Things aren't totally back to normal yet, of course, but this year's Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to look a little more like a typical version of the early summer holiday. Enjoy your three-day weekend by spending some time outside—we recommend taking a long walk at the best hiking spots near Chicago or unwinding among the flowers at gorgeous Chicago gardens. Want to have a night on the town? Hit up the best rooftop bars in Chicago for an evening of cocktails en plein air, or grab a reservation at an outdoor restaurant in Chicago for dinner with friends. And of course, nothing says Memorial Day quite like a fireworks show, so pay a visit to Navy Pier on Saturday evening to catch a free sparkling display. Summer has unofficially arrived, so make the most of the season with our guide to Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.
When is Memorial Day 2021?
This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 31, but Memorial Day weekend runs from Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31.