The Chicago Auto Show was first held in 1901, the longest running auto show in the United States. Held annually at Chicago’s McCormick Center, it is also the largest auto show in the country. The larger space allows automakers like Chevy to get creative with their exhibits, holding concerts and even building interactive rides.
The original 1901 Chicago Auto Show was started by Motor Age magazine and held at the Coliseum exposition hall, located between Michigan Avenue and Wabash. The area was only 300 feet long and 170 feet wide, though the entire Chicago Coliseum was 58,000 square feet. The building was originally a prison leftover from the Civil War; the Auto Show was held there until 1935.
Inside the Auto Show, there was a small track used to demonstrate the vehicles, which were still referred to as “horseless carriages.” Many attendees had never seen vehicles before and the track allowed them to see the vehicles were safe. One of the first vehicles on display was the 1901 Motorette developed by George N. Pierce Company in New York. The vehicle produced a little less than three hp with a one-cylinder engine.
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