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10 things to do for Labor Day: Parades, music and fireworks


If you think you still have some summer time to attend this Labor Day weekend, we can help. Continue reading.

The music festival celebrates its 13th anniversary this year. More than 100 artists will perform on six stages in styles ranging from dubstep to house to trance. Starring Marshmello, Flume, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland and Alesso.

September 1-2 at 2:00 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 3 at 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview; single-day tickets start at $125 (ages 17+) Northcoastfestival.com

The pyrotechnics shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Navy Pier go on for a nice long time throughout the summer, but the final show is on Labor Day weekend. You can board the boat from Navy Pier at 10 PM on September 2, or if you’re looking for something special, try one of the boat excursions that are just for show.

Shoreline Lake Fireworks Tour at 9:25 PM on September 2 from Navy Pier dock, 800 E. Grand Ave.; tickets start at $40.95 shorelinesightseeing.com

One of the city’s long-time favorite music festivals will run through Sunday at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and other stages in Millennium Park this weekend. Highlights include: Makaya McCraven will be at the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday at 7:45 p.m., and Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars will close the festival at the same time on Sunday.

At Millennium Park until Sunday (seat and Great Lawn open daily at 2:45 PM, any entry to the park means direct entry to the event), 201 E. Randolph St.; free, for more information: chicago.gov

This three-day festival is specially designed for house and techno fans. Highlights of the series include Adam Beyer, Black Coffee, The Blessed Madonna, Boys Noize, Fatboy Slim, James Hype, John Summit, Miss Monique, Nina Kraviz, Patrick Topping, Tale of Us, and Vintage Culture.

14:00 – 22:00 Sep 1-3, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.; single-day tickets start at $149 (18+) arcmusicfestival.com

Coming back to its fifth year, this festival brings four blocks of art to the West Loop neighborhood. Various art mediums will be displayed and available for purchase. There will also be interactive art, live music, wine tasting and crafts for children.

On the West Loop’s Fulton Market from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on September 2-3; free, for more information: starevents.com

Presented by the Africa International House, this festival celebrates the art, sights, tastes, sounds and spirituality of black global cultures. Washington Park will be transformed into a simulated African village. There will be arts and crafts, live music, yoga, meditation and dance for kids.

Noon to 10:00 PM September 1, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM September 2-4, Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.; single-day tickets start at $20, admission is free on Friday, for more information: aihusa.org

Enjoy cycling on DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The entire route is 30 miles, but participants can go as far as they want. Water, snacks and toilets will be available at rest stops along the route. After the ride, enjoy the festival at Butler Field with music, beer and activities for children.

The ride is 6:30am to 10:30am on September 3, and the festival is between 8am and 12:30am at Butler Field at 235 S. Columbus Drive in Grant Park, $74 entry, and $18 youth entry. bikethedrive.org

A group performs in a flatbed truck at the Chicago Labor Day Parade on South Ewing Avenue on September 3, 2022, in Chicago.

Not to forget the reason for the three-day weekend, the annual Chicago Labor Day Parade celebrates the unions and labor movement that has never been as meaningful as it is now. Following the parade hosted by the Chicago Labor Federation, Eddie Fest (named after Chicago labor activist Ed Sadlowski) will be held at the Pullman Historic District from 13:00 to 18:00.

The parade will begin at noon on September 2 at 108th Street and Cottage Grove and travel south past Pullman Park to 113th Street; parade and Eddie Fest are free, for more information: www.chicagolaborparade.com

The British band, which had more or less 80’s music for a period, has been recording ever since; their newly announced 16th studio album “Danse Macabre” will be released on October 27th. The original lineup of Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor and Roger Taylor will be on Northerly Island this weekend with their Future Past tour.

19:00 September 1, Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive; tickets start at $99.95 www.livenation.com

rob a zombie and Alice Cooper Headline a night that includes the sets of Ministry and Filter, a rather different Labor Day parade.

18:00 September 1, Credit Union 1 Amphitheater, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park; tickets are between $25-356 www.ticketmaster.com

Alice Cooper at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on August 8, 2015.

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