There’s more to a Chicago Memorial Day than backyard barbecue cookouts, relaxation and mattress and appliance sales. Memorial Day weekend in Chicago’s Loop,will host thousands of people to honor veterans and active duty military at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. Which steps off at State and Lake Streets and travels south to Van Buren. Near the Wreath Laying Ceremony takes place at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza at Dearborn and Washington Streets.
Also remember that the General John A. Logan Monument Ceremony and Dedication wreath-laying will start at 11 a.m. Monday in Grant Park, 337 E.Randolph St.
In Chicago;s West Loop, the West Loop Craft Beer Fest’s general admission will run 1 to 5 p.m., with a VIP event at noon, at Clinton Street between Lake and Washington streets. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP admission tickets are $75. General admission tickets at the door will be $65.
Navy Pier will host a free summer fireworks show starting at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
This is an example of the series parades and tribute ceremonies throughout Chicago this weekend remembering military members who died in service. Making Chicago’s Memorial Day weekend a little more meaningful, with alll our many wonderful memorials and monuments. Dedicated to all our Vets who have fought in our nation’s armed conflicts. Maybe freedom isn’t free, but visiting the wonderful 10 areas throughout the city are. All perfect spots for reflecting back on the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers. .
In Chicago’s south Beverly area, the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony starts after the 37th annual Ridge Run. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. Monday from 110th Street and Longwood Drive and travels north to Ridge Park.
For a little R&R, Bike the Drive will start at 5 a.m. at Columbus and Jackson drives. There will be light snacks and water provided at three rest stops along the route. Registration is required and costs $51, $15 for participants 17 and younger.
In Chicago’s south Lake Shore Drive area, at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, genealogist Jennifer Holik will talk about her work and offer advice.”Tears of the Sun,” a movie about a Navy SEAL mission, will be shown at 1 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to share their stories with the museum’s Holt Oral History Program.
Meanwhile, the Randolph Street Market will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 150 vendors will be at the market.
A free concert in Chicago’s Mayfair neighborhood an exibition titled, Celtic Aire, an ensemble spin-off of the U.S. Air Force Band, will perform at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The North Park area offers, a new exhibition opening exclusively at the National Veterans Art Museum, at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., entitled “Surrealism and War,” at 10 a.m. on Monday. There will be an 11 a.m. color guard show and a 2 p.m. talk from an artist. The exhibition runs until Nov. 1.
Theres a Norwood Park’s Memorial Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. at Onahan School, 6634 W. Raven St. There will be a tribute ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
And in Roscoe Village, Lane Tech High School’s annual Memorial Day weekend carnival continues in the Western Avenue parking lot of the school.At 2501 W. Addison St. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon-8 p.m. Monday. An unlimited ride special is $25 from noon-5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
This weekend when visiting Soldier Field which is not only the home to the Chicago Bears, but it is also the city’s largest memorial to war vets. The words “Chicago Remembers” rings true for all Chicago aged and deceased Vets in America’s history