Thursday, April 24, 2014

Drive

A DIY auto show takes over the Toyota Park lot

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The Chicago Auto Show is great and all, but it’s held in February. And let’s be honest, we can't afford that $1.4 million Aston Martin everyone is drooling over. Yet.
 
What if there was an auto show held by actual drivers, showcasing actual cars, that could actually be held outdoors in an actual Chicago summer?
 
There is. It’s called Auto Mass, and it goes down this Sunday at Toyota Park.
 
This open-invite grassroots event celebrates Chicago car culture in the only way we know how: with a makeshift Indy 500 course held in a parking lot — where doing donuts takes on a whole new meaning.
 
Pull up a seat in the bleachers and watch a series of cars peel out while speeding around tight corners, through cane-laden obstacle courses, and in close tandem to showcase precision driving. While the driving is being left to the pros, you can sign up for a ride-a-long to experience the terror of high performance driving from the relative safety of the passenger seat.
 
Or just stroll around a lively lot packed with locals showing off their actual rides, with plenty of popped hoods alongside scooters and bikers doing stunts soundtracked by live DJs and MCs.
 
And since food trucks are cars too, there's a showcase of mobile eateries (this year’s lineup is under wraps, but past shows have featured trucks including Duck N Roll, Haute Sausage, and Lillie’s Q.)
 
Only seven more months until February.

Auto Mass Round 3
Sunday, July 28
10a-6p
Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview
(773) 603-1251
auto-mass.com
 
Price: $10-20 here
Nearby: Taqueria Los Magueyes; Grand Duke’s Restaurant & Deli; Fire Station Pub

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