15 Cool Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Chicago Auto Show

Sure, you know the Chicago Auto Show is an annual event at McCormick Place where you can come view cars, but here are some things you probably don’t know. Please visit the official Chicago Auto Show website for show dates, hours, tickets, and more.

1. 2014 is the 106th edition of the Chicago Auto Show!

The first was held all the way back in 1901.

2. That year, the show featured a wooden track where visitors, many of whom had never seen a car much less driven one, were literally driven in circles to help them determine if they were ready to trade in their horse!

But a few people didn’t quite understand the concept.

3. Chicago’s Coliseum was home to the Chicago Auto Show from 1901-1935, where general admission for the public was just 50 cents per ticket!

4. The 2014 Chicago Auto Show will have nearly 1,000 vehicles on display.

Now that’s a lot of cars!

5. But even at that size, the show is all indoors, so you don’t have to worry about another Polar Vortex!

6. The show utilizes 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Read: wear comfy shoes!

7. Speaking of shoes, the floor models these days have come a long way from “go-go” boots.

8. You could meet cool celebrities at the Chicago Auto Show!

Meet Meryl Streep. No seriously, in 2010 this car by Chrysler was named Meryl Streep.

9. This car will NOT be on display (But it would be awesome if it was!)

10. This one either, but are you getting hungry?

11. It takes 350 electricians to set up the Chicago Auto Show

They do it all in one day, and when it’s over, they look like this!

12. You Can Do This in Your Hotel Room at the Auto Show (But Please Don’t)

Shameless plug: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is attached to the convention center and has packages for the Chicago Auto Show that include your guest room and ticket(s) for one discounted price. Learn more here.

13. While you are encouraged to shop around, literally kicking the tires is not allowed.

14. The night before the show is opened to the public, the Chicago Auto Show hosts First Look for Charity, one of the city’s largest single-day fundraisers, raising more than $36 million since 1992.

15. You could be a VIP at the First Look for Charity!

Enter the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity VIP Contest and you could win 2 tickets to the black-tie gala, stylish transportation provided by Uber, and an overnight stay in an Executive Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place for the night of the event.
You’ll be brushing your shoulders off on the red carpet!

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