Retromobile is the start of the year for major classic auto shows. Since 1976, this show has been hosted at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. Every year they bring out legendary cars and showcase some of the most coveted vehicles on the planet. This year’s event takes place February 6-10 and we begin coverage a few days before it starts. Check out some fun stories and cars from Retromobile 2019!
The annual Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest and best-attended auto show. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show will take place from February 9-18, 2019, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
First staged in 1901, the 2019 event will be the 111th Chicago Auto Show. It is owned and produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.
What You’ll See At the Chicago Auto Show
The show takes up more than 1 million square feet of McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. Exhibits will feature nearly 1,000 of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs. Vehicles on display include production cars, debut models and concept cars.
If you’re unable to attend but still want to follow along, check out the hashtag #CAS19 on social media to see live updates from attendees and exhibitioners. Get a glimpse of last year’s concept cars here:
Chicago Auto Show Hours & Dates
The show takes place in February, giving Chicagoans a great excuse to get out of the blustery cold coming off Lake Michigan. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show dates are Saturday, Friday 9 to Monday, February 18 (Presidents’ Day).
The Chicago Auto Show hours of admission are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, however the show will close at 8 p.m. on its final day in honor of Presidents’ Day.
Chicago Auto Show Tickets & Parking
Tickets for the Chicago Auto Show are available online or at ticket booths within McCormick Place. Adult tickets are $13, and tickets for children (7-12) and senior (62+) are $7.
Chicago Auto Show discount tickets are available in a few ways:
- CATA Member New-Car Dealers: Visit a participating local dealer and ask for a $6 weekday discount.
- Women’s Day: On Tuesday, February 12, women are admitted for $7.
- Food Drive: Attendees who donate three canned foods will receive $5 off adult admission for February 13-15. All food collected will benefit A Safe Haven Foundation.
Chicago Auto Show parking is available on-site in the three main McCormick Place parking lots: A, B & C. Parking in Lots A & C is $23, and parking in Lot B is $15. After 6 p.m. during the Chicago Auto Show, the parking rate is $10.
More information for tickets, parking and the show in general can be found on the show’s official website.
Things To Do in Chicago in The Winter
While you’re in town, take advantage of the other attractions in Chicago. Don’t let the chilly February weather deter you from touring around; there are plenty of things to do in Chicago in the winter:
- Museum Campus: Spend the day wandering around world-class museums like the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium.
- Millennium Park: Skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, or take a mirror selfie at Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”).
- The Magnificent Mile: Shop along Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s premier commercial district. Or just window shop, if that’s what your wallet is telling you.
- Broadway in Chicago: Chicago is a main stop in the Midwest for national productions of Broadway musicals. Touring shows in town at the time will be box-office hits “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
- Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory: Discover a jungle in the middle of the concrete jungle. Admission to the zoo and conservatory is free, but you’ll still see incredibly flora and fauna.
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Each fall, car manufacturers around the world release their fleet of cool new cars for the next model year. With the new 2019 models coming soon, let’s take a look back at the hottest supercars released in 2018.
New Supercars for 2018
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T
After 50 years, Porsche has revamped the integrity of its 1968 911 Carrera T. The fastest 911 ever is built for speed as the lightest model within the Carrera lineup. Its top speed is 180-182 mph, depending on the transmission. Sounds like the perfect Porsche for Jerry Seinfeld.
2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Audi introduced the second generation of the R8 with the 2018 model; the first generation came out in 2006. The R8 V10 Plus is Audi’s version of the sports car; the Plus is the fastest road car that Audi has built. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, up to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds, and it has a top speed of 205 mph. Audi has perfected the sensible-yet-luxurious feel in its vehicles, so driving to your normal 9-5 in this supercar wouldn’t be out of place.
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante
What makes the Huracan Performante a greater machine than its predecessor, the Huracan, is its aerodynamic frame. When the car cuts through the air, it filters the air through to push it even faster. The Huracan can reach 60 mph in under three seconds. This use of aerodynamics was banned by racing leagues years ago, but Lamborghini has done us all a favor by bringing it back.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT
This coupe carries a V8 engine running on 577 horsepower. It can achieve a top speed of 198 mph. The new design for this model is both pleasing to the eye and powerful in performance. It looks like a supercar with the elegance of a sophisticated coupe, yet it’s all built to perform like a sports car.
2018 Bugatti Chiron
The new edition of this Bugatti supercar is faster than its previous models. Its top speed is 288 mph and can reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds with no problem. The price tag is a mere $2.8 million, making it one of the most expensive and fastest cars in the world. The Chiron uses specially designed Michelin tires that can withstand speeds of 260 mph; combined with the Bugatti’s luxuriously comfortable interiors, this vehicle is a pleasure to drive.
2018 Ferrari California T
Considered an “entry-level” model, Ferrari’s redesigned grand tourer now features a twin-turbocharged engine. It does 0-60 mph in 3.6 mph and has a top speed of 196 mph. Within 14 seconds, this supercar can store its top away, letting you feel the rush of the open road. The California T is designed for easy daily use, making it one of Ferrari’s softer creations.
2018 McLaren 570S
Available in two models, Coupe and Spider, McLaren puts the 570s in its “sports series” rather than the “super series.” The coupe can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, then onto 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. The spider gives its driver the feel the wind with its open top. Out of all other sports cars on the market, the McLaren 570S offers more comfort than the others.
2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The British manufacturer has designed this model to sit low to the ground, looking sleek and powerful. The Vantage features a 4 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the capability to reach speeds up to 195 mph. The Vantage will be considered Aston Martin’s entry-level model, likely in an attempt to snag the interests for fans of similar makes like Porsche and BMW.
2018 Maserati GranTurismo MC
While the GranTurismo is over 70 years old, Maserati continues to deliver with this model. It’s timeless; a classic supercar to choose. The MC has a top speed of 187 mph and a V8 engine with 454 horsepower. The GranTurismo has been a hot choice since 1947, and the 2018 is no exception.
2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR
This coupe has a top speed of 200 mph, reaching 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. The frame has a muscle car look, but it’s a sleek supercar nonetheless. What makes this supercar such a joy to drive is the engine’s roar as you race off from the curb.
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