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As the kids begin another school year, here in Chicago we're jazzing it up this Labor Day Weekend as summer "unofficially" draws to a close!

Billed as the city's longest-running lakefront music fest, the Chicago Jazz Festival takes center stage at Grant Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in The Loop this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Now in its 34th year, the Jazz Festival will feature local, national and international acts with headliners such as Dianne Reeves (Saturday) and Allen Toussaint (Sunday) at this favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition.  And, it's all FREE!

Another annual end-of-summer festival, Crush in Old Town, returns to Wells Street from North Avenue to Schiller Street (1600 N. Wells Street) in the Old Town neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Featured at this year's Crush will be live music on two stages with Andrew Belle and My Gold Mask performing on Saturday and Elsinore and Ezra Furman with Band on Sunday, as well as food, amazing artwork and custom designs in the marketplace and even a children's area.  The Crush is back for the entire family!!

Returning for a third year, the North Coast Music Festival takes place at Union Park (1501 W. Randolph Street) in the West Loop neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday for its summer's last stand.  This all-ages music fest features live music spanning from hip-hop to electronic to indie rock with more than 60 bands, MCs and DJs, as well as featuring food, beer and general merchant vendors.  Please note though that the 3-day passes and Sunday tickets are sold out, so check out the "official after-parties" on the link above to see if you can catch your favorite performer there!

We have yet another "new kid" on the block!  Chicago's first recycled art festival, Ravenswood Remix, takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Ravenswood Avenue from Belle Plaine to Berteau Avenues.  This event hopes to ignite the community's interest in recycled materials, promote the local and green movements as a whole all while raising funds for local school art programs.  Also features workshops and educational happenings for all ages, works of local artists, food and refreshing beverages, and great music. Remix! Rethink! Recycle!  It's a great way to cap off your summer fun!

Another great Labor Day Weekend tradition is the Taste of Polonia!  This indoor-outdoor festival takes place at the Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Avenue) in the Jefferson Park neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Monday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.).  It's a celebration of Polish (polska kielbasa, pierogi, potato pancakes) and American food and beer, non-stop live music on 5 stages, a marketplace, cultural performances, kids activities that include inflatables, arcade games and a kid's stage and much more!

And finally, there's the Naperville Last Fling taking place this Labor Day Weekend at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion (300 W. Jackson Avenue) in Naperville, west of the Chicago Loop.  Enjoy a variety of foods, games and carnival rides as well as live music with Chris Cagle (6:00 p.m.) and Craig Morgan (8:00 p.m.) on Saturday, Blue Oyster Cult (6:00 p.m.) and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (8:00 p.m.) on Sunday, and Seventh Heaven (3:00 p.m.) wrapping things up on Monday!  Don't forget to join 104.3 K-Hits for your chance at winning a prize.  This is definitely a great way to end the summer with family fun!!

Do You Plan On Jazzing It Up For Summer's Last Fling?


Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 11:21 AM by Dean's Team


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