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Disclosure: I was invited by Nissan to attend the Chicago Auto Show, all options are honest and my own
Do you think the Chicago Auto Show is just for those looking to buy cars?
Did you know that it’s the nations largest auto show?
People often shake their head when I ask them to attend the Auto Show. The response is normally “I have no interest in looking at cars all day” I love exposing newbies to the fun of auto shows and it’s one of the reasons that I jumped at the opportunity to the attend the Chicago Auto Show.
The Chicago Auto Show offers something for everyone. If you you just want to check out the latest technology or sit in some of the most sought after cars, you can do that but I love the interactive experiences most.
Interactive Experiences at the Chicago Auto Show
Participants ride in one of Jeep’s SUVS on an obstacle course. The 18 foot hill with a 30 degree incline, rock formations and watered down gravel patches are a great way to experience Jeep’s off roading capability. It looks easy just make sure you hold on. If you weren’t a Jeep lover this experience might just convert you!
Ram Truck Territory
Experience the strength of the Ram Truck as you’re driven through an obstacle course. Who knew that they could really pull that much? Try it out and be amazed.
Toyota’s Test Track
A trained driver will take you around the obstacle course as you see just what the Toyota is capable of. It’s a great opportunity to ask burning questions. Grab pictures in the photo booth and look for yourself on the screen or enjoy the Sirius XM headphone station.
This was probably my absolute favorite and top vote for “best in show” Suburu’s experience involves learning about the National Park Foundation and why we need to take a greater interest in protecting them. Entering the Suburu welcome center was like walking in an oasis. The sites and sounds were so relaxing and it was a great treat to watch the geyser erupt with their newest vehicle.
Suburu also added to experience with an area to adopt puppies. Each day a local Chicago pet rescue agency is on site to help with the process. These little faces were hard to avoid.
3 Drive Safe and Save Simulators, allowing drivers to earn “Safety Stars” and compete with past competitors to put themselves atop the leaderboards
Ford as an expanded area for the STEAM Experience that includes interactive games and puzzles relating to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Fun for all ages, the STEAM van allows participants to pedal a stationary bike to power neon signs that line the walls of the van. In addition, a second participant could power a confetti cannon in the van by jumping on a lever.
There are lots more to see and do at the Chicago Auto Show, let me know which one is your favorite.
About the Chicago Auto Show
Dates and Showtimes
February 8-17, 2020
10 a.m. – 10 p.m (8 p.m. Feb. 17)
McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Tickets are available at our McCormick Place ticket booths on public show days or online
$13 for adults
$8 for seniors aged 62 and older
$8 for children 7-12
Free Admission for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Family members only.