Car show calendar

  • The Chicagoland Chapter of the Buick Club of America brought out several member vehicles, including this Riviera, at the World of Wheels auto show last month in Rosemont.

    The Chicagoland Chapter of the Buick Club of America brought out several member vehicles, including this Riviera, at the World of Wheels auto show last month in Rosemont. Courtesy of Matt Avery Media

Posted4/4/2019 3:00 PM

Shows, events

Sunday, April 7: 43rd Illinois Region AACA Swap Meet, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. at on McCue Chevrolet, 2015 E. Main St. (Route 64), St. Charles. $5 donation per person. For information, contact Chris Schurrer, (815) 344-3775 or visit and check "Calendar."


Saturday, April 13: 13th annual indoor VW Parts and Accessories Swap Meet, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building 4, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Sponsored by Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association. Swap spaces, $30. Registration required by April 10. Spectator admission, $5. Register at Coming Events page at For information, email

May 16-17: Eighth annual St. Jude Corvette Drive to Memphis charity event to support the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Drivers commit to raise $1,000 and passengers commit to raise $500. Three routes leave Peoria, Effingham and St. Louis. In 2018, the St. Jude Drives from Peoria and Effingham raised $250,000 with 69 Corvettes involved. For information, visit

Sunday, May 19: Firebird & Trans Am Day at the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum in downtown Pontiac, two hours south of Chicago. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All years and models of Firebirds are welcome to participate. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit museum. $10 entrance fee for show cars. Free for spectators. Behind the scenes museum tour and private collection tour. For information, visit or email Ken Pitcher at

Saturday, June 1: Sixth annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest, Stacy's Tavern Museum & Glen Ellyn History Center. 10 a.m.-- 3 p.m. $10 in advance with check or money order payable to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society; $15 at the gate, located at 557 Geneva Road (use driveway just west of Stacy's Tavern Museum, just west of St. Charles Road and N. Main Street. Registrants will vote on Best of Show awards to be given at 2:45 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Hall, executive director, Glen Ellyn Historical Society, (630) 469-1867 or, or Jim Manak, secretary, Packards of Chicagoland,, (630) 858-6092.

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Sunday, June 9: Third annual Chiwaukee Border Chapter All Buick Car Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Anthony Buick GMC, 7225 Grand Ave., Gurnee, $15 registration fee. First 100 vehicles receive dash plaque. Peer judging, music, food for purchase. 15 classes. For information, email Kevin Kauppi at

Saturday, June 15: Elk Grove Rotary Fest Car Show, front parking lot at Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Blvd., 3-7:30 p.m. Judging at 5 p.m. No show cars before 2 p.m. Entry fee: $20. All makes and models welcome. Proceeds go to Meade Food Pantry. Bathrooms on show lot this year. Trophies, music, carnival, food, fireworks 9:30 p.m. weather permitting. For information, email

Saturday, June 15: Blackdog Speed Shop's Cruise-In for St. Jude's, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 600 Barclay Road, Lincolnshire. Silent auction, shop tours, 50/50 raffle, food and fun. A small donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital requested for participation. For information, email

Sunday, June 16: 19th annual Corvette, Chevy and Street Rod Father's Day Charity Car Show, sponsored by the North Shore Corvette Club and Libertyville Chevrolet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine, at dealership, 1001 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Additional makes of cars can be entered in special interest or all other vehicle classes. Veterans will be recognized and proceeds will benefit the Lake County Honor Flight for Veterans. In addition, a food drive will be held to benefit the Libertyville Township Food Pantry. Registration form is available at On-site registration open 6:30 to 10 a.m. Food, vendors, DJ, goody bags, dash plaques, door prizes. Email or call (847) 431-6128 for additional information.


Sunday June 23: Gears & Ears 42 car show and swap meet, Kendall County Fairgrounds, Route 71 west of Route 47, Yorkville. About 650 cars in 2018. Pre-entry fee of $20 admits one vehicle, two adults and all children under 18. Only pre-entry guarantees T-shirt and dash plaque. Gate entry fee of $25 admits one vehicle, two adults and all children under 18. All participants receive free corn and pop, goody bags, door prizes (while supplies last), participation in all games, eligible for our famous handmade MSRA awards. Split-the-pot raffle to benefit Special Bikes 4 Special Kids. Gates open at 7 a.m., registration 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spectators: $5 at the gate, children under 16 free. Active veterans admitted free with military ID. For details, visit or call Wayne at (773) 775-4696.

