Technically, Chicago event is all square for Gearheads

Technically, Chicago event is all square for Gearheads

When the Chicago Auto Show opens Saturday, it could be the highlight of winter for the G2 among us.

The G2 is my term for the crossover of gearheads and geeks. While the show in McCormick Place — billing itself as the nation's largest auto show — will feature a wide range of automotive offerings, it will also host the Connected Work Conference.

This conference, in a 35,000-square-foot pavilion on the auto show floor, will offer displays and presentations on devices within the fields of transportation, health and fitness, energy and homes. If topics such as Near Field Communications and Next Big Thing in Automotive Apps float your boat, you can check out the agenda at

The auto show season got underway in Detroit a few weeks ago, when the new Corvette Stingray was named car of the year and the Chevrolet Colorado was named truck of the year.

These vehicles, along with other new offerings, will be on display, but manufacturers also save some new or concept cars to debut in Chicago.

Toyota, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Jeep are among the brands with presentations scheduled for the media preview day prior to the opening.

Along with the displays will be the Jeep and Toyota test tracks, where visitors can experience the capabilities of a variety of vehicles.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 8-16 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Details on parking and special days can be found at

If you go this weekend, you can make it a complete gearhead experience by heading to Rosemont before or after for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

Held in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the show opens at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through 5 p.m. Sunday.

Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer is represented as well as aftermarket suppliers and a variety of demonstrations and entertainment. More information is at

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