The 2016 Chicago Auto Show is entering its final weekend and days. Therefore, if you haven’t had a chance to get to it yet and wanted to this year, now’s the time. The annual event is being held at McCormick Place on Chicago’s near South Side along Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive, according to an ABC News report on Friday. Specifically, it is located at 2301 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
The Chicago Auto Show was first presented in 1901 and now, over a century later, is labeled the largest auto show in North America. It has been presented in the Windy City more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. Through the years, it has been an event for vehicle fanatics a total of 108 times.
This year, the open-to-the-public event is shown from Saturday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 21. So, again, if you planned on going this year, now is definitely the time as the calendar has counted down to the last three days. The Chicago Auto Show uses the North as well as the South Exhibit Halls of the humongous McCormick Place complex. In total, that is 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space being used for the show. Within that space, one will see multiple world and North American introductions including domestic and import passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles, and experimental or concept cars. According to Business Insider, approximately 1,000 different vehicles are displayed. There is much for antique and car collectors to see as well.
The Chicago Auto Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday – its final day. Tickets are sold at McCormick Place’s ticket booths as well as online. Tickets sold at the event are sold up until an hour before closing. Prices are as follows: $12 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12, free for children who are 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult who are family members, weekday discount coupons are available at $5 off the regular adult admission price via various area new-car dealerships and participating locations. Other businesses may offer discounts to the show as well.
All bags entering the facility with people are subject to search. Patrons will be randomly selected for security screening. All mobility devices must be approved by the show’s management. Hoverboard, Segway and similar devices are not allowed. Scooter rentals are offered at $50 a day and wheelchair rentals are $20 a day. Persons are encouraged to make Scootaround rental reservations in advance to ensure availability. All major credit cards are accepted.