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Summer festivals in the Midwest

Summer festivals in the Midwest

Bicycles and balloons, football and films, garlic and golf — disparate things, for sure. But they're all at the heart of festivals and other special events that promise to make this summer interesting in the Midwest.

Here's a sampling of what's going on between Memorial Day and Labor Day:


June 5-25 — 7th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival, Carbondale area. Performances ranging from orchestral and chamber music to opera, jazz and new music are held across the southern part of the state, with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as the focal point. Fee applies for some events; 618-453-2776; Miles from Chicago: 335

Aug. 9-14 — Reagan...