Chicago Auto Show wraps up with Family Day Monday

ByRoz Varon and Rob Hughes WLS logo
Monday, February 19, 2024
Chicago Auto Show
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Monday is your final chance to check out the 2024 Chicago Auto Show.

They're expecting 35,000-plus in attendance Monday! They've been having the last day of the Auto Show, Presidents Day, as Family Day for more than 10 years -

This year they've got some new features, and they're bringing back some favorites!

The cars are the stars at the Chicago Auto Show, but on Family Day it's all about the attractions!

"We have many different activities for children," Jennifer Morand, Chicago Auto Show general manager, said. "We have test drives, we have interactive simulators, we have puppies back in Subaru, there so much to do and see here at the show."

The Daily Herald's Family Day at the Chicago Auto Show is back, with performances from My Party Princess, storytelling and music from Native American Cultures, a putting green, mini-game shows and something new.

"We are going to have Radio Flyer here for the first time, everybody's favorite Red Wagon and Tricycle," Heather Larson, president and CEO of Meet Chicago Northwest. "They're gonna have a Tesla Tricycle here!"

The NASCAR exhibit has simulators that mimic a 2.2 mile race course through Chicago Streets.

"We thought it would be a fun family activity to do with the little ones, and here we are," said Angela Brown.

"It's always new every year, and it's never the same," said Jackie Moore.

For families looking for family vehicles on Family Day Honda has a couple of good choices. The Odyssey minivan is sort of like a family living room on wheels. And there are other options if you're not the minivan type.

"You can go with a three-row SUV like the Honda Pilot behind us," Jenni Newman, Cars.com editor-in-chief, said. "This is the 2024 model in front of us and what it does is it takes of lot of that minivan flexibility and adds it to the SUV."

The Moore family checked out every nook and cranny of the Kia Telluride, which Cars.com named the family vehicle of the year for 2023. As parents know, kids have so much stuff and space is always at a premium.

"We're always looking, just trying to see what's best for our family. You know sports are coming up now that they're older so we need baseball bags and basketball bags.

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For eye candy, you can't go wrong with this sleek, spectacular Corvette E-Ray, the first ever all-wheel-drive Corvette!

"Up to 655 horsepower with the front wheel assist four-wheel drive," Travis Holtgrave, Chevrolet district sales manager, said. "Also an option for stealth mode where it drives only all electric, so if you're leaving your neighborhood in the morning you can keep it nice and quiet, and then when you're ready to go, the LT2 small block V-8 will kick in and you're off to the races!"

The E-Ray will be in showrooms soon! The Auto Show's last day goes until 8:00 p.m., a little earlier than the past week.