Chicago Auto Show to Open Its 112th Edition on Chicago Auo Show

Chicago Auto Show South Hall 2019.

Automotive makers, exhibitors and enthusiasts from across the globe are in the Windy City for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The nation’s largest and best-attended auto show – it’s claimed – is  held annually at McCormick Place. The public opening is Saturday, Feb. 8 and runs through Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 17. The show is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, except for the final day of the show when it closes at 8 p.m.

“Chicago Auto Show fans are in for a treat this year as the 2020 show will offer unfettered access to nearly 1,000 vehicles on display, four indoor test track experiences, three outdoor ride-and-drive opportunities, brand-new engaging displays, interactive activities for people of all ages and a robust lineup of special events throughout the entire show,” said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Tony Guido.

Brand-new to the show this year is the Miles Per Hour run, presented by Honda. In partnership with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA), this indoor run will guide participants on a 2.4-mile loop through the nation’s largest auto show. Runners will cover as much distance as possible within a one-hour time.

Show organizers say two events return that were first introduced to attendees at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show: Chicago Friday Night Flights (an indoor craft beer sampling event featuring a dozen local breweries), Sports Team Pride Day where show attendees will receive a $5 discount coupon for wearing an Illinois sports team jersey to the show.

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The Chicago Auto Show will also continue to host the following events during its 10-day run:

  • Women’s Day: Tuesday, Feb. 11. Women are admitted for a discounted ticket of $8. The day will feature a series of events geared towards the female demographic including panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities.
  • Chicago Auto Show Food Drive: Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Friday, Feb. 14. Show patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for an $8 adult admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation.
  • Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day: Friday, Feb. 14. Show organizers will continue to partner with Telemundo Chicago to host Hispanic Heritage Day featuring a live TV broadcast as well as fun-filled activities throughout the day.
  • Family Day: Monday, Feb. 17. Show organizers will continue to partner with the Daily Herald to host family-friendly events on Presidents Day to wrap up the final day of the show.

For more information on the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, visit or watch this promotional video.


About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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