Here are some of the festivals happening along the I-94 corridor as we head into July:
Taste of Chicago
When: July 10 to 14 Where: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St. in Chicago Known for: An enormous variety of food — and enormous crowds. Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival and the largest festival in Chicago. Non-food-related events include live music on multiple stages. Admission is free. More information: www.cityofchicago.org
When: July 11 to 14 Where: Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee Known for: This French-themed celebration kicks off with the Storming of the Bastille 5K Run, possibly the best name for a fun run. The free street fest also features live music, French cuisine and a 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica. More information: www.easttown.com
Milwaukee Air and Water Show
When: July 27-28 Where: Milwaukee’s lakefront Known for: Thrills in air and on the water. The show features the U.S. Air Force Jet Demonstration Squadron, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the U.S. Navy Seals Parachute Team, among others. More information: mkeairwatershow.com
When: July 19 to 21 Where: Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee Known for: Cannoli eating contest, cooking demonstrations, bocce tournament and live music on four separate stages. More information: www.festaitaliana.com
When: July 26 to 28
Where: Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee Known for: Festival mainstays are bratwurst, beer and potato pancakes. You’ll also find oompah-pah bands. More information: www.germanfest.com
Brady Street Festival
When: 11 a.m. to midnight July 27 Where: Brady Street, between Van Buren Street and Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee Known for: Four stages featuring local bands. More information: bradystreet.org
Chicago Air and Water Show
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17-18 Where: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago Known for: Thrilling formation flying and water stunts — and enormous crowds. More information: www.cityofchicago.org
When: Aug. 23 to 25 Where: Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee Known for: Since it began in 1973 as a south side street festival to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, Mexican Fiesta has evolved into one of Wisconsin’s largest Mexican festivals and a showcase for the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, which sponsors the event in an effort to award scholarships. More information: www.mexicanfiesta.org
Chicago Jazz Festival
When: Aug. 23 to 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. More information: www.cityofchicago.org
Waves on Lake Michigan crash into the north pier near the lighthouse on Jan. 7. The view may change as city officials consider a $3.65 million pier extension to help stop silt and sediment from building up at the mouth of the harbor.
Above, the sun rises slowly over Lake Michigan’s dark, churning waters off the Kenosha lakeshore on a recent morning. At top, the tall ship the Red Witch sits at its moorings alongside the Kenosha Harbor.
This image was taken by a Kenosha couple of local teens in swimming attire on the north pier who were seen jumping several times into Lake Michigan on Friday.
Shrouded by fog
Fog on Lake Michigan Wednesday partially obscures the Red Witch, a reproduction of an early 19th century Great Lakes schooner that regulary cruises the local coastline and is homeported in Kenosha.
The Thomas family enjoying an early evening walk down by the Kenosha pier on Lake Michigan (Jake, Camryn, Samantha and Darin)
Submitted by Taylor Thomas
Casting for a bite, Tyler Niemeyer of St. Charles, Minn., makes his way back to shore to change lures while fishing Lake Michigan off the Pike River. Fishing columnist Bill Kloster believes the bite around town from the shoreline at Lake Michigan, although presently bleak, has the potential of providing “extra angling excitement that keeps fishermen awake at night.”
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding near the Pennoyer Park Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding off of the Pennoyer Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Behind the Lens - Kiteboarding
Brian Erwin, of Kenosha, get his foil-equipped board out of the water while kiteboarding off of the Pennoyer Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan. When I headed to the lakefront to take photos of him in actino, I packed our longest lens, a 400 mm and brought a converter as I was expecting him to be out on the lake. To my surprise, he stayed pretty close to the shore and I found myself with a little too much of a zoom. This photograph filled the entire frame of the camera.
Charles Matalonis Jr., of Kenosha, starts his kiteboard from the beach by the Pennoyer Park Sesquicentennial Band Shell on Lake Michigan.
Some peace of mind
“I like open space. I don’t see the end of it, so that gives me peace of mind,” said John Kramarz as he fished at the Pike River outlet into Lake Michigan at Pennoyer Park on Sunday.
STANDALONE WEATHER FEATURE
A wild ride on the Lake Michigan waters
A kiteboarder plays in the waves along Simmons Island on Thursday. It won’t be much warmer today, despite mostly sunny skies in the forecast. Winds will be easterly from 10 to 20 mph today, and waves on the lake will be from 5 to 9 feet high. For more on the lake boating advisory and the AccuWeather forecast, see Page A12.
Andrew Sadock, owner/captain of the Red Witch, oversees the dry dock procedure from the bow last fall at Southport Marina. The 77-foot double-masted schooner served 3,232 customers over summer 2017 in Kenosha. It is back in Lake Michigan this year and the ship will lead the procession of the Tall Ships Festival back to Kenosha in 2019.
Another home game postponement for Kingfish
Kenosha Kingfish grounds crew members Nathan Hansen, left, and Drew Dyer (grandson of Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer and son of hitting coach Brian Dyer) fill in a muddy infield patch at Simmons Field on Wednesday afternoon. Wet field conditions delayed the midday game against the Lakeshore Chinooks before it was eventually postponed. It will be made up July 3 at 4:05 p.m. as the first game of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games. Wednesday was the second consecutive day the Kingfish had a home contest postponed after rain washed out Tuesday night’s tilt against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. That will be made up Aug. 2 at Simmons as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.