Our Top 5 At 2019 Chicago Auto Show

So, you attended the First Look For Charity Gala. Congrats you raised $2.8 million this year! You broke the record!! However, while you were enjoying being glamorous you may have missed some of the best parts of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Here are our top 5 favorite things to do and see this year! Ram 1500 Multi Function Tailgate

1. Ram’s Truck Territory. A new test track this year. You can witness the power and comfort of the Ram Super Heavy Duty Trucks. Experience the raw power of these trucks. Also while you’re in the area be sure to the check the Ram 1500 new Multi Function Tailgate. Ok, so the new 2019 Ram 1500 has a lot more features than that, but that is our favorite new feature. 2020 Subaru Legacy

2. 2020 Subaru Legacy. This caught us by surprise. Everything about the all new Legacy had us wanting to get up close.  The 2020 Legacy is the seventh generation.  With improved horsepower in either the XT or Boxer engines.  Luxury interiors with optional Touring trims.  We can’t forget to mention the Driver Focus Distraction Mitigation system to keep you even safer.  With all the features you already love in the Subaru Legacy, you’ll want to check it out for yourself. 

Photo by Matthew J Smith

Photo by Matthew J Smith


3. 2019 Kia Telluride. Experience not only one of the lushest interiors but also great handling. The Telluride test track does feature specially modified Tellurides built for the dessert and off road. However, once you ride in one, then you will probably want to ride in the Telluride over and over again.  Plus Kia will send you a video of your ride! 

Photo by Matthew J Smith

Photo by Matthew J Smith

4. 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid. Not only does Ford have improvements for their Police Interceptors. They have also worked with the Chicago Mayor to reinvest back into Chicago. Spending $1 billion on their Chicago plant and putting more back into the community as well. You will see new Ford Police Interceptors on the streets in Chicago. With a vehicle built to help our officers do their jobs safely and effectively.

5. Camp Jeep. You knew it was going to be on our list. It almost always is. This is one of our reasons to the attend the Chicago Auto Show. I didn’t put it directly at the top, but we always recommend you experience it for yourself. This year the track is featuring a variety of 2019 Jeep Trailhawks and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Plus, we have a 360° video to give you an even better view of what Jeeps are capable of doing.

P.S. Don’t fall for the hype.  You want to ride in a Trailhawk. I personally recommend the Trailhawk Compass.  While shooting our video, we caught everyone having the same comment that they are waiting to ride in the Wrangler! The only downside is the Wrangler is so smooth with that disconnecting sway-bar that you miss out on some of the fun.  Get bounced around in the Compass for the most intense ride. 

First Look For Charity 2019 Preview

2019-FLFC-3000 I know it’s a new year when the preview for First Look For Charity rolls around. One of the first and my favorite media events happens the second week of January to give people like me a chance to whet our readers appetites for all the goodies that will be available at the Chicago Auto Show Gala.

vanille first look for charity

If First Look For Charity is new for you, you’ll be happy to hear that not only is it the official kick-off party for the Chicago Auto Show, happening the eve before it opens to the public.  First Look For Charity also raises a staggering amount of money for 18 wonderful charities here in the Chicago area.  Here is just part of the list of local organizations that gain support through this glamorous night. 

This year the First Look For Charity is in-line to raise $2.5 million dollars for these charities.  I am still a bit shocked to think our community does this much good in one single night!  There is still time to buy tickets and enjoy a night among the cars!

First Look For Charity 2019Giveaway Vehicles Tickets are for sale here at $275 a ticket, a large portion of your ticket is tax deductible as a charitable donation. When buying tickets you can select to support all, some or one of these charities with your ticket.  This year’s gala takes place February 9, 2019 from 7-11pm at The Chicago Auto Show. Buying a ticket also enters you into winning either a 2019 Chevy Blazer or a 2019 Jeep Compass.

flight club tacos first look for charity

This year I was thrilled to see some new restaurants participating like Vanille, Punch Bowl Social and Flight Club. A few of the dishes I quite liked was the jambalaya from Pinstripes, the pulled pork from Chicago q’s, The Chicago Auto Show printed macaroons from Vanille and the rye old fashioned made with coffee bitters by The Bitter Ex and Bulleit Bourbon.

bulleit rye first look for charity We’re excited to be heading to both The Chicago Auto Show Media days and First Look For Charity Gala this year. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date about what’s happening this year.  Follow along with #FLFC19 and #CAS19 for sneak peeks and all the fun this year! This is shaping up to be another great year for the Chicago Auto Show and First Look For Charity! 

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