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1966 Ford Thunderbird: Jay Novello

1966 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Ford ThunderbirdFew things rekindle family memories quite like watching home movies. When Jim Cairo wants to relive recollections of his late great uncle, he has his pick from a plethora of major motion pictures. The Lake Zurich, IL resident’s relative was character actor Jay Novello. Novello’s silver-screen career (more…)

1961 Chevrolet Apache Pickup Truck


1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck barn findMike Keegan really didn’t want his 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup. He thoroughly loves classics, but the gearhead already had more than enough four-wheeled projects to keep his hands full. But try as he might, his inner (more…)

FEATURE: 1968 Chevrolet C-10 Custom


This custom 1968 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck was parked at the 2013 downtown Barrington Il cruise night.During one of our last times strolling the lot at this summer’s downtown Barrington cruise night, we stumbled upon this eye-searing 1968 Chevrolet C-10 custom. With (more…)

CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Barrington, IL

Classic and collector cars parked at the 2013 downtown Barrington, Illinois cruise night.

Classic and collector cars parked at the 2013 downtown Barrington, Illinois cruise night.This year’s summer is winding down fast and already our favorite cruise nights are packing up shop. Tonight was the last night of 2013 for the (more…)

FEATURE: Barrington Concours D’Elegance, Barrington, IL


Classic and collector cars parked at the 2013 Barrington Concours D'Elegance in Barrington, IL.The Barrington Concours D’Elegance held it’s seventh annual event last weekend and ended this premier auto celebration with a special (more…)

FEATURE: 1947 Ford Pickup

This 1947 Ford pickup was left unrestored. It was found in Cary, Illinois.


Immediately after acquiring his 1947 Ford pickup, Steve Belknap was faced with a crossroads. The Barrington resident saw the hauler while (more…)

FEATURE: Barrington, Illinois Concours d’Elegance


It can be quite a chore to find decent driving spaces in the Chicago area — far enough away from the concrete jungle so you momentarily forget you live in one of the nation’s largest cities. A popular destination is the quaint town of Barrington. (more…)

CRUISE NIGHT: Downtown Barrington, Illinois

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.

Downtown Barrington, Illinois's classic car cruise has been taking place for 9 years.Tucked away in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago is the quaint town of Barrington and every summer Thursday night, the classic cars come rolling in for the village’s weekly cruise. With its tranquil, tree-lined setting, easily accessible boutique shops and casual dining, this event is one draws automotive enthusiasts from all over. (more…)

SHOWS: Willow Creek Community Church, DadFest 2012, South Barrington, Illinois

Classic cars on display at Willow Creek church's Dadfest 2012.

Father’s Day is that special time of the year when dads get recognition for all they do for their children and families. One place that really knows how to throw a proper party honoring those exceptional men in our lives is Willow Creek Community Church, in South Barrington, IL. (more…)

CRUISE NIGHT: Arboretum at South Barrington

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

Classic cars parked at the Arboretum in South Barringonton, Illinois.

This past Wednesday, May 30th, marked the kick-off for the classic car cruise night held at the Arboretum shopping center in South Barrington, Illinois. Now in its second season, once 6pm rolled around the vintage machines drove in and quickly jammed the lot around the tree-lined plaza. Musical group, Owen Two, was on-site performing live. (more…)

CRUISING: South Barrington Cruise Night

Arboretum Cruise!

If you own a classic car and live in the Chicago suburbs, there’s a good chance you found yourself parked at the Arboretum of South Barrington on Wednesday nights last summer. It was just the first season for the shopping center’s cruise night but it quickly found favor with owners and enthusiasts who enjoyed the tranquil setting, live music and many restaurants within walking distance.

As spring rolls around again here in the Midwest we wanted to find out more about how this popular event got started and what they have in store for 2012. We got in touch with Allison Krupp, the Director of Marketing for the Arboretum, who gave us a special inside look.

How did the cruise get started?

“Last year we were approached by a local resident named Don Borg. Don is an avid vintage car collector and exhibitor. He suggested that we begin a Cruise Night here at the center. One of the core missions of The Arboretum of South Barrington is to provide local residents and communities, Americana events for families that bring a feeling of neighborhood and community. The Cruise Night was the perfect addition to these events.”

