Car show calendar

  • The British Car Festival, now in its 33rd year, returns to Harper College on Sunday, Sept. 8. More than 500 classic British cars are expected to be on display.

    The British Car Festival, now in its 33rd year, returns to Harper College on Sunday, Sept. 8. More than 500 classic British cars are expected to be on display. Courtesy of the British Car Festival

Posted8/9/2019 6:01 AM

Shows, events

Aug. 9, 10 & 11: 2019 Indian Uprising, Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St., St. Charles. Back for the 29th year. Join the Cruisin' Tigers for the largest all Pontiac charitable event put on by a car club in the world. With over 600 Pontiacs expected and activities all weekend long. Vendors, food and the Friday night movie. On Saturday, feature car only event with awards and the Mega Cruise-in. Sunday, over 150 awards in two classes: 1926-1981 and 1982-2009. For details, visit


Saturday, Aug. 10: Harley Fest of Illinois, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. at Vasa Park, off Route 31 in South Elgin. Motorcycles, vendors, bands, food, drinks and more. Raffle tickets, $20, to win a 2019 Harley Davidson; buy tickets at Fox River Harley-Davidson. Free admission.

Saturday, Aug. 10: Fourth annual North Avenue Car Show, Bartlett. Three blocks adjacent to adjacent to Bartlett Park, 102 N. Eastern Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome. Registration, 8 a.m.-noon. Awards at 2:30 p.m. Register online at 27 custom-made trophies. Live music by the Belvederes, noon. $6 All U Can Eat Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Preregistration: $20 by Aug. 6. Day of show, $25. All proceeds go to Ignite the Courage, a nonprofit organization created by Bartlett firefighters to provide resources and inspiration for neighbors in need within the community.

Saturday, Aug. 10: The AAA Vernon Hills Car Care Plus Charity Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, 1680 N. Milwaukee Ave. $15 entry fee. All entry fees and event donations to benefit the Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation. Gates open at 9 a.m. Registration is 10 a.m. until noon. Awards at 2:45 p.m. Dash plaques and goody bags to first 75 vehicles and 35 awards. Enjoy lunch for purchase by Max's Dawg House, music, vendors, and giveaways. For details, visit or call (847) 235-6528.

Sunday, Aug. 11: Annual Gurnee Days Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Viking Park. Vehicles to take Grand Avenue to Kilbourne Road and Kilbourne Road to Emerald Avenue (follow the car show signs). Grass parking available. Gates open at 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. -- noon, with awards at 2:45 p.m. Entry fee $15. Dash plaques for first 100 vehicles and 40 awards. Proceeds to benefit the Gurnee American Legion Post 771. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, music, food and beverage vendors, community vendors, family activities and a carnival. For details, visit or call (847) 235-6528.

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Aug. 14-18: National Impala Association Convention, Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St., St. Charles. NIA features Chevrolet's finest full-size cars built between 1958 to present, as well as Canadian Pontiacs. For details, visit

Saturday, Aug 17: Cops n' Rodders Charity Cruise Night, 5-9 p.m. at Gurnee Mills Mall, 6170 Grand Ave., Lot G (at Floor & Decor), sponsored by the Gurnee Fraternal Order of Police Social Lodge 266. Gates open at 4 p.m. Donations accepted for the Shop with a Cop Program of the Gurnee Police Department. Dash plaques for first 50 vehicles and three top vehicle awards. Enjoy food, music, a 50/50 raffle and prizes. For details, visit or call (847) 235-6528.

Sunday, Aug 18: Fifth annual Cuda's Bar & Grill Summer Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, 27045 Grass Lake Road, Antioch. Free show. Donations will be accepted for Lake County Haven. Gates open at 9 a.m. Breakfast and lunch is available. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon. Awards at 2:45 p.m. Dash Plaques to first 50 vehicles, 35 awards and sponsor giveaways, while supplies last. Enjoy food specials, music and an automotive-themed venue. For details, visit or call (847) 235-6528.

