Midwest travel: U.S. Pizza Museum sets up shop at Logan Square's Whistler


Slice of heaven

There's a museum for pizza? You bet. Sort of. The U.S. Pizza Museum doesn't have a permanent physical home, but you can see items from its collection online and in pop-up exhibitions like the one at Whistler Storefront Gallery in Logan Square. The exhibit focuses on pizza pop culture and Logan Square pizzerias. Artifacts include video games about pizza, ShowBiz Pizza Place memorabilia, pizza-themed vinyl records and stuffed animals of retired pizzeria mascots. An opening party launches the show, with free pizza from Father & Son Restaurant, while supplies last, and entertainment by Chicago rapper and pizza enthusiast ShowYouSuck and DJ Charlie Coffeen of the band Sidewalk Chalk.

6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; from Monday, July 18, through Sept. 18 at the Whistler Storefront Gallery, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Opening party from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, July 20.

Rolling out the sidewalks

Twenty-nine businesses of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood will line Clark Street with bargain goods, fashion, antiques, personal fitness offers and service specials at the annual Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale. You can't find this stuff at big box retailers: goods from Crossroads Trading; Chicago Dance Supply; Marguerite Gardens; Mercantile M; Milk Handmade; Orange Shoe Personal Fitness; Presence Women's Clothing and others. The annual Summer Sidewalk Sale also coincides with the Women & Children First (WCF) Used Book Sale.

9 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, on 5000 to 5800 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 728-2995 or

Search for treasures at the Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale July 22-24. Courtesy of Women & Children First

Take me to the river

If Chicago's River North has anything, it's retail and restaurants. The 15th Taste of River North should suit all palates, from kids to foodies. Area eateries, merchants, artists and entertainers will line Ward Park along the Chicago River. Vendors from Da Lobsta and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to Fannie May and Farmhouse will be offering sizable tasting portions. Music headliners include Lucky Boys Confusion at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sixteen Candles at 8 p.m. Saturday and Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press at 6 p.m. Sunday. Plus, there's the Lurie's Kids Activity Area and Echoes of Chicago's Arts on the Riverwalk featuring the work of local artists, artisans and craftspeople. Arrive early for morning workouts in the park hosted by East Bank Club.

5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 22; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago. $5 suggested donation for entry; food and drink tickets are sold in strips of 5 tickets for $5.

The 15th Taste of River North serves up local tastes July 22-24. Courtesy of Taste of River North


Burning Cow?

You've heard of the Burning Man Festival in the Pacific Northwest? Well, the Midwest has the Burning Cow Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, featuring three days of live blues, alt-country, rock and jam bands. Headliners include Anthony Gomes on Thursday, Sweetkiss Momma on Friday and Biters on Saturday. Located on more than 40 acres of the Memorial grounds with rustic camping, hot showers, barbecue, beer and breakfast, the fest culminates with a massive wooden cow torched in the night.

Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23, at 4780 Mathey Road, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Three-day passes cost $40-$50; a one-day pass is $25. Camping is free with a ticket purchase.

The Burning Cow Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, offers three days of live blues, alt-country, rock and jam bands, plus camping and more July 21-23. Courtesy of The Burning Cow Music Festival

Air supply

The Janesville, Wisconsin, area gives you another reason to keep your eyes to the skies during a three-day gathering of World War II-era aircraft at the Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016. See B-29 FIFI, B-17 Aluminum Overcast, B-25 Yellow Rose, P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, T-6 Texans and many more. Tour aircraft and other exhibits on the ground or take a ride in your favorite aircraft. There will be food vendors, a beer and wine tent, merchandise vendors, World War II re-enactments and 1940s-era music.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 22-24, at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 W. Airport Road, Janesville, Wisconsin. Admission online or at the gate (cash only) is $15 or $25 for a family for a three-day pass. Air rides cost extra.

Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 takes over the Janesville, Wis., skies Friday through Sunday, July 22-24. Courtesy of Heavy Bombers Weekend

That's amore

Festa Italiana, Milwaukee's largest Italian festival, serves up Italian food, entertainment, culture and more. Don't miss, direct from Italy, the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine performing formations and exercises used in battle in medieval Italy. Play bocce ball, take a gondola ride, and try authentic Italian fare from gelato and pizza to sausage sliders and octopus salad. Entertainment includes opera, doo-wop and plenty of crooners.

11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Advance tickets purchased online cost $10 through July 21 or $13 at the gate. (414) 223-2808 or

Play bocce at Festa Italiana Milwaukee, in between bites of ravioli and pizza, July 22-24. Courtesy of Festa Italiana Milwaukee

Shake the Lake

Lake Lawn Resort in nearby Delavan, Wisconsin, presents a three-day Shake the Lake Music Festival of tribute bands, '80s music (with a costume contest) and classic rock. Get in on the Walworth County Bags Tournament Championship, carnival games and food truck fare.

Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan, Wisconsin. $20 for a three-day pass in advance (if purchased by Sunday, July 24); $25 for a three-day pass at the door; $40 for two to the bags tournament and festival; $10 for a day pass. (262) 728-7950 or

Galena, Ill.'s Goldmoor Inn offers a Links & Luxury package throughout golf season. Courtesy of Unposed Photography

Good as gold

Galena, Illinois' Goldmoor Inn offers a Links & Luxury package that includes exclusive savings on golf, dining and more. Check in for a luxurious two-night stay in a suite with fresh flowers, whirlpool tub, fireplace, a dining area and kitchenette and views of the Galena countryside. The packages includes: accommodations for two nights in a luxury suite; $100 credit for dinner at the Goldmoor Inn's restaurant, which overlooks the Mississippi River Valley; gourmet breakfast served in-room or in the restaurant each morning; and two 20 percent savings certificates for a round of golf at any of Eagle Ridge's championship courses.

Available throughout golf season at Goldmoor Inn, 9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena, Illinois. The package is priced from $790 per room (double occupancy). For reservations, see

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