Sunday, June 23: Bugfest, Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association car show. Gates open at 9 a.m., Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 Main St., St. Charles. Registration, $15, ends at noon. Lawn parking for all show cars. Swap spaces available. For details, visit

July 23-27: Annual International Convention of the Corvair Society of America, hosted by the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts chapter of CORSA, Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles. Will include concours d' elegance, rally, autocross, economy run and more. Visit for details.

Saturday, Aug. 3: UPS for Downs Charity Car Show, Schaumburg. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fuddruckers, 436 E. Golf Road. Benefits United Parent Support for Down Syndrome (UPS for DownS). $20 to register car, spectators free. Participant voting with trophies awarded for stock, modified, future classic (1985 and newer) and more. Music, raffles and 50/50 split the pot. For information, email Jeff Parcell,, or Marylynn Cassata,

Saturday, Aug. 3: Fourth annual BBQ for our Veterans Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Edwards Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Building 240, 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines. Owners who bring their vintage, muscle or collector car eat free. For details about the show and barbecue, email or visit

Cruise nights

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

Mount Prospect: Saturdays, Bluesmobile Cruise Nights, Southeast Metra lot at Route 83 and Northwest Highway, 3-9 p.m. May 18 through Sept. 28. Sponsored by Mount Prospect Lions Club. For details, visit

Mundelein: Second Wednesday of the month, Park on Park, May 8 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., May 31 through September. For details, visit or MeadowsCruiseNights Facebook page.

Roselle: Fridays, 13th annual Roselle American Legion cruise nights, 344 E. Maple Ave., May 31 to Sept. 27. 6-9 p.m. For information and list of live bands, 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

Wheaton: Fridays, Vintage Rides, downtown between Liberty and Willow streets, 6 to 9 p.m., May 24 to 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. Starting Saturday, May 4, and 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.

Monthly meetings

Chicago Alfa Romeo Owners Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month (except December) at Spuntino's Pizza, 515 Higgins Road, Park Ridge. For more information, email

Austin-Healey Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at Aurelio's Pizza, 1455 W. Lake St., Addison. Dinner and social meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. There is secure, well lighted parking next to the restaurant. For details, visit

Chicagoland Avanti Owners Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Mr. Beef and Pizza, 1796 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. For more information, contact Rick Shafer at (630) 272-6850,, or Joe Dolezal, (630) 986-1526,

Chicagoland Chapter of Buick Club of America meets at various locations and dates. For information, email

Cadillac LaSalle Club West of the Lake Region meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month, March through November, at Yorkfield Civic Center, 15W354 Lexington St., Elmhurst. For information, call Fred Butalla at (815) 730-6044 or visit

Allante XLR Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club meets 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at Lambs Farm Magnolia Cafe, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. New nonmember attendees are offered a one-time free continental breakfast and do not have to own either a Cadillac Allante or Cadillac XLR. For details, call Terry Bressler at (847) 267-9300 or email

Greater Chicago Classic Chevy Club meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at Mr. Beef and Pizza, 1796 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. For information, contact Frank Cebulski Jr. at (630) 624-2043, email or visit

Vintage Chevrolet Club of America's Northern Illinois Region is looking for interested Chevy enthusiasts. Meetings are once a month at various venues and times. For details, call Steve at (847) 356-3684, email or Brad at (847) 452-1348, Club website is

Northern Illinois Region of the Walter P. Chrysler (NIR-WPC) Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Chrysler Midwest Business Center, 901 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Members now meet on the fifth floor. Also known as the Chrysler Products Restorers Club, welcoming Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto, Plymouth, Dodge trucks and Jeep vehicles. For more information, call Guy at (630) 721-0662.

Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road. For more information, visit

Chicago Corvette Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak St., North Aurora. For information, visit

Chicagoland North Corvette Club, sponsored by Stasek Chevrolet, meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. For meeting location or information, visit

Fox Valley Corvette Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at St. Charles Moose Lodge No. 1368, 2250 W. Route 38. For details, visit

Northern Rays Ltd. Corvette Club meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Real Time Sports Bar, 1120 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village. Free pizza, 50/50 and raffle. For more information, visit

North Shore Corvette Club, open to all Corvette owners and enthusiasts, meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Libertyville Chevrolet, 1001 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. For information, visit

Sunburst Corvette Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, except January, at Galati's Hideaway, 800 Feinberg Court, Cary. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meeting at 7 p.m. For more than 35 years, the Sunburst club has helped Vette owners get the most out their ownership with road trips, auto crossing, car shows, tech tips and great friendships. For information, visit or call Mike Stevens at (847) 277-9302.

Fox Valley Electric Auto Association meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Packer Engineering, 1976 N. Washington St., Naperville. For information, visit or call Ted at (630) 260-0424.

