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If you're into swing notes, potato pancakes or weekend-long music festivals, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting Chicago Jazz Festival, North Coast Music Fest, and Kid Rock is going to kick the weekend's face in with a performance at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Chicago Jazz Festival (8/29-9/1)

Chicago's longstanding Labor Day tradition is back, this time in Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Chicago Jazz Festival is the unofficial encore to Chicago's festival season and, with performances by Charles Lloyd, Robert Glaspo Trio and Donald Harrison, this event is a worthwhile curtain call on summer. For a more complete guide to Chicago Jazz Festival, click here.

North Coast Music Festival (8/30-9/1)

North Coast Music Festival, with the possible exception of Riot Fest, is - in this writer's humble opinion - Chicago's must underrated music event. The lineup is diverse (where else will you see Passion Pit and Wu-Tang Clan as headliners?), the ticket prices are reasonable and Union Park is an incredible setting.  This year's lineup includes artists of the moment like Mac Miller, Afrojack and Danny Brown, as well as hardened legends like the aforementioned Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and Just Blaze.

Kid Rock at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (8/30)

Labor Day weekend is all about throwing on some dolphin shorts, cracking a beer and giving one last toast to the dog days of summer. Like poetry from the heavens, Kid Rock will be in the Chicago area Friday night to get the party started. Say what you will about Kid Rock, but the dude's had an exceptional career and he does a lot to curb the cost of going to a concert. Oh, and ZZ Top is a featured act, so there's that too.

Funny or Die Oddball Fest (8/31)

Funny or Die is the official website of people who pass time at the office by watching viral clips and sending them to their coworkers. The site's famous for their Saturday Night Live-like sketch clips, but they're taking the comedy show on the road. This weekend, they'll be in Chicago with an unbelievable lineup of talent. Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Concords and Hannibal Burress!? Perhaps you've heard of them.

Taste of Polonia (8/30-9/2)

The Copernicus Center is hosting a weekend-long festival to celebrate Polish culture, including live bands, children's shows and, of course, as many potato pancakes and perfectly seasoned kielbasas as you can eat. Reason enough for us, anyway. 

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