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Chicago Auto Show Kicks Off

By Staff Writer July 15, 2021

The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public this week with a 2021 Special Edition taking place through July 19 inside McCormick Place’s West Building and outdoors along Indiana Avenue. This marks the first time in history that the show, traditionally hosted in February, will be held in the summertime, taking advantage of an outdoor space to bring attendees new test track experiences, dozens of vehicles to test drive and even electric vehicle demonstrations designed to showcase the latest cars, trucks and SUVs to consumers.

Show organizers also added a new element the first four evenings of the show -- the Chicago Auto Show Street Fest, which will include food trucks, local brews and street musicians.    

Visitors will also be among the first to see newly unveiled vehicles including the: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, 2022 Ford Maverick, 2022 Jeep Compass, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Xtreme Recon Package, 2022 Lexus NX, 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Z Proto, 2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T & 1500 Rebel G/T, 2022 Ram 1500 BackCountry Edition, 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, 2022 Toyota GR 86 and 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R.

Test drive Ford's Mustang Mach E between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Indiana Ave. 

With the show’s new dates, attendees will be able to participate in new outdoor activations such as Ford’s Built Wild and Built to Electrify consumer experiences, both of which are making their global debut in Chicago. Built Wild will feature a 30,000-sq.-ft. custom experience where auto show attendees can participate in a series of hands-on activations to help them understand accessorization, modularity and connectivity of the new Bronco family. Built to Electrify brings consumers an 11,000-square-foot experience showcasing how Ford will charge into the electric revolution with a range of vehicles, both retail and commercial, including the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit.

Volkswagen will offer its VW ID.4 Roadshow EV education and test drive activation to attendees, also located outdoors along Indiana Avenue. Product specialists will be on hand from participating manufacturers and ready to help answer consumers’ questions and showcase various technology demonstrations.

Additional outdoor test drive opportunities will be offered by Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Ram and Subaru. Interested attendees may register for the test drives on the show floor in the manufacturer exhibits or in the corridor along Indiana Avenue.

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