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Best ways to enjoy the Chicago Auto Show

Written by
Chris Bourg

The Chicago Auto Show is in town through February 22. With all the new car models, demonstrations and spokesmodels showing off the cars, it's impossible not to have a good time. Since you'll only have a limited time to see everything, here are the some great ways to maximize your fun and enjoyment at the Auto Show over the next week.

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Watch cars on the test tracks like a NASCAR race. The Auto Show has some great driving demonstrations for some of the cars on display, which include a Jeep off-road course and a mini-drag strip for Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat cars. So grab your coolers of beer and cheer on these cars as they go through these tracks, because the lines will be way too long for you to actually ride in them. As an added challenge, try not to laugh at the Fiats as they pathetically make their way down the track with their 160 horsepower engines.

Take the simulation games very seriously. There are also some racing simulations on display that show off the maximum potential of cars such as the Dodge Charger SRT and Ford Mustang. This is your chance to play out your Forza fantasy, baby. Bet large sums of cash with other competitors to really spice up the games. If someone commits an infraction, you are well within your rights to fly into a psychotic rage about it as well. The Dodge Charger Challenge Simulator also gives you a chance to beat my best time:

Quote The Fast and the Furious series constantly. Memorize all the lines in these movies and casually drop them in every conversation you have with a manufacturer rep. You'll want to let that Porsche guy know that you live your life a quarter mile at a time, something I'm sure he hasn't heard a thousand times already.

Pretend like you're seriously buying a sports car. Walk around the area where all the high-end sports cars and luxury vehicles are and talk with the representatives about your legitimate interest and ability in purchasing one in the near future. Everyone will surely be impressed and think you're a high roller for being able to purchase a $115,000 Maserati right off the McCormick Place floor. Never mind the fact that you can barely make your current car payments?

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