Chicago is such an amazing city to live in during the summer, if you can stand the humidity. There’s always something great going no matter what you enjoy: Concerts, Festivals, great food, Lake Michigan and so much more.

Coming in to Labor Day Weekend, better known as the official end of summer here in the Windy City, is no exception.

Here’s a list of 5 cool things to do to make your holiday weekend memorable and fun:

  1. Chicago Jazz Festival
    As I mentioned above, in Chicago we tend to consider Labor Day Weekend the official end of summer and for many in this great city, the Chicago Jazz Festival is synonymous with Labor Day weekend. The festival runs Sept 3-6 at the Chicago Cultural Center in Millenium Park with a great line-up of performers. More information can be found here:
  2. Toby Keith at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater
    Country music star Toby Keith brings his latest tour Good Times & Pick-up Lines to the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater (Formerly First Midwest Bank Ampitheater) in Tinley Park on Sept 4 where he is joined by The Eli Young Band. Find more details in tickets here:
  3. North Coast Music Festival
    This three day festival that’s held September 4-6 in Chicago’s Union Park features musical acts such as world famous DJ Steve Aoki, Widespread Panic, The Vanguard, The Disco Biscuits and more. Follow this link for more details:
  4. Naperville Jaycees Last Fling
    If you live in the western suburbs of Chicago, you’re most likely already familiar with the Last Fling. Always know for great food and great music as well as plenty of family activities. It’s held this year from September 4-7 around the campus of Naperville Central High School. This years festival includes such big name acts as Lita Ford, Daughtry and Finger Eleven as well as numerous local bands and talent. Go to for more information.
  5. O.A.R
    The nationally known Jam band O.A.R. will rock the northern suburbs this weekend on September 6th with a live performance at Ravinia in Highland Park. More details and tickets can be found by following this link:

If you have any other insights as to some great events around Chicago this holiday weekend, please feel free to comment and post them below.

From all of us here at Zappening, be sure to enjoy yourselves this weekend. Create some great memories with with friends and family and most importantly, stay safe!