History of the SHUTDOWN
First staged in 1999, the Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN Festival is the largest auto show counter-propaganda event in North America and has been held more times than any other anti-auto exposition on the continent. 2008 marks the 9th edition of the festival.
1998 Car Show Ride Report from the Chicago Critical Mass site
1999 Car Show Ride Report from the Chicago Critical Mass site
2000 Car Show Ride Report from the Chicago Critical Mass site
Chicago Tribune Auto Writer Jim Mateja's infamous "Knights in Spandex" article about the 2000 Car Show Ride - and responses!
Trying to hit the Auto Show with a bike mentality, by Chris Wiersema, New City, February 17, 2000
2001 "Just Say No to the Auto Show" Ride pictures
2001 Chicago Critical Mass Art Show Pictures
Area bicycle boosters harbor deeper automotive misgivings, by Lydialyle Gibson, Chicago Journal, March 1, 2001
Article about the Critical Mass 5th Annual Art Show, by Leah Pietrusiak, Citylink, February 8, 2002
2002 Car Show Comics (PDF)
2003 Car Show Comics (PDF)
Some groups soft-pedal Auto Show, by Jon Hilkevitch, Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2004
Pictures of the 2005 SHUTDOWN Festival by Art
More pictures by Dan
Video of the 2005 SHUTDOWN Festival by Steven L.
More video of the 2005 SHUTDOWN Festival by X-Man
Chicago Journal article about the 2006 SHUTDOWN Festival
Pictures of the 2006 Festival by Ho'ard