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Chicago Auto Show Starts Engines Friday

The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 19 at McCormick Place

Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 10:38 AM CDT
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Cadillac, Chevrolet and Kia have not-yet-on-the-market cars on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Cadillac, Chevrolet and Kia have not-yet-on-the-market cars on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

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Cars lovers, it's time to take the wheel. The Chicago Auto Show kicks off Friday.

Gov. Pat Quinn, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, and Secretary of State Jessie white helped cut the opening-day ribbon at 9:45 a.m. at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closing day wraps up at 8 p.m.

New this year at the Auto Show are four test tracks, including the new Ram pickup truck track, as well as an urban track simulating the potholes of Chicago side streets. You also can test acceleration of the new Dodge Challenger and try out a Toyota on the company's Monopoly theme track.

One of the most ambitious tracks isn't in McCormick Place, but on city streets. With some paperwork, auto show attendees can take the new Chevy Volt for a spin.

Among the nearly 1,000 new cars on display are Cadillac, Chevrolet and Kia's not-yet-on-the-market cars. In total, 31 manufacturers will be featured over 1.2 million square feet of the show.

Celebrities will be on hand ogling cars too. Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane arrive Sunday night to sign autographs and say hello.

Tickets to the show are $11 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 62 and older and children ages 7-12.

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