Labor Day Weekend Full of Fun

September 01, 2011

It’s Labor Day weekend! You know what that means: An extra day off!

It also means all public schools in Chicago and surrounding suburbs will be closed. All government offices will be closed. There will be no mail, post offices will be shuttered and garbage pickup will be pushed-off for a day.

But not everything is shutting down. Here are some things to do this Labor Day weekend that have nothing to do with labor.

*Ravenswood Remix: This first-ever Chicago Recycled Art Fair will feature 100 artists who have taken used or recycled goods and created original art, household items, collectibles, crafts, jewelry and more. The weekend will also offer live music from local, independent artists and 12 Remix, Rethink, Recycle workshops. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4 in the 4100 block of N. Ravenswood. Suggested donation is $5 and will benefit Hamilton Elementary School Art Programs.

*Chicago Jazz Festival: This 33rd annual Chicago Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday, September 1 during the day at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., and then moves to Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. for a nighttime concert. Friday includes a performance at Roosevelt University and in Millennium Park; Saturday and Sunday will take place in Grant Park at Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive. Admission is free.

*African Festival of the Arts: The 22nd annual fest will feature international and local musicians and a marketplace of arts and crafts. Times are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. September 2-5 at Washington Park, 5531 S. King Drive, Chicago. Admission is $10 online and $15 at the gate; there are also family and weekend tickets.

*The Field Museum: Ground Zero 360, an exhibit that features photographs from Nicola McClean of New York on 9-11 and the days that followed, opens September 2 at the Chicago Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, and runs through January 1. The exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and older. By the way, the Field Museum is offering free admission from Sept. 6-11.

*Art Fair on the Square: Considered one of the oldest, continually run fine art shows in the nation, the Deer Path Art League’s 57th annual Art Fair on the Square features 180 juried artists situated around historic Market Square and along Western Avenue in downtown Lake Forest. Hours are Sunday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Schaumburg Septemberfest: This 41st annual fair includes live music and an arts and crafts show at Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive in the western suburb. Hours are Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, September 5, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a Labor Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday.

Have a great, extended weekend!

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