Activities For All Ages This Holiday Weekend

September 03, 2010

The Naperville Jaycees Last Fling is a community festival over Labor Day weekend that gives families one more chance to let loose before the end of summer.

There will be a carnival, live entertainment, food vendors, business expo booths and more.

A Labor Day parade will take place on Monday starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Naperville.

Please bring non-perishable food donations to the parade; Clark’s Car Care will be collecting donations on behalf of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.


*Friday, Sept. 3; 5 to 11 p.m.

*Saturday, Sept. 4; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

*Sunday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

*Monday, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

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The 32nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is the longest running lakefront music festivals in the city and a tradition on Labor Day weekend.

Artist-in-Residence Nicole Mitchell

The fest’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s jazz talent alongside national and international artists for an audience of all ages.

There are more than 50 performances slated; you can download a free iPhone or Droid app that will allow you to keep track of all the performances.


*Friday, Sept. 3; Chicago Cultural Center; 12 to 3 p.m.

*Friday, Sept. 3; Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion; 4 to 9:30 p.m.

*Saturday, Sept. 4; Grant Park; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

*Sunday, Sept. 5; Grant Park; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

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Just in time for for the first NFL kickoff, kids can make a football display for free at all local Home Depot stores on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Home Depot hosts these free workshops on the first Saturday of each month that teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. In addition to the project, each kid receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin.

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Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeshore Learning Centers offer free crafts for budding artists.

Here are September’s themes:

*September 4: Pop-up books filled with their favorite things.

*September 11: Vibrant wall hangers so they can display their artwork.

*September 18: Pet turtles with collage-covered shells.

*September 25: Pouch to store your pencils and other classroom tools.

Lakeshore has three locations:

*Palatine: 1403 N. Rand Road

*Chicago: 2255 W. 95th Street

*Orland Park: 15780 S. La Grange Road

For more information, visit

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Have a great, and safe, Labor Day weekend!

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