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Chicago Auto Show

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An auto show held in Chicago, Illinois.  Currently held in February at McCormick Place and is currently North America's largest auto show.  The event is over a century old, originally held in 1901, but because of years off the 100th show wasn't until 2008.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chicago Auto Show page on 19 May 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Samuel Miles produced the first "official" Chicago Automobile Show in 1901. The event was staged in March of that year at the third Chicago Coliseum located at 1513 S. Wabash Avenue. The 1901 show featured an indoor track for attendees to test drive the ten vehicles exhibited: five electric powered, three steam powered, and two with gasoline engines. The 1902 show saw 100 cars on display; the indoor track was discontinued after the first year to accommodate space requirements for the exhibitors.

By the late 1920s, the automotive industry's maturation resulted in many smaller automobile manufacturers being acquired or replaced by larger ones. The Chicago Auto Show continued to gain prominence during this era and was often regarded as the "National Auto Show". Samuel Miles retired as the Chicago Auto Show's general manager in 1931 after three decades of service.

1935 was characterized by three major changes to the Chicago Auto Show: The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the United States' oldest and largest metropolitan automobile dealership organization, became the event's producer and organizer. Also, the show was held twice in calendar year 1935 - once in January for the 1935 models, and once in November for the 1936 models. This arrangement was a result of automakers shifting the start of the model year to the fall, based on a recommendation by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to advance the introduction of new automobile models by two months. Finally, the November 1935 show moved to a much larger venue, the International Amphitheatre located at 4220 South Halsted Street.

World War Two curtailed production of motor vehicles for consumers in the United States, with the domestic automotive industry retooling to manufacture defense and military equipment. As a result, the Chicago Auto Show was not held between 1941 and 1949.

In 1961, the Chicago Auto Show moved from the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place. The latter facility was destroyed by fire just a month prior to the 1967 show, so the International Amphitheatre resumed its role as the Chicago Auto Show's venue between 1967 and 1970. The show returned to McCormick Place in 1971, when a replacement building was constructed at the site. Additional expansions to McCormick Place toward the end of the 20th century allowed the Chicago Auto Show to become the largest auto show in the United States. The event currently encompasses more than 1 million square feet in the North and South exhibit halls of McCormick Place.

Due to the vast amount of space available, several auto manufacturers have implemented creative uses of their exhibit area in recent years. For example, FCA US, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz have all configured indoor test track experiences adjacent to their respective vehicle displays.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
February 20022002 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Bill Crittenden and Heidi Walczak

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February 20032003 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Bill Crittenden and Heidi Walczak

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February 20042004 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Bill Crittenden and Heidi Walczak

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11 February 20062006 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Bill Crittenden and John Walczak

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February 2010Chicago Auto Show
John Walczak

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15 February 2018Amid Record Sales, SUV's Take Center Stage at Chicago Auto Show
Kane Farabaugh, VOA News

