CHANNAHON – Classic cars, free music and fireworks to close out the evening.
The above might not be found at your typical Forest Preserve District of Will County gathering, but all merge together when the district kicks off its third annual “Music at McKinley” event this coming Saturday night.
The family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. with a car show at McKinley Woods-Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon, along with a free concert featuring a 1950s rock 'n' roll and rockabilly band, the Cadillac Casanovas, starting at 7 p.m.
Don Gould, president of the district's Board of Commissioners, said the car show event has grown since it first began in 2012 to also include music and fireworks. The event, he said, is a reflection on how the Forest Preserve District has evolved over the years into an organization that caters to more than hikers, bikers and nature lovers.
“The preserves have really become not just a place for preservation,” Gould said. “With McKinley, we wanted to give people opportunity to do other things here. It's really a nice draw.”
Car show registration is free, according to a Forest Preserve District news release. To display a car at the show, car owners can pre-register online, download the registration form and mail or fax it as directed on the form, or call 815-727-8700. Car registration also is available at the event.
The event also offers food and drinks available for purchase through Heroes West Sports Grill. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the music and fireworks. No reservations or tickets are necessary.
IF YOU GOWhat: “Music at McKinley, an outdoors family-friendly event with a car show, free music and fireworksWhen: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 16Where: McKinley Woods-Kerry Sheridan Grove, 25055 S Walnut Lane, ChannahonAdmission: Free