Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is held annually in February at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. It is the largest auto show in North America.[1]

Chicago Auto Show
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GenreAuto show
Date(s)Every February; July (2021 show only)
FrequencyAnnually
VenueMcCormick Place
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
Years active1901–1940, 1950–
InauguratedMarch 23, 1901; 121 years ago (1901-03-23)
Organized byChicago Automobile Trade Association
Websitewww.chicagoautoshow.com
The title for the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.

HistoryEdit

Samuel Miles, formerly a promoter of bicycle shows, 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Finally, the November 1935 show moved to a much larger venue, the International Amphitheatre located at 4220 South Halsted Street.[5]

World War II 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.[6]

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.[7]

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 Volkswagen have all configured indoor test track experiences adjacent to their respective vehicle displays.[8]

In 2021, CATA received approval to host a special summer edition of the Chicago Auto Show in the West Building of McCormick Place, supplemented by outdoor activities such as test drives and technology demonstrations.[9]

2022Edit

The 2022 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 12 through February 21, with press preview starting on February 10 and the "First Look For Charity" Gala taking place on February 11.[10]

Production car introductionsEdit

* auto show debut

Concept car introductionsEdit

2021Edit

The 2021 Chicago Auto Show was held from July 15 through July 19. The press preview and the "First Look For Charity" Gala events held in previous years were not part of the 2021 show.[9]

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

* auto show debut

2020Edit

The 2020 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17, with press preview starting on February 6 and the "First Look For Charity" Gala taking place on February 7.[30] The 2020 event concluded before government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois took effect.

Production car introductionsEdit

2019Edit

The 2019 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 9 through February 18, with press preview starting on February 7 and the "First Look For Charity" Gala taking place on February 8.[45] Acura hosted a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Acura NS-X concept, which debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.[46]

Production car introductionsEdit

2018Edit

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 10 through February 19, with press days starting on February 8 and First Look For Charity taking place February 9.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

Race car introductionsEdit

2017Edit

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 11 through February 20, with press days starting on February 9.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

2016Edit

The 2016 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 13 through February 21, with press days starting on February 11.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

2015Edit

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 14 through February 22 and had a 7 percent increase in attendance compared to 2014. The show's media preview day hosted 18 world premieres including the introduction of the Kia Trail'ster concept as well as production vehicles such as the Acura RDX, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Pilot and Toyota Avalon.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

Race car introductionsEdit

2014Edit

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17, with press days starting on February 6.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

Race car introductionsEdit

2013Edit

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 9 through February 18, with press days starting on February 7.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

  • Chevrolet "Turbo" Camaro Coupe Concept
  • Dodge Charger Defiance Show Car
  • Kia Cross GT Concept[160]
  • Kia Optima Hybrid "Inspired by Superman" Concept
  • Ford Fiesta ST GRC Concept
  • Ford Focus TrackSTer Concept

2012Edit

The 2012 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 10 through February 19, with press days starting on February 8.

Introductions and concepts:

In addition to the factory-built Chrysler 300, Mopar also showed three 75th anniversary accessory kits: the Dodge Dart "GTS 210 Tribute", Fiat 500 "Stinger", and Mopar Jeep Compass "True North".[169]

2011Edit

The 2011 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 11 through February 20, with press days starting on February 9.

Introductions and concepts:

2010Edit

The 2010 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 12 through February 21, with press days starting on February 10.

Introductions and concepts:

2009Edit

The 2009 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 13 through February 22, with press days starting on February 11.

Introductions and concepts:

Also, the Ford Transit Connect was re-introduced as an official 2010 model, after pre-production units were displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the previous year's show.

2008Edit

The 2008 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17, with press days starting on February 6.

Introductions:

The show also had a special U.S. Army area, open to the public, which displayed military vehicles and featured Army-related activities and video games.

2007Edit

 
The Ford "Airstream" Concept car.
 
The "Zap" Concept car.

The 2007 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 9 through February 18, with press days starting on the 7th.

Introductions:

2006Edit

 
The 2006 Chicago Auto Show.
 
A Toyota concept car shown at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2006 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 10 through February 19, with press days starting on the 8th.

Introductions:

2005Edit

 
The Jeep testdrive "hill" at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2005 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 11 through February 20, with press days starting on the 9th.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

2003Edit

The 2003 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 14 through February 23.

Introductions:

2002Edit

The 2002 Chicago Auto Show was held from February 8 through February 17.

Introductions:

2001Edit

Introductions:

1998Edit

Production car introductionsEdit

  • Acura 3.5 RL Special Edition
  • Acura Integra Type-R SCCA Race Car
  • Acura NSX SCCA Race Car
  • Cadillac Seville
  • Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
  • Chevrolet TrailBlazer
  • Chrysler Town & Country Limited
  • Dodge Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited
  • Jeep Cherokee Classic
  • Mitsubishi Galant
  • Nissan Quest
  • Kia Sportage Convertible
  • Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
  • Ford F-150 NASCAR Special Edition
  • Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Bondurant
  • Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Supercab
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Tacoma Xtracab
  • Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Concept car introductionsEdit

  • Pontiac Grand Prix Concept:Cure by Cynthia Rowley
  • Cadillac DeVille Concours Concept:Cure by Michael Kors
  • Chevrolet Venture Concept:Cure by Joe Boxer's Nicholas Graham
  • GMC Jimmy Concept:Cure by Tommy Hilfiger
  • GMC Sierra DEUCE
  • Ford Libre
  • Nissan Frontier 4-door Concept
  • Infiniti Q29 Roadster
  • Kia Minivan Concept
  • Toyota T150 Concept

1997Edit

1995Edit

1992Edit

More than 1,000 vehicles were on display, from the automotive manufacturers and other groups.

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept car introductionsEdit

  • Geo Tracker concepts (Back Packer, Beach Low-Rider, Baja Race, Biker, Snow)
  • Ford Explorer Drifter
  • Ford Boss Bronco
  • Saab 9000CD Turbo Flex Fuel Concept[200]
  • Toyota Avalon 4-door convertible concept[200]

1991Edit

  • GMC Rio Grande All-Wheel-Drive Concept

1990Edit

Production car introductionsEdit

Concept carsEdit

[201]

1989Edit

The 1989 Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of the Acura NS-X sports car concept, which would lead to the production NSX in 1990.[46]

The 1989 Chicago Auto Show featured the debut of the 1989 Syclone concept sports pickup, which would lead to the production of the GMC Syclone in 1991.

1968Edit

Production car introductionsEdit

1923Edit

Production car introductionsEdit

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