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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Chicago Automobile Trade Assocation

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.

** City of Chicago Guidance on Vaccine Mandate **

Cook County Guidance on Vaccine Mandate **

** New CDC Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine **

** Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Employer COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Mandate **

** New Statewide Mask Mandate - Effective Monday, Aug. 30 **

Click Here to get the latest COVID-19 information  |   CATA Allied Member Dealer Support & Programs


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

Important Dates

CATA seminar: Digital Retailing in Today’s Unique Marketplace
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Given the quickly changing retail landscape, this educational seminar will provide a new-car dealer’s insight into today’s digital-focused marketplace...

First Look for Charity
Friday, February 11, 2022

Since its inception in 1992, the Chicago Auto Show's benevolent event has raised nearly $56 million for numerous Chicago area charities and the causes...

2022 Chicago Auto Show
Saturday, February 12, 2022

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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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.

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. 2022 will mark the 114th 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.

Latest News

January 07, 2022
Supreme Court hears vaccination suits
In an unusual move, the court said it would move with exceptional speed on the two suits.

January 07, 2022
Average used-car price climbs to nearly $30,000
The biggest factor driving the current consumer inflation, apart from energy, is used vehicles.

January 07, 2022
Car shortages could forever change car-buying behavior
Some automakers say they plan to capitalize on the inventory crunch to permanently shift to an order-based system.

January 07, 2022
Discounted auto show tickets for CATA members
Two kinds of passes are available, General Admission tickets and Weekday Discount coupons.

January 07, 2022
Schools await '22 auto show 'adoption'
Adopted groups can obtain weekday admission tickets for $10 each. Regular admission is $15.

January 07, 2022
BMW turns to US military to recruit potential technicians to fill ranks
Lots of technician training programs recruit ex-military trainees. What distinguishes the BMW program is that classes are offered directly on the U.S....

December 24, 2021
OSHA vaccine mandate penalties to start Feb. 9
OSHA announced that there would be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before Feb. 9.

December 24, 2021
Supreme Court to consider stay of OSHA's 'vax or test' mandate
The high court has given the U.S. Labor Department until Dec. 30 to respond to several petitions for an emergency stay of OSHA's "vax or test"...

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