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Sunday picks: Sip, sup at Festival of the Vine

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  • Emmett Malloy pours a glass of wine for a customer during last year's Festival of the Vine in Geneva. This year's fest ends Sunday.

      Emmett Malloy pours a glass of wine for a customer during last year's Festival of the Vine in Geneva. This year's fest ends Sunday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Historian and re-enactor Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" at the Naper Settlement in Naperville.

    Historian and re-enactor Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" at the Naper Settlement in Naperville.
    Courtesy of the Naper Settlement

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By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Festival of the Vine
Sample a variety of wines at the Festival of the Vine, at Third and State streets, Geneva. Other events include an arts and crafts show, a flower market and a variety of food from local restaurants. Free; charge for wine and food tastings. Visit 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Bartlett Heritage Days
The annual Bartlett Heritage Days in downtown Bartlett offers a plethora of activities including an antique fair and flea market, a baggo tournament, arts and crafts, historical re-enactments, pony rides, inflatable playgrounds, a carnival, food, concerts and more. Free admission; some activities require fees. (630) 924-4263 or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Turkish delight
It's not exactly the courtyard of Topkapi Palace, but Daley Plaza, at 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, makes a fine open-air setting for the 10th annual Chicago Turkish Festival. There will be demonstrations of Turkish art, film, dance, music and food and a chance to learn a bit about the history, culture, heritage and cuisine of the Asian-European country. Watch performances of Turkish folk dances and authentic Turkish music, demonstrations of silk carpet weaving, paper marbling and calligraphy and more. Free admission. (847) 722-3884 or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 9-12

Hot town, harvest in the city
Celebrate the harvest season at the historic Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. During Harvest Days, enjoy the conservatory's big backyard with numerous family-focused activities that include horse-drawn hay rides, corn husk crowns and crafts, worm picking and compost harvesting, live goats and chickens, honey harvesting and tasting from the conservatory's hives plus beekeeping demonstrations. There also will be live music and dance lessons, lawn games and cooking demos. Admission is $3, children ages 3 and younger admitted free. (773) 638-1766 or 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Fast and the curious
More than 60 high-performance, vintage and newer model Ferraris will be on display at the Ferraris in the Loop event outside the Italian Village restaurant, at Monroe Street between Clark and Dearborn streets, Chicago. The 85-year-old restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Italian feast, along with live music and special activities just for the bambinos. Tickets cost $30; kids 5 and younger admitted free. (312) 332-7005. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Head out to an old-fashioned family picnic at the Cornfest celebration at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. The fest features plenty of fare, including pies, taffy apples and corn. Other highlights include games, races and music. Free admission. Tickets are required for food and some activities. (630) 655-2090 or 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

'Tempest' hike
Theatre-Hikes brings Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle, in September. The play centers on Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan and a powerful sorcerer, who has been exiled on a remote island. There he works his magic, with the help of the sprite Ariel and the slave Caliban, to find a prince for his daughter and to regain his throne for himself. Thrisa Hodits directs the show, which features music by David Kornfeld of Underscore Theater Company. $8, $12 members; $13, $19 nonmembers. (630) 725-2066 or or 1 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9-30

Tom Chapin & Friends
Tom Chapin & Friends play a variety of music in a kids' concert in the pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10; lawn $5. (847) 266-5100 or 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

'A Change in the Air'
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra opens its 63rd season with its "A Change in the Air" concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Pianist Joyce Yang performs and guest conductor and ESO music director finalist Dorian Wilson leads the orchestra. (847) 888-4000 or 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

BG Singers
The Buffalo Grove Park District's BG Singers present their "Platinum" concert in the performing arts center at Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets are $16-$17 in advance; $20 at the door. Visit or call Lindsay at (847) 850-2132. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

'Mr. Madison's War'
Terry Lynch portrays President James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, in "The War of 1812: Mr. Madison's War" in the Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. The program is part of the "History Speaks" lecture series. For all ages. Tickets cost $5-$6 in advance; $6-$7 at the door. (630) 420-6010 or 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Closing Knights
The New York-based orchestra The Knights closes out the Ravinia Festival's 2012 summer season with opera soprano Dawn Upshaw tonight at 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10-$15 lawn tickets, $75 pavilion or Martin Theatre tickets. (847) 266-5100 or 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

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