Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

A few options to send summer off with a bang.

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Naperville’s Last Fling: When: Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5; Where: 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville; Hours: Friday: 5:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 10:30 p.m., Monday: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: ; Why go: Labor Day weekend will be filled with lots of family-fun at the Last Fling. Countless activities such as a carnival, contests, beer and wine tasting, along with enjoying live entertainment and good eats.
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Chicago Jazz Festival: When: Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4; Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park; Hours: Friday: 5:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 10:30 p.m., Monday: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: Free ; Why go: The 38th annual Jazz Festival promotes awareness and appreciation to all forms of jazz through live performances throughout the weekend. Artists such as Soul Mirgration, Oliver Lake, The Bad Plus and more will be featured.
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Taste of Polonia: When: Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5; Where: Copernicus Center in Chicago’s Jefferson Park; Hours: Friday: 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 10:30 p.m., Monday: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m.; Why go: Enjoy non-stop live music such as the polka and other various genres from over 30 bands, good eats and all the things that encompass the Polish heritage.
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Buffalo Grove Days: When: Thursday, September 1- Monday, September 5; Where: 951 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove; Hours: Noon to 11 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Buffalo Grove Days has something to offer for the whole family. Ranging from a carnival, bags tournament, to a BBQ challenge and art fair to a parade and delicious eats, there’s enough to keep everyone busy and having fun.
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The Great American Lobster Fest: When: Friday, September 2 – Saturday, September 3; Where: Navy Pier; Hours: Friday: Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Admission: $42 general admission, $160 VIP; Why go: This lobster fest is the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival. Guests can enjoy savory lobsters flown in from the East Coast, live music performances, family games and activities and shopping.
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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants: When: Thursday, September 1– Sunday, September 4; Where: Wrigley Field; Hours: Thursday: 7:05 p.m., Friday: 1:20 p.m., Saturday: 1:20 p.m., Sunday: 1:20 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: This Labor Day weekend is a good one for Cubs fans. Guests can score a Cubs cap or Cubs tumbler for up to the first 10,000 fans.
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North Coast Music Festival: When: Friday, September – Sunday, September 4; Where: Union Park; Hours: Friday: 3 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: North Coast provides entertainment from some of the best artists–including Bassnectar, Zedd, Juicy J and many more. This three day festival gives fans a chance to jam out to their favorite tunes and also enjoy good eats from over 20 local vendors.
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African Festival of the Arts: When: Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5; Where: Washington Park; Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children under 13; Why go: The 27th annual festival celebrate the African culture and all it has to offer. Interactive activities, drumming, museum artifacts, handwoven fabric and so much more will be showcased throughout Labor Day weekend.
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Frankfort Fall Festival: When: Saturday, September 3- Monday, September 5; Where: 123 Kansas St, Frankfort; Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 48th annual festival celebrates with the theme “Happy Days” as it reflects themed-60s when Frankfort first began the festival. With a delicious food court, beer tent, carnival, and almost 300 artisan booths, visitors are sure to enjoy a weekend of fun with the family.
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Septemberfest: When: Saturday, September 3- Monday, September 5; Where: The Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg; Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: As the city of Schaumburg celebrates 60 years, so can you. Guests can enjoy arts and crafts, a carnival, and entertainment on three stages, delicious eats and of course fireworks to end the fest.
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