As originally published in Daily Herald.
It’s time to pull your classic car out of the garage, polish that puppy up and get ready to show it off at a variety of Cruise Nights across the ‘burbs. There’s hardly a spring or summer evening when you can’t find a car show somewhere, but here’s just a few to help rev up any auto enthusiast.
• More than 40 vehicles from almost every era will be on display when Lake Zurich Cruise Night returns from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, on Main Street from Old Rand Road to Church Street in downtown. The displays continue on the first Wednesday of every month through October — except for July. If the cars aren’t enough, a DJ is on hand to spin nostalgic sounds. Trophies are awarded for spectator choice, along with automobile trivia and raffle prizes. Info: lakezurich.org.
Bluesmobile Cruise Nights, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club and Downtown Merchants Association, returns from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, May through August, in the Metra lot at Route 83 and Northwest Highway. Info: mpdma.com.
• Lombard is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Cruise Nights, which operate from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 through Aug. 25, in downtown. Concerts are scheduled each evening, with the exception of July 7, beginning with a performance by Strata — playing hits from the ’50s through ’70s June 9. A Kids Corner on South Park Avenue features activities for youngsters who may not yet be fascinated by all that chrome. Info: villageoflombard.org/cruisenights.
• Cary sponsors its Cruise Nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning with Dust Off All Cars night June 6 and continuing through Aug. 15. Hours are slightly shorter — 6 to 8 p.m. — on Aug. 22 and 29. Vehicles are displayed along Main Street in downtown. The free event is sponsored by the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Info: carygrovechamber.com.
• The Downtown Wheaton Association sponsors Vintage Rides, a display of classic cars, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, May 18 through Aug. 31, along Hale Street, between Liberty and Willow streets. A DJ spins tunes and there’s a different theme each week, starting with Welcome Back Night. Info: downtownwheaton.com.
• You can check out antiques, custom builds, sports and muscle cars at the Geneva Classic Car Show from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in July and August in the courthouse parking lot at Fourth and James streets. It’s free and there’s music of the ’50s and more. Info: genevachamber.com.
• Different cars are featured each week, but there’s always plenty of food and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June through August, in the BMO Harris Bank parking lot on South Cook Street in Barrington. Info: barrington-il.gov.
• Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget Stratford Square Cruise Nights, presented by Stratford Square Mall, the Daily Herald and Wild One Harley-Davidson, 152 Stratford Square in Bloomingdale. Shows run from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20, July 20, Aug. 18, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 and feature classic cars and motorcycles, along with plenty of food and a beer garden. It’s free, and the owners of the first 200 participating cars get a gift bag. Two prizes are awarded at each show from Daily Herald classic car columnist Matt Avery and Stratford Square.
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