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Chicago Auto Show kicks off spring selling season

February 21, 2020
 
Enthusiastic crowds greeted the 112th edition of the nation’s largest and longest-running auto show, which ran Feb. 8-17 at McCormick Place. Plentiful media coverage showcased the nearly 1,000 vehicles on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Some of the show highlights:
 
Best of Show
For the 15th consecutive year, consumer voters selected their favorites in five categories in Best of Show balloting. The Chicago Auto Show is the only major auto show that polls its attendees’ favorite vehicles and exhibit. In voting over the show’s 10 public days, the 2020 winners are:
 
All-New Production Vehicle: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Concept Car: Acura Type S
Green Car: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E
Best Exhibit: Jeep
Car I would most like to have in my driveway: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
 
"We think of our attendees as one enormous focus group that we can leverage to analyze data and assess trends," said Dave Sloan, the show’s general manager. "Best of Show voting has become a benchmark measure of what the public deems the most exciting, impressive and innovative on the show floor."
 
Special-themed days helped keep the proceedings lively. For the first time, Chicago Auto Show organizers partnered with the Chicago Area Runners Association to host Honda Miles Per Hour, a unique indoor run that guided participants on a 2.4-mile loop through the nation’s largest auto show. The event’s moniker accurately describes the premise of the run: Participants cover as much distance as possible in one hour.
 
Other themed days:
 
• As part of its Women’s Day, all women on Feb. 11 were admitted for $8. Various manufacturers presented special women-oriented programs on the purchase and lease of cars and on vehicle maintenance.
 
• Since 2007, the Chicago Auto Show has partnered with Telemundo Chicago to present Hispanic Heritage Day. Special themed programs on Feb. 14 showcased the vibrancy of the Hispanic culture.
 
Chicago Friday Night Flights is a beer-tasting event that showcases Chicago’s dynamic craft brewing scene. Back for another round at the Chicago Auto Show, a tasting pass provided access to the show floor and samplings of 10 three-ounce pours of craft beer.
 
• Attendees showed their sports team pride when visiting the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 10. Those who wore an Illinois team jersey, shirt, or jacket got a discounted admission. Sports Team Pride Day was presented by the Marquee Sports Network.
 
• The Chicago Auto Show partnered with the Daily Herald to present Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show. Held annually on Presidents Day, Family Day plays host to special themed programs designed to engage and entertain children of all ages.
 
• Show patrons who donated three cans of food received a coupon for reduced adult admission. All food collected by the Chicago Auto Show Food Drive was donated to A Safe Haven Foundation. Organizers said more than 24,000 pounds of canned food was collected.
 
 
 

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