Take some Time Off and Enjoy these Labor Day Weekend Events in Chicago and the Suburbs
As Labor Day approaches and the summer season begins to wind down, what better way to celebrate summer’s last stand than with music, sports, and fireworks? Chicago is moving away from the desk and taking some time off to enjoy summer’s last hoorah. These various Labor Day activities throughout Chicago and the suburbs will help soak up the sun – and the long weekend.
Take it slow and relax into the long weekend by enjoying some live music at the Chicago Jazz Festival. This free festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6, and features acts such as Muhal Richard Abrams, José James, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9. The event will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, then move to Millennium Park for the remainder of the festival. A short 5 minute walk from the 73 East Lake apartments and a 4 minute drive or an 11 minute walk from the 215 West Apartments.
Transition from smooth jazz to popping hip hop and EDM to pump up the weekend! North Coast Music Festival is a three day music festival from Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 6. The festival’s lineup features acts such as Widespread Panic, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, and The Chemical Brothers. The festival offers a variety of ticket packages. The event also includes free water refill stations and over 20 food vendors from vegan to summer festival classics. Only a 9 minute ride on the L pink line from 215 West Apartments or an 11 minute ride on the L green line from 73 E Lake St.
Also, remember to wear white before Labor Day by showing some Chicago team spirit. Both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have a series of Labor Day weekend home games. The Cubs have a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks from Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 6, at Wrigley Field, only a fourteen minute ride from bus 22 from The Belden Stratford. If you prefer cross-town, the White Sox have a Labor Day game against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Only a 7 minute taxi ride from south loop locations AMLI 900 and Vue20.
Finally, summer should go out with a bang! Enjoy the last Navy Pier fireworks show of the season on Saturday, Sept. 5. Firework cruises are also available for an up-close view of the show through Spirit, Odyssey, Mystic Blue and Seadog cruise lines. The firework show begins at 10:15 p.m. and is only a 7 minute drive from the 73 East Lake location or a 13 minute drive from the 215 West Apartments.
The festivities continue beyond the city with the 50th Last Fling festival in Naperville. Hosted by the Naperville Jaycees, the festival runs from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7. The festival includes nightly live music, a family fun land and carnival. On Labor Day the festival will host the Fling Mile and Rooster 5k, followed by a Labor Day parade. The event is fun for the whole family, free entrance and only a 7 minute drive from the AMLI at Naperville location.