9 Events Outside Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend 2023


Welcome to Memorial Day weekend — also known as the unofficial start of summer. In and around Chicago, Remembrance Day weekend is full of festivals, flea markets, and food.

Here are nine things to do in the Chicago area this Memorial Day weekend.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony

Chicago’s 2023 Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Ceremony will be held on May 27 at the Rich Lad J. Dairy Center Plaza. Ceremonies begin at 111:00 a.m., and the parade that circles State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street departs at noon.

“During the laying of the wreath and parade, the city of Chicago will honor the families of fallen heroes and Gold Stars who have lost loved ones during U.S. military combat operations and active duty,” the city said.

Suenos Music Festival

A Latin Music Festival featuring Feed, Wisin Y Yandal, Grupo Farme and Nicky Jam takes place Saturday and Sunday at Grant Park. Many events such as after parties are also held.Full lineup can be found here.

Passes are now on sale Starting at $199.

free Summer Workout at Millennium Park start

Free Saturday morning workouts on Millennium Park’s large lawn begin Saturday and run through September 2nd. Event starts at 8am.

Click here for practice schedule

8am-8:45am: Pilates
9am-9:45am: Yoga
10-10:45 AM: Cardio Kickboxing
11am-11:45am: Zumba

Randolph Street Market

The fan-favorite Randolph Street Market is a curated vintage and antique market, held Saturdays and Sundays with more than 200 vendors.

tickets is required and prices start at $12. The market is held Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at 1341 W. Randolph St.

May Festival 2023

Beglye Brewing and Dovetail Brewery in the Ravenswood neighborhood host their annual Spring Party.

family friendly events Events featuring live music, food trucks and more on Saturday and Sunday at 11am

Aurora’s Giant Bounce House

An “Inflatable Festival” of eight bouncy attractions takes place in Aurora over four weekends, starting with Memorial Day weekend.

bounce the mall,will take place May 27-June 18 in the parking lot of the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. Advance tickets are recommended. General admission starts at $23 for a 90-minute bounce session. Please see here for the detail.

Belmont Sheffield Music Festival

38th Street Festival At 3200 North in Chicago’s Lakeview district, Sheffield offers tribute bands, dining, shopping and more. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm daily.

Somersault Market

Open-air market with vintage items, furniture and vinyl sales, as well as food and will be held Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm No ticket required for entry.

Mall de Mayo

Pilsen’s traditional Mall de Mayo The culinary and cultural festival is full of moles (of course), music, open-air markets and more. The three-day festival takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on his 18th Street between Blue Island Avenue and Ashland Avenue.

The festival starts at 5pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

navy pier fireworks

iconic fireworks The Navy Pier exhibit will be back with a bang on Memorial Day weekend, and the bi-weekly show will continue throughout the summer.

Fireworks are held at 10pm on Saturdays and 9pm on Wednesdays.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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