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Chicago Auto Show to Host "Chicago Friday Night Flights," A New Craft Beer Night

Feb 12, 2019 12:28PM ● By Hannah Ott

Chicago - Automotive manufacturers, exhibitors and enthusiasts from across the globe are revving up for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and show organizers are giving fans another reason to attend. The Chicago Auto Show will host the first indoor "Chicago Friday Night Flights," craft beer sampling event on Friday, February 15 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive.

Originally produced in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Choose Chicago and Chicago Concierge, "Chicago Friday Night Flights" will feature a dozen local breweries including Alarmist, Arrowhead Ales Brewing Co., Band of Bohemia, Begyle Brewing Company, Brickstone Brewery, BuckleDown Brewing, Eris Brewery & Cider House, Gino's Brewing Co., Goose Island, Half Acre Brewery, Marz Community Brewing, Metropolitan Brewing, Motor Row Brewery, Revolution Brewing, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and Temperance Brewing. 

"By adding events like Chicago Friday Night Flights, we hope to expand the reach of the Chicago Auto Show and appeal to a broader range of individuals who are looking for a fun night out in February," said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli. "We're aiming to bring that summer festival vibe indoors to the show."  

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 and include a tasting pass to sample craft beer from a dozen local breweries as well as full access to the nation's largest auto show. 

"Chicago Friday Night Flights is thrilled to partner with the Chicago Auto Show and introduce our first winter event of the CFNF series at one of the biggest indoor festivals, the auto show," said David Whitaker, Choose Chicago president & CEO. 

"For the past two years, the Chicago Friday Night Flights has celebrated Chicago's renowned craft beer scene while showcasing Chicago's amazing neighborhoods. With more than 65 craft breweries in the Chicago area, we expect Chicago Friday Night Flights to be an annual tradition in Chicago for years to come." 

The nation's largest and best-attended auto show, held annually at McCormick Place, runs through Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 18. The show is open 10am-10pm each day, except for the final day of the show, when it closes at 8pm. The Chicago Auto Show features more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space showcasing brand-new vehicle introductions and a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display including hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessory and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars.

Purchase tickets for "Chicago Friday Night Flights" at

About the Chicago Auto Show: The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2019 public show is Feb. 9-18. Learn about the 2019 Chicago Auto Show at or Watch this promotional video to see the event in action. 

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association: Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

Sources: Holly Macaluso, Mark Bilek and Jennifer Morand and photo by