Rev your engines, because it’s back! The Chicago Auto Show opens February 8 and runs through February 17. 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 tips for the Chicago Auto Show.
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7 Tips for 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 by feeding others
Bring three cans of food and you’ll get a coupon for $5 off a full adult admission. You can bring them on Wednesday, Feb.12, Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14.
All food collected will benefit A Safe Haven Foundation. A Safe Haven helps Chicagoans experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient through phased housing, healthy lifestyles, and employment.
3. Take advantage of weekday discounts
Stop by CATA-member new car dealerships 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.
4. Celebrate Your Buying Power, Ladies – it’s Women’s Day
If you’re a woman, then February 11 is your day. It’s Women’s Day at the show, so admission is just $8 for the ladies. There are also special programs and events throughout the day, including She ROCKS It “She Lounge Experience” will feature a panel discussions, empowerment and networking.
5. Get Discounted Parking
If you’re driving to the auto show, parking at McCormick Place is expensive. Check SpotHero to save on nearby parking.
6. Know Before You Go
Check out a map of the show floor 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 and Land Rover tracks, 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!