The Chicago Auto Show, North America's largest auto show, has been running for nearly 120 years. This year, from February 11 to 20, it returns to its home at McCormick Place on Chicago's lakefront.
If you've never visited before or need a refresher, the following information and tips will help you get the most out of this year's event.
General Information Regarding the Chicago Auto Show 2023
Chicago Auto Show: Ticket Prices
Tickets can be purchased online before the event or at the door on the day of the event. Here's a breakdown of admission prices for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show (tax not included):
• Adults: $15
• Seniors (age 62+): $10
• Children (4-12 years): $10
• Children (under 3): Free
Note: Tickets are free for first responders and military personnel (with badge or ID) with proper identification.
Your entry is valid for one day. However, if you need to go to the floor and re-enter, a staff member must stamp your hand. Multiple-day waivers may be available for participants.
Chicago Auto Show: Dates
The country's largest and longest-running auto show is from February 11 to February 20, 2023.
Chicago Auto Show: Timings
The Chicago Auto Show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for February 20, when it closes at 8 p.m.
Chicago Auto Show: Parking Details
On-site parking at McCormick Place is available in three lots between $16 and $25 per day. Overnight parking is not available.
Chicago Auto Show: Food Availability
There are food and drink vendors (including alcohol) at the event. Additionally, outside food and beverages are allowed, excluding alcoholic beverages.
Chicago Auto Show: Hotel Accommodations
If you're visiting Chicago purely for the auto show, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place offers discounted rates to attendees.
How to make the most of your trip?
If you're a first-time attendee or looking to maximize your Chicago Auto Show experience, we've got some tips for you.
• Dress Comfortably
Wear shoes that help you stay on your feet all day and clothes that make it easy to get in and out of cars (if you plan to).
• Go to Weekday
If you are flexible, you should go Monday through Thursday. Not only are there fewer people on weekdays, but some local dealerships may offer discounted admission.
• Give Back, Receive Rewards
Bring three cans of food on February 15, 16, or 17 and receive $5 off an adult ticket. All food boxes are donated to A Safe Haven to benefit Chicago's homeless.
• Check the Map
Before the event, the Chicago Auto Show often distributes a map of the showroom floor, so plan your trip accordingly.
• Take Rest
Your passion for automobiles may be serious, but this annual event is designed to be fun. Educate yourself as much as possible in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises during your trip, and make sure you have enough time to see everything you want to.
What you can expect to see at the Chicago Auto Show 2023?
Want to know about the automobiles on display at the Chicago Auto Show? Discover historic, classic, and revolutionary concept automobiles, as well as new brands and models from leading automakers, such as:
• Aston Martin
• Volkswagen and more!
Can you buy or test drive the vehicles on display at the Chicago Auto Show?
A select few manufacturers will allow visitors to order a vehicle during the auto show, while most vehicles offered are for display purposes only and cannot be purchased.
Except concept automobiles and luxury vehicles, many vehicles are also unlocked for participants to browse and sit in. There are other options for test drives, where you can:
• Drive the vehicle out in person.
• Ride with a professional driver on approved exhibition floor courses.
In addition to automobiles, most brands include booths with information, games, and merchandise. If you are interested in acquiring a vehicle, representatives are also available to answer inquiries and locate a dealer.
See you at the Chicago Auto Show
In February, the Chicago Auto Show is the place to be for car enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to buy or just look at vehicles you can't find anywhere else, you're sure to find something!