Soon motor heads everywhere will be flocking to the 105th Chicago Auto Show. For those who may not be aware, the Chicago Auto Show is the biggest of its kind in the country, and it’s a time for the largest names in car manufacturing to show off their latest models and innovations. This year’s exhibit runs 10 days from February 9 to 18 with various themes including a Women’s Day, Food Drive and Family Day.
The week-long event commences on Friday, February 8 from with the First Look for Charity, a black-tie party on the eve of the auto show from 7 to 11 p.m. In the past 21 years, the First Look for Charity has raised 34 million for various philanthropic organizations. The evening consists of beverages, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by the Million Dollar Quartet and the Beatles tribute band American English. This year will benefit a number of organizations including the March of Dimes, Special Olympics Illinois, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Jesse White Tumblers and more.
“The Chicago Auto Show is uniformly regarded as the finest auto show in the country, but the charitable cause demonstrates that this auto show is about more than just vehicles and accessories: it’s also about giving back to charities within our community,” said Michael Ettleson, 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chairman.
Tuesday, February 12 is Woman’s Day where admission price is just $7. This comes at a time where women are becoming an even greater force in the auto industry. As consumers, women have a partial say in $80 billion worth of car purchases according to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. They also make up 52% of car buyers. Additionally, for the first time in history, more women hold driver’s licenses than men. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented programs on the purchase and maintenance of vehicles.
“We know that women continue to influence the decision when it comes to the car-buying process and it’s truly game-changing for manufacturers,” said Michael Ettleson. “Gone are the days that auto shows are just about pretty models showcasing shiny cars on carpet; most women are the ringleaders and want what’s best for their family, and the Chicago Auto Show is the perfect place to peruse every vehicle at your leisure.”
From February 13 to 15, the auto show is holding its Food Drive. Attendees can donate three cans of non-perishable food items and earn half off an adult admission ticket. The show wraps up on February 18th (President’s Day), which will be dedicated to family fun. Visit the Chicago Auto Show to check out the latest models of cars, participate in test drives and support a variety of causes.
WHEN: Saturday, February 9 to Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday, February 18. 2013 (Presidents Day) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Shore Drive at 23rd St.
Chicago, IL 60616
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Lot A: $21 (or $30 after 16 hours)
Lot B: $14
Lot C: $21