Automakers from around the globe are gearing up for the grand opening of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public today, Feb. 11, at McCormick Place.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are expected to be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
With more than one million sq. ft. of exhibit space, the show is claimed to be the largest in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.
Taking center stage at the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto Show are more than 20 vehicles that made their world debut during this week’s Media Preview.
They include Dodge Durango SRT; Ford Expedition; Hyundai Elantra GT; Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; Nissan TITAN King Cab and Midnight Editions; TRD Sport editions of the Toyota Tundra and Sequoia; Subaru Legacy; and Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition Concept.
The show is open to the public daily at 10 a.m. beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, and runs through Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. It features nearly 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs, appearances from celebrities and sports icons, and interactive exhibits.
“There is nothing that compares to the magnitude of the Chicago Auto Show,” said Mike McGrath, 2017 Chicago Auto Show chairman.
New this year, show organizers are enhancing and streamlining the attendee experience with a new program called epass. Attendees who visit the show can activate their ticket (both mobile and box office tickets) to scan at kiosks located throughout the show floor to request vehicle information on-demand, sign up for test drives, and even enter contests.
The show’s official app, now in its third year, is being offered as a virtual companion for attendees. The app is available for Android and Apple iOS devices and contains a complete schedule, virtual show floor map, and listing of vehicles on display.
Photo / Video courtesy: Chicago Auto Show