September…already? It is absolutely how crazy time is flying! Do not get me wrong, I absolutely love pumpkin spice EVERYTHING season, but I am going to miss the summer feel. That being said, Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner and it is time to give summer the perfect send-off. Here are some ideas for you and your family to enjoy!

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Labor Day At Navy Pier

September 2nd – 4th, 2023

Celebrate Labor Day at Navy Pier, where the Beer Garden presents three days of free live music entertainment during the weekend. Moreover, this Labor Day Weekend offers your final opportunity to relish the summer fireworks showcased at Navy Pier. The vicinity boasts a large Ferris Wheel and numerous attractions suitable for all age groups throughout the day. As night falls, the vibrant display illuminates the skies from the heart of Lake Michigan. The fireworks spectacle is scheduled for Saturday at 10:15 pm and extends for a breathtaking 15-minute duration, all free of charge. You have the option to observe it from Navy Pier or along the shoreline, with downtown rooftop bars serving as excellent alternative vantage points.

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Beach Day at the Lake

All weekend

Make the most of the sunny days by the water this Labor Day weekend without any hesitation. Oak Street Beach stands as one of Chicago’s highly frequented beaches. It not only holds volleyball tournaments but also provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the city skyline. On the South Side, Rainbow Beach and Park feature numerous playgrounds, gyms, and handball courts. Meanwhile, North Avenue Beach boasts several restaurants, a distinctive beach house, volleyball courts, and opportunities for bike and kayak rentals.

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Quick Vacay Roadtrips

Utilize the three-day weekend as a splendid opportunity for embarking on a day excursion to explore the scenic attractions of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Consider visiting the renowned Nordhouse Dunes, situated 49 miles (79 km) away from Chicago. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the verdant beauty of Starved Rock State Park, a 93-mile (150 km) journey. Another option is to discover the captivating Wisconsin Dells Area, which lies at a distance of 195 miles (314 km) from Chicago.

Have a safe and happy holiday, and don’t forget to enjoy Chicago 🙂