Whether it is the largest fireworks show round (Navy Pier has you covered!), mesmerizing portraits in the Art Institute, or jazz legends playing live in the Chicago Jazz Festival, there is a Labor Day event in Chicago for everybody in. Below are a few of the highest things to do in Chicago Labor Day weekend.
Festivals and shows:
Chicago Jazz Festival
The 41st rendition of Chicago’s earliest free festival Includes a unique tribute to Nat King Cole with his brother Freddy Cole along with also a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The all-ages, multi-venue festival is the best way to wrap up the summer in Chicago. Check out the entire program.
Amazing American Lobster Fest
Here is the Midwest’s Biggest Lobster and Seafood Festival, held in magnificent Navy Pier. Love live lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast, live audio, family-friendly games and activities, exceptional arts/crafts sellers, land food alternatives, and cold drinks.
African Festival of the Arts
Now in its 30th season, the African Festival of the Arts brings a taste of African American culture to Washington Park — believe conventional drumming, museum quality and classic artefacts, and vibrant handwoven cloth and fabric. Interactive spaces comprise Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors, and Quilting, along with the African American Marketplace.
Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Do not miss the last opportunity to grab Navy Pier’s magnificent fireworks summertime. The nighttime sky lights up at 10:15 pm, but also make it an entire day of pleasure. Navy Pier is home to 50 acres of picturesque boardwalk boasting fresh restaurants, ship tours, and attractions such as the towering Centennial Wheel.
Music on the Lake in Navy Pier
Inspired from the Miller Lite Beer Garden in Navy Pier to get free live music and dance over Labor Day weekend.
Ravinia Music Festival
Ravinia Festival is a neighbourhood favourite. The sprawling outdoor amphitheatre is the best place to establish a picnic and revel in live music, from classical to pop up to family-friendly shows. Anticipate a Fantastic lineup of musical acts that this Labour Day weekend, for example:
Figures of Speech
This is the very first-ever demo dedicated to the work of Virgil Abloh, multimedia, multi-genre artist, architect, DJ, and Chicago native. He was Kanye West’s top creative collaborator, designing album covers and merchandise, and he began his very own style brand Off-White. His trajectory continues, however: Last year, he had been appointed Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton. The display covers the many facets of his multi-disciplinary livelihood and the way they intersect.
The Fly Honey Show
Now entering its 10th season, The Fly Honey Show in The Den Theatre digs deep to the assignment to elevate girls, trans, non-binary, LGBTQIA people and allies via a raucous re-imagination of the classic cabaret. The night promises an intimate and explosive celebration complete with high-definition dancing works, raw storytelling, and a rotating line-up of Chicago’s premiere performance functions, and a fierce ensemble of allowed people, novice and professional painters alike — all backed with a 9-piece live group.