Ready, set, cruise: Complete list of McHenry County cruise nights

The ‘‘A” List is here.

Yep, this is the issue of the Northwest Herald every car lover I know in McHenry County has been looking for. The one that has the all the info that collector car types have been asking me about since the snow started to fly in November of last year.

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And because good ol’ Mom Nature decided she would stretch winter out a little longer than usual this year, it made the advent of the 2014 Cruise Night and Car Show season information seem somehow unattainable.

So without further ado, I present to you the 2014 Cruise Night and Car Show schedule, featuring all the most popular events that everyone has asked for.

Cut it out, stick it on your refrigerator or tool box and remember summer is short, so get your hot rod, custom car, antique, rat rod, muscle car, race car, classic and motorcycle out of the garage and drive it.

Drive it to one of the many gigs I’ve listed or just cruise the back roads of our beautiful county.

In short, do what my old car buddy and super DJ Dave Palmer from 3D Sound Co. in Dixon, Illinois, always says, “Put some wind through the radiator!”

2014 Summer Cruise Night and Car Show Schedule.

Cruise Night Schedule


Green Street Cruise Night: The biggest weekly attended event in the county takes place in the city of McHenry. The first night of the season starts June 9. Times are 6 to 8 p.m. Location is the city municipal parking lot on Green Street off Route 120 in downtown McHenry. A word to the wise, the parking lot fills up way before the official 6 p.m. starting time, so get there early!

Motor Monday Cruise Night: From 5 p.m. until sunset. The hot spot is the Depot in downtown East Dundee, tons of way-cool rides.


Broken Oar Cruise Night: Fun location, great food and is one of the longest running Cruise Nights anywhere. Times are 7 to 9 p.m. Location is the Broken Oar Restaurant, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Cary.

A new Cruise Night this year will take place at Woodstock’s Offsides Sports Bar and Grill between 6 and 9 p.m. Location is Offsides Sports Bar and Grill, 680 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock.


The Cruise Night that has been running the longest in McHenry County happens in the city of Cary. The location is in the downtown area right off Route 14 (Northwest Highway) times are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Weekly themed cars are judged and awards given out. This event always draws lots of heavy-hitting street machines and street rods. Kick off night is June 4 with live music.

The second Wednesday of the month starting in May sees the “Park On Park” Cruise Night start in Mundelein. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dates this year are June 11, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. Location is Park Street southeast of U.S. Route 45 and 176. Pre-1977 vehicles only.

If you want great pizza and stunning cars then check out the Pizza House “Thunder Road” Cruise Night in Johnsburg. This is kind of a hot spot hangout for lots of members of the Northern Illinois Streeters Car Club, so there are always cool cars to look at. Times are 4 to 9 p.m. and the location is 4216 N. Johnsburg Road.

By the time you read this, Joe’s Place Cruise Nights in Marengo will have already started. This is a great car gathering, so make sure you attend this show this summer. Times are 6 to 9 p.m. and the location is Joe’s Place, 19716 E, Grant Highway (Route 20) in Marengo.


Cruise Night at Maverick’s & Chi-Town Dogs. Times are 6 to 9 p.m. Location is 2051 W. Maple Ave, Mundelein.

Rookies of Huntley Cruise Night. Times: 5 to 9 p.m. Location is 12220 Princeton Drive, Huntley


If you want that true old-time Cruise Night atmosphere, head for Richmond. The spot to be is the Dog ‘n’ Suds on U.S. Highway 12. Starting May 30 and running every Friday night through August, the event in this restored 1950s vintage eatery makes you feel like your back in the day. Times are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Another great Cruise Night that has been going on for years takes place at Fradillio’s Hot Dogs, 2321 W. Algonquin Road (Route 62), Algonquin. Times are 6 to 9 p.m.

McCruisin’ Nights happens between 5 and 10 p.m. at the McHenry McDonald’s, located at 4411 W. Elm St in McHenry.


RU2’s Saturday Morning Cruise In; that’s right, Saturday morning not evening. The location is Restorations Unlimited II’s shop in Cary, located at 304 Jandus Road. Times are 8 a.m. to noon. This is a great location for a Cruise. You get to check out the latest rides that the craftsmen are working on and see a lot of great cars and talk to dyed in the wool gearheads. Plus, you’ll have time to attend a Cruise Night later in the day.

