Labor Day Weekend: Best Things To Do in Chicago with Kids

Celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Last Fling in Naperville
Celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Last Fling in Naperville

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

Labor Day weekend in Chicago is a last, sweet taste of summer. And Labor Day Weekend 2022 is no exception. There are many things to do this weekend in Chicago, like listen to music in Hyde Park, Highwood, or at Navy Pier, or burn off the calories from the Labor Day barbecue by biking the drive or playing tennis at Gallagher Way. 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 head out to a more distant suburb for a variety of end-of-summer, start-of-fall celebrations in Naperville, Buffalo Grove, Melrose Park and Schaumburg.

Give your swimsuits one last workout at the beach, pool, or spray park, 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

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Lake Shore Drive

State Street from Madison to Lake

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

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Kohlights
Kohl's Children's Museum - 4:30 PM Pick
Santa's Winterland Workshop at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way - various times Pick
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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