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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
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CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2018) – The 2018 Chicago Auto Show begins its 10-day run at McCormick Place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. With more than 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, the show is the largest in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.

As in previous years, the Chicago Auto Show will host an array of special events throughout the show, including:

  • Women’s Day: Tuesday, Feb. 13. Women are admitted for $7. Manufacturers present     special women-oriented programs on the purchase, lease and maintenance of vehicles.
  • Chicago Auto Show Food Drive: Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 14-16. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for a $7 adult admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation.
  • Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day: Friday, Feb. 16. Manufacturers develop and host Hispanic celebration events throughout the show.
  • Family Day: Monday, Feb. 19. The Chicago Auto Show will host family-friendly events on Presidents Day.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Feb. 10-19, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 19, when the doors close at 8 p.m.


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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