Cruisin’ the square

Classic cars come out for chamber’s first-ever car show

Whether an owners or admirer of classic cars, area residents flocked to Romeoville’s first Cruisin’ the Square event.

Previously rained out, the July 30 event marked the first time the Romeoville Chamber of Commerce held a traditional car show. The family event, be held at the Edward Athletic and Event Center, appealed to many in attendance. Car enthusiasts brought out their pride and joy and used the ample space of the center to kick back and talk cars.

“This is a nice venue,” said Jim Koening, who brought his 1957 Pontiac Chieftain. “I like the location, I like the size; I will be back.”

The chamber said it plans to hold a second show Aug. 27 and hopes it will become a weekly event next year. Those residents who brought their cars out for Cruisin’ the Square hope that holds true, hinting that Friday nights would be a perfect time for the shows.

“This is a great event that brings the community together,” Romeoville Mayor John Noak said of the community event, which also included food and beverage vendors and family entertainment.

Noak added that ongoing efforts in redevelop the area are helping to attract and broaden the opportunity for these types of events along Route 53. That redevelopment includes a future McDonald’s location across from the athletic center, a soon-to-be remodeled Burger King further along Route 53 near 135th Street, and a Riley’s Roadhouse in the former Leo’s Bar and Grill location.

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