We are proud to continue our partnership with the [Chicago Auto Show producer] Chicago Automobile Trade Association, as the official television station,” said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC 7 Chicago.

“The auto show has become Chicago’s premier winter event, and ABC 7’s live auto show special captures the excitement while highlighting the latest innovations and trends in the automotive industry. We are also proud to team up with an organization which, like us, understands that communities flourish when success is shared with those who need it most.”

WGN also returns with its MotorWeek-backed show featuring automotive expert John Davis. The WGN special will also air 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

“WGN-TV’s Chicago Auto Show special is a viewer favorite each year,” said Larry Wert, president/broadcast media of Tribune Media Company. “We are fortunate to have MotorWeek’s John Davis elevate the show with his expertise and trusted automotive knowledge. WGN-TV has been producing and airing Chicago Auto Show specials almost every year for the last 65 years. We value this partnership and look forward to 65 more.”

CBS 2 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will also produce dedicated Chicago Auto Show programming this year. The CBS auto show special will air at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, while the show programming from Telemundo will air at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10. All of the specials are scheduled to re-air multiple times throughout the public days of the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 10-19.

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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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