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CHICAGO (CBS)– The Chicago Auto Show will return in July, marking the first large convention since the start of the pandemic.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the return of the Auto Show on Twitter Tuesday, confirming the event will be help July 15 to July 19 at McCormick Place.
While this marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 4, 2021
“While this marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions,” Lightfoot said in the tweet.
Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker were expected to formally announce the return of the Auto Show at an event at McCormick Place on Tuesday morning.
The Auto Show will be held in the convention center’s West Building, and the event will be partly held outside for the first time ever. Test drives, technology demonstrations, and more will be available along Indiana Avenue and other streets outside of McCormick Place.
All tickets must be purchased online, and will have staggered entrance times to limit congestion. Masks will be required at all times. Guests will have their temperatures scanned, and must fill out a medical questionnaire before they may enter.
“Around this time last year, McCormick Place was turned an alternate care facility that significantly aided our city during the first wave of COVID-19—making today’s announcement all the more special,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “In the same spirit of collaboration between government, healthcare, community, and corporate partners, we are now able to bring conventions back to our beloved convention center in a way that is safe and reflective of our progress in slowing and stopping the spread of this virus. I look forward to seeing the McCormick Place reopen its doors for the Chicago Auto Show this July and further enhance our city’s ongoing Open Chicago initiative.”
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