The Chicago Auto Show officially started yesterday and runs through February 17. Media Day last Thursday allowed me to get a sneak preview.
I think the best compliment I can give to the CAS is that I am not a "car guy," but I love going to the show. Even if you aren't an auto enthusiast, it's hard not to enjoy looking at these shiny new vehicles. From high end to low priced, vehicles fill two huge showrooms at McCormick Place. There are about 1,000 vehicles in total on display in the 1 million square feet of the two halls.
The largest auto show in North America, the Chicago Auto Show debuted in 1901. With its 112th show being held in 2020, the CAS has been held more times than any other such show in North America.
Of course, I am always sniffing out celebrities and I found a good one on Thursday. Indy car racer Bryan Herta was part of a presentation. Among his career highlights, Herta competed in five Indy 500 races, finishing 3rd, 4th, 9th, 13th and 20th. He runs Bryan Herta Autosports, which produced two Indy 500 victories in 2011 and 2016. He is also the father of driver Colton.
Herta was very fan-friendly, patiently posing for pics and answering questions from the media. I didn't even know he would be there, but the CAS usually has some racing stars. I don't get to meet many racing celebrities.
I will be at the CAS several more days and I look forward to more celebrities and other daily events. Go to ChicagoAutoShow.com for more info, including schedules. Check here and GlobalTravelerUSA.com for my recurring coverage.
Bryan Herta and me in Chicago, IL-February 2020.
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