Chicago Auto Show 2014: What to Expect

Chicago Auto Show

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Last week, I flew out to Chicago for a special advance media preview of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. This is the largest auto show in North America, using 1 million square feet in McCormick Place for its myriad displays. I felt like I only began to scratch the surface of what the show contained!

Displays at the Chicago Auto Show

Of course, the Chicago Auto Show is the place to be to see all of the newest car models and take test drives and ride-alongs on both indoor and outdoor tracks. You’ll also find fascinating concept cars and vintage vehicles on display.

Kia K900

Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter Concept Car

But there’s so much more to do than just gaze at the cars. There are all kinds of fun activities on hand, from games and driving simulators to photo booths, sweepstakes and freebies – one of my favorites was the Scion Swag Machine, where you upload a photo on Instagram using a special hashtag and Geotag your location. Once the machine sees your photo, it dispenses a prize!

Scion Display

For a full list of everything happening, check out this full list of interactive displays and event schedule. I’ll be sharing more recaps and photos from my time at the Chicago Auto Show over the coming days, so stay tuned for those as well!

Chicago Auto Show 2014: Location, Tickets & Hours

When: February 8th through February 17th
Where: McCormick Place – 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM every day through the 16th; 10 AM to 8 PM on the 17th.
Tickets: Adults: $12 Seniors 62+ & Children Ages 7-12: $6. Children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets are available on

Special Days:

Food Drive, February 12th through the 14th: Bring 3 cans of food and receive half off your cost of admission.
Telemundo Hispanic Day, February 14th: A number of special events are scheduled this day – visit for details.
Family Day, February 17th: This is the last day of the Chicago Auto Show and geared towards fun with the whole family.

For information on where to find Weekday Discount Coupons for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, click here.

35 thoughts on “Chicago Auto Show 2014: What to Expect

  1. Oh, my son would love this! He’s never been to a car show, but he’s just getting to the age where trucks and cars are interesting (and trains). I’d love to see the vintage cars.

  2. This looks like a lot of fun. My husband and son would definitely have a good time and enjoy the excitement of checking out all of the vehicles.

  3. I’ve never been a big car guy actually. I love the General Lee and that Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit, but other than that, I just care that a car gets me somewhere. But a car show probably would be loads of fun!

  4. Beeb, you lucky gal, flying off to Chicago for something like this! <3 My boyfriend would be in heaven with all these gorgeous cars.

  5. This looks like a great family event, here in Florida they just had a boat. I am going to look to see if they have a car show coming up. That fire fighter pick up truck is looking mighty nice : )

  6. Looks cool and the tickets aren’t as expensive as I thought they might be. When we have the Auto Show at the Javitz Center in NYC, I feel like tickets are at least $50. BTW, The KIA really surprised me in your photo! Looking gooooood …

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