The Northern Illinois regional group of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America meets at 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Wheeling Township Service Center, 1616 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The group focuses on Flathead Fords and Mercurys of the 1932 -1953 era. For details, visit or email

Prairie State 4 Wheel Drive Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at Rosati's Restaurant, 1770 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg. For information, call (847) 891-5151.

Cruisin' Tigers GTO Club meets the third Saturday of the month at Mr. Beef and Pizza, 1796 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. For details, call Randy Ray at (630) 740-8840 or visit

The Herd, the Tri-State Impala Club for 1994-1996 Impala SS enthusiasts, meets on the third week of the month. For details, see the events calendar on the Herd website,

Chicagoland MG Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month, except December, at Mack's Golden Pheasant, 668 W. North Ave., Elmhurst. For information, call Jim Evans at (630) 858-8192 or visit

Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago meets at 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Pizza Joynt, 39 W. North Ave., Northlake. For more information, visit or call Greg Hoeft at (847) 272-5545.

Windy City Miata Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, February through October, at Fuddruckers, 1500 Branding Lane in Downers Grove, near the intersection of Butterfield and Finley roads. For information, visit

The Fox Valley Model A Restorers Club (MARC) meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday of most months in the lower level of the St. Charles city hall. Anyone interested in 85-year-old Ford Model As is welcome to attend, whether you own a Model A or not. For more information or to confirm a meeting, call Dan at (815) 566-6550 or Phred at (847) 312-0926.

Illinois Region of the Model A Restorers Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at American Legion Post No. 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park. Anyone interested in Model A Fords is welcome. For more information, call Ron Ehrenhofer at (847) 255 6758 or visit

Model T Ford Club International, Fox Valley Chapter: All makes and models of cars are welcome. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Elgin Township offices, 729 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin. For information, contact Don Walters, president, at (224) 268-6395.

Chicagoland Mopar Connection is a car club for those interested in the preservation of Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, AMC and Jeep vehicles. For information, call Pat at (630) 987-9566 or visit

Stallions Gate Mustang & Ford Club is an active social club of all-year Mustangs and Ford enthusiasts in the Chicago area. Monthly meetings held the second Saturday at different locations. For more information, call Jeff at (630) 327-3762 or visit

Packards of Chicagoland meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Silver Stallion Restaurant, 1275 Lee St., Des Plaines. For more information, call (847) 945-3927 or visit

Chicagoland PT Cruiser Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Colonial Cafe, 1625 E. Main St., St. Charles. All Cruiser owners are welcome. For more information, call Tony at (847) 515-8110 or Steve at (815) 985-7391 or visit

Fox Valley PT Cruisers meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the McHenry Township Senior Center, 3519 N Richmond Road (west of intersection of Route 31 and Johnsburg Road), McHenry. For details, call Dan at (815) 344-6091 or visit

Romin' Chariots Car Club, Blue Island. Group hosts four charity car shows this year and attends weekly cruise nights. For more details, visit

The Midwest Street Rod Association of Illinois meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Medinah Shrine Center, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison. Membership is open to all that share an interest in 1972 and older hot rods and customs. Go to or call Tony at (847) 508-2054 for more information.

North Suburban Sports Car Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Sweet Baby Ray's restaurant, 800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. A member of the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs for more than 60 years, the group discusses and hosts HPDE, HSAX and W2W road course events. For information, visit

The Northern Illinois Street Rod Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Nick's Pizza, Randall and Bowes roads, Elgin. All American cars and American engines welcome. For details, email or visit

The Studebaker Club's Black Hawk chapter meets 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, visit or call (630) 776-1454.

Classic Thunderbird Club of Chicagoland welcomes all owners of 1955-1957 Thunderbirds and those who have an interest in them. For information, call Ken Smizinski at (847) 397-3747 or visit

Chicagoland Thunderbird Club is a vintage car enthusiasts club dedicated to the historical preservation of the Ford Thunderbird, models from 1955 through 2005. The Chicagoland Thunderbirds puts on car show events during the summer; all makes and models of American- and foreign-made cars are welcome to our shows. For club details, membership and upcoming events, contact Art Kastl, (630) 927-3224.

Illinois Sports Owners Association (Triumph Sports Cars) meets the first Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mack's Golden Pheasant, 668 W. North Ave., Elmhurst. For information, visit

The Viper Owners Association of Illinois meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, April through October, at Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. All meetings are a cruise night, so bring your Viper. This is the largest congregation of Vipers anywhere in the U.S. For information, visit, email Alex Ristanovic at or call (630) 415-3642.

Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month, excluding November and December, at Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ, 800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. For information, 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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