Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:04

2022 Chicago Auto Show Wraps Up


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The 2022 Chicago Auto Show concluded its 10-day run at McCormick Place on Presidents Day.

Despite facing ongoing hurdles of producing a show in the midst of a global pandemic and vehicle inventory shortages, show organizers were able to bring back First Look for Charity, host a successful Media Preview and safely welcome hundreds of thousands of people to the public show.


This month, eager attendees traveled to McCormick Place to get a look at the latest cars, trucks, SUVs and EVs, including a brand-new indoor electric vehicle test track, which featured a variety of new models.


"Over a two-year period stretch when auto shows were canceled more often than opened, the Chicago Auto Show has been able to navigate the turbulent times and open our doors to the public each year since the onset of the pandemic," said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Bill Haggerty. "It's not all due to luck or chance; we've worked strategically and side-by-side with city and state officials on plans A, B and C in order to safely hold our show, even if it meant moving the event from its traditional February timeframe to an indoor/outdoor hybrid show model last July!"


In July 2021, the Chicago Auto Show was the first public event to reopen McCormick Place and revive conventions for the city of Chicago since the onset of the pandemic.


The 2022 show marked the largest event held at McCormick Place this year. Organizers reported an attendance number of 200,000, double the amount of people who attended the 2021 special edition show.


"We are proud of what we've been able to pull off this February, even though it was impacted by these difficult challenges," said Haggerty. "Do we hope to return to a more 'normal' show in the future? Of course, we do. However, considering what the world has faced with the pandemic, not to mention the severe inventory challenges in the auto industry, we know our attendees appreciate the variety of ways this show delivered."  


"While we experienced lower attendance than in a typical year, in part due to COVID restrictions being in flux and the difficulty communicating a clear message regarding safety protocols, we're proud to have found a way to...

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