A summer staple, cruise nights begin rolling into McHenry County communities

A summer staple, car shows begin to roll into local communities

Collector cars and motorcycles fill Nikos’ Tavern parking lot in 2017 during the eatery's annual summer car show in Woodstock. This year, the car show will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24.
Collector cars and motorcycles fill Nikos’ Tavern parking lot in 2017 during the eatery's annual summer car show in Woodstock. This year, the car show will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24.

This is the Wheels section all car enthusiasts in the Northwest Herald’s readership area have been waiting for. Get your scissors and your fridge magnets out and ready to hang it on the ol’ “ice box.” The following is a list I have compiled of all the Cruise Nights and car shows I know about. Remember to check the event’s website or phone numbers to make sure the event is taking place as listed. Many times, weather will force an event cancellation or reschedule, so always double check.

Some new cruise nights have been added this year, as well as new locations for old favorites. If you don’t see your event listed, visit PlanitNorthwest.com, then select +Add Event and your submission will be added to the 2018 Northwest Herald Cruise Night & Car Show schedule. It’s that easy.


The one and only Green Street Cruise Night returns from 5 and 9 p.m. every Monday from June 4 to Aug. 6 on Green Street in downtown McHenry. The “big one” is the largest weekly cruise night in McHenry County. So grab your camera and friends, and head on over. You’ll be glad you did. Information: 815-728-0404.


New this year is Algonquin Mall’s Tuesday Cruise Night, which runs from May 15 to Sept. 11. This should be a good one, too, as there is lots of parking available. The show goes from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the mall, 1900 S. Randall Road, Algonquin. Information: rudyk@global.net.

Feast your eyes on classic cars during Broken Oar Cruise Nights, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. The shows run from May 15 and through September. Information: www.brokenoar.com or 815-762-7535.

A new addition this year is the Johnsburg Cruise Night at the Johnsburg Moose Lodge No. 691, 3535 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg. Shows run from May 15 through Sept. 4. Be there for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. opening day. Information: Spider, 815-482-5304 or mooseriders691@gmail.com.

The first Wauconda Cruise Night of the season will be from 5 to 9 p.m. June 19 on Main Street in Wauconda. Additional dates are July l7, Aug. 2 and Sept. 18. Information: www.waucondacruisenight.com.


This event is cruise night royalty. The oldest and longest running cruise night in McHenry County belongs to the city of Cary. The Cary Cruise Night shows go from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning June 6 on West Main Street in downtown Cary. This is a really neat, old school angle parking event, so get there early. There are great restaurants in the downtown area, so attendees have plenty of food to nosh on. Information: 847-639-2800 or www.carygrovechamber.com.

Thunder Road Cruise Night at the Pizza House, 4216 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg. Weekly shows go from 4 to 9 p.m. Information: 815-579-2682.

Park on Park Mundelein Cruise Night goes from 5 to 9 p.m. at Seymour and Park streets in downtown Mundelein. Dates are June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Information: www.parkonpark.com.


The McHenry County Living Crystal Lake Car Show has a new location this year, Park Place, 406 Woodstock St., at the corner of Woodstock and Oak streets in Crystal Lake. The show goes from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month starting June 7 and running through Oct. 4. This new location offers many more parking spots than last year. Information: sales@mchenrycountyliving.com or 815-900-8522.

Barrington Thursday Night Cruise Nights go from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Harris Bank parking lot on Cook Street in downtown Barrington. Information: 847-304-3400.


A new show this year is the “Flaming Friday” Cruise Nights at Kabob’s, 551 S. Eighth St. (Route 3l) in West Dundee. The show goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Information: 847-551-8888.

Richmond Friday Night Cruise Night goes from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays from June 1 through August at the Richmond Fire Department, 5601 Hunter Drive and Route 12, Richmond. Information: 815-790-7146.


Saturday Morning “Coffee & Cars” Cruise In goes from 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month at Restorations Unlimited, 304 Jandus Road, Cary. This is a great way to start the first Saturday of each month. This show offers cool rides and an opportunity to see vintage collector cars being restored. Also, great collector car rap sessions. Information: 847-639-5818.


May 31-June 3 – Route 66 Nationals at 5000 Speedway Blvd. in Joliet. The best summer national drag racing event, period! Information: www.route66nationals.com.


June 3-6 – Annual Gilberts Community Days Car Show, Town Park, Route 72 and Center Drive, Gilberts. Host DJ will be Rudy K. Information: Rudy Kay, 224-587-6803 or rudyk@global.net.

June 9 – Scrap Drive No. 9, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere. Rod & Custom Show and Swap Meet featuring 1965 and older cars, trucks & bikes. Information: www.thescrapedrive.com.

June 23 – 18th annual Tom Peck Ford Charity Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, Tom Peck Ford, 13900 Automall Drive, Huntley. Information: Steve at 847-235-6528.

June 24 – Wauconda Car Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda. Show car registration fee: $15. Trophy presentation at 3:30 p.m. Information: http://waucondaparks.org.

June 24 – Nikko’s Red Mill Tavern Car Show, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 1040 Lake Ave., Woodstock. Information: Tony, www.tjklassics.com or 847-515-8220.


July 8 – Heritage Fair Car Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Union. Information: Tony at 847-515-8220.

July 15 – 35th annual Fiesta Days Car Show. 8:30 a.m., Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry. Information: www.fiestadayscarshow.com.

July 21 – Downtown Huntley Car Show, next to the Farmer’s Market on Church Street. Information: www.oldride.com.

July 21-22 – Mopar Happening Car Show and Swap Meet, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere. Information: crnrvc@comcast.net or 815-544-3147.

July 22 – Gary Lang’s 21st annual Made in the USA Classic Car Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gary Lang Auto Group campus on Route 31 in McHenry. Information: garylangautogroup.com.

July 29 – Richmond-Spring Grove 13th annual Charity Auto Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scot Forge/Intermatic parking lot, Route 12 and Winn Road, Spring Grove. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Information: www.rsgchamber.com or 815-403-5155.

July 29 – Turning Back Time Car Show, downtown Sycamore. The 2017 Grand Champion “Best of Show” winner was “too tall” Don Wallin of Cary with his stunning 1949 Mercury full custom. This is a huge car show and one you should try not to miss. Gates open from 6 a.m., registration begins at 7 a.m., opening ceremony is at noon and awards are presented at 3 p.m. Information: www.turningbacktimecarshow.com or turnbacktime@2012.com.

July 29 – First Heritage Woods Assisted Living Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2450 Regency Parkway, Huntley. There is only room for 45 cars and this is an invite-only show. Information: Tony at 847-515-8110 orwww.tjklassics.com.


Aug. 10-12 – Indian Uprising (all Pontiac car show), Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 Main St., St. Charles. Information: kenarena@att.net or 773-766-7514.

Aug. 12 – Suds and Fun annual Rod Run, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sheyller Park, Hampshire. Information: lindaquirin@yahoo.com or708-278-6944.


Sept. 9 – Lakemoor Charity Car Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Morrison Park, 110 S. Lakeshore Drive, Lakemoor. Information: Ralph at 847-970-0669.

Sept. 28 – 10th annual Meadowdale Race Woods Car Show, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Raceway Woods County Forest Preserve, 3535 Spring Road, Carpentersville. Entrance just off Route 31. Information: Linda Daro, 847-421-2891 or www.mirpa.org.

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