If you live in Chicago, or within driving distance, you should know the 105th Chicago Auto Show is the #1 destination for family fun in February! Take the kids to an auto show, are you crazy? Nope, its cheaper than hiring a babysitter and a great way to spend quality time as a family. Plus, in my opinion, a great way to get a feel for if the vehicle meets your family’s needs. There’s tons of interactive fun in store for families – take the family for a ride on the test tracks, have the kids participate in a coloring contest, or hop in an interactive simulator.
Jeep even has this mini test track set up alongside their real one – it’s just for the kids!
The Chicago Auto Show compiled their Top
10 11 Things Families Should Know About the Show
- Stroller-friendly. Strollers are not only welcome – they’re encouraged, you’re going to need them with over 1 million square feet of exhibit space. (don’t you wish you could fit in a stroller?)
- Affordable fun for the whole family. Free admission for children 6 years or younger when accompanied by a paying adult and children ages 7-12 only pay $7. Senior citizens 62 and older admission is $6. (Also, to save on tickets, be sure to visit Fifth Third Bank locations or your local car dealer for weekday coupons)
- Kids still in diapers? No problem, diaper changing stations are located inside most bathrooms at McCormick Place.
- Check your coat, with 70 degree temperatures inside the exhibition hall, you’ll probably want to ditch your coat (at least while inside). Lockers and coat checks are available on-site.
- We’ve made it easy to multi-task with a DMV office located on premises for those who need help replacing or renewing a driver’s license. NICE!
- Guest appearances. Local sports players, like Chicago Bear players Matt Forte and Tim Jennings, and Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, and more will be available to sign autographs. You can view the full guest appearance lineup at ChicagoAutoShow.com.
- Kick the tires. Climb in behind the wheel, test the leather seats, adjust the mirrors, leave fingerprints on the windows, or paint job, see how much leg room the kids have, and really experience the Chicago Auto Show.
- Wheelchairs and motorized vehicles for older family members can be rented on-site.
- Free shuttles. Free, stroller-friendly shuttles are provided from parking garages. Prefer not to take a shuttle, look for parking in Lot A or Lot C.
- Field trip anyone? Take your class to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show for the day! Group tickets are offered at a discounted price.
- Family fun zones, Oaklee’s Family Guide is hosting family-friendly activities all day on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18. Check out Chevy’s “Family Fun Zone” with a wide range of activities perfect for families with children of all ages.
“We know that women continue to influence the decision when it comes to the car-buying process and it’s truly game-changing for manufacturers,” said Michael Ettleson. “Gone are the days that auto shows are just about pretty models showcasing shiny cars on carpet; most women are the ringleaders and want what’s best for their family, and the Chicago Auto Show is the perfect place to peruse every vehicle at your leisure.”
For the ladies, if you’d rather visit the Auto Show without the family or make it a “girl’s day”, good news, February 12, is Women’s Day with half-price admission. Moms can check out the child safety seat booth. In previous years, Women’s Day has been filled with professional female guest speakers, manicure stations, tempting desserts and more!
Thank you to Nissan and The Chicago Auto Show for inviting me attend this event in person. My travel expenses have been provided. All opinions are 100% original.