First Look — 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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Chicago Auto ShowWith the 2014 NAIAS Detroit less than 3 days away, and enthusiasm growing every hour, let me take this opportunity to look ahead to what’s happening in February. Of course, the big one is taking place in Chicago. The 2014 Chicago Auto Show, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Fifth Third State Bank, and Shell (among others), promises to deliver the absolute finest in state-of-the-art automobiles, as well as entertaining interactive events, including:

  • 3 Indoor Test Tracks
  • 6 Outdoor Test Drive Opportunities
  • Numerous Interactive Driving Simulators, Video Displays, and Photo Kiosks which allow you to post and share.
  • Many games and opportunities to win great prizes, including new cars.


Today, I will dedicate this article to the legendary Chicago Auto Show, as it is the largest and has the richest history of any auto show in the world. Keep an eye out for other events coming in February, including the beginning of Concours de Elegance, in sunny Boca Raton, Florida, USA.


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McCormick Place

2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

February 8 through 17, 2014


Rich Heritage

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Chicago Auto Show 1907

The 106th Chicago Auto Show, produced annually since 1935 by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), nears a climax of preparation just weeks before its scheduled opening. Keeping in stride with the Chicago Auto Show’s rich tradition is not a task which is easily accomplished. More than one-hundred-years of cutting-edge automotive innovation and brilliantly imposed aesthetic design seem to issue a silent challenge upon the nation’s oldest and largest automobile dealers association — a challenge to produce something bigger, better, and more appealing than years past. This is a challenge to which CAPA eagerly responds.


First Look for Charity

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Charity Preview

Make the evening of February 7 special by attending the First Look for Charity Event at the Chicago Auto Show. You can get the “First Look” at all of the newest concept cars and the latest model production cars, while enjoying your favorite beverages and the most opulent appetizers, not to mention getting the chance to win a brand-new Toyota Corolla or Toyota Highlander vehicle. Since 1992 First Look for Charity has raised over $36 million for local Chicago area charities (over $2 million was raised in 2013). This year’s event will be held from 7 pm until 11 pm on Friday, February 7. Tickets are $250 and black tie attire is mandatory.


Media Days

Medis Days
Chevy Press Conference

Credentialed media will be allowed a preview of this elaborate historical event on February 6 and 7. Media previews and press conferences for nearly every major automaker are scheduled to take place during this two-day period. Look for for all of the latest coverage, as David Prock (our man on the inside) fast forwards all of the breaking news. Recognizing the importance of social media, this year’s Chicago Auto Show will focus on it with a Social Media Preview on February 8.


Public Days

The Chicago Auto Show is open to the general public from January 8 through 17. For ten days, you have the opportunity to peruse some of the latest and most awe-inspiring automotive creations in existence. For the price of $12, you will have access to over 1,000 vehicles; import and domestic vehicles, cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, experimental vehicles, concept vehicles, worldwide production debuts, assorted competition vehicles, collector, classic, and antique vehicles, in addition to hundreds of automotive accessories and auto-related exhibits. Regular price tickets are $12, seniors and children 6 and under are only $6, and you can get half-price tickets for week day visits.


Women’s Day

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Women’s Day

Tuesday February 11, ladies are admitted for only $6. There will be special presentations geared towards female drivers.



Chicago Auto Show Food Drive

From Wednesday through Friday, February 12 through 14, everyone who brings 3 cans of food will be granted admission for only $6. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation. This is just another way that CAPA and the Chicago Auto Show are helping to give back to the community.

Telemundo Hispanic Day

Friday, February 14 the Chicago Auto Show will join forces with TelemundoChicago to show appreciation for our Hispanic community.


Be on the lookout for more information on the monumental Chicago Auto Show in the coming days.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.