The Chicago Memorial Day Parade.
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Parades, Bike Rides, Street Fairs

Memorial Day weekend is here, so the summer can go ahead and kick off already plskthx. Public beaches open this weekend, 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 enjoy a day filled with patriotic performances (and helicopters!) followed by an afternoon big band concert.

This Saturday night also marks the first summer fireworks show at Navy Pier. (And if you're going to blow the kids' bedtime anyway, check out the Art on the Mart display after sundown.) Summer festival season launches this weekend too, with the Festival Mole de Mayo on Saturday and Sunday in Pilsen, and the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival in Lakeview.

If you're just looking to enjoy a little natural summer splendor, Bike the Drive is ready to oblige with an all-ages bike ride along our city's lovely lakeshore. Or catch (not literally) Butterflies and Blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Looking for more fun ways to spend the long weekend? Our event calendar is packed with ideas. Have a wonderful holiday!


Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Randolph Street Market
1341 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Pilsen
18th Street & Paulina
Chicago, IL 60608

Filament Theatre
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

Belmont and Sheffield
3200 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60657

The Loop
State Street and Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Pilgrim Church
460 Lake Stree
Oak Park , IL 60302

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Proesel Park
6915 Kostner Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL

Memorial Park Arlington Heights
Chestnut Street and Freemont Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Keystone Park West
Keystone Avenue at Lake Street
River Forest , IL 60305

Lisle Veteran's Memorial
4721 Center Avenue
Lisle , IL 60532

Ridge Park
9625 S. Longwood Dr.
Chicago, IL 60643

Wilder Park
175 S. Prospect
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Wheaton Cemetery
1209 Warrenville Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189