As they step through the doors at McCormick Place, what do Chicago Auto Show visitors notice before anything else? Perhaps it?s the sheer size of the event, a sprawling one million square feet that makes it the nation?s largest auto show. Or, perhaps, it?s the show?s stars: hundreds of vehicles sparkling beneath the more than five miles of truss lighting that snakes along the ceiling.
In 1901, a similar scene unfolded during the first iteration of the Chicago Auto Show, albeit on a far smaller scale. There, a wooden indoor track looped around the exhibition hall, demonstrating for onlookers just how safe the new machines were to operate and pet adoringly. Today, though, at the show?s 107th installment, attendees can do a whole lot more than stand on the sidelines. They climb into simulators, cruise around indoor and outdoor tracks, and even bump along an indoor off-roading course, infusing the show?s once static displays with constant movement and an endless buzz.
Amid all the pedal pressing, button pushing, and, of course, shopping, this year?s show takes attendees into the future with special exhibits. Guests can also explore how today?s rides connect with technology and personal devices, such as tablets and phones. Throughout the show, appearances from celebrities and star athletes keep cameras flashing at a steady pace, and prizes and giveaways provide show-goers and smart phone users with chances to go home with more than just autographs from their favorite cars.
The beach-themed Laguna Auto Spa pampers vehicles wearied after surfing the streets with washing and detailing services. Washes range from exterior wipe downs with soft cloths to comprehensive cleansing from tire to roof-tethered golden retriever. Express services, such as hand waxing, save time by focusing on one component of auto beauty. More in-depth detailing elevates vehicular aesthetics by adding glossy sheens to steel exoskeletons or conditioning and protecting upholstery. Patrons can tune in to a waiting-room TV or flip leisurely through magazines and fern fronds in an airy space decked out in tropical tiki-hut accoutrements.
Oscars Pub & Grill is a locally owned business. We offer "BETTER THAN BAR FOOD". We offer everything from Hand Made Never Frozen Burgers, Fish Tacos, Grouper, Ahi Tuna, Pizza, Wraps,Wings & Salads. We make our own soups, bread our own fish and even cut & bread our chicken strips.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
For 19 years, Marine-veteran owner Paul Kludac and the car buffs at Detail Kings have harnessed the restorative power of elbow grease during full-service, hands-on car-wash and detailing services. Whether locking in shine with Armor All applications, evicting paint-dulling contaminants with clay service, or hiding minor swirls with carnauba-wax massages, technicians remind outer shells to return to their show-room origins. Kludac personally inspects every one of the tens of thousands of automobiles that leave his facility every year, making sure that the sparkle in each vehicle shows off the staff's meticulous approach. This commitment to car cleaning know-how has not only made the shop a Business of the Year finalist by the Downers Grove and Woodridge Chamber of Commerce, but has also earned it celebrity clients, including Michael Jordan and all cars in Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.