Labor Day Guide for Chicago Families

When Labor Day weekend rolls around, we always think of it as the last hurrah to summer. Families also enjoy the last few summer moments before really jumping back into the school routine.

The first Monday in September is traditionally dedicated to the creation of the labor movement and celebrates the achievements of American workers. Of course, in 2021, we hope you have the time off to spend some quality time with your family and friends.

This guide helps you plan your Labor Day with family-friendly events, food, activities and more. Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Many of our favorite summer festivals are back just in time for Labor Day weekend. Check out a few of our Labor Day event picks below and find more events in our calendar.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Sept. 4-5, 2021

The savory patty and a rockin’ music lineup are in the spotlight for Roscoe Village’s burger bash. In addition to food and music, arts/crafts and a “Kids’ Zone” for children and families are on the weekend’s menu.

Naperville Last Fling

Sept. 3-6, 2021

The festival will include an entertainment stage, food vendors, business expo vendors, family activities, Labor Day parade and a carnival.

Taste of Polonia

Sept. 3-6, 2021

  • Address: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago
  • Cost: $10, free kids 12 and under

The festival features four stages of music with more than 30 performances including classic rock, pop, polka, classical, Latin and more, Polish cuisine, arts and crafts, carnival, and a Kids World featuring activities and entertainment. There will also be beer and a casino.


Labor Day weekend often means plenty of barbecues with family and friends. Enjoy some amazing homemade food with these recipes.

No-Cook Meals for Hot Summer Days

Don’t bother turning the oven on for your Labor Day meal planning. We rounded up a few no-cook recipes like BBQ chicken salad and caprese zoodles that still taste amazing.

Labor Day Sides and Desserts (Metro Parent)

Looking to feed a crowd for Labor Day? While you’re probably not planning to invite many people this year, it doesn’t hurt to go big to satisfy your hungry guests with these recipes.

Recipes for Vegetarian Sliders (Metro Parent)

If you have any vegetarians or want to eat more plant-based food, you have to try one of these vegetarian sliders. The roundup has everything including grilled vegetable, portobello and even a vegan “pulled pork”.

More Activities

Looking for more ways to enjoy Labor Day weekend? Here are a few activities that offer a fun time with your kids. Find more things to do on our website.

Where to Go Kayaking in Chicagoland

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out these kayaking spots in the city and suburbs. It would be a great screen-free activity for the whole family.

Kid-Friendly Chicago Hotels

What about a staycation? Book ahead at these local hotels that offer great family packages like an indoor camping experience or a personal movie theater suite.

Classic Ice Cream Shops Your Kids Will Love

End the summer with a sweet treat! You can’t go wrong with these classic ice cream shops in Chicagoland. Some of our favorites are The Brown Cow, George’s Ice Cream and Shawn Michelle’s.

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