This weekend was the 3rd annual Indoor Custom Car Show & Expo, though my first year attending it. Its refreshing to have a nice but small indoor custom car show the south suburbs which is such a car centric community.
In the past we always had to go downtown to McCormick Place for a World Of Wheels or all the way to Rosemont to the Donald Stephens Convention Center for a Chevy Vette Fest.
See in the south suburbs in the spring through the fall there are cruise nights and car shows almost every night of the week. In my current town of Lockport there is a nice show on Monday nights that include a live band and are adjacent to the weekly farmers market, its my favorite local car night. My other favorite is one of the larger car fests and that’s in suburban Downers Grove where on Friday nights the streets up down and around Main Street are lined with classic cars as far as the eye can see.
Friday night is also the night where in Kmart parking lot on Harlem south of 159th you can find a nice gathering of classic cars.
Also during the week, close suburbs like Frankfort & Lemont have the oldies but goodies roll out for our enjoyment.
And in Homer Glen on Saturday afternoons in the (soon to be closed), Kmart lot you can find a good gathering of the cars of yesteryear.
But come winter the owners of the righteous and cars of the glory days of the car business are hibernating, except for the occasional indoor car show, which until now were a county or two over.
Today was a definitely well thought out event that was family friendly and I saw more guys with their significant others (my long suffering wife attended with me, thanks honey), than any previous show. No scantily clad models with any cars, only a car playing loud music and it was classic rock. This show was in the tradition of the previously mentioned cruise nights, just a night out to enjoy the classic, restored and custom vehicles of back in the day.
You had a few drag cars, a handful of pick up trucks (including one 1982 Chevy truck very much like my dads old customized 1979 GMC Sierra), and your typical vendors but nothing out of the ordinary.
Also there was a live band setting up as we attended the show on Saturday evening and there were food options right there with a seating area. The newly renovated and expanded Tinley Park Convention Center is comparable to the very accommodating Schaumburg Convention Center where I have worked a car show or two in the past.