Thursday, 15 July 2021 08:41

2021 Chicago Auto Show Opens Its Doors to the Public July 15-19


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The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public July 15 with a 2021 Special Edition taking place through July 19 inside McCormick Place's West Building and outdoors along Indiana Avenue.

This marks the first time in history the show, traditionally hosted in February, will be held in the summertime, taking advantage of an outdoor space to bring attendees new test track experiences, dozens of vehicles to test drive and even electric vehicle demonstrations designed to showcase the latest cars, trucks and SUVs to consumers.


Show organizers also added a new Street Fest element the first four evenings of the show. The Chicago Auto Show Street Fest will include food trucks, local brews and street musicians.    


"We are here today because we are taking an important step forward---a step away from the challenges of the pandemic and toward normalcy," said Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. "The lifesaving power of vaccinations and the hard work by the people of our city and state has led us here. And because of our state's high vaccination rate, the highest in the Midwest, the beloved Chicago Auto Show is once again able to take place.


"The Chicago Auto Show is the nation's longest-running, and it's a marquee event for McCormick Place and the entire region, attracting industry leaders, tourists, gearheads, inventors and curious residents alike," Pritzker continued. "And this year, the show is operating with a hybrid indoor-outdoor model for the first time in city history, ensuring that health and safety here at McCormick Place are our highest priority."


"The return of the Chicago Auto Show marks a significant moment in our COVID-19 recovery journey, as it sends a strong signal that our city is not only open but more than ready to safely host large-scale events," said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. "This iconic event has retained its reputation as the largest and longest-running auto show and has long been a powerful economic driver for our city and our entire state.


"I am beyond thrilled to welcome the Chicago Auto Show back to the McCormick Place and look forward to seeing it bring joy to residents and visitors from near and far once again."


Show organizers began working with McCormick Place officials six months ago to...

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