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Explore Chicago with these six activities this Labor Day weekend

Explore Chicago with these six activities this Labor Day weekend

By Stefanie Strothmann | Student Reporter

Labor Day is almost here! Make good use of this list of fun activities and explore the city over the long weekend.

  1. The Great American Lobster Fest

    Are you a lover of all things seafood? The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest's largest lobster and seafood festival. Enjoy lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast. This festival features live music, unique craft shopping, land-food options, and cold beverages. Plus, you can end the night with fireworks!


    Navy Pier; Friday, September 2, 12–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  2. Chicago Fringe Festival

    If you’re into performing arts, this is the festival for you! The Fringe Festival showcases theater, dance, stand-up comedy, spoken word, and more. This festival is easily accessible from the CTA Blue Line.

    Admission: $5 for admission button and $10 for a single show ticket

    Jefferson Park; Saturday, August 31-Sunday, September 11

  3. North Coast Festival

    Bassnecter, Zedd, and Odezza all in one place? Yep. North Coast Festival features an eclectic line up of music, contests, and food! Plus, it’s the perfect way to end the summer festival season.

    Admission: $55

    Union Park; Friday, September 2, 3–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 1–10 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1–10 p.m.

  4. Taste of Polonia

    Experience Polish culture. Taste of Polonia offers the best of Polish cuisine, 30 local and international bands, ethnic dancing, arts and crafts, and much more. It’s easily accessible by Lawrence bus #81 and CTA Blue Line.

    Admission: $5 before 5:00 p.m. $10 after

    Copernicus Center; September 2, 5–10:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 12–10:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 12-10:30 p.m.; Monday, September 5, 12─10 p.m.

  5. Maggie Daley Park Climbing Wall

    Get a fun workout in before the festivities of the holiday kick in. Climb custom-designed rocks and boulders at levels ranging from beginner to difficult—take your pick for a challenge!

    Admission: $15+

    Maggie Daley Park

  6. Lakefront Trail
    Chicago has a beautiful shoreline. Explore the edge of the city on a walk, run, or bike ride, and then treat yourself to a picnic by the beach.

    Admission: FREE (minus the picnic food, of course)