Chicago Auto Show 2011

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2011 is the 103rd edition of North America’s largest auto show. The Media Preview will take place from 9 to 10 February 2011; the First Look For Charity on 10 February 2011; and the Public Show from 11 to 20 February 2011.

Exhibitions at the Chicago Auto Show will include domestic and imported trucks and passenger cars; SUVs; and concept and experimental concept cars, to the number of some 1,000 vehicles. Also on display will be various accessories and other auto-related exhibits. Amongst the cars on display will be a number of fascinating interactive displays, including driver obstacle courses, sweepstakes, racing simulators, demos, quizzes and much more.

Date: 9 to 20 February 2011
Time: 10h00
Venue: McCormick Place
City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States of America

The Volo Auto Museum

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A trip to the Volo Auto Museum should be on every car lover’s list of things to do. Situated in the beautiful little village of Volo in Illinois, Chicago, the theme park covers an astounding 30 acre piece of land with an example or original of almost every famous car to have ever existed. Rated as one of the top 100 things to do in Chicago, this 47-year-old auto museum should simply not be missed.

The Volo Auto Museum has long been known as one of the best and largest car collector and sales companies in the world. Its five climate-controlled showrooms have approximately 300 collectible cars on display – most of which have featured in prominent Hollywood movies or TV series. As many as 350 different dealers make use of the museums reputation by displaying their own unique finds at the museum which further adds to the museum’s appeal. If your appetite has been whet, then you are likely trying to imagine just what sort of amazing cars the Volo Auto Museum must have. Well, this family-orientated museum complex is home to the first working Batmobile, the General Lee, Grandpa Munster’s Dragula and the Ferrari Daytona Spyder from Miami Vice. More unusual attractions which appeal to children include the DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’ and the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. A variety of antique children’s rides also provide hours of entertainment.

At the Mercantile Mall visitors will find a wonderful variety of automobile-related gifts and souvenirs to remember their trip by. Other facilities include a food court where you can purchase freshly baked, delicious food and an Armed Forces Exhibit which will make you feel as though you are in the heat of battle. A display of well-preserved antique cars will intrigue you while the concept cars from the movies will leave you guessing. There is an entrance fee which differs for children, adults, seniors and those with military ID. Visitors can also make use of the Museum Membership facility whereby they can pay a specified amount for either an annual or lifetime membership. Both memberships allow special access to the museum and related events as well as discounts on food and gifts while the lifetime membership also includes a name inscription and a lifetime of benefits.

Overall the museum is one of the best day outings that you will find in a 50-mile radius of Chicago. It is open every day of the week except for special holidays and should simply not be missed!