Vying with the New York Auto Show for the title of the most heavily trafficked car show in the country, the Chicago Auto Show is an incredible experience. Whether you’re a gearhead or just want to be in the know about what automakers will be offering in coming years, there is something here for just about everyone. With that being said, the sheer size and scope of the auto show make it necessary to have a plan in place. We’ll help you do just that.
When Is It and What Hours Is It Open?
The Chicago Auto Show is held during early February, and 2021’s show will take place from the 13th through the 21st. The hours of operation are from 10 AM to 10 PM, although the show closes at 8 PM on the final day.
Where Is It?
You’ll find the Chicago Auto Show housed in McCormick Place at 2301 South King Drive, in Chicago, Illinois.
Is Parking Available?
Yes, there is parking available in three different lots (A, B, and C). Two of these cost $25 per day. Lot B only costs $17 per day. Parking fees are reduced after 6 PM, as well. Note that if you want to skip the hassle and cost of parking, there is public transit that can help you reach the event, as well as free shuttles to area parking garages.
How Much Do Tickets Cost?
An adult ticket will set you back $13. Children 12 and under get in for $8, as do seniors. Note that kids 6 and younger are actually free.
What Manufacturers Will Be There?
The auto show has not released a full list of automakers in attendance at the 2021 show, but there will be over 30 in attendance. These include automakers from around the world. You’ll also see hundreds of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and other vehicles on display to explore, plus concept vehicles, early previews of future production vehicles, and more. You can get an idea of what will be on offer for 2021 by perusing the vehicles on display at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
What Events Will Be Held?
There are numerous special events held throughout the duration of the Chicago Auto Show. These range from things like Camp Jeep to Chicago 6, pet adoption events, musical performances, guest speakers, and so much more. You can get an idea of the itinerary here. Note that these are listings from the 2020 show, as 2021’s lineup has not yet been announced. However, it can be enough to give you a good idea of the types of events on offer.
Ultimately, the Chicago Auto Show is a can’t-miss event for anyone who has a passion for vehicles, technology, or who just wants to have a great time with the family. There is something for everyone here, from musical performances to debuts of first of their kind concept cars, so come prepared for anything.