We stopped by the 2013 Chicago Auto Show this morning to bring you a quick family guide to read before you head out to McCormick Place. This is the nation's largest and longest-running auto exposition, which showcases over 1,000 domestic and imported vehicles, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.
President's Day, Feb. 18, is the official "Family Day" at the
Auto Show. In addition to all the existing interactive exhibits,
there will also be special family events throughout the day and a
special guest appearance by a Radio Disney star.
Make sure to stop by the child safety seat booth to learn about
the best options for your little ones. Shedd Aquarium will also be
visiting the Auto Show in the Toyota Display.
While there are a handful of test driving tracks for adults at
the Auto Show, kids will love the mini driving area made just for
them by Jeep. Put your little drivers to the test as they navigate
around larger-than-life crayons and Jeep blocks.
And in the adventurous spirit of Jeep, there's also a small
climbing wall for kids to scale.
Step inside this huge green screen photo booth and have a
keepsake photo taken. Your family can choose from a variety of
virtual backdrops and cars to pose with. The best part? It's
Shoot and score in the Blackhawk's family fun zone. Chevy and
the Blackhawks have teamed-up for this space just for kids and
parents. Young hockey fans will love trying out the goal game.
There are a couple of exhibitors with driving games, including
State Farm. Visit their display to zoom through their driving game.
While you're waiting for the kids (or your partner) to finish up
their game check out the vintage car models.
We're all familiar with those KIA hamsters, love 'em or hate
'em, and they have quite the presence in the KIA display at the
auto show. Make sure to stop by if your kids are fans. The KIA
display also features a Superman car and driving game.
Feeling creative? Make your own buttons at the Chevrolet
display. They make great last-minute Valentine's tokens. Of course,
we colored ours with the logo of our favorite
Have you always wanted to sit inside a giant disco ball and play
a game? Probably not, but it still sounds pretty cool, right? At
the Volkswagen display you can do just that. Have someone in your
family grab a photo-a disco ball with feet is always a silly
Have a few Bears fans in the family? Check out this decked-out
Chicago Bears car by Toyota. You can find it right inside the
entrance in the exhibit hall on the left.
A few more tips before you go:
Looking for something to do before or after the show? Check out
our guide to the South Loop neighborhood.