Sunday, February 12, 2012

February is filled with Autos, Art and the Circus!

Come one, come all, the edition of the Chicago Auto Show has commenced!

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto expo on the continent.

Put on your walking shoes and plan on spending the day checking out the newest models available by a plethora of automakers. If you are a serious car shopper there are multitudes of cars that you are able to climb in and out of all in one place. There are economy cars, family sedans, minivans, SUV’s, hybrids, convertibles, sports and luxury cars etc.

However, the biggest draw for visitors to the show is the concept cars, maybe one day we will see a car that actually flies and avoid some of Chicago’s traffic congestion!! In addition to the concept cars, many of the companies use the show to reveal new production models, talk about a brilliant marketing plan.

There are some interactive activities for the attendees to do: some of the motor companies are offering driving simulations and test driving tracks (although patrons are only allowed to be passengers).

If you are looking for a way to escape the cold, come and enjoy the warmth and wonder of the Chicago Auto Show!

The show runs -- Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 19 (February 10-18: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., February 19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Located: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

Entrance Fees: $11 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12 and free admission for children 6 and younger when they accompany a paying adult.
Advance tickets may be purchased at DriveChicago.com

Chicago is very excited to present a new but temporary (February 10-20) art exhibit located in Millennium Park called Luminous Field. This is a video and sound installation (dramatic images and colors set to music) that was created specifically for Millennium Park and will illuminate Cloud Gate which is more widely known by many Chicagoans as “The Bean”.

A local theater company called Collaboration will be performing at Cloud Gate inspired by Luminous Field. The crowd can dance along with Collaboration and participate in interactive games, all synchronized with Luminous Field's videos and music.

Luminous Field will be on view on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 - 10 PM, and Sunday - Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 PM.
Last but not least, The Windy City Circus (a not-for-profit touring circus) comes to town February 17 – 26. The circus is comprised of aerial and trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, Miniature Champion White Horse act and dog acts.

Ticketholders can arrive an hour prior to each performance and nosh on circus food while being entertained by strolling performers portraying historic Chicago characters. There will also be caricature artists and a “money box” in which guests have 20 seconds to grab as much “funny money” (coupons, etc.) as possible.

80% of the proceeds go to charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, and Special Olympics Chicago.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave in Festival Hall. Tickets: $17.50-$45.00 for weekday performance and $20.50-$60.00 for weekend performances Call for tickets: 312-803-0096

Enjoy your stay at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago where there is always something to do in the winter, spring, summer or fall!

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