Air and water extravaganza
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Flying in an airplane is fun again -- when you're a spectator at the Chicago Air and Water Show, that is. The show, which turns 55 this year, will feature flying and gliding machines like the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle, Lima Lima Flight Team, an all-veteran parachute team, an A-4 Skyhawk Jet performing Tac demos and Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman. The oldest and largest free show of its kind in the country also features wave riding, water skiing and wakeboarding.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18. Along the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 744-3315 or chicagoairandwatershow.us
A slice of Europe
The Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood has a European ambience, narrow cobblestone streets, murals and quaint storefronts. The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, a free, weekend-long arts festival, features more than 100 artists, open studios and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. There will be handmade arts and crafts, local food and kids' activities.
6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 17-18. 6900 N. Glenwood Ave. Chicago. Free admission. https://sites.google.com/site/glenwoodaveartsfest.
A room and a view
Take advantage of JW Marriott Chicago's Room and a View package while Chicago skies are still clear. The package includes luxury accommodations, complimentary valet parking, two free Skyscraper cocktails in the Lobby Lounge and two passes to the Willis Tower Skydeck plus 10 percent off in the gift shop.
Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 20. Rates begin at $249. Book by calling (312) 660 8200 or online at marriott.com/hotels/travel/chijw-jw-marriott-chicago with the code L9Z.
For a stinking good time
You won't see any vampires, but plenty of people who love Allium ativum, otherwise known as garlic, descending upon the city of Highwood for its third annual Garlic Fest. Held in conjunction with the town's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market, the fest features the flavors of garlic in ice cream, candy, cupcakes, scones and cocktails, as well as pastas, sauces, seafood, breads and butters. Vendors compete for the Best Sweet Garlic Creation and the Best Savory Garlic Creation. A new Garlic Queen also will be crowned.
4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave. Free admission. celebratehighwood.com.
Satisfy all kinds of musical fans at the 10th annual HarborPark Jazz & Blues Festival in Kenosha, Wis. Headline performer David Benoit brings his contemporary style jazz to the main stage. Also on hand will be the Harbor Park All Star Blues Revue and the Chicago Blues Jam featuring Omar Coleman and Toronzo Cannon. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of the many vendors on-site.
1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. HarborPark's Celebration Place, 54th Street and Lake Michigan in Kenosha. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $85 for preferred seating and a catered meal in the Texas Roadhouse VIP Lounge. (262) 654-2412 or mahonefund.org
Lighting up the lake and sky
The annual Lake Geneva Venetian Festival makes a fine last hurrah of summer. Celebrating 51 years in 2013, the five-day festival offers a carnival, a craft fair with 110 exhibitors, rock, country, pop, hip-hop and retro musical entertainment, a water ski show, baggo tournament, beer tent and local cuisine. Don't miss the festival's traditional lighted boat parade followed by the areas largest fireworks display high above Geneva Lake on Sunday night.
5 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday to Friday, Aug. 14-16.; noon to midnight, Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 17-18. Flat Iron Park, Seminary Park and Library Park in downtown Lake Geneva, Wis. VenetianFest.com