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What To Eat, Drink, Do To Enjoy Last Gasps Of Summer

What To Eat, Drink, Do To Enjoy Last Gasps Of Summer

As we approach Labor Day, the realization that summer will not be here much longer is slowly starting to sink in. Gone will be the picturesque shots of boating on lake Michigan, capturing the perfect summer sunset, eating and drinking on someone’s rooftop or just being able to enjoy all that summertimechi has to offer. 
To take in the last few gasps of summer that we do have, because fall will last all but 3 weeks and its back to bone chilling weather and slipping on a warm moose knuckles coat, here are a few things to get into this labor day weekend.

Eat:
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Great American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier.
The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. Returning for its third year to Navy Pier on Labor Day Weekend! Friday & Saturday, September 2nd & 3rd (and now a Lobster Brunch Cruise on the 4th!).
Flown in fresh from the East Coast, The New England Sea Food Company will showcase a variety of Lobster Specialties in addition to whole Lobster Boils. Large Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Tacos, Lobster on a Stick, Surf & Turf and much more will be served to satisfy all seafood needs. Landfood and vegetarian options also available at the fest. September 2nd & 3rd. Get details here.

Taste of Polonia

Chicago’s Polish fest will take place over labor day weekend at the Copernicus Center (5216 W Lawrence Ave. 60630). Taste of Polonia promises lots of polish food, all day music and fun. Menu items range from Pierogi’s, Potato Pancakes, stuffed cabbage, tripe soup, Hunter’s Stew, bbq ribs and much more. The four day fest kicks off Friday Sept. 2 from 5-10:30pm and ends Monday Sept. 5 from noon-10pm.  Tickets are $5 before 5pm and after its $10. Get details here.

Drink:
Filini Bar & Restaurant_Seedless Sally

Beyoncé cooed in her hit song “Drunk in Love” “I’ve been drinking, watermelon” so soak in the summer sun with a refreshing  drink overlooking Millennium Park, head over to Filini at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago (221 N Columbus Dr. 60601) for their watermelon cocktail called the Seedless Sally. Will you become Beyoncé after drinking it? probably not, will you get into some fun all night, with the right company (ahem) you just might. Cheers!

Do
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African Festival
The labor day staple in Chicago will return for its 27th year from September 2-5. Tunde Afolayin Famous is being honored as ‘Artist of The Year.’ Tickets for this year’s festival taking place at Washington Park (5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 60615) are $15 GA or $40 for the weekend pass. Can’t miss would be the performance Saturday night by one of Nigeria’s pioneer juju musicians Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. Time 10am-10pm. Get details here.

NorthCoast Festival
One of the last outdoor music fests in Chicago, NorthCoast will take place at Union Park from Friday Sept. 2-4. Headliners include Bassnectar, Zedd, Grouplove and some of the can’t miss acts include Matt & Kim, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Jamila Woods, Ty Dolla $ign. GA and VIP tickets are still available (as of publish date). Get details and tickets here.

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Jazz Festival Chicago
One of the best free events hosted by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Event (DCASE), Jazz Fest returns for labor day weekend kicking off with Orbert Davis Thursday and wrapping up with a 95th celebration of Cuban born percussionist Candido Camero aka Candido featuring M.F. Production’s Latin All Stars. Get details here.

Honorable mention:
The Summer Send-Off Soiree at Highline Sept. 2 from 9pm-2am Get details
here

Wicker Park everything must go art fair/sale. Friday Sept. 2 Get details here

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