Chicago Auto ShowChoosing a car for your family isn’t a decision most of us take lightly. Whether the four wheels are used for jaunts to the grocery store or on cross-country vacation destinations, choosing the right car can be a daunting task. Each February, the nation’s largest auto show is held in Chicago and there are plenty of things at the Chicago Auto Show for families that make the car-shopping experience easier.

Top 10 Things Families Need to Know about the Chicago Auto Show:

1) Stroller-friendly. Strollers are welcome and encouraged. With more than one million square feet to cover, adults will wish they had their own stroller.

2) Affordable fun. Free admission is provided to children ages six and younger when accompanied by a paying adults; children ages 7-12 receive discounted tickets at $7 each. Senior citizens of age 62 and older receive a discounted price of $6 each. Personnel who currently serve in the active duty, National Guard or Reserves and hold a valid military ID are admitted free. Also, from February 13 through 15, anyone can bring three cans of food to the Chicago Auto Show to receive a coupon for $6 admission. All food will be donated to A Safe Haven.


3) Buy tickets online. We have kids. We know they are ancy. Purchasing your tickets online in advance saves everyone time.

4) Diaper duty. Diaper changing stations are located inside most bathrooms at McCormick Place (the venue of the Show).

5) Coat check. Lockers and coat checks are available on-site.ChgoAuto2

6) Child Safety Seats. Have a question about child safety seats? A dedicated area is set for questions about child seats.

7) Renew your driver’s license. Being able to get more than one thing done is a parent’s dream. A DMV office is located on the premises for those who need help replacing or renewing a driver’s license.

8) Guest appearances. Local sports players will be on-site and ready to sign autographs. Adam Podlesh, Anthony Adams and D.J. Moore from the Chicago Bears will be making an appearance as will be the Chicago Blackhawks’ ICE Crew and Tony Esposito, Jim Cornelison. Players from Chicago Rush and the Chicago Bulls will be the Show, too. Check the calendar for celebrity appearances.

9) Kick the tires ~ it’s encouraged. Get behind the wheel, feel the seats, leave fingerprints. It’s all part of the experience and it allows kids to play an active role and share with you what is important to them, too.

10) Family fun zones. Chevy provides a “Family Fun Zone” that offers a range of activities for children of all ages including Monday, February 18, when many schools are closed for Presidents Day.

The Chicago Auto Show is a great place for families to learn more about cars in an open, no-hassle environment.

So whether you’re considering something more compact like Discovery TravelingMom or you prefer the roomy and sportiness of the Ford Explorer Sport Deals TravelingMom Lara does, the Chicago Auto Show lets you and your family try out a number of options.

Photos courtesy of Chicago Auto Show.

Megy Karydes is a freelance journalist focusing on travel, dining, health, sustainable living and fair trade for both consumer and business-to-business media outlets. For her travel adventures, visit Wandering Tastes on Facebook and Twitter or find her online at WanderingTastes. She and her family are seriously considering a hybrid for their next car purchase this year.