Tips and Information for Attending the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Cobo Center is located in downtown Detroit at the intersection of Jefferson and Washington Avenues. While the center has its own parking structure, it has a limited number of general parking spots available. Likewise, the garages in the blocks surrounding Cobo Center fill up very fast.

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Directions to and Parking by Cobo Center

Parking Plan. It is important that you come prepared with a plan of attack for parking. You should understand the street layout in downtown Detroit. Because parking fills up fast at Cobo, you should also carry a map of parking garages in downtown Detroit. There are several parking garages within walking distance of Cobo Center, including:

  • First Street Parking, northwest of Cobo Center on First Street (between Fort and Congress Streets)
  • The Millenium Garage, north of Cobo on W. Congress
  • Fort-Washington Garage, north of Cobo on Washington Avenue
  • Handy Parking, east of Cobo on Shelby Street

Note: The police are out in force downtown. Police cruisers are everywhere you might accidentally wander.

People Mover. The People Mover is a commuter train that goes in a one-way circle around downtown. In addition to a stop within Cobo Center, it has 12 other stops. One stop is at Greektown Casino Hotel, which is surrounded by several parking garages, several of which are free.

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Floor Plan Within Cobo Center

The main concourse at Cobo runs north/south with the showrooms running off of it to the west. If you ride the People Mover, realize the stop is on the north end of the center on the third floor, two floors up from the showrooms.
This year, Hall E (oka Michigan Hall) contains displays from Michigan Schools and Universities, including Lawrence Tech University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, the College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, Kettering University, and Stamps School of Art and Design. It also contains the Innovation Track. Note: The hall is also home to the International Cafe and is located down an escalator at the south end of the main concourse.

The Virtual 2015 NAIAS Exhibit Floor Plan should help you out. Completely interactive, you can experience at least part of the Detroit Auto Show from the comfort of your recliner; or you can print out a map to take with you to the show.

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