Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show

Ant took the day off work on Monday so we could all venture to the city for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. I don't think I've ever been to an auto show so I wasn't really sure what to think, but it was kind of cool!

Our day started with Harry's first ride on L train. The closest stop to McCormick Place is about 20 blocks away. Okay, not really, but it sure felt like it! The walk to the show was torturous and I felt so bad for Harry, who was bundled up tightly in his stroller. Poor baby couldn't even open up his eyes the wind was so strong. We smartened up on the way back and took a bus back to the L station.

We got to the show right about lunchtime so as soon as we got inside we made a bee line for the concession area. There wasn't much to choose from so Ant and I just got a slice of Connie's pizza and Harry snacked on some snacks we packed for him. We got to try out our new disposable place mats, which are one of the best inventions ever.

We bought these ones by Neat Solutions. All four sides have an adhesive and it stuck really well to the table. If you have a toddler who can't be trusted with a plate, I highly recommend them when you eat out.

After lunch we headed to the child safety station. As a huge advocate for car seat safety, I was most excited to see the display!

Meh. I was expecting so much more from this booth! I thought it would be more interactive, like parents could put their child in a car seat and the CPSTs could show the parents how to properly buckle the children if needed. I also thought some of the big car seat manufacturers would be there showing off their newest seats. How I wish I could have seen a Clek Foonf in person!

Aside from the disappointing child safety booth, the show was awesome! Here are a bunch of pictures we took.

Harry chillin' in a Kia.

Kia hampster dance floor.

Crazy new Honda concept car, it didn't have a steering wheel!

Jeep had an intense test track set up.

Matte paint finishes were all over the place, they were really neat looking! Here's the new VW Beetle with a matte finish.

Sitting in some VW Beetles.

My first car was a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. I loved that car and got a kick out of this display. I don't doubt they could fend off zombies, they're tough little vehicles. Mine kept me safe and injury-free when I flipped it over in a crash.

We let Harry walk around for a lot of the show. He's really great at holding our hands at this age. But as toddlers do, he wore himself out and took a 45 minute nap.

One of the most talked about cars on display, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Ant wants to make the Chicago Auto Show a family tradition, but a family we spoke with at the show said bringing their 2.5 year old was the worst idea ever. So, we might have to skip next year's show since Harry'll be about that age then.

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