Sunday, Aug. 18: 28th annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Show presented by the Chicago Norton Owners Club. Hosted by MCC (Motor Cycle Center), 443 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park (three blocks west of Route 83). Open to all makes of motorcycles, foreign and domestic, 1989 and older. Show hours, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Awards at 2 p.m. in all classes. Registration, $15, is from 9-11 a.m. Spectators free. For information, call (630) 661-0607 or visit


Tuesday, Aug. 20: The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton is planning a warm welcome for more than 50 historic military vehicles and their owners as part of a two-day stop in DuPage County during the 2019 Transcontinental Motor Convoy, sponsored by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). The convoy, beginning Aug. 11 in Washington, D.C., and ending in San Francisco on Sept. 14, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army's first motor convoy across the United States in 1919 along the famed Lincoln Highway. The restored vehicles will be staged at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to come see them and interact with their owners, most of whom are veterans and collect military vehicles as a hobby.

Saturday, Aug. 24: Lake County Sheriff's inaugural Classic Car Show to Benefit Special Olympics, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by Blackdog Speed Shop, 600 Barclay Road, Lincolnshire. Shop tours, food, 50/50 raffle, Lake County Sheriff K-9 demonstration. $20 registration donation. Preregistration guarantees a spot and commemorative T-shirt. For a registration form or additional information, email

Saturday, Aug. 24: Elgin Road Race Car Show and Parade Lap celebrating the Elgin Open Wheel Road Races of 1910 to 1933, Advantara Elgin, 1950 Larkin Ave. Registration 11 a.m. Parade lap at 3:30 p.m. over the original racecourse, which is now all city streets. All makes and models welcome. Sponsored by the Model T Ford Club International, Fox Valley Chapter. For information, contact Steve Thoren, president, at (847) 840-7319.

Sunday, Aug. 25: The Geneva Concours d'Elegance in the downtown Geneva business district of historic Third Street, from State to South streets, and all environs 2nd to 5th streets. Features are STuTZ, fin-tailed cars, 100 years of the Bentley Auto Co., Allards and the 75th anniversary of the SCCA. Included in this display will be many other classics, exotics and race cars. Participants will be considered for the "Carl F. Benz" awards. Car club members, reserve your parking place soon. Open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stores and restaurants will be open so there is something for all. Donations requested for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. For information, visit or contact Patt Barrett at (630) 584-3107.

Sunday, Sept. 1: Danny Sipple Fundraiser Car Show, Hanover Park Train Station, 1975 W. Lake St., Hanover Park. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All years, makes and types of show vehicles. All proceeds from $10 entry fee will benefit Danny, who was born with spina bifida. He requires a specific type of bed, which needs to be replaced. Our goal is to get him that new bed! We will have a food truck and DJ on hand. Danny will be at the show and picking out his favorite cars to give awards. For details, visit the Facebook event page or text (224) 795-2048.

Monday, Sept. 2: Skip's Tribute Cruiser's Car Show, 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Car show at River Grove Moose Lodge, 8601 Fullerton Ave. at River Road, followed by a caravan to the original Skip's location for a photo op (next to the McDonald's, 8327 W. North Ave. at First Avenue, Melrose Park). Entry fee $15. Commemorative dash plaque to the first 50 registrants. Top 40 awards at 2:30 p.m. and door prizes. Disc jockey focusing on Chicago's top 40 songs from 1950 to '72. Showing Channel 11's documentary on Skip's inside the lodge for lunch. (Moose fundraiser. No outside food or alcohol permitted). The lodge will offer burger, brat or dog and a drink for $4. Adult beverages $2.50- $5. For more information, call (224) 587-6803.

Sunday, Sept. 8: 33rd annual Chicagoland British Car Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. One of the largest and most entertaining British car events in the U.S. More than 500 classic British cars expected to be on display and over 2,000 people will attend The festival features authentic British food, Scottish dancer entertainment, technical learning sessions, car merchandise giveaways, classic car parts vendors and the latest import car models from Great Britain. Spectator admission is free with donations encouraged for Shelter Inc., a no-profit organization dedicated to providing community-based emergency and longer-term housing for abused and neglected children. For those displaying cars, registration on-site is $25. For more information and online registration, visit

