First Look for Charity takes its 21st victory lap


Chicago Auto Show

opened a 10-day public run with its 21st First Look for Charity at

McCormick Place

on Feb. 9.

This tuxedo-mandatory gala, attended by 8,000, raised more than $2 million for 18 local nonprofits that included the 100 Club of


, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities,

Children's Memorial Hospital

, the Cradle Foundation, March of Dimes, Misericordia Heart of Mercy,

Special Olympics

Illinois, Juvenile


Research Foundation and the

Cystic Fibrosis



Car buffs and party lovers alike came together to see the latest in automotive technology and enjoy a global-themed celebration of food and drink with Asian, European, American and Latin influences. More than 20 restaurants participated, including Fogo de Chao, Wildfire, Real Urban BBQ and David Burke Primehouse.

With more than 1,000 vehicles scattered throughout the space, it was a daunting task to cover for many of the women wearing high heels, but Cadillac thought of everything, including passing out pink slippers as well as offering foot massages. This comfort station was adjacent to the dramatic display for their concept car, the Ciel.

Rock band

Blues Traveler

performed while guests enjoyed interactive exhibits. One of the most popular was offered by Jeep Wrangler, which had professional drivers taking guests around an exhilarating obstacle course. Fans of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 got to press the pedal to hear the engine roar. Chevy dealers offered a

goal-shooting experience.

Since its inception in 1992, First Look for Charity has raised more than $34 million for Chicago-area charities.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.


to see photos from the event.

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