Experience it all this Labor Day weekend in Chicago - whether it be the biggest fireworks bonanza around (Navy Pier has you covered!), or just casually soaking up the last moments of summer.

Feel the music and celebrate the history of jazz at the 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park, just one of the many weekend festivals that pack the calendar. To stay near picturesque Lake Michigan, grab your bathing suit and relax at one of Chicago's 23 beaches or travel from park-to-park on the Lakefront Trail. Or go indoors to check out the newest exhibits at Chicago museums.

To cap off summer 2017, what is better than these free and budget-friendly activities? Create your perfect itinerary for Labor Day weekend in Chicago now! These are the biggest weekend highlights but you can also check out the complete 2017 Festivals Guide for more event picks.



Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival - FREE
August 31-September 3
For the 39th year, one of Chicago's oldest free lakefront music festivals will fall on Labor Day weekend. The festival kicks off with an afternoon full of live performances at the Chicago Cultural Center.

North Coast Music Festival
September 1-3
The best of the best will be performing in Union Park, bringing an eclectic mix of hip hop, indie rock, electronic, jam bands and more.

lobster fest

Great American Lobster Fest
September 1-3
Complete your Labor Day weekend with this seafood feast set right on the waterfront at Navy Pier. Dig into a whole lobster meal with the works, plus enjoy live music and family-friendly entertainment.

African Festival of the Arts
September 1-4
Every Labor Day weekend, Washington Park is transformed into a lively bazaar with handcrafted artwork, vibrant musical performances, children entertainment and activities, authentic cuisine and more.

Taste of Polonia
September 1-4
Jefferson Park hosts this celebration of all things Polish. Get ready for periogies, potato pancakes and blintzes galore! Come for the food, stay for the non-stop live music and cultural festivities.

Chicago Summerdance

Chicago SummerDance - FREE
September 1-4
Celebrate one of the most expressive art forms practiced around the world right in Chicago's Grant Park. This summer long series features free dance lessons and different live bands all on an outdoor dance floor - the perfect excuse to let loose!

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks - FREE
September 2
Don't miss the last chance to catch Navy Pier's spectacular fireworks this summer. The night sky lights up at 10:15 pm, but make it a whole day of fun - Navy Pier is home to 50 acres of scenic boardwalk boasting new restaurants, boat tours and attractions like the recently debuted Centennial Wheel. 



Stingray Touch Shedd

Amphibians and Stingray Touch
Shedd Aquarium
Enjoy the underwater wonders found in nature at this family-friendly favorite.

Brick by Brick
Museum of Science and Industry
Lego blocks go big! See massive scale creations from the beloved colorful bricks.

Robot Revolution
Museum of Science and Industry
Explore and interact with several new robots featured during the return of this fascinating exhibit. 

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Jurassic World: The Exhibition
The Field Museum
Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition, which blends real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment.  

Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life
The Field Museum
Uncover the secrets of over 30 million specimens from rare deep sea-dwelling creatures to fossil brains to meteorites.

Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America
Chicago History Museum
Explore nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within their own borders.  



Workout in the park

Workouts in the Park - FREE
September 1-2
Challenge yourself at the final day of this fun outdoor series! Grab a spot on the Great Lawn of Pritzker Pavilion for early morning Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, or Zumba. 

Chicago Cubs Baseball
September 1-3
Head out to Wrigley Field as the Cubs face the Atlanta Braves for the weekend series.

Chicago White Sox Baseball
September 1-4
On the South Side, catch the White Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend or the Cleveland Indians on Labor Day afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Maggie Daley Park - FREE
Located in Chicago's downtown Loop, Maggie Daley Park is the new hot spot for kids with a massive play garden, a rock-climbing wall, and a vast green space.

The 606

The 606 - FREE
Go on an urban trek through Chicago neighborhoods on The 606, a 2.7 mile elevated trail that was once an abandoned railroad track. The paved path boasts innovative art installations and access to ground-level parks, and is a scenic way to explore beyond downtown. Bonus: the trail is bike-friendly!

Chicago's Lakefront Beaches - FREE
Ride the trail, lounge in the sand, swim in the water. The city of Chicago has a picturesque back-drop of Lake Michigan, providing 23 beaches and a 26-mile lakefront as well as 8,100 acres of green space and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
FYI: Labor Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy the beaches this summer!

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