Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The village board officially approved the events on Monday.
Two Plainfield summertime events got the nod on Monday. Both Cruise Nights and the Plainfield Farmers Market will return to downtown Plainfield this year. Cruise Nights will be back thanks to the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which assumed responsibility for the event after previous organizer MainStreet Plainfield folded. The venue for classic car enthusiasts will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 to Sept. 3 along Lockport and DesPlaines streets. Meanwhile, the Plainfield Farmers Market is set to return to the southwest corner of Lockport Street and Route 59 on Saturdays from June 1 to Sept. 28. The weekly market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature locally grown produce. Organizer Susan Bostanche, owner of…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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 …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The organization, which was dedicated to promoting downtown Plainfield business, has folded, according to an email from Executive Director Susan Erickson.
MainStreet Plainfield Inc., the non-profit dedicated to preserving downtown Plainfield and increasing traffic at businesses there, has ceased operations, and village officials are looking for volunteers to keep at least one of the organization’s annual events going. On Monday, Planner Michael Garrigan said while the village itself has no plans to take on the responsibility of running Cruise Nights, it's working to help volunteers take the reins from the now-defunct MainStreet. Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. “We are working with volunteers to make it a success,” Garrigan said of the summertime event, which draws classic car enthusiasts to downtown Plainfield. Traditionally, Cruise Nights take place on Tuesday nights from May …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lockport Street was busy on Tuesday night.
These days, many motorists are looking for compact, fuel-efficient vehicles. That wasn’t the case back in the late 1940s when Powel Crosley got an idea that was a bit ahead of its time. “He had the wrong car at the wrong time,” said Plainfield resident Vern Kujath, who brought his restored 1947 Crosley pickup truck to the first 2012 Cruise Night in downtown Plainfield. Only about 4,000 of the vehicles were ever made, Kujath said. Kujath was just one of the classic car enthusiasts who congregated along Lockport Street on Tuesday night, showing off his compact truck. Kujath said it took three years to restore the truck, which sold for about $900 back in 1947. “It’s just a real unique vehicle,” he said. Other unique cars — including the 1957…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Summer Fest will move to a new location at Plainfield Central High School.
Just after Memorial Day — the unofficial summer kickoff for many — MainStreet Plainfield is bringing Cruise Nights back to downtown Plainfield. Tuesday, May 29, is the season’s first Cruise Night, aimed at drawing classic car enthusiasts and their best wheels to downtown Plainfield. MainStreet Executive Director Susan Erickson said a celebrity guest is expected for the kickoff event. “Mark Giangreco is our special guest and he’s bringing his ’57 Thunderbird,” she said of the ABC-7 sports anchor. Cruise Nights are from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from May 29 through Sept. 4. For a schedule of Cruise Night themes, visit the village website. MainStreets Kickoff to Summer Festival — once known as Spring Fest and, before that, Strawberry Fest — will …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Michigan Street will be closed for the once-a-month summer cruise night, which will feature T-Buckets and other vintage, antique or replica cars.
It’s been a rough few years for Nabby’s Restaurant, which has seen a dramatic drop in its business thanks to the double-whammy of Route 59 construction and slumping economy. With the light at the end of the tunnel – the road work should be finished by mid- to late-July – restaurant owners Mike Vitullo and Paul Hamiti are ready to reignite their Route 59/Naperville Road business and think a monthly car show/cruise night may be the key to revving their economic engine. “We used to do a heckuva lunch business, but the last three years have been tough,” Vitullo said. “It’s been brutal.” Even as most of the Route 59 has been reopened to four-lane traffic, one section of the roadway between Route 126 and Renwick Road is still just two lanes and …
Monday, May 30, 2011
Don't forget that the event requires that Lockport and Des Plaines streets in downtown Plainfield are shut from 5 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday for the weekly event.
If the weather wasn't your first clue that summer has arrived, then may this will be: Plainfield Cruise Nights resume Tuesday night. Sponsored by MainStreet Plainfield, Cruise Nights bring antique, classic and vintage vehicles to downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night. Don't forget, however, that the event requires that Lockport Street between Route 59 and Route 126 and Des Plaines Street between Chicago Street and the alley south of the Plainfield Fire District Station be closed in order to accommodate the cars and patrons. For more information, call 815-436-5510.