5 Things to Do: Labor Day Weekend Go Guide

Summer’s last blast is this weekend—don’t miss it.

We’ve got great ideas for Labor Day weekend entertainment, from music to art to even sending yourself up the river—with a paddle. It’s going to hurt to turn the calendar over to September, so take advantage of every single second of this three-day weekend.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 29 to September 1
Millennium Park, Chicago

It’s the bookend to the Blues Festival and a smooooth way to say goodbye to summer, Chicago-style. Enjoy jazz greats all weekend long in a beautiful setting—perfect for families, date night, you name it.

North Shore Greek Fest

August 31 to September 2
Hellenic American Academy, 1085 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

Opa! A Labor Day tradition on the North Shore, Greek Fest means great music, fantastic food and fun with friends. It’s that neighborhood fest you’ve been meaning to go to all summer long.

Remix Chicago

Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1
Milwaukee Ave. between Fullerton and California, Chicago

If you’re a green sort of guy or gal, then this is the art fair for you. The Ravenswood Remix is now Chicago Remix, and it’s the place to find recycled and repurposed goods, transformed into new form and function. There’s great indie music and fun for the kids, too!

Deer Path Art League’s Art Fair on the Square

Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2
Market Square, Lake Forest

Find top-notch art in the heart of Market Square in Lake Forest. Each year more than 500 artists from across the country appear in this summer’s end fair—resulting in the best of the best on display.

Shared Streets Evanston

Sunday, Sept. 1
Demspter Ave. at Chicago Ave., Evanston

Part of Evanston’s 150th birthday celebration, Dempster Avenue will be open for pedestrian fun on Sunday—including yoga, Zen Chanting, Zumba, bike safety demos, a poetry slam and much, much more.

Wait! There’s more!

It’s Labor Day weekend, and you’ve got an extra day to get out and about. Here are a few more suggestions:

Get out and about on a Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour. The CAF offers phenomenal tours of the city and ‘burbs. Think about taking in “Chicago’s Amazing Fair of 1893” or “Millennium Park Revealed,” both on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Paddle up the river—Chicago River Canoe and Kayak has a Skyscaper Canyon Tour on Sunday, Sept. 1.

It’s the last beach weekend! Just about everyone is wrapping up supervised swimming this weekend, so make sure you hit the beach one last time!