Still cruising for summer fun

2013-08-21T00:00:00Z Still cruising for summer funJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
August 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

There have been quite a few times this summer when our nights out transported us back in time.

My in-laws picked up a 1950s Chrysler this year and have been making the rounds at the local car shows. Our son has hung out with Grandma and Grandpa at several Lansing Cruise Nights, Whiting’s 119th Street Cruise Night and the Munster car show.

If you’re a car enthusiast, there are plenty of car shows to go around. Even those of us who are not that into cars can find something to do at the shows like people watch, try local eateries or window shop.

It’s fun to hang out by a classic car and watch the passersby reminisce about the good old days.

We also boogied back to the ‘50s when we saw “Million Dollar Quartet” for our anniversary this month. The musical, staged at the Apollo Theater in Chicago, tells the story of what happened in the Sun Record Studios the night Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley came together.

On our first date almost five years ago, I invited my future husband to come with me to an Elvis impersonator show at the American Legion in Lansing. I had to write an article about it for The Times so I figured I’d mix in a blind date at the same time.

The date obviously went well and we’ve shared a little Elvis here and there ever since, including having an Elvis impersonator sing at our wedding reception, a visit to Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., and our recent “Million Dollar Quartet” experience in Chicago.

Summer isn’t over yet and there is plenty to do this weekend in downtown Chicago and closer to home.

If you know a kid who loves the Disney Junior show “Doc McStuffins,” you should take them to the Doc Mobile Tour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Compass Rose at Navy Pier.

My son watches this show sometimes and I love it because the young animated star is a doctor for toys. It focuses on positive things like brushing your teeth and eating healthy and uses toys to demonstrate what can go wrong if you don’t take care of yourself.

During this free event, little ones and their families can experience Doc activities that focus on healthy living and well-being. They can bring their favorite toy for a check-up inside Doc’s mobile clinic too. For more information, visit

If you want to stay closer to home, come out from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 for a spaghetti dinner in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. Knights of Columbus General Pulaski Council 3323 will host the all-you-can-eat meal at St. Columba Social Center, 13323 S. Greenbay Ave. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and younger. Carry outs will be available.

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