Top Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Chicago 2024: Fireworks, Festivals, and Fun

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With sunny skies expected, Chicago is brimming with experiences to delight visitors of all ages this Memorial Day Weekend. As we honor the military personnel who have sacrificed their lives for the United States, the city offers a variety of activities for both remembrance and recreation. Whether you’re gathering with family and friends or enjoying a well-deserved vacation, Chicago has everything you need for an unforgettable Memorial Day Weekend.

Veterans Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade

Honor fallen soldiers at Chicago’s annual wreath laying ceremony and parade. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Daley Plaza, followed by a parade down State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street at noon. Can’t make it in person? Watch the live stream of the event.

Navy Pier Fireworks Show

Kick off the weekend with Navy Pier’s iconic summer fireworks show. The first display of the season will light up the sky on Saturday at 10 p.m., free of charge! Enjoy stunning views of the Chicago skyline and a breathtaking fireworks display perfect for couples, families, or friends.

Brunch at Robert’s

Robert’s Pizza’s brunch menu features a selection of sweet and savory entrees and pizzas. Highlights include the French Toast Za, the Huevos Rancheros Pizza and the Smoked Salmon Pizza. A comprehensive cocktail menu rounds out the experience with Unlimited Mimosas featuring fresh OJ as a guest favorite as well as other signature brunch drinks like the Strawberry Swoon with vodka, strawberry, sweet vermouth, and limeSpicy V with tequila, Aperol, raspberry, mint, chili bitters, and a rose ice cubeand more. The full menu is available here for reference.

Rock ‘n Roll Brunch at OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE

This Memorial Day, Old Town Pour House will be serving its Rock N Roll Brunch at all locations from opening until 3 p.m. Old Town Pour House offers a lively atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy classic brunch favorites with a rock and roll twist. Brunch-goers can start with “Jon Bun Jovi” cinnamon rolls or “Donut Stop Believin'” doughnuts, and then rock on to mains like the indulgent “Sweet Child O’ Mine” French toast or the robust “The Boss” steak and eggs. Roses and ‘mom’osa flights will be available as well.

Bodega Taqueria Y Tequila

For those looking to dance the night away, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in West Loop hosts nightly DJs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. starting Thursday. Don’t miss the all-day Baywatch themed party on Sunday, featuring food and drink specials and top-notch entertainment.

Nisos Prime

Nisos Prime in West Loop will be open on Memorial Day for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy an expansive menu featuring soups, salads, fresh seafood, and prime cuts of beef. The bar offers classic steakhouse cocktails with modern twists. Reserve your table now.

WingOut Chicago

Head to WingOut Chicago in Wrigleyville for a block party style event where you can sample wings from the city’s top wing craftsmen. Enjoy live music and delicious wings from noon to 8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Avli’s Nights in Mykonos Party

Celebrate Sunday night at Avli’s Nights in Mykonos Party. Dress in all-white and enjoy a rooftop party with a silent disco from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Experience appetizers and drinks that bring Mykonos to Chicago. Purchase your tickets in advance.

Bassment

Hidden in River North, Bassment is one of Chicago’s swankiest lounges. On May 26, join their exclusive Sunday night party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy live music and craft cocktails. Entry is free with advance registration, or $10 at the door for walk-ins.

Cindy’s Rooftop

For unbeatable city views, head to Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association. On May 27, Cindy’s hosts The Night Brunch from 6-10 p.m. with DJ Jay Illa. Enjoy brunch favorites and an expansive cocktail list. Reservations are encouraged.

Chicago’s Beaches

Memorial Day marks the opening of all 22 of Chicago’s public beaches. Enjoy temperate waters and stunning views along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Randolph Street Market Festival

Browse endless booths of art, vintage, indie designer fashion, jewelry, furniture, food, and more at the Randolph Street Market Festival. Celebrating its 21st year, this festival includes live music and was named one of the Best Flea Markets for Finding Vintage Treasures by USA Today. Accessible by public transportation, purchase tickets in advance.

Make the most of Memorial Day Weekend 2024 in Chicago with these exciting events and activities. Whether honoring heroes or enjoying the city’s offerings, there’s something for everyone.

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