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Coronavirus Resource Page

Given the constantly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, CATA has created an information page for CATA member dealers. This resourse page provides direct access to federal government guidance and other materials to help manage new-car and -truck dealerships. We will continue to update these materials as the situation evolves.

Gov. Prtizker has mandated that all of Illinois will enter Tier 3 coronavirus mitigations on Friday, Nov. 20 at 12:01 a.m. That means the following for Illinois retailers including auto dealers:

•    Operate at no more than 25% occupancy.
•    Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible.
•    When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation.

It’s always good practice to contact your local law enforcement to make sure your plans meet their expectations for public safety.

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See how the CATA has been helping Chicago's New-Car Dealers since 1904.

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Chicago Automobile Trade AssociationHistory of the CATA

Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealer associations. 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.

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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. 2021 will mark the 113th edition of the show.
Since 1935, the CATA has had the honor of presenting the Chicago show. Over the years it has grown with the city moving from the Coliseum to the International Amphitheatre to the original McCormick Place and then to the current McCormick Place. Today, the show occupies two exhibition halls with more than 1 million square feet of exhibition 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 nearly than $3 million was raised in one night for local beneficiaries, but throughout the year in countless episodes of humanitarianism and community involvement.

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