The AACA Illinois Region and its Chapters

On January 15, 1946 the Illinois Region was chartered by the Antique Automobile Club of America and became the first region of the eleven-year-old club. In the early years the Region included five mid-west states. Today, the Region’s 200 plus families extend from the southern suburbs of Chicago to the Northeastern section of Illinois and everything in between.

The Region sponsors two three-night tours a year, spring (usually May) and fall (October). The annual Membership Meeting is in January.  Our Swap Meet is held in the spring, typically in April.  Our Annual Vintage Car Show will take place in July  at Cantigny in Wheaton and is one of the nation’s longest running antique car shows.

The four chapters of the Region alternate coordinating the sponsored events. In addition to the Region events, each Chapter has their own meetings and events. The Region is made up of a busy group people who like to have a good time. That isn’t hard to do when a bunch of car-nuts get together.

Welcome to the Illinois Region and its Website! Get to know the Region, its Chapters and the events that the members enjoy and contact us to have a good time!!

DesPlaines VALLEY Chapter

Though one of the smallest Chapters of the Region, Des Plaines Valley was one of the first to be chartered. Since it charges no dues, it prides itself in functioning on a “shoe string” budget.

Chapter activities center around the Joliet area, but at times go astray. Every May the Chapter participates in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Fly-In” Breakfast at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville. It’s an event filled with food, antique cars, and interesting aircraft arriving, departing, and displayed.

Members often travel to other antique automobile events including Iola and Hershey. They also enjoy joining meets with other groups such as the Hudson, Franklin, Packard and Studebaker clubs. Past events have included a “Clunker” Tour, where daily drivers were the tour vehicles, when their antique cars were stored for the winter.

For information, please contact Chapter President, Lee Nelson at
[email protected].

Lee Nelson, President
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Robert Findley, Vice President
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John O’Halloran, Secretary
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Nancy Nelson, Treasurer
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Fox Valley Chapter

Organized to serve the interests of antique car enthusiasts in the western Chicago suburbs, the Fox Valley Chapter received its charter in the late 1950’s. Although members reside in all areas of Chicagoland, the Chapter continues to host most of its activities in the western suburban area.

Fox Valley is an active Chapter with events planned for every 2 or 3 months. Events include a mid-winter pizza party, a “dust off” tour in April, a picnic and/or tour in June, and an annual Christmas party.

So that the events are more accessible to all members, they are not planned as moneymakers. Member charges are for the cost of the event only.

The Fox Valley Chapter enthusiastically supports, assists and participates in the Illinois Region activities.

If you are interested in joining a friendly and diverse group of antique car lovers, please contact Chapter President, Dan Sobczyk at [email protected].

Dan Sobczyk: President
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Chris Schurrer: Vice President
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Cheryl Woosley : Secretary/Sidelights
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Silver Springs Chapter

A few informal meetings led to an AACA Charter for the Silver Springs Chapter on February 10,1972. One of the first activities that the Chapter sponsored was what has become the Annual Auto Show on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The non-judged show has grown over the years and a Commemorative Plate is offered to the first 300 cars. A variety of antique automobiles have been featured on the Commemorative Plates over the history of the show.

Although it does not have a large membership, the Silver Springs Chapter enjoys being an active member of the Illinois Region. Chapter functions include a Spring Dust Off Tour, an annual picnic, a bowling party and an Annual Holiday Dinner. Chapter meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at members’ homes. Activities and meetings are generally in the Sandwich area.

John Medghyesi – President – 

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Chris Schurrer -Vice President

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Andy Voss,- Secretary

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John Baxter, Treasurer

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Waukegan-North Shore Chapter


After enjoying close ties and sharing activities the North Shore Chapter and Waukegan Chapter joined to form a single chapter known as Waukegan-North Shore. The Chapter promotes the preservation and restoration of antique automobiles and the history associated with them.

Chapter membership is concentrated in the northern suburbs of Chicago, but all of Chicagoland is represented. Chapter members have an appreciation of all makes and models of vehicles and have a wealth of experience, which is readily shared with others. Since it is not a “marquee” club, a wide variety of automobiles and eras are represented.

The Chapter has many activities throughout the year with the singular goal of enjoying antique cars through driving tours, car shows, swap meets and various other gatherings.

For more information about the Waukegan-North Shore Chapter, please contact Chapter President,  Harold Flood @ [email protected].

Waukegan-North Shore Events Calendar

Harold Flood – President
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Chris Schurrer – Vice President
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Dan Helgren – Secretary
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Don Schreiber – Treasurer

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