Labor Day’ing Around Town


[dropcap]L[/dropcap]abor Day, to many, is the unofficial end to summer. Starting Sept. 8, thousands of students, parents and teachers of CPS will start the school year, and millions across the nation will stop wearing white. While the inevitable looms, Labor Day weekend stands as a saving grace. Here are some events to check out to enjoy the last days of summer.

Sept. 3-6
Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park | Free
Since 1979, the Chicago Jazz Festival has showcased jazz artists from Chicago along with artists from across the nation and world. Through live music, legendary acts and creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival aims to provide both an educating and fun experience for jazz lovers of all ages. For festival schedules, hours and locations, visit

Sept. 5
Aon Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | 10:15 p.m. | Free
The Aon Summer Fireworks ends its season on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a last showing at 10:15 p.m. Though it might be a bit too late for the young ones, the fireworks show can be viewed for free on the dock or pay a little more to see it on a scenic cruise on one of the many cruise ships at Navy Pier. For more information, go to:

Sept. 5 – 6
Midnight Circus

McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. | 3 p.m. | $5
Contrary to the event name, this circus is perfect for a family outing, with the shows beginning at 3 p.m. People of all ages will be able to enjoy the circus for a good cause, as the Midnight Circus organization was built as a way to bring together and build up communities across Chicago. For tickets and more information, go to:

Sept. 5-6
Fiesta Boricua

Humboldt Park, Division and Western | noon – 9 p.m. | Free
Families can celebrate the end of the summer with arts, dance and food at the 22nd annual Fiesta Boricua. Celebrate Puerto Rican culture and music with sounds from local and international artists. For music schedules, visit

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