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Chicago Auto Show 2009: Outperforming the Pundits

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CHICAGO, February 16, 2009: If you'd listen to economic and auto industry pundits, you might think you could shoot a cannon through the nation's biggest auto show and not hit a soul. But the combination of a beautifully staged show, a long weekend, good weather, big manufacturer incentives and the natural allure of a century-old Chicago tradition has proven those pundits wrong.


"Our walk-up box office and online sales have been strong all weekend, and today we're absolutely slammed -- and encouraged," said Chicago Auto Show General Manager Jerry Cizek. "We expected a big crowd for Presidents Day, but even we're surprised at the mass of people who have been streaming through our doors. We've added extra booths and ticket sellers to better accommodate the demand -- and we couldn't be more pleased."

The pre-show lineup at the box office was expected, "But we're well into lunch time and our lines are still going all the way across Lake Shore Drive," said Cizek. "It's a good problem to have and our team is working hard to connect consumers with the vehicles they're excited to see."

The Chicago Auto Show is open daily through Feb. 22 at McCormick Place.

For tickets online and full information visit CHICAGO AUTO SHOW.