It’s Labor Day Weekend which usually means the end of summer. However, according to the calendar we still have three weeks left! So let’s make the most of our remaining summer weekends!!
Celebrating its 14th mouth-watering year, the Roscoe Village Burger Fest returns to Belmont and Damen Avenues this Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.). Come prepared to taste grilled creations from at least a dozen local restaurants that go to extraordinary lengths to impress all the burger aficionados out there. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite since the most popular burger of the weekend will earn this year’s visitor’s choice award! In addition, there are two stages of rockin’ music, arts & crafts, and an action-packed Kids Zone area that makes this a wildly popular Windy City fest!!
The month of September kicks off with a brand-new event. The ARC Music Festival 2021 will take over Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.) in the West Loop this Labor Day weekend, celebrating Chicago’s house music roots and welcoming an international lineup of dance music artists. This festival will also extend far beyond the music. Attendees can expect curated production elements and art to guide them between each of the four immersive stage environments! Plus, attendees will be able to enjoy food from local chefs and aftershows at various venues like Radius and Prysm!!
Four special evenings at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop will honor music born and innovated in Chicago. As part of Chicago In Tune, DCASE presents new and re-imagined programs in place of this year’s Gospel music, Jazz, House, and Blues festivals. This Saturday’s special evening (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) will present a re imagined Chicago Jazz Festival featuring Ari Brown, Marquis Hill and Lizz Wright!
Looking to set sail on one of Chicago’s famous boat cruises this Labor Day weekend? Here are a few cruises happening on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan:
- Fireworks Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Spirit of Chicago
- Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Chicago River aboard Odyssey
- Sunday Funday Mimosa Cruise with Island Party Boat
- Chicago Sunset Cruisewith Wendella
- Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady
- Architecture Tour on the Chicago River with Shoreline Sightseeing
- Brunch Cruise on Lake Michigan aboard Odyssey
- Extreme Thrill Ride with Chicago Seadog
Though it typically takes place in May, this year’s Bike the Drive is scheduled for this Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and is celebrating its 20th year. The recently renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be completely closed to cars for 4.5 hours stretching from Bryn Mawr Avenue on the city’s North Side to the Museum of Science and Industry on the South Side. Ride as little or as much of the 30-mile course as you’d like and then enjoy a post-ride festival in Grant Park! Bike rentals are available, if you don’t have a bike. Not only is this event a great way to reconnect with family and friends but all proceeds will support the Active Transportation Alliance (non-profit organization) that works to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the city!!
Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend!
Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago