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 12th year, the show takes place rain or shine on the last Thursday in July in Lake Forest’s historic Market Square.
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.
Chuck ReQua was a husband, dad, and friend; he was full of life. In May 2002, Chuck had a mole removed from his back that was diagnosed as Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. A total body check led to more melanoma findings, which were also removed at that time. In 2003, doctors discovered a growth in Chuck’s lung after an MRI. He nearly qualified for a clinical study that would have led to surgical removal of the growth and using it to create a vaccine that would have been injected into his bloodstream to boost his immune system and fight the disease. Something that has become very effective. At the 11th hour Chuck did not qualify for the study. After going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 2004 he lost in the battle of melanoma. Chuck passed away July 31, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Martha, two daughters, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren.