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Neighborhood: Gangster Homes in Oak Park and River Forest
So you want to know how gangsters used to live? Join John Binder, a mob historian and author of "The Chicago Outfit," as he leads this two-hour trolley tour through the west suburban streets of Oak Park and River Forest. Expect to check out the exteriors of more than a dozen houses once owned by people in organized crime. Highlights include the previous homes of Sam Giancana, Tony "The Big Tuna" Accardo and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., call ahead to confirm availability each day. 217 S. Home, Oak Park, Ill.; 708-848-6755, oprf.com/oprfhist.
Lakefront Art Festival
It's sunny and warm and far too early to think about the holidays ... right? Maybe, but you might as well start looking for that perfect gift at this annual art extravaganza that draws crowds from neighboring states to attractions such as exhibits, live art demos, children's activities, entertainment and an on-site food court featuring summer fare such as brats, burgers, homemade ice cream and smoothies. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16; $4, free for children 12 or younger. Washington Park, Michigan City, Ind.; 219-874-4900, lubeznikcenter.org.
Whether you collect Art Deco or early Americana, this antiques market has been offering a grand variety to customers for four decades. Scope out goods in seven buildings and several tents. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16 (also Sept. 19-20, Oct. 17-18); $6. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, Mich.; 734-429-1131, annarborantiquesmarket.com.
Perseid Meteor Shower
Head for one of the darkest spots on the Door County peninsula, and bring a blanket or chair, to plop down, recline and be on the lookout for meteors. A telescope may be available for viewing the stars, but you're encouraged to bring your own materials for views beyond the naked eye's capabilities. Wednesday; Newport State Park (parking lot 3), 475 County Rd., Ellison Bay, Wis.; 920-854-2500.
If Tombstones Could Talk
Learn about the lives of Green Bay's dearly departed -- the famous ones and the not-as-famous ones -- during this outdoor walking tour sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society and featuring costumed characters. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; $5, $12 for families with children 16 or under. Allouez Catholic Cemetery, 2121 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, Wis.; 920-437-1840, browncohistoricalsoc.org.
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