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Chicago Auto Show Q&A: Cost, Parking, Hours, CTA and No You Can’t Buy a Car

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Thinking of going to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show? Here’s what you need to know:

When is it? Feb. 11-20

Where is it? McCormick Place, 2300 S. King Drive.

How much does it cost? Adults, $13; Children 7-12, $7; Children under 7, Free; Seniors, $7.

How much is parking? The three main lots at McCormick Place, A and C, is $23. Lot B is $15. After 6 p.m., parking is $10.

On Saturdays and Sundays, plus President’s Day on Feb. 15, there is a free shuttle from the Millennium Park garage, where rates are $18.

How do I get there on the CTA? Off the Red and Orange lines, transfer at Roosevelt and connect with a 63rd St.-bound Green line to Cermak-McCormick Place.

On the Blue line, transfer at Clark/Lake and get on a Green line south from the Loop L platform.

On the Brown and Pink lines, transfer to the Green line at Clark/Lake, State/Lake and Adams/Wabash.

How do I get there from Metra? Shuttles operate from Ogilvie and Union Stations from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The South Shore has train service to McCormick Place. Click here for the schedule.

How many cars can I see? Nearly 1,000 over 1.1 million square feet. Click here to see a map showing the locations of the cars and what each manufacturer is offering this year.

Is there anything to eat there? Yes, there are some 40 food stations with 78 menu items. There are also 60 beverage stations.

Who goes? Some 51 percent of the attendees are men, 49 percent are women. About 41 percent have household incomes over $100,000 and 55 percent of attendees say they have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

How long should I plan on spending there? The average visit is four hours.

Can I buy a car there?  No. But you can find what you like and then follow up at a dealer.

Can I see the show without actually going? Yes. ABC7 will present a preview on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. You can also look around using web cams found here.

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