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Send In The Cars: 2015 Chicago Auto Show Preview

By Benjy Lipsman in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 13, 2015 4:40PM

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I love my wife. But my first love was cars and my earliest memory was falling asleep as a toddler in a bed covered with Hot Wheels. So while I'm excited for a romantic dinner this Valentine's Day weekend, I'm looking forward to the Chicago Auto Show even more.

The 107th Chicago Auto Show opens to the public Feb. 14 and runs daily through Sunday, Feb. 22 at McCormick Place. Nearly 1,000 different cars and trucks will be on display, spread over 1 million square feet of show floor—the world's largest Auto Show. Everything from affordable economy cars to exotics that cost more than most homes will be on display, so whether you're comparison shopping candidates for your new ride or simply lusting after your dream car, you'll find what you're hoping for at the show.

A number of new vehicles will be making their world debut in Chicago this year. While the sexiest new models and trend setting concepts debuted in Los Angeles, Detroit or one of the European shows, Chicago will get the first look at the new Acura RDX, Toyota Avalon and Honda Pilot. (Hey, it's better than a single debut by Subaru last year.) Even if the latest European sports cars, giant pick-ups and futuristic concepts were shown elsewhere first, it's still exciting to see them now.

The show floor is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day through Feb. 21 and closes at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. In addition to the vehicles on display, there are a number of special days, events and celebrity appearances scheduled. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids.