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Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan new-car dealership associations.

Today, CATA's member dealerships employ more than 20,000 people in Chicagoland. These locally-based small businesses provide good-paying jobs for their employees who, in turn, contribute to their communities.

The CATA commitment to excellence in automotive retailing remains its core value and will remain so through the next century.


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CATA membership benefits a dealer in many facets of day-to-day operations. From providing advocacy at the state, county and local levels, to assistance with legal and employment issues, to best-in-industry training opportunities, CATA is here to address the challenges automotive retailers face.



The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the 2022 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School graduating senior Grace Listopad. The CATA, Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association and producer of the Chicago Auto Show, established the Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship–a $1,000 grant–to honor Carol Cooling. Carol was Hersey alumna and long-time NBC 5 Chicago Special Events Director who died in 2013 following a battle with cancer.

“This scholarship is very personal for us as we look for ways to keep Carol’s legacy and larger-than-life outlook alive and are honored to present this year’s scholarship to such an outstanding student,” said Jen Morand, president of the CATA and general manager of the Chicago Auto Show.

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Chicago Automobile Trade Association
18W200 Butterfield Rd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 
(630) 495-2282


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