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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

Important Dates

2016 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 13, 2016

2016 Chicago Auto Show Feb. 13-22. McCormick Place, Chicago IL

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer association in the nation. Today, it lists 400+ new-car dealers as members.

Mission of the CATA

For more than a century, the CATA has stood for high principles of business. Its basic tenets remain as steadfast today as they were a hundred years ago: Promoting honesty and dependability in business operations; Employing truth and accuracy in dealer advertising; Standing by guarantees; Improving business methods and ethics and keeping competition fair so that dealers and the public are well-served; and Refraining from practices detrimental to the industry or contrary to the public interest. Currently, CATA dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. Over the past century, these locally based small businesses have provided good paying jobs for their employees, who, in turn, contribute to their communities. The CATA’s commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.

CAS_no-year-125-100Chicago Auto Show

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in the world. 2016 will mark the 108th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Colisium to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exibition space.
The CATA’s generosity and commitment to the community is shown not only at the Chicago Auto Show’s "First Look for Charity" where last year more than $2.6 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

Latest News

January 29, 2016
Chicago Auto Show readies for its Feb. 13-21 close-up
There will be plenty of news before the curtains rise to the public on Feb. 13.

January 29, 2016
Calling all Social Media managers!
There is no better chance to share the latest industry and manufacturer-specific news than at the Chicago Auto Show.

January 29, 2016
Supreme Court to hear case on service advisor overtime pay
A ruling on the matter could come as soon as before the court adjourns its current session in late June.

January 29, 2016
Reliability a top shopper concern
At No. 3, reliability trails only exterior and interior styling as a top concern.​

January 29, 2016
2016 NADA Workforce Study underway
The participation period is open until April 29.

January 29, 2016
In Memoriam: Thomas Blaskovich
Proprietor of Tom Blaskovich in East Chicago, Ind.

January 22, 2016
December2015 Chicago Auto Outlook
Monthly Chicago Auto Outlook

January 15, 2016
Schools await auto show 'adoption'
What beter way is there for a dealer to attract future customers than to sponsor an auto show visit for students from the local high school?

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