End of Summer Activities and Events in Chicago

End of Summer Fun in Chicago!

Back to school season is upon us and the summer is just about to draw to a close. So what can you do to squeeze out that last bit of summer fun? Luckily, we’re having some gorgeous weather, so that allows for all kinds of park and forest preserve activities.


Here are some activities happening around Chicago in the coming weeks to enjoy as the summer winds down.

On August 30th you can enjoy free Gyros in Chicago. You pick the place and time! You’ll need to sign up and print your coupon here or here.

As we move into September there is Cabernet Day Chicago at the RedHead Piano Bar on September 1st.  $15 gets you a variety of wines to taste and some fine music to enjoy.

Also on September 1st is the Free Hot Summer Nights Music and Dancing event at Chicago Botanic Gardens if you happen to be in the suburbs. Orqesta Con Son will play Latin music. There will also be dance instructors on hand to help you get your grove on. You could perfect your Merenge or sway the night away with some sultry Salsa steps!


Labor Day weekend boasts a myriad of fun activities in Chicago.

Many museums are free if you’re a Bank of America cardholder! Check out Free Things to do in Chicago’s website for details.

You can also find free museums if you have a Chicago Public Library Card. Reading is Fundamental and money saving!

Let’s not forget the Fireworks at Navy Pier that continue Wednesdays and Saturdays through September 3rd.


Labor Day Weekend is also jam packed with music festivals!

The Chicago Jazz Festival is FREE and runs from September 1st thorugh the 4thNorth Coast Festival takes place in Chicago September 2nd through the 4th.  Although, not Chicagoland, but certainly worth the drive, Pearl Jam graces the fine state of Wisconsin September 3rd and 4th  at Alpine Valley.


September brings Downtown Dash to Chicago on 9/10/11!

As September continues the coolest Social Media Urban Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Dash will take place on 9/10/11 through the streets, on the rails, and maybe even on the waterways of Chicago. You just never know what you’ll be asked to do during this race around town. If you’re involved in Social Media this is the event for you. There will be a variety of prizes and an after party to conclude the day of physical and social activities!


Free Movies in Chicago Parks continue through September 16th. Enjoy some fresh air and a movie before we’re forced to don our parkas.

The Chicago Botanic Gardens boast free Top Chef cooking demos through October 2nd.

Finally, if you’re going back to school or you have small people that are (thankfully) returning to academia, check out Fatwallet for lots of back to school and extra-curricular savings!


Enjoy the rest of the summer, Chicagoland!  Although Autumn is pretty spectacular here, too!