Fall is my favorite time of the year.
In the fall, the nights are cooler and summer’s hot days are just an occasional bother. Watching the kids going back to school reminds me of my own excitement many years ago. All that and two of the best parties in Berwyn are right around the corner.
Twenty-three years ago, Berwyn held its first Route 66 Car Show. For the past 18 years, this great car show has been held right on the Mother Road – our own section of Route 66.
From Oak Park Avenue to Ridgeland Avenue, hundreds of the finest hot rod, custom and antique cars from across the Chicago area line up so we can look, talk and breathe in the art of the automobile.
They aren’t just beautiful cars, but cars that throw flames like dragons and dragsters that roar like, well, really, really loud cars. There’s music, too, with songs of the ’50s played by the Crown Vics, and an appearance by Dick Biondi, legendary radio disk jockey from the ’60s and ’70s.
Bring a friend or bring the family – spectator admission is free and there always is plenty of food. Mark your calendar for Sept. 7 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Mother Road (Ogden Avenue).
Just two weeks later, the Depot District explodes with Oktoberfest and two days of hot music, good food and traditional refreshments. My favorite bands are Sixteen Candles, playing great tunes from the ’80s and 7th Heaven, a great pop, rock and indie band. The international food court is big and luscious. The artists, craftsmen and vendors will delight you with their talents and wares. And like the Car Show, admission is free and a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the beginning of fall.
Mark your calendar for Sept. 20 and 21 in the Depot District (at the Burlington Rail Road and Grove Avenue).
These events are brought to you by the Berwyn Development Corporation, its volunteers and the city of Berwyn. Join the party, participate and have a wonderful experience in the best town at the best time of the year.
Jon Fey is the board president of the Berwyn Development Corporation