Rock Your Labor Day With These Three Music Festivals


You can spend your last days of summer watching “Grease” and singing along to “Summer Nights.” That’s normal, right? Or you can rock out with your friends through a music-packed weekend.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival returns this weekend with jazz’s best and also up-and-coming musicians. What started as a tribute to the late Duke Ellington in Grant Park has transformed into the one of the world’s free and most extensive gathering of different jazz musicians from around the world.

You can catch over 50 performances during the four-day festival from avant-garde to Latin that are all worthy of your time. Featured performers include Marquis Hill, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Chico Freeman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the Jeff Parker Trio.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Sept. 3 – 6
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
Free Admission


Ravinia is the oldest music festival in the United States dating back to 1904 and features performances from a diverse selection of artists throughout the summer. This weekend is no different as you can rock out with Lenny Kravitz, croon for the Sinatra Centennial, or lay back to  some Jackson Browne.
Lenny Kravitz, Sept. 3, Tickets starting at $38

Sinatra Centennial, Sept. 4, Tickets starting at $33
Jackson Browne, Sept. 5, Tickets starting at $38
200 Ravinia Park Rd. Highland, IL
Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.

North Coast Music Festival

It’s summer’s last stand with the North Coast Music Festival. Union Park is transformed into what some consider to be the better of the trio of music festivals that take over Chicago every summer. With this year’s lineup it’s easy to see why. North Coast Music Festival will hit all genres with a lineup that features D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Widespread Panic, The Chemical Brothers, The Roots, Wale, Portugal The Man, Steve Aoki, and much more.
North Coast Music Festival
Sept. 4 – 6 
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
Tickets starting at $69

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