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Show Off Your Classic and Cool Cars at Local Cruise Nights

Area restaurants and businesses host several auto nights this summer, with plenty of prizes to give away to car enthusiasts.

BOLINGBROOK

A&W CRUISIN' NIGHTS

WHAT: Head on over to the Long John Silver/A&W Restaurant off Route 53 to see a car show you'll surely enjoy. Prizes and trophies are awarded to the top entries and goers will enjoy music from DJ Better Than a Jukebox. And of course, you'll also be in for some great root beer.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday through September

WHERE: , 200 N. Bolingbrook Drive

MORE INFO: Visit A&W's website

SUMMER'S LAST BLAST: NINTH ANNUAL CAR SHOW

WHAT: Bolingbrook's Park District ends summer with its ninth annual Car Show, which also features plenty of activities, including swimming, inflatables, games and fireworks at dusk. Plus, food vendors and door prizes keep visitors entertained. Entrants can also hope to win the first or second place trophies for each of the 13 divisions, or aim for the first place overall trophy and People's Choice trophy.

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m., Aug. 27

WHERE: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, 200 South Lindsey Lane

MORE INFO: Visit the website, call (630) 739-1300, or view the flyer

DARIEN

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH & ERIC'S CRUZIN CAR SHOW PRESENT THE FIRST CAR SHOW

WHAT: With three trophies to present, plenty of food for sale and music provided by Platinum Events and Promotions, the first cruise night hosted by St. John Lutheran Church promises fun and a wide range of cars.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 Cass Ave.

MORE INFO: View the flyer

CRUISIN' BUONA BEEF

WHAT: With "Big Bopper" DJ-ing the event, trophies and food prizes, Buona Beef's four cruise nights hope to keep the atmosphere lively and exciting for entrants all summer.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every second Thursday of the month

WHERE: Buona Beef Restaurant, 7417 Cass Ave.

MORE INFO: Call Dennis "Big Bopper" at (630) 362-2657 or the store manager at (630) 963-2333, or check out these website listings

LEMONT

LEMONT LEGENDS CRUISE NIGHTS

WHAT: Considered best car shows in the area, the Lemont Legends Cruise Nights attracts large crowds every week to downtown Lemont, where participating entrants hope to win one of three Cool Car Trophies awarded each week.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through August

WHERE: Downtown Lemont; Main, Canal and Lemont streets

MORE INFO: Visit the website or call the Chamber of Commerce at (630) 257-5997

LEMONT CLASSIC CAR CLUB CRUISE NIGHTS

WHAT: Featuring antique vehicles, classic cars, street machines, trucks and even special interest military vehicles, the Lemont Classic Car Club cruise nights highlight the best cars by handing out trophies and also supports charities with its 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 27, and 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday through Oct. 24

WHERE: Saturdays at the Sears Essentials parking lot in Homer Glen; Monday cruise nights at the Lemon Tree Restaurant, 1035 S. State St., Lemont

MORE INFO: Visit the website or call John at (708) 301-8899

MORE INFO: Visit the Creamery's Facebook Page for information about this and other upcoming events.

NAPERVILLE

CRUISE NIGHT

WHAT: Hosted by doubleKproductions.com and the neighborhood Italian restaurant , Naperville's weekly cruise night continues to impress in its sixth year with a parking lot for more than 200 cars, a new theme every week and awards presented each night.

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 31

WHERE: Cress Creek Shopping Center, 796 Royal St. George (off Odgen Avenue, between Mill Street and River Road)

MORE INFO: Call (630) 717-9530 or view the flyer

OSWEGO

MCDONALD'S CRUISE-IN NIGHTS

WHAT: McDonald's on Route 34 hosts their first series of cruise nights this summer with a variety of cars. Plus, participants can enjoy specials for sundaes or other food from the restaurant chain.

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 24

WHERE: Orchard Road, near Route 34

MORE INFO: Call (630) 554-2858

SCOREBOARD SPORTS PUB AND GRILL CRUISE-IN NIGHTS

WHAT: Car enthusiasts can visit the local Scoreboard Sports Pub and Grill for cruise nights featuring an array of classic and cool cars, as well as compete for several trophies and plaques awarded by the restaurant.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 10

WHERE: Mason Square, Douglas Road

MORE INFO: Call (630) 554-4520

OSWEGO DRAG STRIP REUNION AND CAR SHOW

WHAT: This popular event is returning to the downtown this year and features vehicles of a bygone era.

WHEN: 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday.

WHERE: Downtown Oswego; Main Street 

MORE INFO: Call Larry Ricken at (630) 885-8350

PLAINFIELD

CRUISE NIGHTS

WHAT: Live DJ music keeps the Plainfield Cruise Nights pumping as local residents show off their antique, classic and vintage cars at the outdoor car show. The location is also convenient for visitors who want to shop through downtown Plainfield or enjoy outdoor dining.

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 6

WHERE: Downtown Plainfield, Route 30

MORE INFO: Visit the website

NABBY'S CRUISE NIGHT 2011

WHAT: With a variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles, Nabby's Cruise Night this summer promises to entertain, along with a 50/50 drawing, raffles, music and door prizes, such as gasoline gift cards courtesy of Thornton's.

WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 (Rain date is Aug. 21)

WHERE: Route 59 and Naperville Road, one block north of Route 126

MORE INFO: Call Chuck at (815) 405-0341 or Joe at (630) 878-9776, or view the flyer.

 

Editor's Note: This round-up includes events happening in communities within Patch's southwest suburban Chicago region.

Wendy Villarreal June 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM
You missed a great local one! Cozzi Corner Cruise Night at 75th & Lemont is every Tuesday night from May 18th - Oct. 4th,, 5:30 - 9:00. This event also features Big Bopper DJ, Nightly awards, free admission, free raffles and funnel cakes at Cozzi Corner. http://www.cozzicorner.com/cruise_night.pdf
Eric June 22, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I agree cozzi corner is a great show. You also forgot a second one in Bolingbrook at A&W at 200 n bolingbrook dr. On Sunday's 6-9 pm! We do three trophies each week. Also on July 2nd at Mongos Mcmicheals in romeoville from 8-4 $10 a car with prizes and 8 trophies. The show in Darien at St Johns we will have 8 trophies! Thanks for the article and happy cruising to all! Eric
Shannon Antinori June 23, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Eric, Thank you for letting us know! We've added those events to the list.
Todd H August 11, 2011 at 01:24 AM
You sure about those Oswego dates? Both Aug. 24 and Aug. 10 are Wednesday nights this year. Bit odd for a car show.
Frank Ocean August 12, 2011 at 07:37 PM
What's so weird about a car show on a Wednesday? Both of those dates are correct.

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