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On the road: Battle lines drawn for WWII re-enactment

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  • The Midway Village Museum in Rockford will host the largest World War II re-enactment in the nation.

    The Midway Village Museum in Rockford will host the largest World War II re-enactment in the nation.

  • The Gaudete Brass Quintet will perform at the Chicago Cultural Center.

    The Gaudete Brass Quintet will perform at the Chicago Cultural Center.



A night of music

Coinciding with the Chicago Music Summit, a new music industry conference, the Chicago Cultural Center puts the spotlight on Chicago's thriving music scene with an evening featuring more than 20 local acts. The program will feature free live music with a Rock Room, Contemporary Classical Room, Hip-Hop or Jazz Room, the Blues Room and an Electronic Music Room.

6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630 or

Made in the Windy City

The first Andersonville City Made Fest features an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans. Festgoers can enjoy folk, blues, indie rock, hip-hop, world and Latin music. There also will be a full menu of local beer.

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen. Admission is $5. (773) 728-7552 or


How do you like them apples?

It will be all about apples at the 21st annual Long Grove Apple Fest. Indulge in a profusion of apple-inspired treats, such as pies, doughnuts, hot apple cider and apple lattes at village restaurants and outdoor food booths. There also will be a carnival and pony rides for the kids. There will be live entertainment and an apple pie-eating contest to round out the fun.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29, in the Long Grove Historic District, Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. (847) 634-0888 or

Fall cornucopia of food, wine and fun

Spend an end-of-summer weekend in the country in historic Cedarburg, Wis., during the 41st Annual Wine & Harvest Festival. Enjoy the abundance of Wisconsin's homegrown produce and artisan food products plus award-winning wines of the Cedar Creek Winery. There will be a Festival Food Court, a farmers market, arts and crafts, live music, a tractor-drawn hayride wagon, a scarecrow contest and a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, at W63 N643 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Free admission. (262) 377-3891 or

WWII re-enactment

The Midway Village Museum in Rockford becomes a battlefront as it hosts the largest World War II re-enactment in the nation with more than 1,000 uniformed re-enactors from 40 states representing soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Italy and Germany. The re-enactment will include 70 to 80 vintage tanks, halftracks and other 1940s era military vehicles, battles, museum displays, encampments of Allied and Axis troops in the Midway Village woods, Pacific Theater battles in the woods with soldiers dressed as U.S. Marines and Japanese infantry, a 1940s USO-style dance, food service and World War II memorabilia.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford. Tickets, available online or the gate, cost $12 for adults, $6 for children (3 to 17) and free for World War II veterans and museum members. Two-day event passes cost $18 for adults, $9 for children. (815) 397-9112 or

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