For car lovers, winter in Chicago can only mean one thing — the Chicago Auto Show.
Whether you’re a first-time or an Auto Show veteran, there’s plenty you’ll need to know before you go. Here’s a complete guide to this year’s edition of the Chicago Auto Show.
What is the Chicago Auto Show?
The nation’s largest event of its kind, the Chicago Auto Show is an annual extravaganza held in Chicago every February. More than 300,000 people flock to the city’s South Loop neighborhood to see hundreds of different vehicles from around the world, plus interactive exhibits, experimental and concept cars, antique and collector vehicles, special appearances, and so much more.
When is the Chicago Auto Show?
The Chicago Auto Show will run from Saturday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 19, 2024.
Here are the open hours for this year’s show:
- Feb. 10: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Feb. 11: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Feb. 12 – 18: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Feb. 19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Other events during the Chicago Auto Show include:
- First Look for Charity on Feb. 9
- Toyota Miles Per Hour Run on Feb. 11
- Automotive Career Day on Feb. 13
- Friday Night Flights Craft Beer Tasting on Feb. 16
- Daily Herald Family Day on Feb. 20
Where is the Chicago Auto Show?
The Chicago Auto Show takes place at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. McCormick Place is located at 2301 S. King Drive in the city’s bustling South Loop neighborhood.
What can I do at the Chicago Auto Show?
Attendees will be able to see nearly 1,000 different vehicles from more than two dozen different manufacturers.
Cars on display include convertibles, crossovers, concepts, electric, luxury, pickup, sports cars, super cars, and more. Featured manufacturers will include Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, GMC, Maserati, Volkswagen, and more.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, marketplace vendors, competition vehicles and projects, and antique and collector cars.
If you want to go for a ride, check out the test tracks and drives. Get behind the wheel of various Ford and Hyundai models, or head to the Ford Built Wild Test Track to strap into a Ford Bronco and experience a thrilling off-road course.
How much does it cost to go to the Chicago Auto Show?
Tickets for the Chicago Auto Show are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and children ages 4 to 12, and free for children ages 3 and under.
Check out the various discount days that offer the opportunity for discounted admission on adult tickets throughout the show.
Keep in mind that McCormick Place is a cashless venue and only credit/debit card payments will be accepted for on-site ticket sales, food and drink, and merchandise.
Is the Chicago Auto Show open to the public?
Yes! The public is welcome to buy tickets for the Chicago Auto Show.
How do I get to the Chicago Auto Show?
McCormick Place is conveniently accessible via public transportation.
- CTA ‘L’ trains: Take the Green Line to the Cermak-McCormick Place stop, a half-mile walk from the venue.
- CTA bus service: The #3 King Drive and #21 Cermak routes provide direct access to McCormick Place and operate during all hours of the Chicago Auto Show.
- Metra: The Metra Electric Line will be making extra stops at McCormick Place Station throughout the show.
- South Shore: The South Shore Line will be offering additional stops at McCormick Place Sation.
- CTA Auto Show Shuttle: Grab a shuttle ride from Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station, LaSalle Street Station, and Museum Campus.
When was the first Chicago Auto Show?
The first edition of the Chicago Auto Show was held in 1901. Since then, the event has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 116th annual Chicago Auto Show.