On this day in auto history – March 22nd

Mon 22nd Mar 2021

It was on this day in 1901 that the Chicago Auto Show - arguably the most prestigious annual car show in the world - was first staged.

Originally staged under the auspices of Motor Age magazine, the first event took place over eight days inside Chicago’s Coliseum Exposition Hall with the opening night a strictly ‘invite only’ affair for the “top 20,000 families” in Chicago.

The event grew in popularity over the years and by 1935, such was demand, the show had to be moved to much larger premises - the International Amphitheatre. The show’s continued success helped usher in a new age of Auto Shows around the world.

In 1961, the Chicago Auto Show was moved to North America’s largest convention centre - McCormick Place - where it is still held today, offering 2.7 million square feet of exhibit hall space.

Over one million visitors were attracted the 2018 event where a staggering 1,000+ vehicles were on display.