Sep 26 2016

The Best Chicago Drive-ins to Visit in the Fall

Best Chicago Drive-ins to Visit

The leaves are changing, the air is cooling and you just pulled out your trunk of sweaters from the attic. Summer has ended and fall is welcoming us with open arms. But even if pumpkins are in and pool passes are out, there are some traditionally summer activities that you don’t have to kiss goodbye just yet. So, gather up some blankets, pour some hot tea in a travel mug and pack up the car! Here are the best Chicago drive-ins to visit this fall.

Cascade Drive-in

This West Chicago drive-in offers weekend features in rain or shine (that’s top up or down, for you roadster fans). Open since 1961, The Cascade is the largest drive-in in Illinois. They offer concessions (including, of course, Chicago-style hot dogs). They also allow customers to bring in their own outside food (with the exception of anything from Scooby’s Hot Dogs next door, who refuse to dim the lights for the movie-goers’ sakes!). With double features every Friday, Saturday and Sunday into the fall months, the Cascade drive-in makes a great weekend outing.

Harvest Moon Drive-in

Head south from Chicago to Gibson City where you will find Harvest Moon Drive-in. This outdoor theatre was opened in the 1950s, shut down in the 1980s, and then reopened for the love of film. It even survived a tornado (which probably didn’t prevent them from screening “Twister” years later!) Visit Harvest Moon for a movie or two, in rain or shine. Arrive early to grill out and let the kids play on the playground or rent out a lawn game like cornhole from the Tiki Hut. Want extra bang for your buck? Visit on select weeks in September to participate in the 5th annual Fright Fest for Halloween themed double features, costume contests and more.

If you’re in the mood for some spooky good prices and friendly people, come on down to Sierra Mazda today for a new ride!

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Sep 12 2016

Three Fall Road Trips to Take in your Mazda MX-5

Fall road trips

The best way to enjoy any season is to give yourself the time to take it all in. Autumn offers changing colors, cooler weather and the scent of harvest. Get the most of this season by choosing from one of these fall road trips to take in your Mazda MX-5, ordered from shortest to longest.

Drive the Red-Arrow Highway in Michigan

For a quick jaunt into the afternoon sun, Midwestern sightseers can’t go wrong with the Red-Arrow Highway. The two-lane, tree-lined road curves along the southeastern edge of Lake Michigan. Bring a sweater and drive with your Mazda’s top down in the autumn sun, enjoying the changing colors of the foliage. Red-Arrow Highway will lead you to plenty of inviting beach towns along the way and straight to one popular vacation spot, Harbor Country, Michigan.

Cruise the Great River Road

It’s true, the Great River Road runs all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana, following the Mississippi River. For your fall road trip in your Mazda MX-5, you don’t have to be quite so ambitious (though by the time you reach New Orleans, you’ll certainly have the top down!). But, even if you stick to the Illinois portion of the Great River Road, you won’t be disappointed. Hop on at Fulton or Moline to see breathtaking views, state historic sites—even Popeye’s home in Chester, IL!

Make the Trek to Yellowstone

If it’s one-on-one time with your co-pilot (or your Mazda MX-5!) that you want, take a handful of days to make your way to Yellowstone National Park. This trip will give you over 20 hours of driving time, which is more than enough to enjoy the “road” part of a road trip. Plus, what can be more American than heading out west in your roadster? Take I-90 and make a pitstop at the Badlands or the Black Hills for extra sightseeing.

No matter where you’re going on your last big trip of the end of summer, stop in at Sierra Mazda to get your car road-ready first!




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Aug 25 2016

Talented Bands at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival

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Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival

Although we hate to say it, the summer season is finally coming to a close. Here at Sierra Mazda, we are going to miss the warm weather and the long nights of summer. However, before the season officially comes to a close, there is one last chance to celebrate it at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival! The festival, which takes place on Labor Day Weekend, brings some of the most talented musical acts in the country to the local area to perform. End summer with a bang by catching these talented bands at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival on stage!

