By Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 10--CHICAGO -- WINDY CITY HAS SPACE DETROIT LACKS TO DAZZLE: More than 100,000 people will get to cruise, lurch, climb and bump along in Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles on a half-mile indoor test track exhibit that DaimlerChrysler AG paid $3.5 million to build and operate during the 10-day Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday.
That couldn't happen in the cramped confines of Detroit's Cobo Center, where the three brands were squeezed into less than half the 156,000 square feet they have in Chicago's massive McCormick Place.
Another new twist at the 2005 Chicago show is a first-time exhibit by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association. The groups' members make all the cool stuff needed to customize cars …