The coronavirus pandemic has put an end to many in-person events over the past year, including auto shows, which were already struggling to attract automakers and attendees. However, with vaccinations rolled out across the country, a semblance of normalcy is imminent and is helping usher in the Chicago Auto Show. It is set to return in July with a new format after the show was canceled earlier this year.
The show usually takes place in February, although the pandemic has forced organizers to postpone it. Instead, it will run from July 15 to July 19, which is a lot shorter than what the show typically runs. In 2020, just before the coronavirus turned into a global pandemic, the public spectacle ran from February 8 to February 17. The show will also have a new format, with indoor and outdoor exhibits for the first time at McCormick Place, where the show has always been held. There will be test tracks and technology demonstrations.
Organizers plan to use electronic ticketing and timed entry windows to help regulate attendance and crowd capacity at the event. It’s unclear which automakers will be in attendance, but it won’t be the only one that auto event companies will need to plan for this year. The Detroit Auto Show is canceled again, but in its place will be the Motor Bella taking place in Pontiac, Michigan, which will take place entirely outdoors. The public performance days for this run from September 23 to September 26.
Later this year, the Los Angeles Auto Show is set to take place, an ongoing pandemic, of course. It will also have a shorter format, running only two days – November 17 and 18. However, not all auto shows happen. Last month, organizers of the Tokyo Auto Show announced that this year’s show would be canceled, which could return in 2022. The only auto show to take place recently was Auto Shanghai 2021, where automakers were eager to reveal new models and concepts.