Sunday, Sept. 8: 24th annual Fierorama, celebrating the Pontiac Fiero, at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave. in St. Charles. Noon-5 p.m. More than 70 Fieros are expected, including custom, engine swaps and stock. This year's show features a salute to our U.S. military veterans. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts. For more information, visit

Sunday, Sept. 8: Greater Chicago Classic Chevy Club Charity Car Show, Mr. Beef and Pizza, 1796 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. Registration: 9 a.m.-noon. Awards: 2 p.m. to top 25 cars. All makes and models welcome. DJ, raffle, 50/50. Free to spectators. Participant judging. Portion of proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House. For information, call Joe at (847) 712-4539 or Al at (815) 347-1535.

Sunday, Sept. 8: Deerfield Area Historical Society's Vintage Car Show and Fall Festival, noon to 4 p.m. at the Deerfield Historic Village, 450 Kipling Place. Cars arrive at 11:30 a.m. This free event features activities, food, music and historic building tours. Please note that the car show is a showcase for vehicles, not a competition. For information, email Mike Cramer, or call (847) 948-0680.

Saturday, Sept. 14: Fourth annual Stallions Gate Mustang and Ford Club Car Show, Hopkins Ford, 1045 E. Chicago St., Elgin. All makes of car, truck and motorcycle welcome. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $20 gate entry includes one $5 grand prize raffle ticket. Forty awards, food vendors, music and more. All proceeds go to Operation Support Our Troops. Gates open at 8 a.m. Spectators free. For details, visit or contact Jeff Swanson,

Saturday, Sept. 14: Second annual Schaeffer Auto Body Car Show, 1100 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. Registration, $20, opens at 10 a.m. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. show. Come on out and enjoy the variety of classic and modern cars, sports, muscle, hot rods, imports, customs, works in progress. For details, email or visit Those Guys Car Club's Facebook page.

Sunday, Sept. 15: 14th annual Cantigny Car Show, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., south parking lot. Nearly 100 awards in a wide range of categories presented to owners of 400-plus vintage vehicles on display. Live entertainment by Sammy & The Knights, DJ music by Carousel Sound, plus food concessions. Register online and save $3 off the $18 registration fee Spectatord free with parking ($10). Register at

Saturday, Oct. 5: The Elburn Lions Club will host its annual Car Cruise & Steak Dinner. Cruise participants should be at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., by 2 p.m. to embark on a drive through the countryside for about 45 minutes. Participants will then visit a local engine rebuild shop, Auto Machine Inc., before returning to Elburn Lions Park where a rib-eye steak dinner with a salad bar and baked potato will be served. The dinner cost is $25 and a cash bar will be available. The deadline to register is Sept. 21. Call (630) 365-6315 or email For details, visit

Sunday, Oct. 6: The Elburn Lions will host the 26th annual All Wheels Show at Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn. Registration open from 8 a.m.- noon. $20 per vehicle at the gate or $15 preregistration before Sept. 21. There are 31 classes, participant judging and more than 65 awards to be presented. Free chili will be available while supplies last. Food will be provided by the Elburn Leos Club and a cash bar will be available in the clubhouse. Carousel Sound will provide music. Call (630) 365-6315 or email For details, visit

Cruise nights

Antioch: Second and fourth Thursday of the month through Sept. 26 at Cuda's Bar & Grill, 27045 Grass Lake Road), 6-9 p.m. Presented by BGV Motorsports. Enjoy music, food specials, giveaways, dash plaques, a Top Vehicle Award and fundraising for Lake County Haven. For details,

Barrington: Summer Fun Thursdays Cruise Nights on Cook and Station streets. 6 p.m. in downtown Barrington. Thursday Aug. 22. Barrington Bank & Trust Family Fun Zone. Each week has a theme for the cars and entertainment. More info:

Bloomingdale: Daily Herald Cruise Nights at Stratford Square Mall, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21, Sept. 18. Entertainment, food. Top pick to be featured in Matt Avery's column in the newspaper's Auto section. For details, visit

Fox Lake: Every other Monday of the month at Studio Hotrods Roadhouse, 44 South Route 12. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 5 and 19. For details, check out Studio Hotrods Roadhouse Facebook page.

