The Show

Featuring live music and libations, the Market Square Car Show features an atmosphere unlike any other. Walk amongst an eclectic blend of automobiles featuring everything from concour winning classic showpieces to daily driven contemporary vehicles. The event is a fundraiser for Melanoma Research, but is free for exhibitors and spectators alike. Donations are appreciated and accepted both online or at the event. Now in it’s 13th year, the show takes place rain or shine on the last Thursday in July in Lake Forest’s historic Market Square.

The History

In 2001, Concert in The Square organizers asked Chuck ReQua, owner of Memory Lane Motors on Route 176 in Lake Bluff to organize a car show to accompany one of the Market Square summer concerts. Chuck went through his Rolodex of friends and industry contacts and the rest is history! The combination of exciting automobiles with live music in the picturesque Market Square provides something for everyone. Public reception of the event was so positive, he was asked by organizers to make it an annual event.

In 2004, Chuck passed away from Melanoma and his wife, Martha ReQua, was asked to continue the event. She agreed, under one condition, that the event serve as a fundraiser for Melanoma Research. The event has enjoyed steady annual growth raising thousands of dollars for Melanoma Research at Rush University Medical Center and helping to support the Chicago Melanoma Consortium which serves as the hub for melanoma specialists.

The Cause

This year our event will support the work of Skin of Steel, a Glenview-based non-profit that’s working to launch the first-ever, collaborative melanoma tissue bank at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University and three other partner institutions across the country. The tissue bank will enable public and private researchers to make major advances in the detection and treatment of melanoma, similar to what’s been done with tissue banking in breast and prostate cancer. It’s an exciting and innovative project, and something melanoma researchers have been hoping to accomplish. To learn more, visit www.skinofsteel.org. Melanoma is curable if detected early, so it is critical to raise awareness about the disease, check for skin cancer regularly and protect our children and grandchildren from the sun’s damaging rays and tanning beds. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the world claiming one life every hour.