Chicago Auto Show 2/14

Auto Show 

Wrapup: Twenty some MINIs braved the early morning and cold weather to caravan down Sheridan Road and Lake Shore  drive to the Auto Show.  40 club members were able to gain early admission to the show to get an up close and personal time to check out the MINI exhibit before the crowds.  Huge thanks again to MINIUSA for all the work to secure this special deal for our club, and to Knauz MINI for helping us out with the tickets!!!

E-mail links of photos to and I will add them here.

Photos by: FrancisSteve | Kes | Arnie & Lena |

SPECIAL UPDATE 02/10/2010:  The Chicago MINI Motoring Club has been able to secure a special  preview of the MINI exhibit on Sunday February 14th at 9am, one hour before the show opens to the general public!!  This is a chance to get up close and personal with the MINIs before the crowds.   Huge thanks to MINIUSA for the tremendous effort to make this available to us.

The Chicago MINI Motoring Club (CMMC) will be attending the Chicago Auto Show on Sunday February 14th.   This is a perfect way to celebrate a Valentines Day morning.

The plan is to take a scenic drive down parts of Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive to the show.  Once we are at the show, everyone is on their own for hanging out and checking out acres of cool cars.

Check out the details below for Free tickets for CMMC members + 1 guest..

WHO: The drive is open to all friends of CMMC

WHEN: Sunday February 14th.

WHERE: The Evanston Northwestern parking garage at the far south end of the campus.

The address is approximately 1800 S. Campus Drive (click the address for a map)

There is a small road that leads into Northwestern at the south end of the campus, and the parking garage is less than 1/4 mile in. We will be huddled in our cars shivering on the top level (slightly above ground level).

We will meet up and plan to leave at about 8:30 am NEW TIME 7:30 am to get our special preview of the MINI exhibit.

Come on out for a nice early morning drive, even if you don’t want to attend the Auto Show..

We have secured a number of free admission passes to the Auto Show.  HUGE thanks to Knauz MINI for helping us out!!   You will still need to pay for the normal parking garage fees (currently listed as $19 on the website).

SPECIAL CMMC Ticket deal:  We have a number of free admission passes to the Auto Show.   To get them you will need to hook up with us on the beginning of the group drive so we can give them to you.

IMPORTANT: Post a comment here if you are interested in joining us for the drive and/or the tickets.  For tickets will be available for Club member +1 guest.  If we have extra tickets towards the end we may be able to relax that restriction.

We will e-mail you a confirmation closer to the event date and after we get the tickets in hand so we know how many spots we have.

  • The Seeker

    I’m in ! Plus one.

  • 2 tickets for me please. Thanks!

  • Eric Toller

    I will attend.

  • Bennett and Denise

    We will be there; for the drive and the show.

  • Kevin & Carolyn

    Hi Steve,

    Carolyn and I plan to make it.. Thanks for doing this!

  • Jon E

    Thanks for coordinating. One ticket for me.

  • I’ll take two tickets please. Thanks! I’ll be there for the drive and show.

  • Kes

    Hi… Yes! Drive and two tickets please. Thanks a lot!

  • Bennett

    Unfortunately I have to work this weekend, so I won’t be able to make it.



    I’m in for the drive and one ticket, possibly two.


  • Robert

    Steve —
    I would like two tickets. However, since I live downtown, I would like to pick them up from you at the show. Is it possible to set a rendezvous time at the main entrance?

  • Taylor

    Hi, I’m in for the drive and the show. One ticket only. Thanks!

  • Jim

    Hi Steve,
    I would like 2 tickets for Kacey and I.

  • Kes


    Just to be sure, attending:

    Kestutis Gasiunas
    Yiuka Leung

  • That is a great offer! Private viewing of the Mini Exhibit an hour before the auto show opens. Unfortunately for me, I will not be able to attend. Have a great time everyone.

  • Vonnie Check

    This sounds like so much fun. My husband Ed and I would love to attend.

    Ed and Vonnie Check


    There will be two of us, and my guest is Jim Gilmour.

  • John & Tommy

    Tommy & I will attend. let us k now if we made the “40” cut.

  • let us know if we made the “40? cut

    I’ll need to check against my spreadsheet later tonight at home.. I think everyone is still good so far.

    This is going to be cool!!

  • mike & katie

    we are so there

  • Miguel & Becky

    Hopefully we made the cut! Let us know.

  • Dave Z

    If there is one left, I’ll take it.

  • Jon E

    Just confirming that I can make the earlier time. Just one ticket for myself.

  • At this point, we have 10 spots remaining..


    Steve, according to the Chicago Auto Show website MINI will not have any of the new prototypes on display as not coupe, speedster, Countryman or Beachcomber is listed. Any idea if this is true? I hate to think the Chciago market is so weak that we would not warrant ony of these upcoming models.

    See you bright and early Sunday!


  • Melissa & Drew

    We will see you all Sunday!

  • Jerry, Laurel & Sarah

    We would love to attend if there are any tickets left!
    Jerry, Laurel + Sarah

  • Vonnie

    Looks like Ed and I will not be able to make it Sunday. Hope you all have a great time. Maybe next year:(

  • Francis

    Steve – if there’s still one ticket left.. I can go now!

  • I’ve sent an e-mail out to everyone that is planning on attending with last minute details. If you didn’t get it, let me know..

  • Bill Murphy

    Steve – If any tickets are left, I could use one for Sunday.


  • John & Tommy

    Nice event. Had a good time (except when the “McCormick Place Gendarmes” were going to bust us!)

  • Melissa & Drew

    Thanks for a great time – we had a blast, even after we were rounded up like criminals by security 😀

  • Francis

    Thanks to everyone who came out!! Even bigger thanks to Steve and our friends at MINI USA for their persistence to get us into the show early! Good to see everyone again! We’ll see you at the next outing!!