CityGate Centre will host Iron Gate Motor Condos competition

Tom Burgess with Ferrari  |  Submitted
Tom Burgess with Ferrari | Submitted

If You Go

What: Iron Gate Motor Condos International Car Show competition

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22

Where: CityGate complex at I-88 and Route 59 in Naperville

Facts: Over 100 cars representing classic and modern design from both Europe and America will be on display.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are requested for the Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, which supports kids with cancer. Visit

Amenities: The show is designed around “a street-fair atmosphere” with a number of food and beverage options, including outdoor dining from a menu of summertime favorites, the “Not So Suburban Brunch” at SugarToad, as well as specials at Tap In Pub and Carvery and Lavazza Espressions coffee shop.

Parking: Available at the CityGate complex

Car enthusiasts are invited to attend one of the more unique shows scheduled this summer. The CityGate Centre will present the Iron Gate Motor Condos International Car Show competition, which will feature more than 30 categories of high-end international cars.

The event is scheduled, in part, to help promote the Iron Gate Motor Condo Group, which plans to open a facility here in Naperville at I-88 and Route 59. It will house classic, exotic cars in a specially controlled environment.

According to promoter Kerry Kirkley, who has handled several promotions in the Chicago area, the car show will far exceed the typical Friday night neighborhood gearhead event.

“We’ll have cars from Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain as well as the good old U.S. of A,” he said.

“There will be classic as well as modern cars, and you’ll see everything from Ferraris and Bentleys to a Chevy Nova.

“Tom Burgess, who owns the Gate Motor Condo Co., has put together a great show for his first event.”

Burgess, an area commercial real estate developer who has added 1 million square feet of developed property in the area, said he has been looking to add to his passion for cars that his wife calls “his illness.”

“I already have storage for my cars as well as friends of mine who own cars as well; but for me, the fun is having a place where other people like me can get together and share stories about our cars and talk about places we want to visit to see others or just hang out together,” he said. “For me, that’s the most important thing about this.”

The car “condo” facility, which will be at 2212 Ferry Road, will begin housing cars by early fall, and Burgess reports that two-thirds of the car condo space for the project’s first phase is already sold out.

“People are buying these units not leasing them,” he said.

He’s also happy with support from the community.

“The folks at CityGate have been fantastic about helping out with this show and local businesses have been generous about offering a lot of money-saving coupons they’ll be giving out the day of the event.”

Burgess said that, while the show already includes a lot of cars from various collectors, local enthusiasts are welcome to bring their cars out the day of the show.

Competition will be conducted in 30 classes.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted for Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, an organization supporting children with cancer and their families.

Burgess said that a number of the show’s participants will offer rides in the exotic cars to Angel’s kids who have been invited.