The Chicago Auto Show returned to McCormick Place on its traditional dates in February. First held in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto show on the continent. This year marks the 114th annual Chicago Auto Show.
Held at McCormick Place, this year’s show features indoor test tracks and a range of interactive activities. Highlights include Subaru’s National Parks Exhibit, Toyota’s Tundra Indoor Track, Camp Jeep and Ram Truck Territory Test Tracks, and the Fan-Favorite Luxury Car Exhibit featuring luxury cars from over $100,000 from Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, and more.
Chicago Auto Show President Bill Haggerty expressed his excitement at returning to a February show, saying, “While there were many wonderful aspects of our special edition show “Last summer, we’re excited to be back in February because it’s always been a great time for consumers to get out there and beat the winter doldrums by experiencing the latest cars, trucks and SUVs in the industry. And this year, we’re giving attendees more opportunities to experience six indoor test tracks – more than the show has ever had – as well as chances to test drive on city streets.
Electric and hybrid vehicles take center stage this year. The 2022 show features six indoor test tracks and three outdoor test drives. Inside, attendees can take a spin on the Powering Chicago EV track, featuring the latest electric vehicles to hit the market like the BMW i4 M50 and Kia EV6; Toyota Drive Center and Proving Grounds showcasing the all-new, completely redesigned 2022 Tundra; Ford Built Wild, with its Bronco family of vehicles, and Built to Electrify, where people can check out the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E; Camp Jeep and Ram Truck Territory’s Truck Adventure to showcase Ram’s 1500 light-duty trucks and 2500/3500 heavy-duty trucks.
In addition to the indoor test tracks, manufacturers will provide plenty of opportunities for fans to get behind the wheel and test drive on city streets. Participating brands include Ford, Kia and Subaru.
Joining the speaker were Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority CEO Larita Clark, House Speaker Chris Welch and Senate Speaker Don Harmon of the 2022 Chicago Auto Show Bill Haggerty and show general manager Dave Sloan on stage cut the ribbon to open the show.
“Last summer, the [Chicago] The Auto Show was one of the first major events you may recall that we were able to bring back,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “It’s as much about tradition as it is about innovation. Many of us grew up with the Chicago Auto Show and then brought our family to explore all that the show has to offer. The pleasure is back and, for my part, I can’t wait to enjoy it.
This year, the Chicago Auto Show will also honor first responders (police, EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters) and the U.S. military by hosting a First Responders and Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, February 15. . On this day, all first responders and military will receive free entry when presenting their badge or military ID. Plus, guests accompanying first responders or military personnel will receive a $5 adult admission coupon.
Tickets for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show are currently on sale at ChicagoAutoShow.com. The 2022 show runs February 12-21 at McCormick Place and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except for the last day (Presidents’ Day) when the show ends at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $15; seniors 62 and over are $10; children 4-12 are $10; children 3 and under are free. The Chicago Auto Show will operate in full compliance with health and safety protocols required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.