What were the busiest nights?

“Cruise Nights are supported and sponsored by the Arboretum’s tenant partners. The events that drew the most attendees were those sponsored by Ruth’s Chris, Potbelly and Georgio’s. The restaurants support the event by giving the first 50 car owners free dinners and by providing guests drink and food specials. The largest events drew on average 4,000 people and about 200 cars.”

How many cars came out on average? 

“On average 150-200 cars. The busiest nights hosted in excess of 250 vehicles.”

How did the live music come about? Will it continue for ’12?  

“The live music seemed a natural to add to the experience of Cruise night at The Arboretum. The band performed by the fountain and they added a level of energy to car owners and visitors alike. People would come with lawn chairs and watch the band and enjoy the vintage vehicles. Yes we will definitely include like music and will also add children’s performers and fashion shows for the ladies. Potbelly will also provide additional live entertainment by their store.”

How many staff/volunteers does it take to put on the cruise each week?

“3 Arboretum staff members and 4 police explorers and a police supervisor.”

What options are there for dining and food for those who come out? Anything new for ’12

“2012 will bring additional entertainment and programing. I have extended the classics car display parking to over by Ruth’s Chris and Potbelly, Coopers Hawk and Georgio’s so that the restaurants can serve visitors and car owners from their patio’s and cook out. In 2012 the Arboretum will take Cruise Night to a totally different level….”

Best time to arrive at the cruise?

“Our “regulars” classic car owners begin arriving at 4:00pm to get their preferred parking spots by the fountain in the plaza. The entrance for classic car owners is on Bartlett Road. Car owners will be met by security personnel who direct them down main street to additional personnel and reserved parking. Visitors and guests can park anywhere in the numerous parking allotted at the Arboretum.”

Do you own a classic? What is your favorite car to see at the cruise?  

“No I wish I owned a classic…if I did it would be a GTO! I am partial to pick ups and most of all vintage Corvettes.”

Anything new and/or different for ’12?

“You have to come and see!!”

Anything else we should know about the upcoming season?  

“We are taking the ladies into account here and will provide a fashion focus for their pleasure. We are also interested in hearing from different entertainment groups who might want to perform at the center on cruise nights.”



**Cruise nights return to the Arboretum of South Barrington on May 30, 2012. Check our Event Calender for updates.

**Krupp informed us official shows are on the way with the first being held on April 29th, 2012.

CAR SHOW: Arboretum of South Barrington

Time to get your classic car out and show it!

Time to get your classic car out and show it!

If you’re like us, then one of your favorite cruising spots last summer was at the Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center. With a live band and parking available around the manicured lawns and light changing water fountain, we had a hard time passing this ultra-cool event up every Wednesday night.

While the organizers are bringing back the cruise night for the 2012 season, they’re also scheduling specific shows for our classic machines. The first one has just been announced and is being held on Sunday, April 29th.

Want more details? Call Amanda at 847-426-6200.


Spring is here and you’ll want to be sure to head over to the Event Calender to see what classic car events are going on near you. 

CRUISING: Cruise Night & Event Calender Launch

If you’re like those of us in the Midwest, once January comes and goes, you being to start counting down the days til spring and the beginning of a new cruise and car show season. But with so much going on in the Chicago area, it can be hard to keep track of what’s happening and when. That’s why Classic Recollections has added a special new section of our blog, appropriately called the ‘Cruise Night & Event Calender’. If you look up to the far right corner of our homepage, you’ll find it next to the ‘Home’ and ‘About’. Even now, we’re busy updating it as soon as word gets out about official dates and times but we need you, the classic car enthusiasts, to help us keep and maintain it. If you see something misprinted or not listed, kindly shoot us an email at and let us know. There’s nothing more frustrating than missing your favorite event simply because you, and others, didn’t know about it or couldn’t find the correct details.

February has just started but before you know it, it’ll be the glorious Chicago summer season. We can’t wait to get back out to the cruise nights and show parking lots and we’re guessing, neither can you.


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