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Sights & Soul: Legends for Summerfest

Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Anthony Hamilton, and John Legend have each been tapped to perform at Milwaukee’s 42nd Summerfest running June 25 – July 5.

Billed and confirmed as the world’s largest music festival by Guinness World Records, Summerfest will yet again boast eleven days of music on picturesque Lake Michigan, best of all, at an affordable price.

With tickets starting at just $8, the 2009 edition of SummerFest is a valuable option for those of you residing in the Midwest, including both Illinois and Wisconsin residents, within a few hours or minutes drive of Milwaukee.

Blending everything from pop and rock to R&B and Jazz, SummerFest’s 2009 line up also includes Hip Hop heavyweights Lupe Fiasco and Talib Kweli. In addition, SummerFest will feature 10 stages with the Roots, Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, and Jon Bon Jovi booked to rock crowds.

Beyond the festival, Milwaukee is home to the Miller Brewing Company, Harley Davidson and the stellar aquarium and family attraction Discovery World. While tours are offered at the Miller Brewing Company, families can easily fill a half day or full day at Discovery World.

Featuring an aquarium (salt and fresh water), interactive labs, hands on exhibits, the S/V Denis Sullivan, and picturesque views of Lake Michigan, Discovery World starts at an affordable price of $9.95 and is no more than $12.95 for adults. (see attractions below)

With prices like these, a weekend or midweek stop by Milwaukee’s Summerfest and nearby attractions could make for the perfect getaway.

Event Breakdown:
Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, July 5
Milwaukee, WI

Headlining acts: Earth Wind & Fire w/ Chicago (June 30), Stevie Wonder feat. John Legend(Sun. June 28), and Anthony Hamilton. Over 700 musical acts are confirmed to participate over the eleven day period.

*Note: Chicagoans heading to Milwaukee should check the Summerfest Web site, www.summerfest.com, in advance to get information on parking, Amtrak train service and ticket promotions. Also, the Web site www.plan94.org has details regarding the ongoing construction on I-94. ~ Chicago SunTimes



Useful Links/Travel Information:

Official Website – Summerfest.com (full line up, additional information)
Milwaukee Travel/Tourism – Visitmilwaukee.org
Discovery World – discoveryworld.org
—— By: Njai Joszor

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