The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public on...

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 17. Credit: Evan Sears,

Whether the "Windy City" moniker comes from the bluster of our 19th century windbag politicians or that of our frequently frigid lakeshore breezes, here in's home city of Chicago we're known for being boastful about everything from our big buildings to our big pizza. As such, we won't hesitate to brag about having the biggest auto show in the nation, too. How big is it? If "Austin Powers" antagonist Dr. Evil were announcing the expansive exhibit, he would put his pinky to his lips and say it covered "one millllion square feet" of event-floor space.

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 17, with media and charity preview events Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 8-16 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Regular admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for senior citizens age 62 or older and children age 7 to 12; children age 6 or younger are free and must be accompanied by a paying adult family member.

Exhibitions include multiple world and North American debuts, a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks and SUVs, and numerous concept cars. Debuts we're looking forward to include the 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan, the 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive luxury sedan and the 2015 Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV. That's in addition to a host of new models that bowed in Detroit earlier this month.

"In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display," organizers said in a statement. "Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars."

A perennial favorite feature of the Chicago show — making the most of the abundant space — is the opportunity to get behind the wheel on three indoor test tracks, as well as six outdoor test drives. Indoor tracks include Chrysler's multibrand test track and its Jeep off-road course, along with Toyota's, which this year will feature trucks within a proving ground complete with a seesaw, water crossing and 15-foot hill climb.

Here's what we're expecting to see in Chicago, including both debuts and Detroit encores. We'll update the list as we learn more:

Acura TLX Prototype
2014 BMW 2 Series
2015 BMW M3 sedan
2015 BMW M4 coupe
2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive
2015 Cadillac ATS coupe
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2015 Chrysler 200
2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Honda Fit
2015 Hyundai Genesis
2015 Lexus RC F
2015 Lincoln Navigator
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2015 Subaru Legacy
Toyota FT-1 concept

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