8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: September 1

Enjoy the sunny days with awesome activities that’ll make your summer shine. From chilling at the beach to grooving at music festivals, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Explore new spots and cool shops to add some excitement to your summer days. Check out these eight activities happening this weekend to help soak up the sun!

Head to Naperville’s Biggest Bash

Join the festivities at The Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling, the city’s premier end-of-summer celebration! This annual Labor Day weekend event brings together the community for four days of fun, music, and entertainment. From thrilling carnival rides to live music performances by top artists, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy delicious food from local vendors, browse unique arts and crafts, and participate in family-friendly activities.

Date: September 1-4 
Time: 8-10PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Various Downtown Naperville Locations 
More info: lastfling.org

Boogie Down in Glen Ellyn

Head to Downtown Glen Ellyn for the perfect end-of-summer celebration with Sounds on the Street. Experience the magic of a free live concert on Main Street, where you can bring your favorite local cuisines and drinks from restaurants into the street to savor summer’s finest. Whether you’re coming with friends, family, or just for a night out, explore seven restaurants and make it a culinary adventure in Downtown Glen Ellyn.

Date: September 1 
Time: 6-10PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Various Downtown Glen Ellyn 
More info: downtownglenellyn.com

Enjoy the ‘Casa’ Art Installation in Oakbrook

Experience the warmth of Mi Casa, Your Casa in Oakbrook, where the spirit of hospitality and community comes alive in this outdoor art installation. This inviting event draws inspiration from the mercados of Latin America, and welcomes you to find a seat on a swing and explore the red metal houses that bring the community together.

Date: Runs through September 17 
Time: All Day 
Cost: Free 
Location: Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center 
More info: oakbrookcenter.com

Rhythm Meets Soul at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Immerse yourself in the soulful rhythms and electrifying melodies of the Chicago Jazz Festival. This annual musical extravaganza transforms the heart of the Windy City into a haven for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Featuring world-renowned jazz artists and emerging talents, the festival promises an unforgettable experience of improvisation, innovation, and pure musical magic.

Date: September 1
Time: 12PM
Cost: Free
Location: Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St
More info: chicago-events.us

Celebrate Unity at the African Festival of the Arts

Step into a vibrant celebration of African culture at the African Festival of the Arts. This yearly event is a kaleidoscope of art, music, dance, and cuisine, offering a captivating journey through the diverse traditions of the African continent. Discover the rich tapestry of African heritage, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine, and groove to infectious rhythms that unite us all.

Date: September 1-4
Time: 10AM-10PM
Cost: $10+
Location: Grand Boulevard, 5100 S Gardner Ave
More info: aihusa.org

Taste, Dance, and Celebrate at Taste of Polonia

Get ready for a delectable journey through Polish culture and cuisine at Taste of Polonia. This annual festival is a flavorful celebration of Poland’s rich heritage, featuring a mouthwatering array of traditional Polish dishes, live music, folk dancing, and more. Whether you’re savoring pierogi and kielbasa, tapping your feet to lively polka tunes, or exploring Polish arts and crafts, the Taste of Polonia promises a fun-filled and culturally enriching experience for all.

Date: September 1-4
Time: Fri 5-10:30PM, Sat and Sun 12-10:30PM
Cost: Free
Location: Copernicus Center, 5126 W Lawrence Ave
More info: topchicago.org

Discover the Heart of the Arts at West Loop Art Fest

Experience the vibrant fusion of creativity and culture at West Loop Art Festival. Nestled in the heart of this trendy neighborhood, this yearly event showcases the works of talented artists from diverse backgrounds, offering a kaleidoscope of artistic expression. Engage with the artists, immerse yourself in the creative process, and perhaps even take home a masterpiece of your own.

Date: September 2-3
Time: 10AM-7PM
Cost: Free
Location: Fulton & Sangamon St, West Loop
More info: starevents.com

Flavor Frenzy at Wing Out

Get ready to indulge in a finger-licking, saucy adventure at the Wing Out Festival. With a wide array of wing styles, from classic buffalo to exotic and innovative creations, there’s something to tickle every taste bud. Alongside the mouthwatering wings, enjoy live music, games, and a festive atmosphere that makes every bite a memorable experience.

Date: September 2-3
Time: 12-9PM
Cost: $20+
Location: Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St
More info: wingoutchicago.com


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