2016 World of Wheels & Tuner Galleria - Chicago

The World of Wheels returned to the Chicago area this past weekend, March 4th through the 6th.  Thousands of people traveled to Rosemont, IL to see some of the best vehicles in the area and throughout the country on display at the Rosemont Convention Center.  From a classic ’56 Bel Air to a Lamborghini, there was something for everyone.   Families were welcomed and had the chance to meet many celebrities and even get autographs.  The large displays of motorcycles, classic cars, muscle cars, concept vehicles, low riders and product booths provided lots of excitement for all.  

Click on image to few of the hundred vehicles on display at World of Wheels.  

Click on image to few of the hundred vehicles on display at World of Wheels.  

On Saturday the second floor was opened up to a vast display of tuner vehicles.  From noon until 10pm, it looked like the set of The Fast and the Furious.  Hundreds of today’s most popular cars were on display, including a Nissan R34 GTR, as seen in the popular franchise.  Spectators were treated to today’s most popular imports, domestics and exotics.  This was truly a great show for the younger generation of car enthusiasts, myself included.

Click on image to see few more vehicles from Tuner Galleria.  

Click on image to see few more vehicles from Tuner Galleria.  


If you missed it, please visiting our flickr page for complete photographs of the event. 

Short line waiting to get tickets to the show.  

Short line waiting to get tickets to the show.  

Written & Photographed by Arash Dashtaray

2014 World of Wheels / Tuner Galleria Chicago

Kosmic Outkast

The World of Wheels returned to the Donald E Stephens Convention Center for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store 52nd Annual World of Wheels presented by South Oak Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep.  The winter storms that came through Chicago that weekend didn’t stop thousands of spectators from making their way to the show during the weekend of February 28 through March 2nd, as long lines waited inside the convention center for the doors to open up Friday  at 3pm.  Many people traveled from far away, with many of them telling me just how much they look forward to the show, and that no blizzard could stop them from attending.


I have not received the final spectator count yet, but I noticed a marked increase of attendees from previous years.  Many brought their families and took pictures with their favorite vehicles.  There were a lot of eye catching vehicles that obviously had LOTS of time invested in them.  Show competitors travel from long distances to compete for the top award, the Legend Cup.  Manufactures were also on hand displaying and demonstrating their products, including South Oak Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, Meguiars, Continental Tires, Chevrolet Performance, RPM Stingray Dream Garage, and O’Reilly,  just to name a few.

Click on Image to see more vehicles from World of Wheels 

Click on Image to see more vehicles from World of Wheels 


Many spectators were also excited to meet the celebrities that were scheduled to appear.  Richard & Kyle Petty, Shawn Michaels, Laura Marano, and Chris Jericho were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.  

Lexus's IS 250 F Sport Widebody by EST Design


Tuner Galleria returned for the 5th year to bring some of the hottest imports and exotic vehicles in the area.  On hand for one day only, the show was held on the second floor on Saturday, March 1st from 12 to 10pm.  The show was such a big success that promoters are thinking about returning to Chicago later in the year.  This will be a bonus for those who wish to see this show happen later in the season.  Many owners still have their show cars in hibernation due to the long winters.  Since they usually drive the cars to and from the show rather than trailer them, a later show date will allow for more participants and cars to drool over.


Tuner Galleria was a change of pace from what was going on downstairs at World of Wheels.  The DJ was playing dance and club music all day, with a fashion show held later in the afternoon.  Meguiars gave out care products to all the participating vehicles, and Sylvania gave away $1,000 to the car with the best lighting.  Kei Miura, owner and designer of Tra Kyoto/Rocket Bunny, was on hand signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.  There was a good variety of brands on display, including Ferrari, Honda, Stance down low, Team BTR, Piston Graphics, Monster Energy Drink, Stylin Industry, Chicago Rally, Eurocharged Performance and Vape Monkeys Chicago.  The cars were all well received, and the spectators appreciated the many hours that were put into them to make them show ready.  There were a few unique vehicles on hand, with one of my favorites being the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR.  I also really enjoyed watching the RC drift track. 

Click on image to see more vehicles from Tuner Galleria. 

Click on image to see more vehicles from Tuner Galleria. 


This was one of the best World of Wheels / Tuner Galleria Chicago shows I have attended.  Both events had some jaw dropping vehicles, and they certainly set the stage for a great show season in the Chicago area.  This is the first car show of the year outside of the Chicago Auto Show.  I’m already looking forward to next year, so be sure to mark your calendars.