Chicago (CBS) — Every February, Chicagoans leave the drudgery of winter behind to travel to the Lakefront for the Chicago Auto Show. With brand new designs, the latest breakthroughs in technology and hands-on experiences like never before, North America’s largest auto show is sure to thrill attendees.

CBS 2’s Inside Track offers a detailed look at the rides of tomorrow that blend fantasy with reality and nod to nostalgia.

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The nearly 1,000 cars packed into more than one million square feet of space include powerful trucks, locally manufactured models and electric vehicles.

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Chicago Auto Show visitors get to sit in most cars and actually experience them on four indoor test tracks and six outdoor ones.

Although you can’t buy a car at the Chicago Auto Show, manufacturers and dealers offer special incentives in their showrooms to take advantage of new car fever.

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The Chicago Automobile Trade Association says 70 percent of people at the show will be in the market for a new car within the year, and 36 percent learn so much at the no-pressure show, filled with expert advice, they add a new brand of car to their consideration list.