Chicago Auto Show

You and the family ought to show up at the Chicago Auto Show February 14-22 at McCormick Place and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest convention of its kind in the country. This year marks the 107th edition of the show! Exhibits include world and North American introductions of 1,000 new vehicles, domestic and imported cars and trucks, and concept cars. There will be auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, and antique and collector cars. (You can order the 2015 Mini Countryman, but this writer will take the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, which can reach speeds of 160 miles per hour, perfect for Chicago traffic!)

There is so much to do at the Chicago Auto Show! Enjoy the “Jetsons”-like futuristic concept cars! (First appearing in auto shows in 1938 with the Buick Y-Job, modern concept cars now focus on renewable materials and energy-saving technologies.) How about: coffee bars with coffee bean giveaways; actual test drive venues; Marvel Comic giveaways; free buttons and trading cars; Zombie survival photo booths; live radio broadcasts; driving simulation booths and SO MUCH MORE!

McCormick Place is located at 2301 South Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Drive. For tickets and more information, call (312) 791-7000.

Make your Chicago Auto Show more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet, Friday nights.