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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.