Car enthusiasts need to make their way to McHenry for weeks of looking under the hood and talking

Green Street Cruise Night will take place every Monday from May 18 to Sept. 28., except for May 25 and Sept. 7 – both holidays.

The Cruise Night, planned for the municipal parking lot south of Route 120 and west of Green, will feature cars, music and food.

It will mark the sixth year of the McHenry car celebration.
Each week will feature a range of vehicle types, makes and models, including street rods and foreign sports cars. The weekly shows will be themed, such as July 6 being Pre-WW II Car Night and Sept. 21 being Pony Cars Night.

Denny Norton, owner of Performance Unlimited in Ringwood, is a sponsor of the event. He frequently sets up a booth to meet and talk with other car and race enthusiasts.

“Green Street Cruise Night is a great event,” Norton said on the Performance Unlimited website. “You have about 5 acres of hot rods, custom machines and original classics in McHenry with their hoods up and ready for people to check them out.”

With the event featuring food and music, Norton contends the events make for a good date night activity as long as your date is more into RPMs than gems.

The weekly themes are:

  • May 18 –Mopar Night
  • May 25 –No show. Memorial Day
  • June 1 –Ladies Night
  • June 8 –Corvette Night
  • June 15 –Race cars, Exotics and Motorcycles
  • June 22 –Buick Night
  • June 29 –Ford Night
  • July 6 –Pre-WW II Night
  • July 13 –Pontiac Night
  • July 20 –Orphan Makes Night
  • July 27 –Street Rod, Custom and Street Machine Night
  • Aug. 3 –Oldsmobile Night
  • Aug. 10 –Back to the ’50s Night
  • Aug. 17 – Chevrolet Night
  • Aug. 24 – Motorcycles, Model T & Model A Night
  • Aug. 31 – Trucks and Motorcycles Night
  • Sept. 7 –No show. Labor Day
  • Sept. 14 –Ladies Night
  • Sept. 21 –Pony Cars Night
  • Sept. 28 – European Sports Cars and Fast & Furious Night


Many area businesses are expected to set up booths for the events, offering giveaways and chatting with attendees.

For information about booths, exhibiting a car or attending the events, call (815) 728-0404.


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