Tips on Attending the Chicago Auto Show

Rev your engines, because it's back! The Chicago Auto Show opens February 10 and runs through February 19. If you love vehicles - at all - then this is the show to see!

Here at The Local Tourist, we love the auto show and it's become an annual must-do tradition. Over the years we've learned a few things about making it as enjoyable as possible, so here are our top seven!

7 Tips on Attending the Chicago Auto Show

1. Wear comfortable shoes
This is the largest auto show in North America, covering 1.2 million square feet. Be nice to your feet and wear shoes with some decent tread.


2. Get Discounted Admission with Wintrust Financial
Stop into select Wintrust Financial locations to get discounted tickets for full price admission. They've got a limited number of $3 off vouchers for opening weekend and $6 off for weekdays, February 12 - 16 and February 19. 


3. Take advantage of weekday discounts
Stop by to get discounted weekday discounts. The show's open until 10pm every day, so even if you have to work during the week you can still take advantage of this offer.

Want a preview before you go? Check out this video of the Chicago Auto Show in 60 seconds (more or less)




4. Celebrate Your Buying Power, Ladies - it's Women's Day
If you're a woman, then February 13 is your day. It's Women's Day at the show, so admission is just $7 for the ladies. There are also special programs and events throughout the day, hosted by The Chicago Tribune.


5. Get Discounted Parking
If you're driving to the auto show, parking at McCormick Place is expensive. If you've never used SpotHero before, . You can also check out .


6. Know Before You Go
Check out a ahead of time and plot your course. 


7. Relax and Have Fun!
This is probably the most important tip of all. The show is big and boisterous and loud and c-r-o-w-d-e-d! Allow plenty of time and just relax. There are going to be a few hundred other people who want the same shot of your dream car, who want to ride the cool Jeep track, and who want to test out all the new interactive tools. Think of it like a trip to Great America during the middle of the summer, except you could actually take home these rides!

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2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
Chicago Auto Show
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2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.

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