"Change is happening."
Those were the words from Hyundai product specialist Nicole Stober to Windy City Times while discussing the technological advances that have taken place not only with Hyundai, but with a wide variety of vehicles at this year's Chicago Auto Show.
Indeed, there were many impressive examples of changes/advances at the event, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 22, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. To wit:
For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Auto Show has provided an official app for fans and attendees. This year, the app will take advantage of new beacon technology to better engage attendees.
Several of the show's premier partners provide fan offers and exclusive exhibits. For example, Fifth Third Bank has a "Prizemobile" that offers the chance to visit popular local attractions and win one of the 10 iPads. Also, the State Farm Garage has an all-new "Ride of your Life" experience where attendees can instantly print photos from the show using #StateFarmGarage.
New cars ( concept and otherwise ) were on display, including the Toyota i-Road ( in use in Japan ), an environmentally friendly three-wheeled vehicle. The 2016 Chevy Volt has some impressive new technology as well; it now offers 50 miles of greater efficiency, stronger acceleration and five-passenger seating with available rear heated seats.
However, several things have not changed about the show, such as the sheer size of the show: nearly 1,000 different vehicles throughout the more than 1 million square feet.
The previously mentioned wide variety of vehicles is again on display, ranging from emergency-related items to a $2.6-million Bugatti Veyron.
Among the special days this week are the Annual Chicago Auto Show Food Drive ( Feb. 18-20 ) and Hispanic Day ( Feb. 20 ). Women's Day was Feb. 17.
The annual First Look for Charity took place Feb. 13. It was expected to raise more than $2 million annually to benefit 18 local charities.
Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 and older and children ages 7-12, and free for children up to 6. Visit www.chicagoautoshow.com/.