“With the show’s move, attendees will now experience more outdoor test drive opportunities, test tracks and technology demonstrations, which will take place along Indiana Avenue and surrounding city streets,” the Chicago Automobile Trade Association said in a press release.
Tickets will be sold for specific admission times and visitors will be limited to four hours a day to keep capacity at no more than 10,000 people at a time. Local COVID rules will be enforced. During normal times, the show boasts 1 million square feet and hundreds of thousands of visitors.
The Chicago expo doesn’t give attendance figures but bills the show as the “largest” in North America.
The New York show, which will start with a media day, is envisioning a less constrained event than Chicago and running a full 10 days. Thanks to a recent expansion of New York’s Javits Center, the show will have more floor space to help with social distancing and the enforcement of COVID safety guidelines.