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

Today, CATA's member dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. These locally-based small businesses provide good-paying jobs for their employees who, in turn, contribute to their communities.

The CATA commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.


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CATA membership benefits a dealer in many facets of day-to-day operations. From providing advocacy at the state, county and local levels, to assistance with legal and employment issues, to best-in-industry training opportunities, CATA is here to address the challenges automotive retailers face.



For the ninth year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association  partnered with the USO Illinois to host Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers. This summer, 63 local new-car dealerships fired up their grills to host community Barbecue for the Troops events featuring everything from patriotic ceremonies, classic car shows, live music, games for kids of all ages and, of course, barbecues. The dealerships rallied their communities once again, bringing in more than $81,000 for local military and their families.

“CATA dealerships are committed to giving back to their communities, and the USO Barbecue for the Troops initiative is one great example of dealers helping people in need – right in our own backyards!” said CATA Chairman JC Phelan. “This year is especially wonderful because of the $1 million fundraising milestone we achieved and I am so proud to present this check to USO Illinois on behalf of all participating dealers.

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
18W200 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 
(630) 495-2282


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