Rock the Block

Dine • Dance • Rediscover Downtown

The Village of Lake Zurich will host its 3rd annual downtown block party, Rock The Block, on September 12, 2015 from 5 - Midnight.  Planned as an all-ages traditional street dance, partygoers are invited to Dine, Dance and (re)discover downtown Lake Zurich. Three live bands take the stage for an evening of music, food and fun, and young party goers can visit the face painter and balloon art, sponsored by Lake Zurich Tire and Auto.

The event will be held on Main Street in downtown Lake Zurich, (approximately 70 E. Main Street). To accommodate the event, Main Street will be closed from Church Street to Old Rand beginning at 1 P.M. on the day of the event.  Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton, Village Trustees and staff, local community leaders, and the public will attend.  

This event is the Village of Lake Zurich’s second effort to sponsor a large scale downtown event and planning for this event has been a community effort.  The Rock The Block task force, headed by Innovation Director Michael Duebner, is comprised of representatives from local service organizations and business owners.


For the night’s musical entertainment, a covered stage sponsored by ComEd, Costco and Midwest Motors will be erected at Old Rand Rd and Main Street.  Bands this year are:

5:00pm - 6:30pm
SONIC 7 performs all of your favorite 70s and 80s classic rock hits, and features two female lead vocalists who give an amazing performance

7:15pm - 8:45pm
Hello Weekend takes audiences to a whole new level. Not only with their incomparable style and sound but also by performing today's biggest chart topping hits and recreating them flawlessly.

9:30pm - 11:45pm
ARRA is a Chicago based rock band covering the music of Journey, Boston, Styx, Rush, Van Halen, Creed, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Foreigner and more.

Vendor Information

This year's Rock The Block has 22 available spaces for food trucks and limited mobile food vendors.  Get involved with this signature Lake Zurich event.  Download our vendor information packet.  Food vendors require a temporary food permit which is available through the Lake County Health Department.

New this year, pay online at:

A variety of food items will be for sale from area food truck vendors, and local eateries on Main Street will also be opening their doors that evening.  Beer, wine, Mike's Hard Lemonade products, water, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be sold. 


This year’s beer truck is collaboration between the Rotary, and Lions. Beer cups will be provided by Martin Enterprises.  No outside alcohol is allowed, and those wishing to consume alcohol will need to have their I.D. checked and purchase a wristband for $1. Wristbands are being provided by The Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse.  Beer tickets are available for purchase  at $4 for standard brands and $6 for craft IPA. All other alcoholic beverages $6.  Individual food vendors will sell water and soda.

No outside food, beverages, or coolers will be allowed into the event.

Rock The Block Food Drive

Help support those that need your help through our event food drive.
Volunteer at Rock The Block

We can always use a few good men and women to assist in making this year's event another smashing success.  Consider taking a shift at the ticket both or the beer trailer.  No prior experience is required.  Signup online here.
About Us

Rock The Block is the result of an effort by Lake Zurich Mayor Tom Poynton and the Village Trustees to bring special events to the community, and in this case, specifically to the Downtown Lake Zurich area.   

For the most up to the minute information, links to bands and vendors, and for more information, visit