Shiny chrome, spinning wheels and sassy tunes filled our weekend as we attended car shows Saturday and Sunday.
First up we stopped by the parking lot at St. Florian in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. The parish car show took place Saturday and had quite a few participants. Lots of passersby paused to sneak a peek at the beautiful cars as old and new friends chatted on the sidelines.
Classic, muscle and modified cars were judged and awarded first, second and third places. Adam McInturff came in first with his 1967 Pontiac Gran Prix. Tom Ruboli placed second with a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Steven Drexler won third place with his 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The Father’s Choice Award went to James Miller’s Chevrolet Corvette. Congrats to everyone who participated and to the winners.
On Sunday, we went to a car show in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood and enjoyed the beautiful day, historic sites and cool cars.
It was the last show of the season for my in-laws who will soon be putting their 1954 Chrysler New Yorker away for the winter. The little guy is going to miss hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa and their car buddies but I’m sure the spring and summer roster will fill up quickly with 2014 shows.
The Pullman car show was cool for me because it coincided with the 40th annual Historic Pullman House Tour. One weekend a year, Pullman residents open their homes to the public for the house tour.
These 120-year-old landmark homes range from executive mansions to 14-foot wide worker's cottages to multiunit apartments, all with a charm that is part of the Pullman experience.
The tour looked like a great time but don’t worry if you missed it because there are more chances to learn about Pullman’s history.
The Historic Pullman Visitor Center, at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. It’s $5 for adults, $4 for students 18 and younger and $4 for seniors. The center shows a 15-minute introductory video on the community's history through today's preservation efforts.
There are also exhibits and photos of Pullman-related items. Visitors can also start a self-guided walking tour of the district by picking up a copy of the walking tour brochure.
For more information, visit pullmanil.org/visitorcenter.htm