Rare, exotic and just plain interesting collector cars roll into Chicagoland throughout summer 2018. Usually the owners are as interesting as the art on wheels. Dust offs typically start after Memorial Day and run through Labor Day, though several shows extend into autumn. Here is a sampling of recurring cruise nights and car shows with themes that appeal to car lovers of any age.
Stay tuned for Cruise Night Spotlight, our weekly drive-season feature highlighting a noteworthy car show in Chicagoland.
Green Street Cruise Night
Downtown McHenry (corner of Route 120 and Green Street)
5-9 p.m., every Monday, opening June 4 through October 15 (no shows September 3)
Celebrate vintage metal during the 10th anniversay of what organizers call the largest and longest cruise night in McHenry County. Nostalgic music will accompany timeless makes in the 180-year-old town situated on the Fox River.
Registration is free. Visit their facebook page for more information.
Monday Night Car Shows
Westfield Old Orchard
West Lot, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077
5-9 p.m., every Monday, opening Memorial Day, May 28th through Labor Day, September 3rd.
Events at Westfield Old Orchard Mall will be free. Monday Night Car Shows, a 501(c)(3) organization, will collect donations to build a scholarship fund for students looking to pursue programs focused in improving automotive skills. This event is alcohol-free.
Themes range from Ladies Night to Truck Night.
Registration is free for spectators; $5 for show cars. Visit http://www.mondaynightcarshows.com/events/ for more information.
Hillside Summer Nights
4950 Washington St., Hillside, Ill., 60162
5-7:30 p.m, July 24, July 31, August 7, 14, 21 and 28;
Second annual cruise night featuring about 200 classics and contemporary sports cars in the Hillside Commons, followed by free live concerts from bands ranging from the Buckinghams to American English. Food and beverages available for purchase or bring your own.
Plainfield Cruise Nights
Varying Plainfield locations
5-9 p.m., ervery Tuesday, June 5 through August 21 (off July 3)
Upcoming themes include Hot Rod night, Camaro night, American muscle and more.
Visit http://www.plainfieldchamber.com/plainfield-cruise-night for more information
Summer Knights Cruise Nights
Buona Beef in Glendale Heights
305 East Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
6-9 p.m. every Tuesday, May 15 through September 25
Call 630-539-2333 for more information.
Cary Cruise Night
Main St. & Jandus Rd. off of Route 14
6-8:30 p.m., every Wednesday, June 6 through August 29, 2018.
Upcoming themes include Corvette night, Truck night, and Children's Judge night.
Visit Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce for more information.
2018 Classic Cruise Night
Braconi's Restaurant & Pizzeria
796 Royal Saint George, Naperville, Ill., 60563
5-9 p.m., every Wednesday, May 16 through September 12(July 4th show moved to Sunday, July 1).
Awards and restaurant discounts at the 13th season, with themes ranging from American Graffiti to Cadillacs and Elvis Night. No fees.
Visit Braconi's for more information.
Daily Herald Cruise Nights
152 Stratford Square Mall
Bloomingdale, Ill., 60108
Every third Wednesday of the month from June 20th through September 19th.
Family-friendly event with balloon sculptor, face painting, live music and classic car commentary. Trophy awarded each night.
Visit Daily Herald Cruise Night's facebook page for more information and photos from previous events.
Park on Park
469 N. Seymour Ave
Mundelein, Ill., 60060
5-9 p.m., second Wednesday of the month from May 9 through September 12.
Specializing in pre-1977 vehicles only, the 18th annual Park on Park features top car award and different themes.
Visit http://www.parkonpark.org/ for more info.
Zion's 1st Wednesday Night Cruise
1 Lake Front Drive, Zion, Ill., 60099
First Wednesday of the month, except no show July 4, and the May 2 show got postponed to May 16; June 6, August 1, September 5.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, clubs welcome. Meal packages available at the hotel, as well as discounts on outdoor grilled food. Giveaways, dash plaques and top vehicle awards.
Visit BGV Motorsports for more.
Antioch 2nd and 4th Thursday Night Cruise
Cuda's Bar & Grill
27045 Grass Lake Rd, Antioch, IL 60002
Every second and fourth Thursday of the month
All vehicles and clubs are welcome. Visit their facebook page for more information.
Barrington Cruise Night
208 S. Cook St., Barrington, IL 60010
Fifteenth season of this free cruise night, with themes ranging from Orphans to Corvettes.
