Chicago Auto Show 2021 officials announced they received approval from state and city officials to host a special edition of the show July 15-19 at McCormick Place. It will be one of the McCormick Place’s first live, in-person events since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The special edition show will move to the West Building of the McCormick Place complex and expand outdoors to take advantage of July weather. With the show’s move, attendees will now experience more outdoor test-drive opportunities, test tracks, and technology demonstrations, which will take place along Indiana Avenue and surrounding city streets. Some of these outdoor opportunities include the Camp Jeep and Ram Truck indoor test tracks, Subaru’s popular pet adoption event, and Ford experiences, featuring the new Bronco, Bronco Sport, and all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV.
McCormick Place, West Building | 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago
The 2021 show will begin with electronic ticket processing and they will be exclusively sold online. Attendees will be able to select their preferred date and time. The event will be carefully controlled for crowd capacity and the floor will be regulated to control the number of people at any given time. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pre-register for onsite activities including an indoor and outdoor test track and ride-and-drive events.
And in an effort to make this show as special as possible, the Chicago Show organizers have gotten approval to shut down Indiana Ave for a Street fest! The Street Fest will feature the latest vehicles on display, food trucks, local brews, and musical entertainment. A variety of food options will be available including BBQ, street tacos, Asian fusion, burgers, and more. Goose Island will be on-site with their Chicago rail car bar and the Shandy Man will make special appearances. Desserts will include frozen custard, cupcakes, refreshing ices, and more.
The show will run from July 15 through July 18, 9 am-10 pm and July 19, 9 am-8 pm. More information regarding the show can be found here. Tickets prices start at $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased here.