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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. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the State of Illinois will begin its Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14, meaning it will be one step closer to Phase 5, which is a full reopening and lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Under Bridge Phase, there are expanded capacity limits for businesses, dining, offices, events, conferences and gatherings. Barring any significant reversals in key COVID-19 statewide indicators, including increasing hospitalizations, Illinois could enter Phase 5 as soon as June 11. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her goal is to have the city fully reopened by July 4.

•    Offices, 60% capacity
•    Retail and Service Counter, 60% capacity

More information at 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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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.

Latest News

May 14, 2021
General Assembly inches closer to May 31 adjournment
Two bills of interest to dealerships stand on the precipice of passing through the Illinois General Assembly.

May 14, 2021
2021 Chicago Auto Show is a go, July 15-19
The show will be one of the first events to return to McCormick Place when it hosts an abbreviated five-day exposition.

May 14, 2021
Auto shows more important than ever: analyst
Some automakers in recent years have begrudged auto shows as a poor return on their investment, but an industry analyst said they are using the wrong...

May 14, 2021
US Department of Labor withdraws Independent Contractor Rule
The rule maintains workers' rights to the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

May 14, 2021
Cybersecurity is companywide effort, IT executive says
Simple human error with business emails still is the biggest vulnerability in cybersecurity, and employee training still is the first line of defense.

May 14, 2021
Battleground for electric vehicle purchase wide open, J.D. Power says
The study found that firsthand experience with EVs plays an important role in purchase consideration. Half the study's respondents had never been in...

April 30, 2021
Support growing for 2 bills shepherded by CATA
One measure would redefine how manufacturers must compensate dealers for warranty work. The other would abolish the $10,000 limit on trade-in credit...

April 30, 2021
US auto industry to again press Congress on microchips shortage
Major automakers and suppliers will appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee May 4 to urge action to address production of "mature node" chips.

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