BMW i3, i8 Caught in Chicago

BMW unveiled the i3 and i8 last month, but today our staff arrived at’s headquarters in Chicago to find messages from friends and contacts about a commercial being shot a few blocks away with some “odd”-looking BMWs.

Staff photographer Ian Merritt grabbed his gear and headed down to see what the hubbub was about. It turns out BMW did indeed ship its early prototypes for these two electric models to Chicago for a photo shoot. We love Chicago’s architecture as much as anyone, but it’s surprising that the company would go through the expense to put them on our streets just for a series of publicity shots.

Their pain is our gain. Check out the full gallery below.

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