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Cruise nights, cars shows planned throughout McHenry County

The front of Crystal Lake resident Bob Armstrong's 1939 Ford Cabrolet at Green Street Cruise Night in McHenry Monday June 20, 2011.
The front of Crystal Lake resident Bob Armstrong's 1939 Ford Cabrolet at Green Street Cruise Night in McHenry Monday June 20, 2011.

This time of the year, I get the same questions over and over.

When are you going to do the cruise night/car ahow schedule? When are you doing that “A” list thing you do every year? How come you haven’t run the 2015 Hot Rod and Custom Car listing yet?

Well the wait is over, I’ve put together what I think is the most comprehensive cruise night and car show schedule for the Northwest Herald readership area for the upcoming summer months. So whether you own a cool collector ride or just enjoy looking at them, save this article. Attach it to the front of your refrigerator. It’s your road map to summer car fun. And if you see me and my Deuce roadster at some car happening this summer, make sure you say hello.

Cruise Night Schedule:

Monday

Green Street Cruise Night, 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 through Sept. 28, the city municipal parking lot on Green Street just off Route 120 in downtown McHenry. McHenry County's largest weekly cruise night. Information: www.letiziafinancial.com/events or 815-728-0404.

Motor Mondays Cruise Night, 5 to 9 p.m. beginning June 1, River Street north of Route 72, East Dundee. Information: http://heyevent.com/event/646407725505973/2015-motor-mondays-east-dundee-il-cruise-night-returns.

Tuesday

Offsides Bar & Grill Cruise Nights, 6 to 9 p.m. through end of August, 680 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. Information: 815-334-8700.

Broken Oar Cruise Nights, 4 to 9 p.m., Broken Oar Restaurant, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Cary. Information: www.brokenoar.com or 847-639-9468.

Culver's Cruise In, 6 to 9 p.m. the fourth Tuesdays of the month through September, 645 N. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Information: 847-540-6700 or http://bgvmotorsports.com.

Wauconda Main Street Cruise Night, 6 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesdays of the month through September, on Main Street between Route 176 and Bangs Street, Wauconda. Information: http://bgvmotorsports.com.

Wednesday

Cary Cruise Nights, 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 3 through Aug. 26, on West Main Street in downtown Cary. The longest running summer cruise night in McHenry County. The theme for opening night is “Dust Off.” Information: www.carygrovechamber.com.

Main Street Cruise Night, 6 p.m. first Wednesdays of the month through September, downtown Lake Zurich. Information: carshowscruisenights.com/lakezurich.

Thunder Road Cruise Night, 4 to 9 p.m., the Pizza House, 4216 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg. This is a big car hangout for the Northern Illinois Streeters Car Club and always has lots of cool rides, as well as good food. Information: www.facebook.com/pizzahouse1 or 815-759-1682.

Park on Park Cruise Night, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month through Sept. 9, Park and Seymour streets, Mundelein. For pre-1977 classic cruisers only. Information: www.parkonpark.com or 847-710-4629.

Marengo Cruise Nights, 5 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 28, Joe’s Place, 19716 E. Grant Highway, Marengo. Information: www.joesplacemarengo.com/events or 815-568-2500.

Thursday

Harvard Chevy Cruise Nights, 6 to 8 p.m. May 21 and every other Thursday, the Harvard Chevrolet, Buick & GMC dealership, 333 S. Division St., Harvard. Food and beverages free to participants. All years and model vehicles are welcomed to attend, weather permitting. Information: 815-382-2887.

Huntley Cruise Nights, 5 to 9 p.m. every other week June 4 through Sept. 24, Rookies All American Pub & Grill, 12220 Princeton Drive, Huntley. All makes and model rides welcome. Information: www.carcruisechicago.com or 847-669-8604.

Barrington Cruise Nights, 6:30 p.m. weekly May 28 through Aug. 27, Harris Bank parking lot on South Cook Street just south of Lake–Cook Road in downtown Barrington. This marks the 12th year for this fantastic event. I love it because it draws lots of exotic rides such as Ferraris and Aston Martins. It’s wise to arrive early, as this is a very popular cruise night. Information: www.barrington.il.gov or 847-304-3400.

