The special edition show will move to the West Building of the McCormick Place
complex and expand outdoors to take advantage of July weather. With the show's move, attendees will now experience more outdoor test drive opportunities, test tracks and technology demonstrations, which will take place along Indiana Avenue and surrounding city streets.
"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. "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."
„While February is the right time for the Chicago Auto Show to have its biggest impact on the industry, we're thrilled to be able to experiment with the July dates.“
Tickets for the 2021 Chicago Auto Show will be sold exclusively online. Attendees will be able to select their preferred attendance date and time utilising timed entrance windows designed to carefully control crowd capacity throughout each event day. Show organisers will also intentionally regulate the number of attendees throughout the day to control the number of people on the show floor at any given time.
"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. Among their new ideas, Chicago Auto Show organisers are seeking approval on plans to transform Indiana Avenue into an automotive street festival in the evening of most show days featuring local food, entertainment and, of course, shiny new cars and trucks.