2013 Auto Show Zooms Into Chicago This Week

Nearly 1,000 vehicles on display at McCormick Place

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The Chicago Auto Show returns for its 105th year with 2.7 million square feet of test tracks, vendors, prizes and, of course, cars.

The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 and runs through 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Can't wait? The First Look for Charity, the event's black-tie charity shindig, opens its doors from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Feb. 8.

Tickets to the public show are available at McCormick Place ticket booths and online at $12 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 and older and $6 for children 7-12. Weekday discount coupons for $6 off regular adult admission are available at various area new-car dealers.
The show has a storied history in Chicago. Considered the largest auto show in the country, it was first staged in 1901and has been produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization in the nation, since 1935.

On display is a range of nearly 1,000 domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. That doesn't count the vintage and collector cars being shown.

Stay tuned for special theme days including Women's Day on Feb. 12 when women are admitted for $6, Food Drive on Feb. 13 when patrons who bring three cans of food will receive a coupon for $6 admission and Feb. 15 for Telemundo Hispanic Day.

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