Chicago Auto Show to Return in July

The famed Chicago Auto Show is set to return to McCormick Place this summer. The 113th annual show normally takes place in February, will be hosted between July 15th and July 19th. It will be the first major convention to take place in Chicago since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There will be an electronic ticketing process in order to limit contact and manage capacity in McCormick Place. It will also include outdoor events for the first time in the history of the show. It will have events like test track demonstrations and technology demonstrations on the surrounding streets. 

The show will only use about half of the normal indoor space they typically use. It will take place in the 470,000 square foot West Hall and will have about 100,000 square feet of outdoor space as well. 

Ford has already committed to bring several of its new cars including the new electric Mustang SUV. 

The event will not require proof of a vaccine, but masks will still be required inside and attendees will need to fill out a medical questionnaire before they enter the building. 

Since March 2020, about 230 events have been cancelled at McCormick Place and those have caused losses of nearly 3.1 billion dollars to the Chicago tourism industry.

Hampden Keil

Hampden Keil is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism with a concentration in recreational sport and tourism. He loves everything to do with food and sports, especially hockey and football. He is an active member of Acacia Fraternity. Keil loves watching the Blackhawks and Bears. In the past, he served as an analyst for the Illini club hockey games.