4 things to do in Chicago this Labor Day Weekend

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Drummers performing at the African Festival of the Arts. (DNA Info/ Africa International House Usa Inc.)

By: Nana Aduba-Amoah


It’s Labor Day weekend and there’s no better way to celebrate a hiatus from work and the encroaching end of summer than to explore a variety of events the Windy City has to offer. We’ve put together a list of four events to check out!


African Festival of the Arts

The annual African Festival of the Arts will be live at Washington Park from today until Monday. Attendees can browse through collectibles of traditional african artifacts, jewelry, and fabrics, dance to musical performances, and taste a mixture of cultural food from the motherland. General admission fee is $20. https://www.aihusa.org/african-fesitval-of-the-arts/


Chicago Jazz Festival

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is collaborating with the Jazz Institute of Chicago to host its annual Jazz Festival this weekend at Millennium Park. The free event features perfomances from artists such as Ramsey Lewis and Kurt Killing, and includes an ensemble from Chicago high school students. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and eds at 9 p.m., from today until tomorrow evening. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_jazz_festival.html


Taste of Polonia Festival

The annual Taste of Polonia festival will take place in Jefferson Park today until Monday. The four-day polish cultural celebration includes live music from more than thirty bands, a plethora of polish food and drinks, exhibits, carnival rides, and games. Tickets are $5 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm.https://topchicago.org/


Anti-Violence March

Political activists anticipate on marching along the Kennedy Expressway near O’Hare International Airport on Labor Day. The Chicago Tribune reports that protesters plan to march around noon towards Cumberland Avenue entrance to East River Road. This upcoming march will be the third event organizers have put together to protest the ongoing gun violence occurring in the city of Chicago.

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