Kids and Car Shows: A Good Mix

Cereal on the floor of your car, crayons stuck in between car seats and loud screams from the backseat you know you’re traveling with kids.  Cars and kids can sometimes be a stressful time, but not when you go to the Chicago Auto Show!

Children and families are actually encouraged to go to the Chicago Auto Show, held annually at McCormick Place.  Children six years old and younger have free admission with a paying adult, and children 7-12 get half price admission. There is also a designated family zone with activities for families and a child seat safety demonstration within the exhibition.

Strollers are allowed, but not rentable, so bring your own stroller.  And most of the restrooms at McCormick Place, the home of the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, have baby-changing stations as well.

There is no private area for nursing mothers, but Illinois law allows nursing mothers to nurse in any public area.  If nursing mothers want to go to some place more private, they can leave and re-enter on the same day as many times as they need, as long as they get their hand stamped.

Finding Fuel (Lunch!)

The hand stamp also works well for families if they want to go to some place specific to eat.  However, finding food at the Chicago Auto Show shouldn’t be a problem.  McCormick Place has a variety of restaurants and food options on location. And although coolers are not allowed, unopened bottles of soda or water (plastic, not glass) and snacks or sandwiches are allowed.

McCormick Place doesn’t just offer a wide variety of food options, but it also has security, in case you lose your child or need help, you should call McCormick Place security at 312-791-6060. Hopefully though, you won’t need to call security.

Go Shopping!

The auto show is also a great place for families to check out new cars.  The family sedan is the most popular car bought in America. Representatives from the manufacturers will be on hand to explain the new safety and family features of the different cars featured.  You can also sit inside of the cars, to see how yellow crayon and mashed up cereal will look on the interior of the new cars.

It’s always a little more stressful traveling with children. Do you have any helpful tips for other parents (or others traveling with children) to make the trip to the Chicago Auto Show a safe and enjoyable experience?