Racine is located in Racine County and it is the county seat. It lies on the shore of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Kenosha, along Highway 32.
Racine was founded in 1834 on a harbor and lake front, and became a city in 1848. In downtown Racine is Monument Square. Known originally as Haymarket Square, its name was changed on July 4, 1884, Racine's 50th anniversary. That day, the Vermont marble memorial was dedicated. The 61-foot monument was erected in honor of Racine Civil War veterans.
The population estimate for 1998 was 81,095. Racine is an ethnically diverse community. Festival Park, on the shore of Lake Michigan, is host to many ethnic festivals and events. Downtown Racine is home to several museums and galleries. Other attractions are the 112-foot Wind Point Lighthouse; the Malt House, home of the Haylofters, Wisconsin's oldest community theater group; and the Racine Lakefront Trolleys.
Racine is part of the Racine, Wisconsin metro area.
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Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
West Chicago Blooming Fest West Chicago IL May18 The City of West Chicago presents another colorful Blooming Fest, an annual downtown garden festival. It combines the West Chicago Garden Club's popular plant sale, with a craft show, children's activities, music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and restaurants get into the act with special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales.