Chicago Auto Show holding First Responder, Military Day Wednesday

ByRoz Varon and Rob Hughes WLS logo
Thursday, February 15, 2024
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Chicago Auto ShowWednesday is another big day at the Chicago Auto Show.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Wednesday is another big day at the Chicago Auto Show.

It's "First Responders and Military Appreciation Day." They can enter for free Wednesday.

Some of the first responders and service members said if they could have any car at the Auto Show, they would go with the Ford Bronco, Ford Shelby Mustang and the Chevy Corvette E-Ray, which clocks in a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.5 seconds.

"It's crazy fast off the line because of the rear engine, great traction," Army veteran Bill Hutton said.

If you can believe it, it's even quicker than the Lamborghini Countach.

"I grew up in a time when kids had car posters on the wall, and it's kind of changed a little bit, but this would've been one of them," Patrick O'Neal said.

The Countach goes for a cool $2.8 million.

"How can someone come up with almost $3 million to buy a car?" William O'Neal said.

If affordability is more your speed, the Toyota Corolla is far more sensible. One version goes for about $23,000. It's the least expensive car ABC7 Chicago could find at the Auto Show.

"I just want to get to point A to point B in comfort and reliability," Steve Turner said.

Next to Toyota, the Bronco Mountain may look rugged, but Ford's off-road offering absorbs every bump.

"Actually being in the vehicle, it's a very smooth ride," Melissa Gonzalez said.

If efficiency is how you roll, nothing beats the electric vehicles. Seventeen automakers are carrying EVs at this year's Auto Show.

There's also a discount for people who bring three cans of food for the Auto Show food drive.

The Subaru exhibition is once again showcasing puppies up for adoption.

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Anderson Humane of South Elgin will have puppies throughout the show and each is available for adoption. A $100 deposit is required. With the adoption fee, it is $495 total.

Anderson Humane said each puppy is microchipped, vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Anderson Humane has three shelter locations:

Main Shelter - 1000 S. La Fox St., South Elgin, IL 60177

North Aurora - 180 N. Randall Road, North Aurora, IL 60542

Bloomingdale - 412 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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For more information, visit or call 847-697-2880.