• HOt rod HOliday HOedown 2014

    It’s almost here!  For the past two years, we have had an open invite Christmas Party, and it’s back again for 2014.  The HOt rod HOliday HOedown is a Christmas party/Sockhop/Toy Drive all in one!  We again have the World Famous Cadillac Casanovas playing all the great Rock’n'Roll and Rockabilly hits from the early 1950′s such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers and more!  We will have a pot luck style dinner (please feel free to bring a dish!!).  There will be an amazing Thowback Drink and Beer menu with drinks like the Vodka Gimlet, Big Mac Daddy, Harvey Wallbanger and beers like Schlitz, Blatz and Hamm’s!  There will even be open bowling upstars after 10:30!!!

    But, more importantly, the HoHoHo is a Toy/Food drive for An Angel’s Touch.  An Angle’s touch is a federally recognized organization that was formed in 1991 to assist working-class families in times of need. They recognize that misfortunes such as illness, job lay-offs and other unpredictable events can occur at any time and can be devastating to those involved. An Angel’s Touch therefore endeavors to bring comfort to those in need, whether by gifts of food, clothing, toys or other material comforts. They are a non-profit organization which depends on the generosity of others who are willing to donate their time, money and other resources to help those who are less fortunate.   Last Christmas, with your help, they helped over 30 families, and more during the year. They also passed along Christmas joy to the Blue Island Nursing Home, Courage, Guildhaus, the Southwest YMCA, to the CEDA School in Blue Island, and other organizations. And each year, after Christmas, they pass our remaining canned food donations to the St. Benedict’s Parish Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.

    We are proud to be working with An Angel’s Touch again this year.  AND…. this year, as a little incentive for ya, everyone who makes a donation will receive a raffle ticket which may win ya one of a bunch of raffle prizes donated by our generous sponsors and club members.  Our way of saying thanks.

    We will also have a 50/50 raffle, in which all the proceeds go to An Angels Touch as well.

    The current list of items needed can be found HERE.

    Info on last years Angel’s Touch activities are HERE.

    Cost is $10 and donations are strongly encouraged

    See ya Saturday, December 6, at 8pm!


  • Veterans Day Parade Info



    Blue Island American Legion Post 50 and the Blue Island Park District have finalized their plans for the sixth annual Veterans Day Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8.

    The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 123rd and Western, proceed south to Union St., west on Union to Highland Ave., and north on Highland to Memorial Park at 128th St. The parade grand marshal will be former Tuskegee Airman Virgil Poole of Glenwood.

    Following the parade, a variety of entertainment will be offered at Memorial Park. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., an antique car show will take place on the football field, with winners being selected in five categories: participants’ choice, spectators’ choice, club choice, best of show and best dressed. From 12:30 to 1 p.m., the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society will perform on stage in front of the stadium bleachers. At 1 p.m., an awards ceremony will be held for the winners of the car show. From 1:15 to 2 p.m., rising country music star Makena Hartlin will perform many of the more than 100 songs she has written. The day will conclude at 2 p.m. with a rifle salute by members of the Post 50 Rifle Squad.

    In addition to the live events, there will also be displays of antique military vehicles and informational exhibits from various veterans’ organizations. Beggar’s Pizza and the St. Walter’s School Student Council will have booths at the park to sell pizza and chili dogs, respectively.

    Post 50’s Veterans Day activities have earned recognition for the second consecutive year from the Veterans Day National Committee. Blue Island is the only Illinois community selected as regional site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2014. The committee is comprised of various national veterans and military organizations and selects a small number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country.

    Last year’s parade, themed “Welcome Home,” drew more than 90 entries and is viewable on YouTube under “Blue Island Veterans Day Parade 2013.” A similar number of entries are expected for this year’s parade, the theme of which is “Freedom Isn’t Free.”

    In addition to the parade, Post 50 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Plaza, Western Ave. at Grove St., Blue Island. The public is invited to attend.

    ******All Classic cars, Hot Rods, Antique Cars, etc should turn off Western at Krueger St (between Tanks & BI park District lot) proceed East to Gregory, turn North.  The Romin’ Chariots Car Club (Scott Schmaltz) will assign spaces to entries.

    Line up starts at 9:30 AM****


  • 2014 Veterans Day Parade


    For the second consecutive year, the Veterans Day National Committee has selected Blue Island as a regional site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2014.

    The Veterans Day National Committee, comprised of various national veterans and military organizations, selects a small number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. Last year, only two were selected from Illinois. From stirring parades and ceremonies, to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.


    Jim Reihel, Veterans Day Parade Committee chairman for American Legion Post 50, was notified of Blue Island’s selection in a letter sent by Mike Galloucis, executive director of the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. The letter stated that VA Secretary Robert McDonald had also notified Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office, and asked the Department of Defense to provide military liaison officers to help support Blue Island’s events.


    Post 50, along with the Blue Island Park District, will sponsor the sixth annual Veterans Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8. The parade will begin at Hart Park at 123rd and Western, proceed south on Western to Union St., west on Union to Highland Ave., and north on Highland to Memorial Park at 128th St. A classic car show and military vehicle exhibit will take place at the park immediately after the parade. Refreshments and entertainment will also be available at the park.

