Calling all hot rods! Looking for car shows or cruise nights? Whether it’s muscle cars, supercars, imports, or domestics, if your idea of a good time is checking out a bunch of sweet rides, then this is the guide for you. Car shows offer up cheap, often free entertainment for the whole family. The best part is, you can find a car show or cruise night in McHenry County, nearly every day of the week throughout the summer and even into the fall.
Our guide features car shows and cruise nights held across McHenry County and we have them broken out below by city or village. Some of these shows are standalone events while others are part of larger events or festivals. Likewise, some of these shows are held on a single date, while others are recurring, so be sure to note the dates and times. Also, note that not all recurring shows happen weekly, so be sure to check the specific show details.
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Algonquin Founders Day Cruise Night
Date & Time: Friday, 7/21/23, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Held at the Algonquin Public Library, Main Branch parking lot.
Address: 2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
Cary Cruise Nights
Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6/7 – 8/30/2023, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Due to downtown construction this year, the event will be held in the Sts. Peter & Paul parking lot and is brought to you by the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.
Address: 410 N First St, Cary, IL 60013
Cary United Methodist Church Car Show
Date & Time: Saturday, 7/29/2023, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Family-friendly car show held at the Cary United Methodist Church.
Address: 500 North 1st St, Cary, IL 60013
Crystal Lake Cars & Caffeine
Date & Time: Saturdays, Spring – Fall 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Held in the parking lot near Starbucks.
Address: 5850 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Crystal Lake Police Department & the Crystal Lake Cars & Caffeine Car Show
Date & Time: Sunday, 10/1/2023, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Special charity car show held at The Dole during the Open Air Farmers Market.
Address: 401 County Club Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Struttin’ Ur Stuff Car Show
Date & Time: Sunday, 9/17/2023, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Brought to you by the Sunburst Corvette Club.
Address: 5220 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Celebrate Fox Lake Car Show
Date & Time: Saturday, 7/1/2023, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Classic car show as part of the annual Celebrate Fox Lake event.
Address: 23 Rollins Rd, Fox Lake, IL 60020
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Cars, Bikes, Trucks & Coffee
Date & Time: Sunday, 5/7 – 9/24/2023, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Car show held at Sideouts Sports Tavern.
Address: 4018 Roberts Rd, Island Lake, IL 60042
Lake in the Hills
Summer Sunset Festival Car Show
Date & Time: Friday, 9/1/2023, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classic and custom car show as part of the annual Summer Sunset Festival.
Address: 5200 Miller Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Day in the Park – Car Show
Date & Time: Saturday, 7/8/2023, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Held at Indian Oaks Park as part of the Day in the Park event.
Address: 825 Indian Oaks Trail, Marengo, IL 60152
Glory Bound Annual Car Show
Date & Time: Sunday, 7/23/2023, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hosted at Niko’s Grill & Pub.
Address: 7509 S Grant Hwy, Marengo, IL 60152
Green Street Cruise Night
Date & Time: Monday, 6/5 – 10/9/2023 (ex 7/3, 9/4), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Located just off of Green Street in McHenry.
Address: 1209 N Green St, McHenry, IL 60050
McHenry Fiesta Days Car Show
Date & Time: Sunday, 7/16/2023, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Held at Petersen Park as part of McHenry Fiesta Days.
Address: 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry, IL 60050
Car + Bike Show Tuesday Nights
Date & Time: Tuesday (season final on Saturday), 5/23 – 9/30/2023, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brought to you by and held at the Broken Oar.
Address: 614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington, IL
Car Show & Coffee
Date & Time: Saturday, 6/3/2023, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Brought to you by the Village of Richmond Illinois.
Address: 5621-5601 Broadway Rd, Richmond, IL 60071
Heritage Fair & Car Show
Date & Time: Sunday, 7/9/2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Held as part of the McHenry County Historical Society’s annual Heritage Fair.
Address: 5422 Main St, Union, IL 60180
Annual Vintage Transport Extravaganza
Date & Time: Sunday, 8/6/2023, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Join the Illinois Railway Museum for a day of vintage transport, from trains to cars, trucks, buses, and more.
Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180
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Woodstock On The Square Benefit Car Show
Date & Time: Saturday, 8/19/2023, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual benefit car show.
Address: 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098