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 anywhere 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).
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!
Car Shows & Cruise Nights in Lake County
As always be sure to check with the organizers website for changes and cancellations. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes or cancellations.
Barrington Cruise Nights are held every Thursday on Cook Street in downtown Barrington. This year the event will include food trucks on many nights as well as the new Barrington Bank & Trust Family Fun Zone, which will feature face-painting, a balloon artist, kid-friendly games, inflatables, tricycle and Porsche pedal car races, and much more.
Champion Car Show the annual Lambs Farm car show will be held on June 2, gates open at 9:00 a.m. and admission to the car show is free.
Cruise Nights at Paulus Park are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month through August 7. One of the best car shows in the area, featuring over 30 vehicles on display from every era. Cruisers and spectators can enjoy the nostalgic sounds of the DJ. Food and drink will be available at the Park Concession Stand.
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. The cruise night specializes in pre-1977 vehicles only. The event draws some of the finest classic vehicles in the area.
Hawthorn Woods Cruise Nights June 14, July 12 and August 9. Cruise on over to Hawthorn Woods Community Park and enjoy a night of cool cars and family fun. Exotic and classic cars are welcome to park at Community Park for these FREE events and show off to compete for the best car.
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 26. The classic car show features vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles, 25 years or older. Food and entertainment in the park as well.
Classis Car Show & Touch a Truck held on July 27 at the Heritage Park Pavillion in Wheeling. See a wide selection of classic vehicles as well as classics-in-the-making. Talk to the owners of each vehicle and learn what it takes to find, restore and maintain these amazing cars. Live music and a touch-a-truck as well.
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?