Media Information

The Chicago Auto Show will host a one-day media preview on Wednesday, July 14. This Media Preview will feature traditional manufacturer press conferences, new-vehicle walkarounds and drive opportunities. Journalists will not have unlimited access to the show floor, as it will still be under construction. A POP-UP MEDIA CENTER will be provided immediately adjacent to the show floor with power and WiFi internet access.

Media Credentials

Journalists seeking access to the Media Preview on Wednesday, July 14 MUST apply for credentials in advance. Registration requests can be made at https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/media/. Approved credentials will be delivered 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. There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

Social Influencers

During the afternoon hours of Wednesday, July 14, show organizers will hosted 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. The influencers will take a GUIDED TOUR and get the chance to capture key elements of the special edition show to showcase to their followers. Influencers are welcome to attend the public show as well, just check in with the Chicago Auto Show Communications Team IN ADVANCE. Requests can be made to Jennifer Morand or Mark Bilek.

Media Requirements

Because of the shortened time for move in and COVID-19 safety protocols, access to the Media Preview will be extremely limited. Credentials will only be issued to active working media with substantial reach. Media credential requests MUST BE APPROVED prior to the Media Preview Day.

Media Preview Show Floor Access

Media Preview hours are 9 AM – 2 PM. ONLY credentialed media and participating exhibitors will be allowed on the show floor. Media WILL NOT be allowed to roam the show floor -- journalists will be escorted to and from media events. Additional activities may take place on Indiana Ave., adjacent to Gate 40 of the West Building.

Hotel Accommodations

We are pleased to announce two new hotel partners for the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. The Hiltons at McCormick Place offers a unique “3 hotels in 1" concept consisting of Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Home2Suites. The Marriott Marquis Chicago offers incredible city and Lake Michigan views and is a full-service hotel. Both hotels are immediately adjacent to McCormick Place and connected by skybridge. Rates start at $145. Booking info can be found the Official Hotels page of ChicagoAutoShow.com.

Public Show Access

Media Credentials WILL NOT be valid on Public Days. Media wishing to access the Chicago Auto Show on Public Days (July 15-19) 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.


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.


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