Wood Dale hosts summer concerts, car shows, movie nights

A series of concerts, vintage car shows and movie nights are just some of the many summer events hosted by Wood Dale town officials.

Community events were largely absent last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some events such as the Prairie Fest remain canceled, others have returned and at full capacity, officials said. All events are free.

Mayor Nunzio Pulice said he was encouraged to attend the Cruise Night car show on West Commercial Street on Monday.

“It feels good to reopen things,” Pulice said. “We had a good turnout at the auto show. It’s nice to get back to some kind of normalcy.”

The summer festivities kicked off on June 4 with the Four C Notes performing at the first of four Sounds of Summer concerts. American English performed on June 18, while Modern Day Romeos and Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band are scheduled for July 17 and August 27, respectively. Performances will take place at Community Square, 300 North Wood Dale Road.

The Classic Cruise Night auto shows will have two more dates at Community Square – July 19 and August 16.

There will also be three outdoor movie nights, including a special “date” on July 23 at 320 North Wood Dale Road, in partnership with the Wood Dale Park District in a screening of “Grease”. Other movie nights are scheduled for August 20 and September 10 at the same location.

Wood Dale Community Outreach Director Grant Paplauskas said turnout was good for events and added that the first two summer concerts were twice as many as in 2019.

“The Wood Dale community definitely failed to organize any events, and the number of people attending clearly shows that,” Paplauskas said.

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