Memorial Day weekend 2018 in Chicago

Memorial Day weekend in Chicago offers a chance to fill your extra day off with weekend getaways, events and more

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Consider Memorial Day weekend your crash course in summertime in Chicago. You can stick around the city, enjoy the weather and throw a couple of brats on the grill, or hit the road and explore the Midwest with a nearby day trip. We also throw a Chicago-sized celebration for the men and women who died protecting our country at one of the nation's largest Memorial Day parades. What are you waiting for? Cap off a packed month of May events with our complete guide to Memorial Day weekend. 

When is Memorial Day 2018?

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 28, but Memorial Day weekend runs from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28.

When is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade?

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade is held on Saturday, May 26. The parade begins with a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza at 11am, then steps off from State and Lake Streets at noon.

Where is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade?

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade marches south along State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.

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Hit the sand for some weekend fun in the sun

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Warm up outside with a meal or a cocktail

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When the sun is shining, Chicagoans can't help but flock to the water

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For those of you looking for a post-parade drink

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Check out museums, parks, libraries and more downtown attractions

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