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Curtains ready to rise Feb. 12-21 at 2022 Chicago Auto Show

February 4, 2022
It’s all systems go for the 114th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place. Automakers are eager to show their latest models after so many auto shows have been disrupted since 2020 by the coronavirus.
The Chicago Auto Show has been one of the few auto shows to be uninterrupted during the pandemic, although the 2021 show was moved to July.
"While there were many wonderful aspects of our ‘special edition’ summertime show last year, we’re excited to return to February, as it’s historically been an ideal time for consumers to get out and beat the winter doldrums by experiencing the industry’s latest cars, trucks and SUVs," said 2022 Chicago Auto Show Chairman Bill Haggerty. "Plus, the show helps to drive consumer interest in new vehicles and it effectively kicks off the dealers’ spring selling season, solidifying that February is the right time for the show. 
"That said, we learned a lot from the July 2021 event that we plan to implement in February. The show will also feature popular exhibits like Camp Jeep and Ram Truck Territory indoor test tracks and outdoor test drives on city streets."
Expect lots of motion on the show floor, with tracks for Jeep and for Ram in the Stellantis display; for the Toyota Tundra; for Ford’s Bronco on its Built Wild track; for Mustang and Lightning electric vehicles; and still another EV track with multiple brands sharing the track. Outdoors, Ford, Kia and Subaru will offer test drives over Chicago byways.
In addition, the show will feature a lineup of interactive activities within the various exhibits. Step into Subaru’s National Parks display for a five senses immersive experience, and get a first glimpse of new EVs that will soon hit the market, such as the Subaru Solterra and the Toyota bz4X.
Consumers can get a good look at the show floor by watching three live TV specials. The programs will air at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 on WGN-TV; 6 p.m. Feb. 12 on ABC 7 Chicago (rebroadcast at 12 a.m. Feb. 13 and 4 p.m. Feb. 20); and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 on CBS 2 Chicago.
Also new this year, show organizers will honor first responders and military personnel by hosting a First Responders and Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Feb. 15. On that day, all first responders and military can visit a special location at the event to show their badge or military ID for free entry. Any guests that accompany first responders or military personnel will be receive a discounted admission for $10, valid that day only.
"The Chicago Auto Show has a longstanding tradition of providing people a fun, indoor activity within an otherwise quiet, cold month," said Dave Sloan, Chicago Auto Show General Manager. "We’re thrilled to offer 10 days of entertainment to fans who look forward to this event each year."
Based on guidance from Chicago health officials, the following protocols will be in effect:
1. Masks are REQUIRED for all attendees age 2 and older, except when eating and drinking. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
2. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination WILL NOT be required for admission. However, designated areas will be set up for the consumption of food and beverage, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination WILL BE required for entry into those areas. Because of this requirement, outside food and beverages are not permitted into the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. 
All bags are subject to search. Patrons will be randomly selected for security screening.
Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors aged 62 and older and children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger are free when they accompany a paying adult family member.