Lack of the Laborious – Our Labor Day Weekend Event Guide

Since its origin as day set aside in honor of tradesmen, Labor Day has come to celebrate all Americans workers and the symbolic end of summer across the US.   And there’s no better way to celebrate work than by not working.  But before that final outdoor BBQ or lazy day in the sun, here’s our pick of events going on Thursday to Sunday to help give you something to talk about around the grill come Labor Day proper.
Chicago Jazz Festival – Grant Park – Now through the Sept 4th – Now in its 33rd year, the Chicago Jazz Festival runs for 4 days with a soft opening (evening hours only) at Millennium Park on Thursday and Friday.  For Saturday and Sunday the festival takes up a larger portion of Grant Park and runs from noon to 9:30pm.
35th Annual Gay Softball World Series – Boys Town – Now until Sunday Sept 4th – A weeklong extravaganza, consisting of social events along with the softball tournament.  Highlights of the social aspect include the Closing Street Fair Saturday night, and the true close to the weekend, Cubs vs. Pirates for Pride Day at Wrigley Field on Sunday.
Museum of Contemporary Art First Fridays – 220 E. Chicago Ave – Fri Sept 2nd from 6-10pm – First Fridays gives you an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and DJ sounds to compliment a night showcasing all the exhibits the museum has to offer.  This month’s incarnation includes DJ Madrid on the decks and the UBS 12 x 12 exhibit featuring the work of Dan Gunn.
North Coast Music Festival  – Union Park – Fri Sept 2nd to Sun Sept 4th from 12-10pm – Coining itself as “summer’s last stand”, North Coast is essentially the electronic and hip-hop version of Pitchfork Festival.  Same venue and layout, many of the same vendors, same fun in the sun good time, different music genres.

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