During the summer, one of the best aerial displays you'll find in Chicago originates from Navy Pier. The Chicago attraction hosts twice-weekly fireworks shows (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, with stunning views available from across the pier's public spaces. Of course, you can also take in the show from nearby beaches or while cruising along the Lakefront Trail.
Memorial Day weekend is here, marking the unofficial start to summer in Chicago with outdoor music festivals, fireworks displays and the annual parade downtown. There's time to fit in a little bit of everything this weekend: Pay your respects during the wreath-laying ceremony and parade in the Loop, see Navy Pier's free fireworks show, grab a meal at your neighborhood BBQ restaurant and hit the best Chicago beaches after they open on Friday (or refer to our longer roundup of weekend events for even more options). Looking for things to do in Chicago on Memorial Day? Read on and start planning your three-day weekend.
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