We Got a Cruise Night Criticism. But Uncovering 'Real Issues' is Tough When a Caller's Anonymous

We got a call from an anonymous woman this month who wanted us to shed light on the reasons she hates Tinley Cruise Nights.

I love receiving news tips from all of you. But in order for me to do my due diligence of following up on them, I need at least one tiny, little detail—your name.

I got a voicemail message this month from a woman who was irate about Tinley's new summer initiative, . She lives on the downtown strip, she said, and it's miserable every single Tuesday when parked cars block her from getting in her driveway.

She was dissatisfied with the "positive spin" she claimed we had so far put on the event and would rather the "real issues" be uncovered.

"The one thing that I would like to see addressed is how when the car show lines up they block people's driveways that actually pay to live on Oak Park Avenue and we can't even get into our own driveways," the woman said, in the voicemail message. "The first week, they blocked me. I could not even get in my own house. The last two weeks, I've had to stop my car in the middle of the road, move the cones so I could pull into my driveway."

My first instinct was obviously to call her back and chat about it. But I couldn't. She called me from a blocked number and didn't leave a name in her message. I was bummed.

I didn't want to simply ignore the issues she shed light on—they seemed pretty concerning to me—so I made sure to at least talk to Mayor Ed Zabrocki about it. After all, it's the only thing I really could do.

He admitted that during the first week of the event, there were a few kinks to work out.

"Now, things are going smoothly," he said, after a recent village board meeting. "We make sure the cars leave space so people can get in and out of their driveways."

I'm not sure if you've stopped by Cruise Nights and I'm certainly not trying to put a "positive spin" on it. But I'm there almost every week to shmooze with classic car owners for our Thursday feature.

I've never seen so many cars as I saw there last night and from what I could tell, it was a well-oiled machine. There seemed to be plenty of parking for visitors in nearby parking lots, police were directing traffic and there were cones indicating where people shouldn't park.

(Shrugs shoulders). I wonder if there's something I'm missing? Too bad I cannot call my special tipster to ask her

JoAnn Maloney July 27, 2011 at 08:28 PM
We (Classy Flowers) have a Florist business at 17311 Oak Park Ave. and we LOVE Cruise Nights every Tuesday! Mayor Zabrocki has done a wonderful job bringing such a great event to the downtown area in Tinley Park. We've been in business 25 years and we still enjoy meeting & greeting all the people that come & are walking around our shop area. We have seen only the positive side of Cruise Nights and we feel the Village has coordinated everything very well. If a business isn't open until 9 every Tuesday, they should try it & meet the many people that come to this event every week. Dennis & Jo Ann Maloney (owners)
TP Karen July 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM
I have stopped going to some of the restaurants on tuesday and find areas that are less crowded. Ed and Joes, Durbins, Village Pizza for example.
mr.joe July 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM
i think ms lingle should cook herself a nice home cooked meal on tuedays and then go to the cruse nught..
TP Karen July 28, 2011 at 01:27 AM
That's no fun! Besides once you've seen one old car, what's the point? I've got one old clunker sitting in my driveway now!
TP Citizen July 28, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Why dont they use that empty lot the middle school used to be on to park the cars. Its just a wasted space that could be utilized and oak park ave could be open for the traffic that needs to get through
Russ July 28, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Back in the day cruzin used to be all that high school kids would do on a hot summer night.This is not cruzin but it does bring back fond memories and it is good for Tinley business.Besides they are not just old cars . They are mint cars that are fun for a lot of people to look at.Why hide them off the road in some old parking lot just because someone is slightly inconvenienced?
Patricia July 28, 2011 at 02:36 PM
She is obviously a miserable person :)
TP Karen July 28, 2011 at 06:26 PM
I guess the point is that many are inconvenienced by this weekly event. Cruise Nights have become more and more popular and enjoyed by many; however, they can be nicely seen and enjoyed just the same in a large parking lot (i.e. the former Central Jr. High lot). Enthusiasts can still stop in local watering holes afterwards, if they wish, or enjoy a meal at the Oak Park Ave. restaurants without inconveniencing commuters and residents weekly. If it was held once, or even once a month during the summer months, it could be more easily tolerated; however, weekly seems a little much to me.
mr.joe July 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM
karen you need a man in your life..
Patricia August 01, 2011 at 11:39 PM
@emmybee I think u need all the smileys you can get. If you cant play nice take your crayons and go home.


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