The Chicago Auto Show for 2017 is currently going on at the McCormick Place. I’m sharing my experience and four reasons not to miss the Chicago Auto Show. Check it out! 

The Chicago Auto Show for 2017 is currently going on at the McCormick Place. I'm sharing my experience and four reasons not to miss the Chicago Auto Show. Check it out!

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

Did you know that going to Auto Shows is a cool thing?

Yes, I’m starting to get the bug of going to Auto Shows around the Midwest. I recently went to the Detroit Auto Show for the first time and had a blast. This past week I attended the Chicago Auto Show and was blown away by all of the hands-on activities and cars you will find at this particular show.

Here are my top things you must check out at the auto show:

First, the hands-on experiences are top notch. If you’ve been to car shows, you may have been disappointed about not being able to test-drive any of the cars. Not at the Chicago Auto Show! Several car brands have indoor track experiences, allowing you to step into a car or truck and get an hands-on experience. 

  • Jeep has an indoor Camp Jeep Indoor Experience. Participants can go for a ride on this track, and receive a free Jeep tote bag (limited quantities). You can get more information about these tracks by going here. 
  • Dodge has an indoor experience called the Dodge Challenger Stimulator (The vehicle moves up and down as it goes over elevations, vibrates accordingly to engine vibration, moves forward and back with acceleration and braking, and moves left and right depending on the lean of the vehicle in the game. It is a real-life behind-the-wheel experience without ever leaving the auto show floor.) {source}
  • Dodge, along with Chrysler and Fiat offers a City Drive FCA Track. Participants can go for a ride on this track, and receive a free multi-brand tote bag (limited quantities). 
  • Love trucks? You can check out the Ram Truck Indoor Track experience. 
  • Toyota Indoor Track Experience. Toyota also has an indoor, hands-on experience where you can hop behind one of their vehicles and take it for a drive around the track. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

Interactive Displays. Keeping with hands-on experiences, many of the car booths have interactive displays you can try, including video games, virtual reality rides, and even a play zone for the kids. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

Family-Friendly Activities. Be sure to stop by the Chrysler Pacifica area. Not only will you find a play zone for the kids, which includes tablets where they can play games, but also video games for the older kids and a ball pit area. While the kids are taking some down time to play, parents can sit nearby and relax. Not only do the kids and parents get to recharge, but you will have a chance to plug in your devices into the charging stations strategically placed in this area. Another family friendly area is the build-your-own-batman-lego in the General Motors area. The kids can also check out the cool Batmobile made out of legos! Also, stop by the Nissan area where the kids (or any Star Wars fan) will be pleasantly surprised to find Stormtroopers and get their picture taken. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

And finally, the Cars! And of course, we can’t forget about the cars. From Ford, Chrysler, GM, Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, to luxury cars like Bentley, Porsche, Genesis, the Chicago Car Auto Show has it all!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai has a new car on display. The Hyundai Elantra GT/GT Sport is a cool compact car. Hatchback cars seem to be making a comeback, and this Elantra GT aligns with this demand. Not only are these cars sporty and visually appealing, but they offer affordability and are attracting younger buyers. 

If you’re in a market for a new mini-van, be sure to stop by the Honda booth, as well as Kia and Chrysler to check out their new mini-vans. You won’t be disappointed. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

If you watched the super bowl a few weeks ago, you saw Kia’s commercial featuring their newest addition to the family, the Niro, and of course the hilarious Melissa McCarthy. The 2017 Kia Niro is an affordable hybrid SUV. The biggest takeaway from the Chicago Auto Show is SUVs and Crossovers. These type of vehicles seem to be high in demand because of their affordable prices, great gas mileage, and still maintaining a good amount of room in the vehicle. I’m looking forward to trying out the Kia Niro and giving more feedback about this hybrid. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

For luxury cars, we have a new brand on the market making waves. I recently learned about the Genesis brand for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show. I was impressed with the Genesis G-90. The quality of this vehicle inside and out is top-notch. I drove a Genesis G-90 down to Chicago from Michigan. Not only did I get a chance to test the assisted driving mode, but it was a smooth ride. It’s a luxury car, but with an affordable price tag. Many of the Bentley and Porsche vehicles had a $200K- $500K price tag! I mean, like, all of the things I could do with $500K. However, Peter Schreyer the designer behind the Genesis brand brought many of the necessities you would find in a higher-end car and put them into the Genesis. The idea was to give high-end design but at an affordable price. 

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Chicago Auto Show

It’s always fun to walk around car show dreaming about which vehicle would be great for my family, which vehicle I would drive if I was single, and find my ultimate dream car. Overall, I enjoyed spending time at the Chicago Auto Show filled with information about the latest cars on the market, gaining insight into the auto industry, and getting behind the wheel of some of my favorite brands. 

Have you been to the Chicago Auto Show (or any auto show)? Share your experience below! Be sure to follow #CAS17 to get up-to-date and live streaming information about the Chicago Auto Show. 

Information about the Chicago Auto Show:

Dates: Feb. 11th- Feb. 20th (10 a.m.- 10 p.m.) on Feb. 20th, the show closes at 8 p.m. 

Location: McCormick Place.

Ticket prices: FREE for kids under 6. $7 for kids 7-12. $7 for Seniors and anyone 62 or older. $13 for adults. Find more information here. 

Thank you to She Buys Cars for sponsoring this post. She Buys Cars sponsored my adventure to the Chicago Auto Show. However, all thoughts, opinions, and photos are 100% my own. 

And when you’re done hanging out at the auto show, check out all of the cool things you can do in Chicago:

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