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I’ve spent the day previewing the Chicago Auto Show. While it was 2 degrees outside, inside was warm, bright, and full of action inside. As with any auto show, there were beautiful people standing in front of pristine cars, and music with the flashing lights and music all around. Some of these car manufactures really now how to showcase their assets!
What to See at the Chicago Auto Show
Some of the flashier booths are the Kia folks who brought in a band and put on a slick and entertaining show to unveil their refreshed Kia Optima Hybrid as well as their Niro concept car. Toyota is another manufacture who provided some fun with an indoor off-road track.
There are plenty of concept cars here as well. Check out the Tron-like Toyota FV2. The “driver” shifts her body weight to control the car – no steering wheel needed!
What Will the Kids Love at the Chicago Auto Show?
There are plenty of kid-friendly branding around the show. Disney partnered with Toyota to create this Wocka Wocka fun Muppet’s Highlander. You’ll also find superheros and race cars throughout the show.
Chevy has a very popular photo booth which makes cool flip books that you can share via Facebook and Instagram in addition to the physical one you receive. State Farm has a more traditional photo booth and some great retro car seats to take a rest on and catch up on their new products. There are activities all over the show – they will be popular so get in line and enjoy!
What to wear & Accessibility at the Chicago Auto Show
The venue is enormous! Wear comfortable and lightweight shoes. Leave the boots in the car and the heavy coats at the coat check because you won’t need either as the temperature in the venue is well maintained. There are mobility scooters and wheel chairs available for rent (contact Scootaround toll-free at 1-888-441-7575 or book online at www.scootaround.com/rentals/c/chicagoautoshow). Be warned if you have sight or mobility impairments, the floor of the show is varied in texture, color, and height. I took a tumble off of one 4″ stage within the first 10 minutes of being at the show.
2014 Chicago Auto Show Ticket Prices and Deals
You can purchase Chicago Auto Show tickets on location at the McCormick Place ticket booth or online. Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for age 62+, $6 for children 7-12, and free for children under 6 when attending with a paying adult. There is a weekday discount coupon that gets you $6 off the regular adult admission available at local new car dealers. Additional special offers are available – February 11 is Women’s Day – women pay half price. February 12 through Friday, February 14: Chicago Auto Show Food Drive asks that you bring in 3 cans of food for 1/2 off an adult ticket. The collected food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation. Get full ticket information including restrictions and updates online.