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Memorial Day weekend 2017 in Chicago

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

Photograph: Kaitlin Hetterscheidt
Oak Street Beach

Every year, Memorial Day weekend serves as an introduction to summertime in Chicago. City-dwellers grill out, enjoy an extra day off with friends and family and hit the road for nearby day trips. We also throw a Chicago-sized celebration for the men and women who died protecting our country with one of the country's largest Memorial Day parades. What are you waiting for? Say goodbye to May in style with our complete guide to Memorial Day weekend. 

When is Memorial Day 2017?

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 29, but Memorial Day weekend runs from Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29.

When is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade?

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade is held on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The parade begins with a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza, then steps off 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.

Chicago Memorial Day weekend 2017

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Pack up the car and get ready for a Midwestern road trip

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Get out of town for at least a day

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Get the kids out on the road

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Nothing says "summertime" like the smell of chlorine

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Hit the sand for some weekend fun in the sun

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Warm up with an outdoor meal or cocktail

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Bring the whole family to these watering holes

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Beer gardens, rooftop bars and outdoor dining spots in Chicago

We'll see you on a patio, chilly craft beer in hand

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Chicago bars with waterfront views

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

After the Memorial Day parade

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All that flag waving is going to make you hungry

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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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Find some shops that offer a boutique experience in the city's business district

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