Memorial Day Weekend Guide | Chicago News

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28 May 2017 | 3:01 pm

Memorial Day has always been an official kick-off to summer. From parades to BBQ outings, below is our list of things to do in no particular order. 

What: Chicago Memorial Day Parade

Where: State St. & Lake St.

When: May 27, 2017

Cost: FREE

The City of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

What: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

Where: 3200 N. Sheffield

When: May 27 – 28

Cost: $5 gate donation

The 33rd annual festival unofficially kicks off Chicago’s outdoor summer fair season over Memorial Day Weekend. Highlights include the region’s top-tribute bands, plenty of food, beer and wines, plus arts and crafts.

What: Randolph Street Market Festival

Where: 1340 W. Washington St. 

When: 10am-5pm May 27

Cost: $8 online, $10 at gates

All year round, one weekend each month, Randolph Street Market transforms Plumbers Hall into the ultimate shopping, eating, drinking and people-watching experience in the West Loop/Fulton Market District – just west of Downtown! From May-September the market is brought outside in the parking lot as well as the inside to give you an awesome festival experience! 300 vendors, live bands each day, eateries, market bars, a DJ, shade cabanas and more! From October-April the market is indoors on three levels with 125 vendors of vintage, antique, indie designer, global and fancy foods. Enjoy live music, libations and local eateries while you shop!

What: Pritzker Military Museum & 

Library “Medal of Honor” Exhibit

Where: 104 S Michigan Ave.

When: 5/26-5/27 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 

5/28 12-4 p.m.

Cost: $5, FREE with military ID

On Memorial Day weekend, visit the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, where you can explore the past, present and future of the military. Learn about the United States’ most esteemed award for valor in combat with the permanent exhibit Medal of Honor.

What: Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Where: Navy Pier Hall B, 600 E Grand

When: May 26-July 30

Cost: $39.20

Take time this weekend to enjoy the biggest Rolling Stones exhibit in town and beyond, featuring over 500 Stones’ items with 50 years of Stones fashion, 190 original artworks, vintage instruments, interactive sound-mixing desks and recording studio, and a screening cinema with exclusive content, all culminating in a 3D-concert finale.

What: Gaelic Park Irish Fest

Where: 6119 147th St., Oak Forest

When: 5/26 2-11 p.m. 5/27 1-11 p.m. 5/28: 1-8 p.m. 

Cost: $15; $12 for seniors and children ages 4-12

Celebrate Irish culture – and the long weekend – at the annual Gaelic Park Irish Fest, featuring live music and performances on five stages, free carnival rides, food and drink vendors, a petting zoo and children’s activities, sports, theater and more. On Monday, redheads get in for just $5. Live music highlights: American English (Friday), The Fenians (Saturday), The Prodigals (Saturday and Sunday) and Ray Gavin (Monday).

What: Fireworks

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.

When: May 27 at 10:15 p.m

Cost: FREE

Navy Pier’s Aon Summer Fireworks kick off Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 season. This year’s fireworks display will be synchronized with music from The Rolling Stones celebrating Navy Pier’s new exhibit, The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism. Aon Summer Fireworks can be viewed over Lake Michigan biweekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day.

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