Plenty to do Around Chicagoland this Holiday

August 31, 2012

Labor day events for Chicago new home ownersMonday is Labor Day, which means a three-day weekend to most of us. Chicago is one of the top destinations for travelers during Labor Day weekend, and it’s no wonder, since there is so much to do around here. From live jazz to street fests galore to a play about Chicago real estate, there is something for everyone around Chicagoland this Labor Day weekend.

Whatever you do, be safe while getting there. Chicago and suburban police will be in full force on the roads watching for drivers violating the “Fatal 4” traffic offenses: speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving. Be safe, and have a great Labor Day weekend around Chicago!

Ravenswood Remix: This is Chicago’s first recycled art festival. Come see how artists took used or recycled goods and turned them into original pieces of art, household items, jewelry, collectibles and more. This event aims to peak the community’s interest in recycled materials, promote the local and green movements and raise funds for local school art programs. There will be free one-hour workshops during the two-day event, which runs Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2 from noon to 10 p.m. on Ravenswood from Belle Plaine to Berteau in Chicago.

Streeterville: This is a historic play that will be shown in a historic place. It follows Cap Streeter as he procures downtown Chicago real estate and forms the Streeterville neighborhood. It won the 2001 Jeff Award for best new work and is being shown at the Pullman State Historic Site, 11111 S. Forrestville Ave., Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15; $7.50 for kids 12 and under.

Chicago Jazz Festival: This jazz fest features Chicago talent alongside national and international artists. Events are at Millennium Park on Friday, August 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and in Grant Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Besides multiple stages, there will also be a huge art fair around the North Rose Garden in Grant Park. Admission to everything is free.

Crush in Old Town: This annual end-of-summer festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2 from noon to 10 p.m. on Wells Street from North Avenue to Schiller Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Enjoy an art show, live music, a kids area and more. Suggested gate donation is $7; proceeds benefit the economic health of the Old Town community.

Buffalo Grove Days: This village festival includes a carnival, live entertainment, a craft area, a kids area, a dog show and celebrity appearances from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3 at Lake Cook and Buffalo Grove Roads in this northwest suburb. A parade steps at Bernard Drive and Indian Hill at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and on Monday, the Food & Fun for Persons with Disabilities takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You must register for the latter; click here for more information.

Art Fair on the Square: It’s the 58th year for the Deer Path Art League’s signature event, which will feature nearly 200 artists and a Creation Station for kids. This juried fine art show runs on Sunday and Monday, September 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Market Square in Lake Forest.

Long Grove World Tour: This quaint community will be celebrating the melting pot that is America this Labor Day weekend with food, music, dance and activities from a plethora of different cultures from Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, at Old McHenry Rd. and Robert Parker Coffin Rd. in Long Grove.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

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