Every Thursday from June 7 through August 30.
All vehicles and clubs are welcome. Visit http://www.barrington-il.gov/whats-new/upcoming-events/-curm-6/-cury-2017 for more information.
Frankfort Car Club Cruise Night
Intersection of Kansas and White Streets
Downtown Frankfort, Ill., 60423
First organized in 1976, this themed cruise night requesting food pantry donations runs every Thursday night from May 17 through September 13, 2018 (no event 8/30).
Visit Frankfort Car Club or contact Larry Loven (708)519-0115 for more information.
Geneva Classic Car Show
Kane County Courthouse Parking Lot
100 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134
6-8 p.m. July and August
Car collectors show off their chrome while the audience dances to music from the 50s and votes on favorite make and model.
Visit http://www.genevachamber.com/classic_car_show.php for more information.
Mama and Me Pizzeria, 18219 Dixie Highway,
Homewood, Ill., 60430
6-8 p.m., first meet up is May 17 check calendar linked below.
Free barbeque for drivers, trophies for best car, live music. Visit http://www.southsidecruisers.com/for more information.
Vintage Rides Night
129 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
6-9 p.m. every Friday through August 31
From Ford Model Ts to Tesla Model Ss, this family-friendly show is a party in downtown Wheaton, with DJs, food and fun.
Visit Downtown Wheaton for more information.
Friday Night Cruise In at The Lodge on 64
41W379 Rt. 64
6-9 p.m., every Friday through September 28
Top vehicle awards and gift certificate giveaways make this show a bit more competitve and flashy. Car, truck and motorcycle clubs welcome.
Visit BGV Motorsports for more information.
Meadows Cruise Night
Meadows Christian Fellowship
2401 Kirchoff Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
5-8 p.m., every Friday, May 25 through September 7.
Family-friendly event with grilled food, ice cream and themes.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/meadowscruisenights/ for more information and photos from previous events.
Lombard Cruise Nights
Near St. Charles and Main streets
6-10 p.m. June 9 through August 25
Live music complement classic cars at this family-friendly cruise night that is in its 19th year. The third year of Kids Corner offers a free craft or game from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Visit Village of Lombard for more information.
Lowell Lions Club Mill Street Car Cruise
Lowell, Ind., at Mill Street and Commerical Ave
5-9 p.m., first Saturday of the month through October
Visit https://www.facebook.com/lowelllionsclub/ for more information.
Morris Cruise Night
47 E. Washington St., Morris IL 60450
6-9 p.m., second Saturday of the month, June 9 through October 13
Entering its 17th season and moving from Mondays to Saturdays, the Morris Cruise Night is one of the largest charitbale events in the Grundy County area, according to organizers. The monthly meet up draws hundreds of classic cars and thousands of spectators. Donations welcome, door prizes available.
Visit http://www.morriscruisenight.com/ for more information.
BluesMobile Cruise Nights
Mt. Prospect Metra commuter lot
Southwest corner of Northwest Highway and Rte. 83 in downtown Mount Prospect, IL
6-9 p.m., every Saturday starting May 12 through late September
Visit https://www.facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights for more information.
Celebrating its 13th anniversary in 2018, BluesMobile Cruise Nights offers classic cars, live music, giveaways and themes ranging from emergency vehicle night to 70s and 80s night. Opening weekend features a Mothers Car Wax promotion.
Saturday Night Cruise Night at Gus's Drive-In
3131 Main St, East Troy, WI 53120
4-9 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day
Visit http://www.gussdrivein.com/cruisenights.php or cal (262)642-2929 for more information.
Gus's Drive-In is a throwback drive-in restaurant steeped in classic car decor. Music, custard, grilled items and featured ice cream flavors such as Drumstick are part of the experience.
Two alternating locations: The Promenade, Bolingbrook (5/6, 7/1, 9/2) and Arboretum, South Barrington (6/3, 8/5)
First Saturday of the month 4-9 p.m. through Labor Day
Open to anything, from classics to exotics.
Rise & Drive
Collectors' Car Garage
Rear lot, 2500 W. Bradley, Chicago, Ill., 60618
8-11 a.m., first Sunday of the month through October 7, 2018.
Housed at the Collectors' Car Garage for its fifth year, Rise & Drive features supercars, exotics, muscle cars and collectors, as well as free coffee and available food trucks.
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