25 things to do this Labor Day weekend
Congratulations, you've got a three day weekend! Here are 25 things to do this Labor Day weekend.
North Coast Music Festival
You'd think Chicago was so saturated with fests it couldn't support another one, but apparently last year's North Coast Festival went well enough to warrant another installment. In fact, given the extra attention Lollapalooza's been giving dance music these days, a return engagement makes a lot of sense. This year the anchors include David Guetta, Wiz Khalifa, STS9, Fatboy Slim, Bassnectar and Thievery Corporation—a diverse slate of dance music, hip-hop and electronic music. But don't let your guard down, as the fest features plenty of alternatives to break up all the beats and bleeps, including the Gypsy-spazz Gogol Bordello, Afro-funky Budos Band and histrionic pop of Of Montreal.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Bringing together jazz musicians and jazz lovers for more than 30 years, this fest is known as the most extensive free jazz festival in the world. Headliners include the Saxophone Summit, Cassandra Wilson and Roy Hargrove.
Taste of Melrose Park
One of the best "tastes" around, this Italian-heavy food fest boasts local eats for $3 or less. Where else can you buy fresh doughnuts like sfingi from a nun? Wind down with Sunday night fireworks at 10:15pm.
Taste of Polonia
Polish up on your Polish know-how at this party with music, dancing, art, pierogi and potato pancakes. The music lineup includes 7th Heaven, the Polkaholics and Polish-American rapper Funky Polak.
Taste of Serbia
Consume Serbian food, beer and culture at this festival that includes live music and dancing.
Resident DJ Hiroki hosts every Saturday night, inviting in a rotating lineup of in-the-know selectors like Willy Joy, Zebo, Boy Wonder and more. Like the DJs the genre's stay in a steady flux with a mix of house, hip-hop, top 40 and classics.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
If you're looking to keep your Wicker Park dance party going till the sun comes up, look no further than the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This Saturday-night get-down has recently shuffled, but the party isn't going anywhere. With new resident DJ wonders Johnny Walker and Phenom plus holdover Konsept, this night doesn't disappoint.
"Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization"
For centuries, ancient Egypt has captivated people with its hieroglyphics, enigmatic rulers and unmatched power. But where did it all come from? This exhibit looks at the origins of Egypt with 130 artifacts, including weapons, tools, figurines and examples of the earliest-known writing from the Nile Valley.
Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond
Chicago Detours's latest bus expedition will be music to your ears. Travel to Uptown's Aragon Ballroom, former Bronzeville hot spot Sunset Cafe, near South Side's Chess Records and the Maxwell Street Market district. Watch, via flat-screen TV, legendary acts including trumpeter Louis Armstrong, gospel songwriting pioneer Thomas Dorsey and blues queen Koko Taylor. Columbia College music professor Fernando Jones hops on and gives a harmonica lesson.
Half Acre Beer Company Tour
Head to the Northcenter nabe for this weekly booze tour where attendees get to sample locally made brews. Bring a sticker to make your mark on the brewery’s infamous label-laden tank. Registration is required.