Friday

Richmond Cruise Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. weekly May 29 to Aug. 28, Dog N Suds Drive-In, 11015 Route 12, Richmond. You can go back in time at this restored 1950s-style drive-in restaurant. If you want know how it felt to hang out at a real drive-in eatery back in the day, this is the cruise night for you. Information: www.richmonddognsuds.com/cruisers.html.

“Fast N Furious” Cruise Nights, 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday through September, on Hancock Street starting at Paulees Pizza in downtown Wonder Lake. The Road Knights Car Club of Wonder Lake's weekly evening get-together. This is one very neat car gathering. DJ Rudy the K plays tunes from the good old days. Information: 815-388-2759.

Fradillio’s Hot Dogs Cruise Nights, 6 to 9 p.m. weekly June 5 through September, 2321 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin. Lots of cars and great food.

McCrusin Nights, 5 to 10 p.m. weekly, McDonald’s, 4411 W. Elm St., McHenry. Information: 815-344-1377.

Saturday

RU 2’s Saturday Morning Cruise-In, 8 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, Restorations Unlimited 2, 304 Jandus Road, Cary. This is a super place to hang out on Saturday mornings if you’re a car lover. One can never tell what type of vintage rides will be in the RU2 shop for a restoration. If you want to see what true automotive craftsmen can do with a rusty automotive relic, this is it.

Millers Dog ‘n’ Suds Cruise Nights, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 517 Washington St., Ingleside. Voted one of the top five cruise night spots in the entire Chicagoland area by Car Craft magazine, this location has been a favorite with the hot rod and custom car crowd since 1967. Information: 847-587-6808.

Car Show Schedule

May 24

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Waukegan North Shore Chapter AACA and the Volo Auto Museum present the 50th annual Car Show, Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. Information: 847-295-6996 or www.volocars.com.

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – The Indy 500. This is the 99th Indy, and we all live just a few hours’ drive away. If you’ve never attended, what are you waiting for? When those 33 race cars go past you at full song, well, all I can say is sound alone is worth the price of admission. Information: www.Indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

May 31

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Strut Your Stuff Corvette and Chevy Car Show, Martin Chevrolet, 5220 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Hosted by the Sunburst Corvette Club. Information: www.sunburstcorvetteclub.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Inaugural Spring Classic Rod & Custom Car Show, Joe’s Place, 19716 Grant St., Marengo. Information: Call Tony at 847-515-8110 or Bill at 773-491-2354.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cruisin’ Eatery Car Show, 11 Galligan Road, 1.5 miles west of Randall Road on Route 72, Gilberts. Information: www.cruisinggilberts.com.

June 6

3 to 8 p.m. – Cruisin’ Into Summer “Twilight” Car Show, State Street in downtown Hampshire.

June 7

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Skip's “Reunion” Car Show & Swap Meet, McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstoc. First year in its new location. Information: 630-340-4744 or www.skipsusa.net.

June 21

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Algonquin Commons Fathers Day Car Show, 1900 S. Randall Road, Algonquin. Show vehicle parking only in the lot behind Gordmans. Information: 224-587-6803.

June 27

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 15th annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, Tom Peck Ford of Huntley, 13900 Automall Drive, Huntley. Information: www.oldride.com.

June 28

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Niko’s Red Mill Tavern Car Show, 1040 Lake Ave., Woodstock. Information: Call Tony at 847-515-8110.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Rock Chevrolet's third annual Car Show, 1000 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake. Information: 847-752-6190.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Fourth annual Randall Roadhouse Car, Truck and Cycle Show, Randall Road House, 2267 Randall Road, Carpentersville. Information: www.oldride.com or 847-836-3300.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Mopars at the Park Car Show, Veterans Park, 301 S. Route 59, Fox Lake. Information: Jim at 224-688-4352 or chicagolandmopar.com/event.

July 4

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mundelein Community Days Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, Santa Maria Church Parking Lot, West Crystal Street and Route 45, Mundelein. Information: 847-235-6528 or http://bgvmotorsports.com.

July 5

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Gilberts Days Car/Cycle Show, Route 72 and Galligan Road, Gilberts. Information: 224-587-6803 or www.crusinggilberts.com.

July 9-12

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. – 18th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet. Information: www.route66raceway.com.

