Chicago has a rich history when it comes to Labor Day. The city led the labor movement with Haymarket and May Day back on May 1, 1886, when Chicago unionists, reformers, socialists, anarchists, and workers combined to demand an eight-hour work day. Thirty-five thousand workers walked off their jobs. Thousands more joined them in the following days, and Chicago became the center of a national movement.
With a history like that, there’s simply no better place to spend Labor Day weekend than Chicago. Check out the variety of events taking place that weekend and make Springhill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North your home base.
Cubs Baseball: August 30-September 3
Baseball fans can head out to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the San Francisco Giants. On the south side, the White Sox start a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field on September 3 against the Minnesota Twins. Get tickets at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com.
34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival: August 31-September 2
The Chicago Jazz Festival is a long-standing Labor Day weekend favorite. Roy Haynes performs Friday evening at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and then the festival moves to its longtime home in Grant Park with its four stages of free performances. Call 312.744.3315 for more information.
North Coast Music Festival: August 31-September 2
This outdoor festival, which takes place at Union Park, brings a variety of top names in electronic music, jam bands and hip-hop, including Pretty Lights and Modestep. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
African Festival of the Arts: August 31-Septeptember 4
See Chicago’s Washington Park get transformed into an authentic African Village, complete with multiple stages of music entertainment and a marketplace of art and culture, family fun and African cuisine. Call 773.955.7742 for more information.
Navy Pier Fireworks: September 1
Watch as Chicago’s skies light up with a fireworks show overlooking the lakefront from historic Navy Pier, which encompasses 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions. Call 312.595.7437 for more information.
Ravenswood Remix: September 1-2
Go green this Labor Day weekend! Chicago’s “Recycled Art Fair” is a two-day green festival celebrating artists who incorporate used or recycled items in creating original, handmade art and crafts, clothing, household items, jewelry, and collectibles. Call 773.433.8048 for more information.
8th Annual Pullman Labor Day Bike Ride: September 3
Historic Pullman, the original company town built in the 1880s to house workers at Palace Car factory, is a significant part of Chicago’s southside labor history. This annual bicycle tour is held on Labor Day and honors the role labor unions have played in Pullman and the Calumet, Indiana region. Email email@example.com for more information.