Chicago Auto Show holding Friday Night Flights craft beer event

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Friday, February 16, 2024
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Chicago Auto ShowIt's the final weekend of the Chicago Auto Show.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- We're in the final days of the 2024 Chicago Auto Show.

With just a few days left, expect big crowds this weekend at the Chicago Auto Show, especially for the popular Friday Night Flights!

"Friday Night Flights is a great way to kind of bring the vibe of a summer festival into the Chicago Auto Show here in February," Chicago Auto Show director of marketing Jim O'Brill said. "We have 18 different brews available from 8 different breweries that will be back, this is the 4th year we'll be doing it."

The Food Drive Discount also continues. If you donate three cans of food, you get $5 off your ticket. It benefits "A Safe Haven Foundation."

Whether you're coming to the show for the fun and special events, or to do research before buying a vehicle, here are some key things to check out.

"If you really want to get behind the wheel of one of our new Nissans, we will bring one to your front door or you office, whatever is more convenient for you, and you can spend about 30 minutes with the vehicle, learn about, ask questions and actually do the driving yourself!" Nissan product specialist Chad Fishburne.

Mustang is coming up on its 60th anniversary this year and there are plenty of models to see here at the show. This eco-boost convertible has a four cylinder engine, but don't befooled, it's got over 300 horsepower and gets more than 30 miles-per-gallon on the highway!

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If it's performance you're looking for, the GTD takes the Mustang to a level where it can compete with the most expensive international race cars.

"It's an 800 horsepower vehicle, if you can imagine, that's so much horsepower it's a challenge just to keep it implanted on the ground," Hawk Auto CEO John Crane said.

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For luxury in the EV market, check out Lucid, one of the newer automakers. The price on the Lucid Air sedan just dropped by nearly $10,000 and they're not the only ones!

"This is a good time to buy EVs." Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief, said. "What we're noticing on's data is that EV inventory is up 137% year over year. The supply is out there."

It's all about the supply and demand, right? The next special themed day will be Monday, the last day of the show. That's Family Day and they'll have lots of special events for kids of all ages.