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Insanely popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Toad the Wet Sprocket is a band with a name that is certainly fun to say! It is even more fun to see them in concert.

Rusted Root

Combining good vibes with a folk music sound, Rusted Root is one of the most recognizable musical acts in the industry! You will be able to recognize their music during the Last Fling Festival.

Sugar Ray

A true throwback to the music of the 1990s, Sugar Ray was an icon of the music of that era. Now they are returning on stage during the Labor Day festivities!

Celebrate the end of summer the right way by catching these acts and more at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival!

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Aug 07 2016

Introducing the Mazda Interactive Website

Published by under Mazda News

Mazda Interactive Website

Mazda has some of the most advanced vehicles that you will find on the road today. The team at Mazda also believes that it should integrate the most advanced technology into everything that it does. That commitment helped bring about a recent change for the Mazda brand.

According to a report from Marketing Daily, Mazda recently renovated the Mazda website in order to make it more interactive.

During their research, the team at Mazda discovered that their customers were using mobile devices to shop and research vehicles more than ever. In fact, 60 percent of the website’s traffic came from mobile devices.

Unfortunately, the Mazda website was not built with mobile reach as a priority. Sensing that they needed to change in order to provide the best experience for their customers, the Mazda team redesigned their website to make it even more accessible.

“We developed the new site to combat against the existing hard-coded system that took a significant amount of development work and testing every time we made a change, which made it difficult to quickly turn-around changes to the site,” Eric Watson, director of marketing operations for Mazda North American Operations.

No matter how you are planning to research Mazda vehicles online, the best resource to use is the newly-improved Mazda interactive website!

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Jul 25 2016

The Epic Million Mile Miata Trip

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Million Mile Miata Trip

A Miata might not be a convertible that impresses from the start, but it actually has a lot more to prove than you think.

Those who love Miatas love minimalism and this is a car that makes the driving experience a priority. One writer took a journey with the Miata to prove just this.

Alex Kierstein, of, took a 2862 mile trip with just his Miata. The top down, no radio, and no phone calls. Just him and the open road, from Knoxville, Tennessee to Monterey, California.

With a Miata that had already accumulated more than 335,000 miles, Kierstein began to travel through the steep San Juan Mountains that put nothing between him and the gorge below but naked cliff.

He even made it to the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to take the Miata for a few laps. There’s nothing quite like driving a car with that many miles and an open top around a race track!

Kierstein’s overall goal? To get this Miata up to one million miles. And, after the journeys it has gone through with Kierstein, it might just get him there.

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Jul 11 2016

All-New 2016 Mazda CX-9 Shows Luxury Potential

Published by under Mazda CX-9

all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9

Is Mazda becoming a luxury brand? Because of the all-new Mazda CX-9, it might!

The new CX-9 has all the advantages of a crossover with all the style elements of the always-impressive Mazda. It also starts with major power, boasting a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

It’s not only a power upgrade you’ll get, though. Mazda has changed everything about the CX-9, all for the better!

The old elements stay the same, like three roomy rows of seating so you can take the whole family on every ride.

But what about all that luxury talk? It boasts a powerful, sleek exterior that will turn heads wherever you go, and that style follows through to the interior, where rosewood accents and luxurious Auburn Nappa leather beckon you in.

You’ll also have high-class speakers with sound quality that’ll bring your favorite songs to life. And the luxury technology aspects don’t end there. SKYACTIV technology in your engine gives you that classic crossover power while increasing your fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 isn’t just turning heads; it’s pushing Mazda into luxury territory. Check it out today at Sierra Mazda!

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Jun 17 2016

Summer Chicago Events To Blow Your Mind

Published by under Seasonal Activities

There’s always something to do here in Chicago no matter what time of the year it is. However, some of the best events take place during the hot summer months. With a variety of different festivals, shows, and performances, Chicago comes alive during this time of the year. These summer Chicago events will definitely convince you to make the trip to the Windy City!