Geneva: Thursdays in August, Classic Car Show, courthouse parking lot at Fourth and James streets, 6 to 8 p.m. Music and more. For information, visit

McHenry: Third Wednesday of month through Sept. 18, at Epic Deli, 2616 Schaid Court. 6-9 p.m. presented by BGV Motorsports. Enjoy music, food specials, dash plaques, a Top Vehicle Award and fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Visit

Lake Zurich: First Wednesday of the month at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, 6 to 9 p.m. May through August (September, October to be determined). For information, visit

Libertyville: Car Fun on 21, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21, Sept, 18. Live music, food from Oscar Lee's Barbeque, downtown Libertyville. For information, call (847) 680-0336 or visit

Lombard: Saturdays through Aug. 24, Cruise Nights and Summer Concerts Series, 6-10 p.m. downtown behind Splash Park on Lincoln Avenue. Music, kids activities. For details, visit

Mount Prospect: Saturdays, Bluesmobile Cruise Nights, Southeast Metra lot at Route 83 and Northwest Highway, 3-9 p.m. through Sept. 28. Sponsored by Mount Prospect Lions Club. For details, visit

Mundelein: Second Wednesday of the month, Park on Park, through Sept. 11, 5-9 p.m., Seymour Avenue and Park Street. This cruise night specializes in pre-1977 vehicles only (NO exceptions). For details, visit

Rolling Meadows: Fridays, Meadows Christian Fellowship Church, 2401 Kirchoff Road, 5-8 p.m., through September. For details, visit or MeadowsCruiseNights Facebook page.

Roselle: Fridays, 13th annual Roselle American Legion cruise nights, 344 E. Maple Ave., through Sept. 27. 6-9 p.m. For information and list of live bands, visit

Salem, Wisconsin: Second Monday of the month through Sept. 9, at The Sandlots of Salem, 9251 Antioch Road/Route 83 (three miles north of Illinois border). 6-9 p.m. Enjoy music, half price pizza, cruiser meal discounts, dash plaques, a Top Vehicle Award and fundraising for Pitter Patter Animal Rescue Inc. Visit

Schaumburg: Old Timers Cruise Night, every Sunday. The only year-round cruise night. Meets at Culver's on Wise Road in Schaumburg, April through October, starting at 4 p.m. outdoors; November until March, group meets indoors starting at 3:30 p.m. Door prizes. For details, email

South Barrington: Cruise Nights at Willow Creek. Five Tuesdays (May 21, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10). 5-8 p.m., 67 E. Algonquin Road, parking lot F. Hosted by the CARS Ministry of Willow Creek. Free event open to vintage, classic, custom, muscle and antique cars and trucks. Food and music will be provided. Meal coupons passed out to first 100 participants. For details, visit or email John Gingerich,, or call (224) 512-2074.

St. Charles: Chamber of Commerce Cruise Nights on Riverside Avenue, sponsored by Fox Valley Tire and Auto. The Classic at Baltria Classic Cars, 4200 E. Main St., 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The Classic is a larger scale weekend car show along with featured businesses, family activities, food vendors, live music and more. For details, call the chamber at (630) 584-8384.

Vernon Hills: Second Tuesday of the month through Sept. 10, at Bo-Bo's Gyros & Ice Cream Parlor, 280 Hawthorn Village Commons. 6-9 p.m. Music, food specials, dash plaques, a Top Vehicle Award, and fundraising for the Jesse W. Goldsmith Scholarship Memorial Fund. Visit

Vernon Hills: Fourth Wednesday of the month through Aug. 28, Milwaukee Cruise In at Hawthorn Mall, 2 Hawthorn Center. 6-9 p.m. presented by BGV Motorsports. DJ, food on-site by Sbarro, giveaways, dash plaques and a Top Vehicle Award. Collecting nonperishable food for the Vernon Area Food Pantry and coats for the Midwest Veterans Closet. For details, visit BGV

Wasco: Friday nights at The Lodge on 64, 41W379 Route. 64 (five miles west of Randall Road). 6-9 p.m. through Sept. 27. Enjoy music, food specials, gift certificate giveaways and a Top Vehicle award. Fundraising for the Salvation Army, Tri-City Corps. For details, visit