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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
9-18 February 2013Press Kit: The 2013 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
15 January 1911CHICAGO'S BIG SHOW.The New York Times
14 February 2006Thoughts from the 2006 Chicago Auto ShowBill Crittenden
20 February 2007Chicago Auto Show Organizers Offer Tips to Car FansAnthony Fontanelle
8 February 2012The Chicago Auto Show promises Horsepower and fun!Joe Salzburg
26 November 2012Parking Becomes Easier in Chicago with the Launch of SpotHero, the City's Premiere Parking CompanySpotHero
4 January 2013Fifth Third Bank Announces Partnership with the Chicago Auto ShowFifth Third Bank
18 January 20132013 Chicago Auto Show Discount Coupons Now Available at Fifth Third BankFifth Third Bank
23 January 2013Lexus Design Direction Will Be On Full Display In ChicagoLexus
24 January 2013Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Full-Size Pickup Truck To Make World Debut At 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
24 January 2013Sizzling FR-S And Interactivity Are Key Elements At Scion ExhibitToyota
25 January 2013Chrysler Group LLC Gives Sneak Peek Inside New Mopar '13 Chrysler Group LLC
25 January 2013Toyota To Focus On Its American Successes, Bright Future At The 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
28 January 2013Toyota's Indoor Ride Course Returns To Chicago Auto ShowToyota
29 January 2013Chrysler Group LLC to Park Garage at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chrysler Group LLC
30 January 2013Toyota Giving Away One All-New RAV4 At 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
31 January 2013Chrysler Group LLC Introduces New Mopar '13 Dodge Dart Chrysler Group LLC
31 January 2013Live Webcast and Satellite Feed of Ram Product Reveal at the 2013 Chicago Auto ShowChrysler Group LLC
31 January 2013Toyota To Livestream Panel Discussion Following World Debut Of 2014 Tundra Pickup At 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
1 February 2013New Dodge Challenger R/T Redline Delivers Red-Hot Muscle Car Performance and Styling at the Ice-Cold 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chrysler Group LLC
1 February 2013Oaklee’s Family Day at the 2013 Chicago Auto ShowOaklee’s Family Guide
4 February 2013Will differentiation be enough for 2014 Silverado and GMC Sierra?InsideOut: Cars & Trucks
5 February 2013Live Webchat at 2013 Chicago Auto Show to Discuss All-New Mopar 13 Dart Chrysler Group LLC
7 February 2013Chevrolet Debuts 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo DieselGeneral Motors
7 February 2013Kia Motors America Unveils All-New Forte 5-Door at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Kia Motors America
7 February 2013Kia Unveils Stunning New Cross GT Concept CUV At 2013 Chicago Auto Show Kia Motors America
7 February 2013Nissan Shows Off Multi-Faceted Performance Lineup At 2013 Chicago Auto Show, JUKE NISMO Revealed Nissan North America
7 February 2013Superman-Inspired Kia Optima Hybrid Soars Into Chicago For Auto Show Debut Kia Motors America
7 February 2013Toyota Unveils 2014 Redesigned Tundra Full-Size Pickup Truck At 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
7 February 2013Turning Your Car into Your Safety Companion: Continental Automotive Unveils Concept Vehicle to Investigate and Address Driver Distraction Continental
7 February 2013Unveiling of Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at Chicago Auto Show Highlights American Automakers' Renewed Production of Diesel VehiclesDiesel Technology Forum
8 February 20132013 Kia Rio Wins MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award For Best Subcompact Car Kia Motors America
9 February 2013Chicago Auto Show charity benefit raises $2.2 millionChicago Auto Show
9 February 2013Ryba's Fudge Celebrates 57 Years at Chicago Auto ShowRyba's Fudge
12 February 20132013 Chicago Auto Show Provides Automakers with Powerful Platform to Convey News: #CAS13 Hashtag Trends on Twitter Chicago Auto Show
12 February 2013Women's Day Returns To The 2013 Chicago Auto Show: February 12Chicago Auto Show
13 February 2013New Shared Fleet Program To Save County $250,000 In First YearOffice of the Cook County Board President
14 February 2013Safe Driving Technologies Shine at 2013 Chicago Auto Show Chicago Auto Show
15 February 20132013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices Chicago Auto Show
15 February 2013An invasion of aliens are coming to the Dodge booth of the Chicago Auto Show this weekend!Chrysler Midwest
15 February 2013Fast N' Loud Returns for its Second SeasonDiscovery Channel
15 February 2013Nation’s Largest Auto Show Benefits A Safe Haven Foundation with Most Successful Food DriveA Safe Haven
15 February 2013TEXT2DRVE Powers Mobile Marketing Campaign for the 2013 Chicago Auto ShowChicago Auto Show
16 February 20132013 Chicago Auto Show Hosts First-Ever Family Day: February 18Chicago Auto Show
18 February 2013360° REVO and the Chicago Auto Show to Offer Interactive TourChicago Auto Show
18 February 2013Chicago Auto Show Announces Winner of the Inaugral Collegiate Video Achievement AwardsChicago Auto Show
19 February 2013Roselle Man Wins All-New RAV4 at 2013 Chicago Auto ShowToyota
20 February 2013Consumers Pick Their Favorite Vehicles and Exhibit at the 2013 Chicago Auto ShowChicago Auto Show
21 February 2013Chicago Auto Show Selects Digital Influencer in 2013 'Driving Engagement Awards'Chicago Auto Show
21 February 2013Chicagoland Dealers Care Donates $8,000 to 16 Local Charitable OrganizationsChicago Auto Show
22 February 2013Toyota's Indoor Ride Course at Chicago Auto Show Raises $16,662 for Three CharitiesToyota
15 February 2018Amid Booming Sales, SUVs Take Center Stage at Chicago Auto Show Kane Farabaugh, VOA News


2013 Photos

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel
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2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel
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2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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2013 Ford Fusion Energi 2013 Ford Fusion Energi
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2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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2013 Ford Fusion Energi 2013 Ford Fusion Energi
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Hyundai BlueLink Hyundai BlueLink
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Kia Uvo Uvo
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Cadillac Cue Cadillac Cue
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Safe Driving Technologies Shine at 2013 Chicago Auto Show
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Lexus Enform Lexus Enform
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MyFord Touch Ford MyFord Touch
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