More than 500 performance cars will be on display during the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Nov. 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.
Admission: $20 ($15 online); kids under 12, free
Visit mcanc.evenbrite.com (tickets); mcacn.com (information)
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:30AM
Although the annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals draws car collectors, it’s also a magnet for folks who simply like cars. Taking place Nov. 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, it also caters to families with several events especially for kids.
Now in its fourth year, the MCACN will showcase more than 500 rare performance cars from 29 states and three countries said Bob Ashton, the show’s founder/manager. For collectors, highlights include five “unveilings,” when, Ashton said “we unveil, or premiere, super, super special cars for the first time.”
Among the unveilings will be a 1969 Hurst/Olds Convertible at 10 a.m. Nov. 17. One of only two cars built, this Hurst was used at raceracks across the country. A purple 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi four-speed convertible and Grumpy’s Toy X pro stock Chevy Vega race car, restored by collector Mark Pappas, also will be unveiled. MCACN will pay tribute to Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, a drag-racing icon of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, who died in March, with a memorabilia display. And super car designer Don Yenko also will be honored with a gathering of 61 cars he designed, Ashton said.
Besides displays of rare vehicles, visitors will find commercial vendors, an automotive swap meet, cars for sale, celebrity book signings and free seminars on a variety of automotive topics.
New this year is a 1960s and ’70s muscle bike display featuring classic bicycles like Schwinn Stingrays and Krates and Raleigh Choppers, whose designs were inspired by drag cars. Ashton, a bike collector who uses a bike to get around the show when setting it up, calls it “a show within a show. . . . These bikes bring back memories to a lot of people who had bikes when they were a kid. We can show the younger generation what kind of crazy bikes we used to ride when we were younger.”
Also on tap: a free model car contest for all ages (bring your car in between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and get a re-entry ticket for the awards at 2 p.m. Nov. 18); a free Revell carmake-and-take (learn how to build a model car from a kit); a kids scavenger hunt (kids get a punch card and map to search for clues and earn a prize); and Rescue 1 Fire Safety for Kids (learn about home fire safety from a firefighter).
♦ Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic “Cinderella” Nov. 17 through Dec. 31 at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. Tickets are $15. Call (847) 634-0200 or visit ticketmaster.com or marriotttheatre.com.
♦ The Paramount Theatre showcases the rags-to-riches story of “Annie” Nov. 21 through Dec. 30 at 23 E. Galena Boulevard in Aurora. Tickets are $34.90 to $46.90. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit paramountaurora.com.
♦Quest Theatre Ensemble celebrates 10 years of providing free theater with a family day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Blue Theater, 1609 W. Gregory. The day of interactive activities and workshops ends with a West-African drum circle with Sister Drum and Sheboom. Tickets are $5. Call (312) 458-0895 or visit questensemble.org.
♦ The Chicago Public Library celebrates children’s books with Bookamania, running 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. Designed for kids 3 to 10, the free fest provides an opportunity to meet authors and illustrators and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Call (312) 747-4050 or visit chicagopubliclibrary.org.
♦ The Music Institute of Chicago holds an open house featuring a concert by the Chicago Q Ensemble at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Faith United Methodist Church, 432 59th St., Downers Grove. Along with the concert of classical music the free event features an instrument petting zoo, tours and other activities. Donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted. Call (847) 877-4854 or visit musicinst.org.
Jennifer Burklow is a local free-lance writer.