Millennium Pak Summer Film Series

The theater is not the only place you can catch a movie while you are in Chicago. During the summer, a whole host of famous films are showcased at Millennium Park. This year’s lineup includes Finding Nemo and Prince’s Purple Rain.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

All throughout the summer, Chicago’s Navy Pier will host several incredible fireworks displays. Of course, the most breathtaking firework show of them all will take place on the Fourth of July!


One of the biggest music festivals in the world makes its return once again this summer. Lollapalooza will take place from July 28 to July 31. This year’s lineup of artists include some of the biggest names in the industry, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ellie Goulding, and Radiohead, along with many other bands and artists!

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May 15 2016

Instructions on How to Prepare for a Tornado

Published by under Safety,Uncategorized


How to Prepare for a Tornado

Summer is usually renowned for its beautiful weather. However, that weather can suddenly turn violent with the introduction of a tornado to the area. Due to changing temperatures and fronts, a storm can sometimes produce a tornado, and that can spell trouble for you if you are not prepared. Fortunately, there are many ways to prepare for severe weather, even when there is the possibility of a tornado. Be sure to memorize these instructions on how to prepare for a tornado.

  • If severe weather is headed your way, then you should try to remove and dead or damaged branches from trees in your surrounding area.
  • Be sure to pick a room in your house to serve as your designated safe room. In order to provide you with the best protection, try to select a room that is in your basement and lacks windows.
  • Practice makes perfect for nearly everything in life. Therefore, you should set up a time to practice your tornado drill and go over it with your family.

By following these instructions on how to prepare for a tornado, you will be better prepared to face a severe tornado if it ever does touch down in your neighborhood.

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Apr 23 2016

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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distracted driving awareness

All day long, many of us are bombarded with bells, whistles, rings, and tweets from our phones. These notifications can be hard to ignore, but once you sit behind the wheel of your car, it is the most important time to ignore them.

Some drivers think that as long as they are using a hands-free device, it is still safe to talk on the phone. But, that is a dangerous misconception. According to the National Safety Council, 26% of all car accidents involve some sort of cell phone use, including hands-free.

Both driving and holding a conversation are thinking tasks, meaning that the brain cannot simultaneously focus on both. The brain actually rapidly switches between the two. This means that drivers talking on their phones can actually miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environment.

Here at Sierra Mazda, we want all of our customers to stay safe while on the road. We want to challenge everyone to sign this online pledge to “Take Back My Drive.” Imagine being able have a short time every day where you can disconnect and pay attention to the world around you instead of having to focus on your phone. Put your phone away and be a safer, happier driver.

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Apr 08 2016

Vintage Japanese Road Rally Tours California Coast

Published by under Mazda News

Japanese road rally

Earlier this month, Mazda and the Japanese Nostalgic Car magazine teamed up to present the only all-Japanese road rally in the United States called Touge California. On April 2nd, 28 rare and original Japanese cars from the 1960s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s went on a 200-mile journey along the California coast.

The rally began in San Diego and ended at Mazda’s headquarters in Irvine. There, participants got to experience a unique tour of Mazda’s private collection of more than 50 race cars, concepts, and other vehicles. This collection is not open to the public.

Of the 28 cars, 11 of them were Mazdas, including a 1975 Rotary-Engine Pickup, a 1978 GLC compact hatchback, and a 1985 RX-7 GSL-SE from Mazda’s own collection.

“We are proud to have Mazda, a company that understands the importance of heritage and motoring thrills, as a partner for our Touge California rally,” said Ben Hsu, editor-in-chief of Japanese Nostalgic Car, in a statement“As 70 percent of Japan’s terrain is mountainous, our goal with Touge California is to give owners of Japanese cars the experience of driving on roads similar to those on which their cars were born.”

Do you know anyone here in California who participated in this unique road rally? Maybe Mazda will make this an annual event for Japanese car lovers every year.

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