More than a hundred years after its debut to a crowd of 4000 in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has grown into an event so large it takes a full-time crew of teamsters, electricians, riggers, electricians, and decorators two full weeks to prepare the 840,000 square-foot show floor.
It might be cold and snowy in the Windy City, but that doesn't stop Chicago's car fans from making their automotive pilgrimage to McCormick Place. Calling it the nation's largest auto show, Chicago draws a loyal crowd of enthiusiasts to enjoy multiple world and North American introductions of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, and sport/utility vehicles, as well as experimental and concept cars. In total, the show boasts nearly a thousand different vehicles along with numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antiques, and collector cars.
Doors remain open to the public until February 15, though Motor Trend's online editors were there early to nab photos and info ahead of the crowds.
Our list of vehicles includes a collection of vehicle debuts, an assortment of updates to existing models, and returning show favorites touring the United States.
We're still posting updates, so keep checking back as show coverage continues to grow.
Read the 2003 Chicago Auto Show coverage.