Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Shannon Blum
August 30, 2019 - 7:00 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – It's Labor Day weekend in Chicago! 

With summer coming to a close, there are still plenty of festivals and events going on to keep you busy during the long weekend. From food fests to culture, jazz and other music, to baseball and more, you're sure to find something to do.

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.

The Great American Lobster Fest

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. Each attendee receives a 1.25-pound steamed red lobster or a lobster roll, served with corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, a dinner roll, lemon wedges and melted butter. Once you're full, head to the stage, where you can catch live music all weekend. This year, the event is also introducing a Lobster Hero Feast for an additional fee, which includes all-you-can-eat lobster during a three-hour period at lunch or dinner.

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave

When: Friday & Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Cost: $44, VIP $119

Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world across the city during new, extended festival dates. Headliner performances in Millennium Park include Eddie Palmieri, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Art Ensemble of Chicago and more.

Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

When: Friday-Sunday, schedule varies

Cost: Free

pierogis

Taste of Polonia

The annual Labor Day weekend festival at the Copernicus Center in Chicago’s Jefferson Park offers non-stop live music, food, and fun for four days. Feast on potato pancakes, kielbasa, pierogis and more. Once you're full, stick around to take in performances from polka bands and tribute acts, explore photos of Polish Chicago between 1850 and 1939, watch traditional dance groups or enter a cow milking contest.

Where: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

When: Friday, 5-10:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 admission before 5 p.m.; $10 admission after 5 p.m.; kids 12 and under free

African drums

African Festival of the Arts

Washington Park is transformed into an African village during Labor Day weekend, where guests can shop for traditional goods, take in performances from drumming groups, learn about African spirituality or sample some delicious food. Head to main stage to catch sets from acts like the Ohio Players, Donnie McClurkin and Wale, or head straight to the food court to track down Caribbean jerk chicken, jollof rice and more delicacies from the African Diaspora.

Where: Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

When: Friday, 1-10 p.m.; Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Bears fans

Chicago Bears Block Party

Before football season starts, the Chicago Bears throw a block party in Logan Square (on Milwaukee Avenue between Spaulding and Kedzie) with performances from LovelyTheBand, Friday Pilots Club, Marina City and more. The event also features appearances from Bears alumni, food trucks and a bar stocked with beer.

Where: Logan Square - North Milwaukee Avenue between North Spaulding and North Kedzie Avenue

When: Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Party like it's 1599! Every Faire day recreates a time when knights were noble, maids were merry, and turkey legs were titanic. Once you enter the portal gates, you travel back in time to the year 1574, and you’ve walked right into an exciting village festival day. And what calls for the celebration? Queen Elizabeth, Herself, is visiting Bristol! It’s time to eat, drink and be merry! 

Where: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha 

When: Saturdays, Sundays, & Labor Day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Neon Summer go-carts
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Neon Summer

The folks behind Jack's Pumpkin Pop-up and Frosty's Christmas Bar have set their sights on summer in Chicago, when the weather is warm and people generally want to be doing something outdoors. Neon Summer transforms a two-acre stretch of land just west of Goose Island into a destination for family-friendly fun and late night thrills for those who are at least 21 years old. With a go-kart track, a mini golf course (outfitted with its own cocktail bars), photo opportunities for your Instagram and food trucks serving hot dogs, cotton candy and more, this pop-up may transport you back to the summers of your youth—even if they're a distant memory. Admission includes access to the mini-golf course, but you'll need to pay an additional fee to get behind the wheel of a go-kart.

Where: Goose Island, 1265 W Lemoyne St. 

When: Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 4-10 p.m.

Cost: Varies

NorthCoast Music Festival

NorthCoast Music Festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island over Labor Day Weekend on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, 2019. More than 25 acts encompassing a wide range of electronic styles will perform across two stages including headlining performances by Bassnectar and Major Lazer.

Where: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Dr.

When: Friday & Saturday, 2-11 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Aon Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier

It's the last firework show of the season at Navy Pier - the destination for spectacular fireworks in Chicago, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. 

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Saturday, 10:15 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Schaumburg Septemberfest

This fest includes arts and crafts show, craft beer and wine tent, carnival, Taste of Schaumburg, entertainment of 3 stages, parade and fireworks.

Where: Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: Free, VIP $10/day, $25/3-day

Taste of Melrose Park

Taste your way through Melrose Park. Celebrating its 38th year, the Taste of Melrose Park returns with food, entertainment, fireworks, crafts and more. All food items are $3 or less.

Where: Melrose Park Campus near the NW corner of 25th Avenue and Lake Street

When: Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Naperville’s Last Fling

The Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling is a family-friendly community festival which takes place over Labor Day Weekend in and around Downtown Naperville and, for many, is a fun way to say farewell to summer! The Last Fling offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages to enjoy including: national and local musicians on two stages, Family Fun Land, a carnival, unique special events, a business expo and a running event.

Where: Rotary Hill, 440 Aurora Ave., Naperville

When: Friday, 4:45 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:45 a.m.

Cost: Varies

Irish Days

All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Don't miss the Irish Costume Doggie contest and the Best Looking Men's Legs in a Kilt contest. Featured performers include Larkin & Moran Bros, Beamish, The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, Dooley Brothers & Jimmy Moore, The Tooles, and more!

Where: Downtown Long Grove, 228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

 Paranormal Cirque
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Paranormal Cirque

If Labor Day Weekend makes you switch from summer vibes to spooky vibes, than this event is for you. Paranormal Cirque is a crazy yet fun fusion between circus, illusion, theatre, and cabaret, all working in perfect harmony under the black and red big top tent.

Where: Downtown Long Grove, 228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Monday, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m

Cost: Varies

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 16: A baseball sits on the field before the game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago Cubs v. Milwaukee Brewers

It's Labor Day Weekend in Chicago and what better way to spend the long weekend than at the Friendly Confines cheering on the boys in blue, as they take on their rivals the Milwaukee Brewers! 

Where:Wrigley Field, 1060 W Addison St.

When: Friday-Monday, 1:20 p.m.

Cost: Varies