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Memorial Day Weekend Also Kicks-Off Summer

May 26, 2012

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend, Chicago.

The holiday marks the unofficial start of summer, and there are all kinds of outdoor activities going on around the area. To view them, click this Chicago real estate link.

While many see Memorial Day weekend as a three-day holiday, the observance is really there to honor the service men and women who have died in the line of duty.

Tune back in to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum tomorrow for a list of observances and parades going on around the suburbs of Chicago.

The following items are specific to the city and include observances and celebrations. Have a great, safe Memorial Day weekend in the Windy City.

*Parade: Chicago hosts one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. The 15th annual event takes place at noon on Saturday, May 26 at State and Lake Street and proceeds south on State to Van Buren. This year’s parade will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Taps with a special tribute. A Wreath Laying Ceremony will kick off the event at 11 a.m. at Daley Plaza.

*Travel: The number of travelers at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports is expected to increase more than 3 percent over last year, and both airports plan entertainment during the holiday weekend, including live music. Millions of Illinois residents are expected to travel by car this weekend, as gas prices have finally started going down. A gallon is about 20 cents cheaper than it was during this time last year.

*Safety: Chicago Police spent last weekend guarding our city during the NATO Summit, don’t expect them to be lax this weekend. Expect to encounter drunk driving checkpoints throughout the city and many of the suburbs, and tickets will be issued for not wearing a seat belt. Be safe.

*Beach: Memorial Day weekend means the official opening of Chicago’s beaches; all 26 miles of lakefront from Rogers Park to South Shore will be open daily through September 3. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and swimming is permitted. Use sunscreen! Temperatures on Sunday and Monday could top the 90s.

*Fireworks: Firework season kicks off this Saturday, May 26 at Navy Pier with a free show at 10:15 p.m. The blasts will continue every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.

*Concerts: The free concert series called Downtown Sound begins at Millennium Park on Monday, March 28 for its fourth summer. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, and will continue each Monday through July 30.

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