From its start in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has grown to become the largest auto show in North America. Held every February at the massive McCormick Place Convention Center, the Chicago Auto Show opens for its 111th run today. Typically the scene of vehicle debuts, 2019 was no exception, with Land Rover unveiling the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, Subaru taking the wraps off the newly redesigned Legacy, and Kia introducing the brand-new Telluride SUV for the 2020 season. Not present this year are BMW and Mercedes, which are taking a breather from the auto show circuit for 2019, but just about every other mainstream and luxury automaker is on the scene.
A couple of days before the show opens to the public, the automotive press is invited to wander the vast (around a million square feet) exhibition space to get up close and personal with the vehicles on the display. If you can’t make it to the Chicago Auto Show, here’s some of what you’ll be missing.
The SUVs and crossovers
I primarily review SUVs and crossovers because our Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin hates anything with a center of gravity above ankle height. Luckily, there were some SUVs that caught my eye at the show.
SUVs account for around 70 percent of US car sales these days. But if the above vehicles don’t give it away, there’s far more to the Chicago Auto Show than SUVs and crossovers.
Stuff we can’t afford
Although the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and McLaren generally don’t bother with auto shows, a handful of supercars and other vehicles with six-figure price tags did make it to the Supercar Gallery at the Chicago Auto Show in 2019.
Other sights from the show floor
Finally, here’s some of the miscellaneous cars, signs, and other vehicles from the Chicago Auto Show that also caught out eye. Even with 50-plus good images, know that it’s just a fraction of what’ll be on the showroom floor for the next week-plus.