Sound the alarms! Rejoice! The world-famous Chicago Auto Show will return to McCormick Place this July. It will be the first major convention or festival the city of Chicago has seen since the coronavirus pandemic shut everything completely down in spring of 2020.
Event organizers, along with Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot announced Tuesday that the event will take place on July 15th to July 19th and will remain in its usual home at 2301 S. King Drive. Mayor Lightfoot also announced the news on Twitter early Tuesday morning.
While this marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions.Advertisement
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 4, 2021Advertisement
General information for the Chicago Auto Show can be found on the event website. But, tickets will cost $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 7-12 and adults 62 and older. Admission will be free for children 6 and younger as long as they’re with an adult.
The city has been trending towards this for much of the spring. Earlier in the year, the city announced (alongside the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox) that limited numbers of fans may attend games at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field for the 2021 season. This was the first step, being as they are outdoor events. City officials made it clear just last week that they’d allow conventions again as vaccines have become available to everyone over the age of 16 and subsequent coronavirus cases continue to drop.
This is also a good sign for other notable Chicago summer events such as the Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza. The city’s events commission has talked about budget constraints limiting their flexibility with large-scale events and limited time to plan and coordinate. However, the green light for the Chicago Auto Show to proceed indoors is a good sign for other iconic summertime Chicago staples to move forward past this COVID-19 pandemic.
Exciting announcement today! The @ChiAutoShow is returning to McCormick Place for a summertime special edition, July 15-19. Tickets will be sold exclusively online at https://t.co/eDvxvOwIg3. #OpenChicago #autoshow #Carshow #cars #autos pic.twitter.com/CeCOWQmb4W
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