Labor Day Weekend Things To Do in Chicago with Kids: Food Fests, Outdoor Music, and Fireworks

Enjoy the last evening of Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier in Chicago. Photo courtesy of @followingchicago
Enjoy the last evening of Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier in Chicago. Photo courtesy of @followingchicago

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Labor Day weekend is a last, sweet taste of summer for Chicago families. And Labor Day Weekend 2021 is no exception. There are many things to do this weekend in Chicago, like delicious food festivals and fairs, including the held-over Roscoe Village Burger Fest, with burgers, performances, and a play area for kids, Elmhurst's 'Cue for a Cause barbecue competition, and Pilsen Fest, with music, activities, and of course, tacos.

This may be a good weekend to blow the kids' bedtime for a last late-night hurrah, like the final summer fireworks show on the lake, or the incredible North Shore youth performers at the Bitter Jest Music Fest Finale in Highland Park. Or, head out to a more distant suburb for a variety of end-of-summer, start-of-fall celebrations in Naperville, Frankfort, Geneva, and Schaumburg.

Give your swimsuits one last workout at the beach, pool, or spray park, tick a few more items off your summer bucket list, and then get ready for fall: Apple picking season is already underway at orchards around Chicago, and our event calendar is filling up with fall fun. Have a great holiday weekend!

Places featured in this article:


Naperville Central High School

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Lake Park High School West Campus

31st Street Harbor Playground Splash Pad

Austin Park Water Playground

Fosco Park Water Playground

The Hub Spray Ground at Berens Park

Portage Park Water Playground

River Park Water Playground

Skokie Water Playground

Bensenville Water Park Splash Pad

Adventure Island Sprayground

95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad

Spray 'N Play at Mike Rylko Community Park

Pirates' Cove Children's Theme Park
Highwood Garlic Fest
Everts Park - 4:30 PM Pick
Movies on the Lawn at Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center - 7:00 PM Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Jay Pritzker Pavilion - various times Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Harris Theater at Millennium Park - various times Pick
Chicago Park District Movies in the Park
Multiple parks citywide - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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