    If you would like to be apart of this years parade, CLICK HERE to download the application.  You can turn it in to the Blue Island Park Dist. (12804 S. Highland Ave. Blue Island, Il 60406), Phaethon Speed Shop (12636 S. Kroll Dr. Alsip, ILL 60803) Or email it to luck-e-pup@comcast.net



    Vet Parade Flyer

  • Thank You!!!

    This years Romin’ the Island Car Party was a success….evem with the rain! We had over 50 cars, from all over.  Even as far as Milwaukee!!  The music was great, and thanks to YOU, we were able to donate $1507 to Blue Cap!  We WILL be back there next year!

  • Rain Dance!

    We are doing our anti rain dance!  The show is still on.  Unless it is raining AT 3pm, we will see you at Blue Cap! Address is 1962 Broadway, Blue Island, ILL.  All systems go!IMG_20140919_185505

  • Rock Island Public House

    Looking for a great beer on the South Side?  Look no further then the Rock Island Public House!  Another of our headlining sponsors, RIPH has a great atmosphere, great bartenders, and an amazing selection of craft beers!

    “Rock Island Public House was opened by Jen and Dave Brown in 2012. We live in Blue Island and believe in this town, our neighbors, and the power of craft beer to build a community of individuals that support all things local. RIPH is a celebration of hard work and putting it all on the line to make it happen.

    We are dedicated to finding the best beer and supporting craft brewers. We admire their independent spirit, ingenuity, pride and commitment to quality.

    We named our bar in honor of the Rock Island Railroad, a “mighty fine line” that first steamed in to Blue Island in 1852. The Rock Island’s tracks still run behind the bar and continue to serve.
    We like to think that our Public House would have been the saloon of choice for all that helped make the Rock Island run. We are proud to carry on its tradition and invite you to join us.”


    Be sure to check them out!


  • Maple Tree Inn

    Maple Tree Inn has been our heading sponsor for the last 4 years!  We are excited to have them back again this year.  A little history about Maple Tree via their website:

    “The Maple Tree Inn opened its doors in 1975 by self-taught chef, Charlie Orr, aka “The Walrus.” After experimenting with different types of cuisine, from American to French, the Maple Tree Inn made the switch to Cajun/Creole following a chance encounter on New Year’s Day 1980. While in search of a hangover cure, Charlie came across a New Orleans chef on television talking about red-eye gravy. Intrigued, he ventured to the library and asked the librarian where he could find information on the subject. The librarian, who happened to be from Louisiana, asked, “What’s a big white guy like you want with red-eye gravy?” The librarian turned Charlie on to a Creole cookbook and the rest is history. Years later, Charlie would go on to say, “It was love at first sight. It was like I’d done it before. If you believe in another life, I must have been a Creole.”

    Now, as second-generation restaurateurs born and raised in the business, we are committed to the art of Cajun/Creole cooking. All of our food is prepared in-house, from our smoked andouille sausage, ribs, and brisket, to our famous Hickory Buttered BBQ Shrimp & Grits. Our drink selection features signature New Orleans cocktails–such as the Hurricane and Creole Voodoo Zombie, 8 boutique wines on draft, and a carefully curated list of 24 craft beers on draught, including a few rare vintage bottles.

    Our goal is simple: to provide you with the best dining experience possible. We want you to feel welcome, to relax and engage in the friendly art of conversation, have a couple drinks with friends, laugh, and take a little piece of New Orleans home with you.”


    The food is simply amazing!  The staff is some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  And their passion to bring you great food, in a great atmosphere, with great friendly service, is second to none.  Bee sure to check them out, and tell ‘em the Romin’ Chariots sent ya!

    Maple Tree Inn

  • After Party!

    Everyone who enters a car in the show recieves a wrist band, and this year, it not only lets you vote as a participant, but also gets you ONE FREE BEER at Mackenzie’s Place during our after party!  We will have great Rock-N-Roll and Rockabilly playing all night, some food to snack on, and the PBR will be flowing!

  • Thank you to our sponsors!

    We would like to thank our headlining sponsors. 

    Maple Tree Inn

    Maple Tree Inn

    Rock Island Public House



    Joe Matuk- MAC Tools

    Official Tool Supplier of the Romin' Chariots


    The Printing Press

    The Printing Press

    Gary’s Garage 

    Gary's Garage



    Be sure to check ‘em out!  We couldn’t put on the show without them! 

  • 2014 Romin’ the Island Car Party

    It’s almost here!  The Romin’ the Island Car Party is set for Saturday September 20.  3pm-7pm.  at Blue Cap special needs school 1962 Broadway, Blue Island, ILL.  We have some great things going on this year.  We have the world famous Krank Daddies playing live!!  An amazing raffle with an assortment of tools and swag from Joe Matuk, our MAC Tools guy.  We will have door prizes for car owners, Magic by Nutsy, a DJ spinning REAL Rock ‘n’Roll, and a flame show.  We will again have some amazing hand made trophies made by our club members.  Be sure to mark your calanders now!  And check back for updates.

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