Cruise Nights and Car Shows {2018}

If you read my cruise nights and car shows article from 2017, you might recall I have a love of old cars. I was lucky enough to have a cool dad who taught me and then trusted me enough to drive his prize 1967 Ford Mustang convertible (see below for picture proof circa 1993). He even let me drive my friends around in it with our boom box (the original AM radio left much to be desired for 16-year-old girls)! However, driving it was literally all we could do! I was banned from parking it any where at any time just in case someone were to touch it or look at it the wrong way. I’ll always remember fondly the days and nights cruising around Gurnee with my friends in this cool car and the guys who tried to race us off stop lights (Dad, I never raced them, for the record).

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I realize I only have 10 years to get a cool vintage car for my girls to enjoy (ha!), so in the meantime I’ll get them hooked on cool old cars at these fun car shows and cruise nights in Lake County this summer. Join in the fun and let the good times roll!

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Car Shows & Cruise Nights in Lake County

Park on Park is held in Mundelein on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May through September (8/8, 9/12).

Motors on Milwaukee cruise in nights are in Vernon Hills on the fourth Wednesday of each month, May through September (7/25, 8/22, 9/26). They collect lightly used clothing, shoes, boots, and socks to donate to the Midwest Veterans Closet.

Car Fun on 21 is held in Libertyville the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May through September (7/18, 8/15, 9/19).

Lake Zurich Main Street Cruise Nights are held the first Wednesday of each month May through June and August through October (no July cruise night in 2018) from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May  (8/1, 9/5, 10/3).

Hawthorn Woods Cruise Nights happen select Fridays. July 13 and August 10 are the 2018 dates. Enjoy live music and food vendors.

Cruisin’ with Cops Car Show is put on by the Lincolnshire Police Department on Friday, July 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Fresh Market parking lot.

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© C.Smith | Little Lake | 2018

Drive-in Fun

If hanging out with classic cars gets you in the mood for some real nostalgia, be sure to check out one, or all, of these drive-in restaurants. They appeal to the kid in all of us! Or see a movie at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.


Where will your family enjoy a cruise night, car show or drive-in this summer?

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