2022 Chicago Auto Show Dates: First Look for Charity Gala to help raise funds ahead of annual event at McCormick Place

PRESS RELEASE (WLS) — The 2022 Chicago Auto Show is less than a month away and after a pandemic hiatus last year, this year’s First Look for Charity Gala is back.

Here’s a look at what you can see and eat at this event that raises millions for charity.

The glitz and glamor of the best and newest cars at this year’s Chicago Auto Show are upon us.

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The day before the show officially opens on February 12, a Chicago feast is held at First Look for Charity.

“You get to sample food and drink from the best restaurants in Chicago,” said Jennifer Morand, public relations director for the Chicago Auto Show.

But this crowd of champion cuisine and cutting-edge cars belies a larger mission.

“If ever there was a time people needed it, it’s now. And for us to be able to come together as a group of dealers and help provide for these charities that go beyond the community they serve, it’s just a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Jason Roberts, president of First Look for Charity.

Since First Look for Charity began 30 years ago, it has provided $52 million to Chicagoland charities and hopes to raise nearly $2 million this year to donate to 17 charities.

“It’s one of the biggest one-day fundraisers in all of Illinois every year, so miss it next year and bring it back, and that’s one step closer to normal, hopefully- the, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” Kevin Keefe said. , president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

The event broadcast includes Goose Island beer, Trinchero wines, Chicago Chop House steak and more!

Last year, the historic Summer Special Edition Chicago Auto Show was a pioneer in reopening the city. This year is no different. Masks required indoors during the show and vaccination required in the dining rooms, including the First Look event.

“We’re really lucky to be able to put this together and really get back to these grassroots organizations,” said Jennifer Morand of the Chicago Auto Show.

The first look is Feb. 11 and the auto show opens to the public Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 21 at McCormack Place.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com.

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