Media Information

The 2022 Chicago Auto Show will host a two-day media preview on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11. The Media Preview will feature traditional manufacturer press conferences, new-vehicle walkarounds and the opportunity to explore the show floor.

Based on guidance from the City of Chicago, the current health and safety protocols are in effect for the MEDIA PREVIEW (Feb. 10-11) of the 2022 Chicago Auto Show.

  1. Masks are REQUIRED for all attendees age 2 and over, except when eating and drinking. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
  2. Proof of COVID-19 vaccine REQUIRED for admission.

The Chicago Auto Show will follow the City of Chicago’s direction on proof of COVID-19 vaccine, this includes a photo ID for those age 16 and older. More information can be found here.

Media Credentials

Journalists seeking access to the Media Preview MUST apply for credentials in advance. There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. Registration requests can be made at https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/media/. Approved credentials will be sent via email. As in years past, a government-issued PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED in addition to your media credential for access to the Media Preview.

Social Influencers

Show organizers will host a small, highly-vetted group of key influencers who create content for a variety of topics ranging from automotive, technology, family, Chicago lifestyle and events on Friday, Feb. 11. Influencers must register IN ADVANCE. Requests can be made to Jennifer Morand or Mark Bilek. Influencers are, of course, welcome to attend the public show.

Show Floor Access

Media Credentials provide the following access to the show floor:

  • Media Preview Day 1: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Media Preview Day 2: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Media Credentials ARE NOT valid for First Look for Charity.

Media Credentials ARE NOT be valid on Public Days. Media wishing to access the Chicago Auto Show on Public Days (Feb. 12-21) or at any other time must make a request to the Chicago Auto Show communications team. Requests can be made to Jennifer Morand or Mark Bilek

Media Center

The Chicago Auto Show will host a POP-UP media center adjacent to the show floor on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11. Hours are 7 am - 6 pm on Feb. 10 and 7 am - 2 pm on Feb. 11. Media center amenities will include hi-speed internet access and power. 

Hotel Accommodations

Official hotels for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show are the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the Marriott Marquis Chicago as its official hotels. Directly connected to McCormick Place, both hotels provide convience and inside access to the show floor. Special rates have been negotiated for media and attendees. Please visit our Official Hotels page for booking information. 


For more information on parking and directions to McCormick Place, please visit our Parking & Directions page. Parking is NOT complimentary, as the lots are not operated by auto show management.

Coat Check

During the Media Preview the Chicago Auto Show provides a complimentary coat check. The coat check is located adjacent to the Grand Ballroom in the Grand Concourse. You will need a media credential to use this room for your belongings. Please note clearly posted closing times.


If you are unable to find what you are looking for or need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact the Chicago Auto Show communications team.

Mark Bilek
Sr. Dir. of Comm. & Tech.
P: 630-424-6082
E: mbilek@drivechicago.com

Jennifer Morand
Dir. of PR & Social Media
P: 630-424-6084
E: jmorand@drivechicago.com

Grace Darling
Communications Specialist
P: 630-424-6016
E: gdarling@drivechicago.com