Whether you dream of speedy hot rods, vintage Fords or one-of-a-kind celebrity vehicles, the Chicago area has a wide range of museums to choose from.
By its peak in the 1920s, Motor Row, the stretch of Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to 26th Street, was lined with lavish terra-cotta “palaces.”
Here are six stand-out manufacturers of auto parts and accessories in the Chicago area.
Chicago Auto Show archivist Mitch Frumkin shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the greatest hits — and misses — throughout the show’s 110 editions.
Yep, there were cars made at the Southwest Side plant that’s now the Ford City Mall, but they weren’t Fords. A 1988 Coppola movie explains it all.
Chicago’s “First Annual National Automobile Exhibit” was held in 1901 at the Coliseum, a former Civil War prison. The show has come a long way since.
While it’s not on the list of autonomous test cities, Chicago is nurturing its own self-driving revolution.
Chicago’s high-speed test tracks let ordinary enthusiasts can strap on helmets and moonlight as amateur race car drivers.