Miller’s Dog ‘n’ Suds Drive-In Cruise Night is the spot to be on Saturday nights, period! Tons of the finest rides anywhere on the planet, super-cool location, great food, car lovers all over the place and it’s been taking place, I think, forever. Not only that, this gig has been picked by Car Craft Magazine as one of the top five cruise hangouts in the entire Chicago area. Location is Rollins Road and Washington Street in Ingleside. It takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Location is 517 Washington St., Ingleside.


Breakfast Club Cruise-Held at the Volo Auto Museum. Dates are June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. Times are 9 to11 a.m. Free coffee and doughnuts, half off museum admission, limited to the first 150 people. Location is 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo.

Car Show Schedule

June 15: North Shore Corvette 14th Annual Fathers’ Day Charity Car Show. Times: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Libertyville Chevrolet, 1001 S. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville.

June 26-29: O’Reily Route 66 NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Nationals. Times: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Route 66 Raceway (Drag Strip) Joliet.

June 29: Fourth Annual Randall Road House Car Show. Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location:: 2267 Randall Road, Carpentersville.

July 5: Voodoo-A-Go-Go (Traditional Custom, Hot Rod, Muscle Car & Motorcycle Show (Pre-1975 vehicles only) Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo.

July 12: Muscles for Muscles Car Show. Times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock.

July 12: Hib Reber Memorial Car Show. Times: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Second and Grant Street , Byron.

July 13: 31st Annual Fiesta Days Car Show.Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Petersen Park, McHenry.

July 13: The Cars Time Forget Car Show. Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wisconsin.

July 18-19-20: Melt Down Drags (Vintage drag racing) Gates open 8 a.m. Location: Byron Drag Strip, 7287 N. River Road, Byron.

July 19: Wheels Festival Car Show. Times 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove.

July 19 & 20: 24th Annual Belvidere Mopar Happening. Times: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere.

July 20: Annual Gary Lang Car Show. Times 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Gary Lang Auto Group, 1107 S. Route 31, McHenry.

July 27: Cruisin’ On 72 Car Show. Times: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Cruisin’ Great Food & Spirits-Route 72 and Galligan Road, Gilberts

July 27: Richmond/Spring Grove Annual Charity Auto Show. Times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Scot Forge corner of Route 12 and Winn Road, Spring Grove

July 27: 15th Annual Turning Back Time Car Show. Times: 5:30 a.m.- to 3 p.m. Location: Downtown Sycamore.

Aug. 2 & 3: 29th Annual Summer Elkhorn Car Show, Swap Meet, Cars for Sale Corral. Times: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Aug. 3: Illinois Railway Museum Annual Transport Extravaganza in Union, Illinois

Aug. 9: 14th Annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show. Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Tom Peck Ford, Huntley.

Aug. 16: Spring Green Car Show. Times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Downtown Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Sept. 1: Skip’s Car Show & Swap Meet. Times: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: New Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Petersen Road, Grayslake.

Sept. 6 & 7: Jalopy Fest V (Traditional Hot Rod & Custom Car Show). Times; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Grundy County Speedway, Morris.

Sept. 6: Illinois Secretary of State 65th Annual Vehicle Show. Times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Second Street and Capitol Avenue, (Downtown) Springfield.

Sept. 7: Corvette and Chevy Car Show. (Hosted by Sun Burst Corvette Club.)Times 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Martin Chevrolet, 5220 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake.

Sept. 12-14: NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend (Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, Sprint Cup Series) Location-: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois.

Sept. 13: Second Annual Hot Rods for Huntington’s Disease Car Show. Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 27582 Volo Village Road. Volo.

Sept. 20: Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories Car Show. Times: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Meadowdale Raceway Woods, Route 31 and Huntley Road, Carpentersville.

Sept. 21: 38th Annual Beloit Autorma. Times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 3444 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wisconsin.

Sept. 26: 37th Annual Fall Jefferson Car Show, Swap Meet. Times: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Oct. 12: 28th Annual Morris Lions Club Fall Classic Car Show. Times: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Lyondell Basell Recreation Area, 5 miles East of Morris on East Route 6 at 8805 N. Tabler Road, Morris. (Rain date is Oct. 19.)

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