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The 2019 Chicago Auto Show Now Open to the Public

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The 2019 Chicago Auto Show Now Open to the Public
The Nation’s Largest Auto Show Runs Feb. 9-18

CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2019) – The 2019 Chicago Auto Show is officially underway. The 111th edition of the largest automotive exhibition in North America is officially open to the public now through Monday, Feb. 18 at McCormick Place. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined 2019 Chicago Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli Jr. and General Manager Dave Sloan on stage to cut the ribbon to open the show.

Hundreds gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which featured the Army ROTC Color Guard from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the national anthem by musician Natalie Cochran.

“We all feel like little kids again, seeing all of these vehicles at the show,” said Governor Pritzker. “This is the biggest and best auto show in the country.”

Governor Pritzker discussed the integral role that the automotive industry plays in the city of Chicago.

“The new Ford Explorer, prominently on display at the Chicago Auto Show, is built right here in our backyard. Ford just announced it invested $1 billion in Chicago plants, adding 500 jobs to build these vehicles.”

The 2019 Chicago Auto Show promises visitors exclusive access to nearly 1,000 of the latest and most exciting vehicles, including the nearly 20 vehicles that made their debut during the show’s 2019 Media Preview, including:

  • 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia
  • 2019 Cadillac XT5 Sport
  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • 2019 Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition
  • 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson by Tuscany
  • 2020 GMC Sierra HD
  • 2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition
  • 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport
  • 2019 Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate
  • 2019 Ram Chassis Cab
  • 2020 Subaru Legacy
  • 2020 Toyota RAV4 Off-Road
  • 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
  • 2020 Toyota Tacoma
  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

“The Chicago Auto Show has something to offer everyone, whether you’re interested in purchasing a new vehicle, checking out the hottest concept cars, experiencing interactive displays, or just taking the family out for a fun day, there’s so much to see and do at the 2019 show,” said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli.

Special-themed days include Sports Team Pride Day on Feb. 11, Women’s Day on Feb. 12, Hispanic Heritage Day on Feb. 15, Chicago Friday Night Flights on Feb. 15, A Safe Haven Chicago Auto Show Food Drive Feb. 13-15 and Family Day on Feb. 18.

Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 62 or older, $7 for children ages 7-12 and free admission for children 6 and younger when they accompany a paying adult.

The Chicago Auto Show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of Presidents Day, Feb. 18, when the doors close at 8 p.m.

To access high resolution images from the Media Preview press conferences, visit

For more information on the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, please visit, or watch this promotional video.


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 2019 public show is Feb. 9-18. For more information, visit or

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 19,000 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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