So. You love someone. We know that you love someone because you're at the Chicago Auto Show, and you don’t like cars.
It isn’t that you don’t like cars. You drive places, and cars rock for getting that done. But you can’t for the life of you, figure out why in the heck more than a million square feet have been devoted to — cars. You can’t get inside them, can’t drive them. They’re just sitting there, and countless thousands of people are gathering to ogle them.
You, however, are staring at the entire shinding from behind rolled eyes. Fear not. Here are five things you can do when looking at cars is the last thing you want to do.
Everybody, repeat after me: “Awwwww!” Subaru has made a name for itself with a collection of commercials that feature a dog family. At the Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese manufacturer is going its commercials one better by having as special guests actual, adoptable dogs. Yeah, yeah, yeah, “Subaru loves pets” is an advertising thing. But come on! Puppies! Two Chicago-area shelters, ALIVE Rescue and Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, will be setting up shop in the Subaru area.
ALIVE is there on Feb. 9, 16, Hopeful Tails on Feb. 10 and 17. On Media Day, a couple of the pups weren’t at all impressed, preferring nap time to bonding with visitors. How will you find the adorable critters? Look for the throngs of people, or listen for the squeals of delight from folks thrilled, as we were, to discover — puppies!
Years ago, there was a restaurant on Sheridan Road in Chicago, DeMar’s, that featured a rotating sign. On one side was a clock, on the other side was the slogan, Time To Eat. When you’re bored, there are lots of things to do, but eating is a favorite. The Chicago Auto Show isn’t really a gourmand’s haven, but you can get food, and lots of it. There is a hot dog cart in the South Hall and Concourse, which even has a meal deal, featuring four dogs and sodas for $30. That price only seems horrifying if you don’t recognize that special event money is like foreign currency — it’s always worth less than you think.
If dogs don’t strike your fancy, you can get pizza (South Hall, North Hall and Concourse), or the omnipresent Robinson’s Ribs, in the same locations. Ask about the meal deals at both locations.
Now, you’re going to think to yourself, “Beer at a car show, right? Whose idea was that?” But fancy beer is all the rage, and we all have that friend who is a craft beer person. They talk about hops, bouquets, lemony tastes and whatnot, have favorite local breweries and the like. On Feb. 15 the Auto Show will be hosting Friday Night Flights, a craft beer event. Breweries on hand include Goose Island, Half Acre, Revolution, Motor Row (theme alert!) and many more. Price is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Friday Night Flights admission includes access to the show floor as well. You get to sample ten three-ounce pours per person. For more information, visit https://cfnf.chicagoconcierge.com/.
No, this isn’t a reference what you think you might have to do to afford some of the gleaming hunks of metal at the Auto Show. Versiti, in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers, is having its annual blood drive at the Chicago Auto Show. We don’t really need to explain the value of giving blood, do we? It’s a good thing to do, and you can even schedule an appointment in advance, here. Get an exclusive Chicago Auto Show t-shirt to boot, while being able to feel smug, telling people you gave blood while they were kicking tires.
Get your license
Humans forget stuff. And it’s always important stuff. You know your driver’s license is about to expire, but you forget. You can do it tomorrow. Those license plates? You can always do it tomorrow. Then one day the gumballs light up your rear-view mirror, and you have to explain to the nice officer that you forgot. Here’s a better idea. The Illinois Secretary of State will have a booth at the Auto Show, where you will be able to renew your various stuff. You’re already thinking about cars, and those looong lines at the Secretary of State’s office. So get it done right here. You’re happy to wait, since — you know — you won’t be looking at cars.