Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do In Chicago

Celebrate with a Memorial Day parade in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society
Celebrate with a Memorial Day parade in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society

Memorial Day weekend is here, so the summer can go ahead and kick off already. Public beaches open this weekend in Chicago, and Memorial Day observances include the annual parade and wreath-laying ceremony in the Chicago Loop on Saturday, with more local parades on Monday in the suburbs. At Cantigny Park, families can pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.

This Saturday night also marks the first summer fireworks show at Navy Pier. Get there early to enjoy the opening weekend of Pixar Putt. Summer festival season launches this weekend too, with the Mole de Mayo on Saturday and Sunday in Pilsen, and the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival in Lakeview. The suburbs won't be left behind, with Westmont hosting its annual Spring Fling Red, White and BBQ and the inaugurual DuPage Community Arts Festival kicking off summer in Wheaton.

It's also getting hot this weekend, so now might be a great time to check out our list of favorite sprinkler parks and spraygrounds or our top 10 swimming lakes in and around Chicago. Here are our favorite things to do with kids this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago!

Places featured in this article:


Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center

Three Oaks Recreation Center

McHenry Petersen Park Beach

Harold Hall Quarry Beach

Lake Geneva Public Library

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

Sugar Grove Family Fun Center

Six Flags Great America Kidzopolis

Greenhouse Theater Center

Green City Market Lincoln Park

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company
Movies on the Lawn at Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center - 7:00 PM Pick
North Center Summer Concert Series
North Center Town Square - 7:00 PM Pick
Raya the Last Dragon: Midweek on the Midway
Midway Plaisance Park - 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
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