Wauconda: Third Tuesday of the month, June through September. Enter off of Route 176 at West Mill Street. For details, visit

Wheaton: Fridays, Vintage Rides, downtown between Liberty and Willow streets, 6 to 9 p.m., through Aug. 23. Different theme each week. For information, visit

Wheeling: Skippers Restaurant (originally Dog N Suds) 120 S. Elmhurst Road, one block south of Dundee Road, is bringing back the original Skippers Car Cruise. Running from 4-9 p.m. every Saturday until the end of October, weather permitting. There will be cruise-in food specials and every cruiser will receive one free fountain pop.

Winfield: Mondays in August, Prairie Trail Center, 27W171 Geneva Road (at County Farm Road), 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Greater Winfield Chamber of Commerce and Tek-Pak Inc. Featuring disc jockeys Big Bopper Dennis and Flashback '50s Tony. For details, call (630) 306-8936.

Wood Dale: Third Monday of the month, city of Wood Dale Cruise Nights. Show vehicles to enter at Commercial Street off Wood Dale Road. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 19. Enjoy music, food specials by White Cottage Pizzeria, dash plaques for first 25 vehicles and a Top Vehicle Award. Fundraising for the Wood Dale Food Pantry. For information, visit

Zion: First Wednesday of the month through Sept. 4, at Illinois Beach Hotel, 1 Lake Front Drive. 6-9 p.m. Music, food specials, dash plaques, a Top Vehicle Award and fundraising for TLS Veterans. For details, visit

Motorcycle clubs

American Legion Post 36 in Des Plaines, one of the oldest in the state, has reorganized a Riders Group and is looking for additional members to join. Qualification are: membership in the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, and have a licensed motorcycle of 300 cubic centimeters or larger. If interested, contact the Post at (847) 824-3236 for additional information.

American Legion Riders of Post 57, Elgin, are always accepting new qualified members. For information, contact Elgin ALR President Bill Lowe at (847) 812-7677 or email You can also visit the Post 57 website at

American Legion Riders, Chapter 134, Morton Grove, is looking to add to its membership. For information, contact Chapter 134 Director Joe Lampert, (847) 417-8672, email Joe at or visit

The Back Road Riders motorcycle club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Garibaldi's Italian Eatery, 2346 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Rides are 9 a.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month, April through November, beginning at Jo Jo's Restaurant on Golf Road in Schaumburg, east of Barrington Road on the corner of North Walnut Lane. For details, visit

The Chicago Cruisers are a motorcycle social club that is open to all types of motorcycles. Meetings are 9 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at Denny's Restaurant, 1086 Lake St., Hanover Park. We schedule a ride almost every weekend (mostly Sundays) throughout the riding season. For more information and list of activities, visit or our Facebook page, email or

Chicagoland Wings, Chapter IL-Z2 of the Goldwing Road Riders Association, meets the second Sunday of each month at Denny's restaurant, 17W660 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace. Breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by meeting at 9 a.m. All bikes welcome. Rides following meeting, weather permitting. Visit for more information or our Facebook page, Email

EMS Road Docs: Get your medical training and certification from EMS ROADDOCS ILLINOIS. The group is made up of licensed medical professionals who ride. Members train you in a variety of medical classes so you know what to do when accidents happen. Become a Certified First Responder. This group will instruct you, your organization and family in providing immediate care. For convenient training in your area, email or visit

The Jerseypine Cruisers Motorcycle Touring Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Elks Lodge, 495 Lee St., Des Plaines. Breakfast rides, May through October, leave at 9 a.m. on the first and third Sundays from McDonald's on Route 72, east of Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates. All remaining Sunday breakfast rides leave at 9 a.m. from McDonald's, Lee and Oakton streets, Des Plaines. For details and event calendar, visit

Star Touring and Riding, Elgin Chapter 488, meets at BBK Motorsports, 227 DuPage St., Elgin, on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. There is a ride after every meeting in April through November, with additional rides scheduled on non-meeting days. The group welcomes new members. Any type of bike is welcome.

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