If you’re like me then you love attending auto shows. I even go to them when I’m not even looking for a car. I find them exciting to attend watching as the dealer’s new designs are presented to the general public. There are many shows throughout the country and they are generally annual events. At least the biggies are. You may have also noticed that they are almost always held at a convention center. Convention centers are logistically ideal for hosting an auto show. Obviously, with such a show, there is a need to move in rather large objects; that being the cars themselves. Convention centers were designed for these types of events. Many can accommodate large transport trucks that are able to drive onto the exhibit floors to unload.
The two largest auto shows are held in Chicago and Detroit each year.
The Largest Auto Show in North America Is Held at Chicago”s Convention Center
Some of you may be surprised to learn that the largest auto show in North America is not in Detroit (more about the Detroit auto show later in this post). The convention center in Chicago, otherwise known as McCormick Place, is home to North America’s largest annual auto show.
The Chicago Auto Show originated in 1901. The next show will be held from February 9-18, 2013. This upcoming show will mark the 105th edition of this annual event. The organizers will utilize 1.2 million ft.² (which is almost half of the McCormick Place”s 2.7 million ft.² of exhibit space).
The Detroit Auto Show Is Held at the Cobo Convention Center
When we think of Detroit we can’t help but think of the automobile. Detroit has been hosting atoledo.com an annual show for over a century. The Detroit show was considered a regional showcase up until 1987. In that year, the Detroit Automobile Dealers Association (DADA) decided to make the event an international show. Now called the North American International Auto Show. The event runs from January 14-27, 2013.