Labor Day weekend is expected to bring sunshine and clear skies to the Chicago area for one of the city’s last summer moments.
From the North Coast and ARC music festivals to the Roscoe Village Burger Fest and Cubs games, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this Chicago vacation weekend.
Here are some things to do in town this weekend:
Dance at the North Coast Music Festival
The North Coast Music Festival is expected to draw crowds to Bridgeview Friday through Sunday, with artists such as Kaskade, Louis the Child and Zeds Dead among others playing electronic dance music.
As recommended by health officials, participants will be required to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result within 72 hours of entry.
Grab a bite at Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Some of Chicago’s popular burger restaurants will line the streets at this weekend’s party in the Roscoe Village district of the city from Friday to Sunday.
In Belmont and Damen, people can enjoy a variety of bites, as well as shows and a children’s area. The Roscoe Village Burger Fest will take place Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jam to House Beats at ARC Music Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, a variety of house music artists will take the stage at Chicago’s Union Park from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The ARC will also require spectators to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result within 72 hours of entry to enter the festival, citing city recommendations from Chicago.
Explore the new HideSeek Museum in the Old Town
of the old town new immersive museum is designed to make people “feel like a kid again” with a ball pit, bodycon and giant bean bag chairs, among other features.
Located at 1620 N. Wells St., HideSeek is open Fridays 10 am-8pm, Saturdays 10 am-10pm, and Sundays 10 am-7pm.
Catch a game of wolf cubs
Chicago Cubs play the second game Friday of a four-game series against the Pittsburg Pirates at 1:20 p.m. and again Saturday and Sunday at 1:20 p.m. The team will remain at Wrigley Field until Wednesday for a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Stroll through the Chicago Botanical Garden
The Chicago Botanical Garden in the suburb of Glencoe is open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the Rose Terrace closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, all visitors should pre-register to walk in the gardens and wear a mask indoors if they are not vaccinated against the virus. Weekend parking is free for members and costs $ 30 for non-members.
Visit a classic Chicago museum
Chicago museums are returning to their normal opening hours this past weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced, as part of Chicago’s full reopening.
However, some museums will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols. The Shedd Aquarium still asks visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks.
Savor a bite to eat at Chicago restaurants indoors or out
Chicago restaurants and bars are allowed to return to full capacity during phase 5, and allow fully vaccinated customers to walk around without face coverings.
However, some establishments may choose to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place until further notice.
While Chicago expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend, many might be looking for places to drink and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.
Choose Chicago offered a list of places that currently offer outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:
Avli Tavern: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd Street
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor Street
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie St.
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Avenue
Drink: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.
Browse the Frida Kahlo exhibit in suburban Chicago
The legendary life and remarkable works of artist Frida Kahlo are on display this summer in the Chicago area in the new Timeless exhibition.
Open until September 6, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAnich Arts Center at the College of DuPage in the suburb of Glen Ellyn showcase 26 original pieces by the 20th century artist.
Take a trip south to see Cavern Opening Weekend for the first time in over 10 years
The southern Illinois caverns reopened to the public for the first time in more than 10 years this summer, after being closed due to extreme caution, officials said.
The South Attraction has reopened as another place residents can take advantage of as the state moves into Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan. Until October, the caves will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a swing at the Maggie Daley Park mini-golf course
The 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon changes to welcome users of scooters, rollerblades and roller skates. Weekend rentals are now available.
Choose seasonal produce at a town farmer’s market
As the city enters Phase 5, more farmers’ markets across Chicago will begin to welcome residents again for the 2021 season.
While some markets have not announced official plans for a summer reopening, others have released schedules and information regarding upcoming launches after last year’s closures due to the COVID pandemic.
Cruise down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan by boat, kayak
Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Boat trips to Wendella require passengers to wear face coverings when on board the ship and practice social distancing.
Enjoy the skyline while relaxing on Chicago’s lakeside beaches
Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan were opened to the public with lifeguards on duty over Memorial Day weekend and saw many residents come out to enjoy the water.
The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.