I don’t consider myself a “car person,” but I honestly do enjoy visiting car shows in the summer. The people are so friendly and ready for a fun conversation. The cars light up my children’s eyes and start many a fun question and answer session.
We are lucky to live near “Park on Park” in Mundelein. We ride our bikes over, grab some ice cream and walk around, taking in the beautiful weather, listening to the festive 50’s music and viewing the ever-changing display of pre-1977 cars. Following is a list of cruise nights and car shows in Lake County so you and your family can start your own traditions.
Car Shows & Cruise Nights in Lake County
Park on Park is held in Mundelein on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from May through September.
Motors on Milwaukee cruise nights are held on Mondays in Vernon Hills.
Lake Zurich Main Street Cruise Nights are held the first Wednesday of each month from June to September.
Hawthorn Woods Cruise Nights happen select Fridays June to September; enjoy live music and food vendors.
Lake Bluff Cruise Nights are planned throughout the summer, check the schedule for more details.
Scoop returns to Waukegan for two days of motor fun July 8 and 9.
The Lincolnshire Police Department takes over Fresh Thyme on July 29 for the Cruisin’ with Cops Car Show.
Wheeling Park District hosts the Classic Car Show at it’s new Heritage Park on July 30.
Finally close out the summer show season with Rally by The Lake on August 14.
If you want to do more than look around, try having dinner at a drive-in restaurant for a truly different experience. Bonus points for you if you have a tiny tot who falls asleep in the car–the fun is magnified!
Shirl’s in Waukegan
Superdawg in Wheeling
Dog ‘n Suds in Grayslake
Or see a movie at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.
If you venture out to a cruise night, you might even find a wheel bigger than your body! Happy (and safe) Driving!
Which car show is your favorite, and how much fun have you had “cruising” Lake County?