July 11

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hib Reber Memorial Car Show, 701 W. Second St., Byron. Information: www.byronfest.org.

July 12

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 32d annual Fiesta Days Car Show, Petersen Park, 4300 Peterson Park Blvd., McHenry. Information: www.nilsra.com or 847-385-4838.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Free Heritage Day’s Car Show, 6422 Main St., between Routes 20 and 176 off Union Road, Union.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 11th annual Cars that Time Forgot Car Show, Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wisconsin. Information: www.carstimeforgot.com.

July 17-19

Sixth annual Meltdown Drags, Byron Dragway in Byron. Huge three-day, old-school drag racing. Information: www.meltdowndrags.com.

July 19
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 18th annual Made in the USA Classic Car Show, Gary Lang Auto Group, 1107 S. Route 31, McHenry. Information: www.garylangatup.com or 815-385-2100.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Skip's Car Show & Swap meet, McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Information: 630-340-4744 or www.skipsusa.net.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Belvidere Mopar Happening Car Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere. Information: Il.-cmcrvc@comcast.net.

July 26

6 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Turning Back Time Car Show, downtown Sycamore. Information: www.turningbacktimecarshow.com or 815-762-3535.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sixth annual Chicagoland All Wheel Show – North, Gale Street Inn, 935 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein. Information: 847-235-6528 or bgvmotorsports.com.

Aug. 1-2
6 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 30th annual Summer Elkhorn, Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Information: www.madisonclassics.com.

Aug. 9

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 35th annual Suds & Fun Car Show, 400 E. Jefferson St., Hampshire. This fantastic car gathering is hosted by the Early Times Street Rod Club of Northern Illinois and packs in right around 1,000 of the finest rods, customs and street machines anywhere. Information: www.sudsandfun.com, Don at 847-502-2635 or Cory at 847-772-4859.

Aug. 15

2 to 5 p.m. – Marengo Music Fest & Show and Shine Car Show, Franks Road, east of Marengo High School. Information: www.marengo-union.com or 815-568-6680.

Aug. 16

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Freebie Run, Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park road, McHenry. 40th annual event hosted by North Shore Rods. Information: www.northshorerods.com.

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Fradillio’s Car Show, 2321 Algonquin Road, Algonquin. Information: Sal, 847-854-5500.

Aug. 30

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Eighth annual Cruisin’ For the Kids Car Show, Grayslake. Information: 224-231-4080.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cruisin’ Eatery Car Show, 11 Galligan Road, 1.5 miles west of Randall Road on Route 72, Gilberts.

Sept. 6
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Skip's Car Show and Swap Meet, McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Information: 630-340-4744 or www.skipusa.com.

Sept. 12

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Seventh annual Meadowdale, Motorsports and Memories Car Show, Raceway Woods, Route 31 and Huntley Road, Carpentersville. Information: www.mirpa.org.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hot Rods for Huntington Disease, Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. Information: hottods4hd@gmail.com or 847-529-3375.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Community Car Show, 300 S. Pathway Court, Crystal Lake. Hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church & School. Information: www.facebook.com/events/316464408448413.

Sept. 13
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Lakemoor Charity Car Show, Morrison Park, Lakemoor. Information: 847-970-0669.

Sept. 19

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Second annual Car Show & Hot Dog Festival, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1320 Dean St., Woodstock. Rain date Sept. 26. Information: carshowrlwc.org or 815-338-9370.

Sept. 20

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – VW-FEST 2015, 5213 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Information: www.nivaclub.org.

Sept. 25-27

6 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 38th annual Fall Jefferson, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, Wisconsin. Information: www.madisonclassics.com.

Oct. 3

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Iron Invasion Traditional Rod, Custom Show & Cycle Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, 1050 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Information: www.ironinvasion.com.

Oct. 4

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cruisin’ Eatery Car Show, 11 Galligan Road, 1.5 miles west of Randall Road on Route 72, Gilberts. Information: www.cruisinggilberts.com.

Oct. 17

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Third annual Howl & Scream Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, Platinum Autobody, 31223 N. Route 12, Volo. Information: 847-235-6528 or http://bgvmotorsports.com.

Nov. 21- 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont. Information: www.musclecarandcorvettenationals.com.

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