Plainfield Chamber to Jump-Start Cruise Nights

After the shutdown of MainStreet Plainfield, the chamber will take over responsibility for organizing the summertime event.

Fans of Plainfield’s Cruise Nights can take heart: The downtown Plainfield classic car nights will be back this summer, according to the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The fate of the Tuesday night event was uncertain after MainStreet Plainfield — which was responsible for organizing Cruise Nights and other downtown Plainfield events — went out of business.

Read: MainStreet Plainfield Closes Up Shop

Board chairman Dave Kaleta said the chamber board met Thursday, voting unanimously to resume responsibilities for Cruise Nights, along with several other former MainStreet events.

The downtown “Spooktacular” Halloween-themed event and Candlelight Christmas will return this year under the chamber of commerce leadership, Kaleta said.

While it won’t be back for 2013, the Easter-themed “Egg’Straordinary” event will return next year, he added.

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“It won’t happen this year, just because there’s not enough time to plan,” Kaleta said.

Held Tuesday nights during the summer months, Cruise Nights has been a driving force in bringing people to downtown Plainfield. During the event, Lockport Street is closed to traffic to allow car enthusiasts to display their four-wheeled pride and joy.

“It’s a good fit for downtown Plainfield and it needs to be continued,” Kaleta said. “And we had the resources to make it happen.”

Cruise Nights 2013 are scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from May 28 to Aug. 27, according to Kaleta.

… the search continues

In other chamber of commerce news, the board is still on the lookout for a new executive director following the resignation of Liz Collins.

“We’re about halfway through the search,” Kaleta said. The chamber will accept resumes until March 15. 

  • Plainfield Chamber Seeks Executive Director
  • Plainfield Chamber Chief Collins Resigns

For more information or to submit a resume, click here.


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Lysa Heaton March 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Cruise night is nothing but fantastic for Plainfield residents as well as the Plainfield business owners downtown too. If you don't like cars Jen, grab a beer, browse some of the shops, maybe have a bite to eat.....maybe it will cheer you up a little ;) The cruise night is not about having to fall in love with cars! It's an opportunity to get the community together and to promote our lovely downtown for what it is. I for one and absolutely delighted to read that it will continue :)
Lysa Heaton March 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Deb A. March 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
You said it, Tony! The talent, dedication, and hard work that goes into restoring classic cars is immense. It involves not only mechanical knowledge, but artistic talent as well. Having a place to showcase these works of art (YES, many of them are works of art, from the custom paint and interiors to the intricately custom built motor) not only bonds a community and families, but absolutely does provide revenue. Would you rather Naperville, Shorewood, or Oswego get the business? Nope, continue to showcase these cars in the beautiful setting that is downtown Plainfield.
Brian J May 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I love the cruise nights and look forward to tuesday nights to bring the family into town. I have 3 seperate cars and the whole faimly loves to head into town to eat in dads old rides.
Susan Gercone May 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I love Plainfield and love to attend when I can. Even if the "browsers" should not happen to buy anything, I am sure the folks bringing thier cars find it a pleasure to get a nice cold beer, and sandwich while they sit there for several hours...don't be such a grouch OT. So where are you going on Tuesday night that you don't like going to the next street to get out of town? Fill us in.


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