Thinking of a short road trip?

Here’s what you’ll find along the I-94 corridor from Milwaukee to Chicago and west of Kenosha County:

Walworth County Fair

When: Aug. 28 to Sept. 2

Where: Walworth County fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St. in Elkhorn.

Known for: Summer isn’t over yet. At least, not at the Walworth County Fair. You’ve got one more chance to gulp all the lemonade you can drink, eat all the corn on the cob you can carry, spin on the Tilt a Whirl till you get sick and, otherwise, squeeze out a few more moments of summertime fun.

Details: Fair officials bill this event as “the biggest county fair in the state.” Grandstand entertainment this year features the a cappella group Home Free (winners of the TV show “Sing Off” in 2014) on Saturday night and the Christian rock band Newsboys United on Sunday night. Demolition derbies wrap up the fair on Labor Day. Note: Grandstand entertainment requires a separate ticket in addition to general fair admission.

Free activities at the fair (well ... free with a paid admission at the gate) include the fair’s Discovery Barn; horse pulls; children’s pedal tractor pulls; log cabin demonstrations; Swifty Swine racing — and swimming — pigs; the Moo-gician and the always popular eating contests.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for children age 4 and younger.

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Milwaukee Rally

When: Aug. 29 to Sept. 2

Where: Multiple locations, including Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., and Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, both in Milwaukee

Known for: The rally commemorates the American motorcycle manufacturer’s journey with group rides, custom bike exhibitions, live music and more.

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Local events: Uke’s Harley-Davidson, 5995 120th Ave., always has special events planned during the Milwaukee Rally. The local dealer is hosting a Labor Day Weekend Open House,Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, with free test rides for adults. Also, children ages 3 to 7 are invited to test ride the new StaCyc Electric H-D Bicycle.

Concerts in the Gardens

When: Thursdays through today (Aug. 29)

Where: Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners

Known for: A beautiful setting for outdoor concerts. Note: Admission to the Boerner Botanical Gardens is free for concert goers after 6 p.m.

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Chicago Jazz Festival

When: Through Sept. 1

Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. in Chicago along with other venues across the city

Known for: Free admission to dozens of performances with the best of the best in jazz.

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Indian Summer

When: Sept. 6-8

Where: The Summerfest Grounds in downtown Milwaukee at the lakefront

Known for: Traditional dances — and those fry bread tacos!



When: Sept. 21

Where: The Summerfest Grounds in downtown Milwaukee at the lakefront

Known for: A variety of pet-focused attractions and activities, including dock diving, agility and lure courses, main stage presentations including training and trick clinics and a pet-themed marketplace.


PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Live: Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers

Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers — a band made up of Ade on vocals, Cameron Fair on cello and piano, Brittany Lumley playing multiple instruments and backing vocals, Roger Gower Jr. on drums, John Kulas on the bass and Joe Adamek on lead guitar — played a two-hour set at the latest installment of Lincoln Park Live in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave., on Tuesday, July 17.

Here are a roundup of photos of the band performing at the event. 

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Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers, seen here performing in Lincoln Park earlier this summer, are playing at Laborfest on Monday.