- GENERAL INFORMATION
- SHOW FLOOR
- FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY
- SCHOOLS & GROUPS
Founded in 1999, the Auto Show SHUTDOWN Association (ASSA) is the nation's oldest and largest Auto Show counter-propaganda organization.
The ASSA is comprised of more than 700 franchised Chicago Critical Mass cyclists and allied members. The ride regularly attracts over 3,000 people in the metropolitan area.
ASSA members contribute to the state, county and city tax base just as much as drivers; in fact, non-drivers pay a disproportionate amount of taxes to subsidize motorists. Meanwhile, the automobile industry is the single largest advertiser in the world, and spends over $10 billion a year just on marketing. This is equal to the gross domestic product of many countries!
The ASSA's mission is to promote and maintain honesty and dependability; expose untruths and inaccuracies in automobile advertising; strive to constantly improve business methods and ethics; and maintain fair competition among all modes of transportation.
While the Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN was first staged in 1999, the ASSA has produced the world famous event since 2005.
The 2008 Chicago Auto Show SHUTDOWN will be the 9th edition.
Activists from around the world consider the Chicago Auto Show as North America's most egregious display of automobile glorification.
The auto show's annual First Look for Charity black-tie preview raises more than $2.6 million annually for select area charities, making it one of the city's largest single-day fundraising events. However, this is a drop in the bucket compared to all the damage done by automobiles every single day.