Chicagoland Section

Chicagoland Section

Section President Messages

I hope this email finds everyone safe and well.  2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but it is time now to look forward to 2021.  It is time to elect new officers for the 2021-23 term for our Club.  We are looking for anyone interested in running for one of the four officer positions.  Below is a brief description of the duties of each.


  1. Calls meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
  2. Is responsible for carrying out the Bylaws of the Section and complying with National MBCA Bylaws and operating requirements.
  3. Is the Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and ex-officio member of all section committees.
  4. Is the Chief Administrator of the Section.
  5. Is responsible to the Executive Committee.

Vice President:

  1. Handles the duties of the President when necessary.
  2. Carries out any other duties requested by the President.
  3. Acts as a resource to the Activities Chair, when requested.
  4. Is responsible to the Executive Committee.


  1. Records and maintains minutes of all Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.
  2. Distributes minutes of all meetings within a specific number of days.
  3. Fulfills other secretarial duties as requested by the President.
  4. Is responsible to the Executive Committee.


  1. Records all receipts of money and pays all section expenses approved by both the Treasurer and the President.
  2. Assures that checks for payment of expenses are available to each section activity.
  3. Maintains and balances all bank accounts using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  4. Files all required tax reports, statements, and non-profit reporting requirements on or before their due dates.
  5. Files all required reports to MBCA National Business Office as needed or requested.
  6. Assigns and maintains itemized accounts by major areas.
  7. Assists Activities Director and Activity Chairpersons in financial planning and reporting of their events.
  8. Prepares written financial reports and presents at all Board of Directors meetings.
  9. Is responsible to the Executive Committee.

Kindly review the above and respond if you would like to be added to the ballot on our next newsletter.  Please respond to my email: [email protected] with your membership number and a brief bio. 

We need your name no later than Saturday, October 17 to make the deadline to publish ballots for the next newsletter.

We look forward to getting interested members involved in the future direction of Chicagoland MBCA!


Also, I want to remind you of one of the many benefits of Club membership.  MBCA primary members are eligible for exclusive rebates of up to $6,500 on the lease or purchase of select Mercedes-Benz 2020 and 2021 model vehicles until November 2. 

Click on the following link: for further information. 


Take Care and be Safe.


President of Chicagoland Section

Matt McFadden

I hope you can join us for our Second Event during these interesting times.  We are planning a nice picnic style dine and drive at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Rd, Franklin Grove, IL 61031 on Sunday, August 23, 2020.  Franklin Creek State Natural Area is located between Rochelle and Dixon, Illinois, just north of IL Rt 38.   See for more information about the area.

Plan on arriving at 11:00 a.m. and join us for lunch at noon. We'll have grilled homemade Bratwurst and/or Portobello mushrooms as a meatless choice, as well as some other great summer foods and beverages.  After lunch, enjoy the area – take a tour of the Grist Mill if you desire. You can leave when you like, and the event will officially end at 4:00 p.m.

It will be great to see other members at a beautiful venue after months of restrictions.  This is an outdoor event, and if it rains there are covered areas.  To keep everyone safe, we will be socially distancing -- so be sure to bring your face masks. Please RSVP to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, August 19 so we can obtain a count for the necessary food quantities.  Please take the time to join us -- the drive out and back should be beautiful!  


President of Chicagoland Section

Matt McFadden

I hope you will join us for our Club's first Cars & Coffee of the season on Sunday, June 28, 2020. It is time to bring your beloved auto out of storage and join us for our first event this year!  A great excuse to get out of the house -- meet us at Indiana Dunes State Park off I-94(Chesterton/Valparaiso exit) at 1600 N 25 E, in Chesterton, Indiana.

The State Park opens at 7:00 a.m.  Come early to avoid large crowds trying to get into the park.  We are planning on starting at 8:00 a.m.  We'll meet in the overflow lot (first parking lot on the right as you enter the park).  The fee to get in to the park is $12 for the day.  We will use social distancing to insure everyone's safety. Please bring a mask and your own coffee -- we'll supply the donuts and sweets.  It will be great just to see some of our members and their vehicles, even if it is at a distance. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to: [email protected].  Depending on the number, we may have to get an event permit.  I hope to see you there! 

President of Chicagoland Section

Matt McFadden

Dear Member,

Below is a tentative schedule of our Club Events for 2020, so you can start planning your Spring, Summer and Fall activities with us.  If you have more great ideas, or would like to help with our Club events this year, feel free to contact me.

I look forward to seeing a lot of you at our events this year!


    Date: TBD    Service Clinic at Mercedes Benz of Chicago. (An indoor event, rain or shine).


    Date: Saturday, 4/18:  Knauz Auto Museum, Cars and Coffee.

    Date: Saturday, 4/25: Join Wisconsin Section for a Tech Session at Black Forest Benz, in Glendale, Wisconsin.


    Date: Saturday, 5/16:  Montrose Harbor, Benz & Breakfast.

    Date: TBD      Mercedes Benz of St. Charles, with guest speaker from Cannonball Run 2019.


    Date: TBD      Kane County Cougar Baseball Game.


    Date: Saturday, 7/11:  DeutscheMarques All German Car Show at Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan.


    Date: Sunday, 8/23:  Geneva Concours d' Elegance, Downtown Geneva, Illinois.

    Date: 8/29-30    Road America, Wisconsin


    Date: TBD    Tailgating Polo Style:  Oak Brook Polo Club


    Date: Sat./Sun.10/ 3-4    Fall Color Tour


    Date: Sunday, 11/15:  Year-end Party, The Union League Club, Chicago


We welcome your input on other possible events being considered - dates to be determined:

    Studebaker Museum, Auburn-Cord Museum, New Buffalo wine-tour weekend, Iron Gate Cartoberfest. 

Think Spring,

President of Chicagoland Section

Matt McFadden

Even though Summer is coming to an end, there's no need for you to park your pride and joy just yet.

We have six more active Events scheduled for September through November before the End of Year Party, and I promise that the best is yet to come!










Gull Wing Group Car Show

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Abbey Resort



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Dinner 5:00 pm

Fontana, WI







Cartoberfest at Iron Gate

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Iron Gate Motor Condos



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Motor Condos














Lake Geneva Boat Show

11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fontana, WI



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Car Museum Tour & Lunch

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Volo Auto Museum



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Fall Color Tour

5:00 pm Friday 10/25

Radisson Hotel



msimon911a[email protected]




LaCrosse, WI












Drive to Dine: Taverne in the Sky

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Taverne in the Sky

S. Khong


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Lodge Kohler







Green Bay, WI












End of Year Party


Union League Club



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Heritage Room





For more detailed information on these Events, please vist the Chicagoland Website: 



We hope to see you soon!


President of Chicagoland Section

The Chicagoland Section