Chicago Auto Show to hold in-person special edition in July

A special edition of the Chicago Auto Show will take place between July 15-19, 2021 at McCormick Place, thanks to the approval of the state and city officials. It will be one of the venue’s first live and in-person events since pandemic (shutdown) restrictions kicked in.

“We’ve been working with McCormick Place officials for months on an opening plan, and very early on they saw that our show may provide a pathway to re-opening the facility,” said Chicago Auto Show General Manager, Dave Sloan.

According to CNN, U.S. President Joe Biden recently announced a new goal to have 70 per cent of adults in the country receive at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4 (Independence Day), which may be why the auto show is in mid-July. It will also take place in the West Building and expand outdoors. 

“We stand committed to providing a safe environment for all involved and will carefully adhere to the health and safety protocols and guidelines set forth by city and state officials,” said Sloan. “McCormick Place is an important economic engine for our city and state, and we take very seriously the responsibility that comes with helping to get it running again.”

The show will include an electronic ticketing process, sold exclusively online. Attendees will be able to select their preferred attendance date and time, but in a way that will allow organizers to control crowd capacity each day of the event. Organizers will also regulate the number of attendees throughout the day to control the number of people on the show floor.

“While we believe February is the right time for the Chicago Auto Show to have its biggest impact on the industry and the area economy, we’re thrilled to be able to experiment with the July dates,” said Sloan. “The timing has allowed us to get creative and try new things and the automakers have really embraced it.”

The 2021 Chicago Auto Show special edition will run from Thursday, July 15 through Monday, July 19.

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