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Five things you should do this Labor Day weekend

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Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to see what the city of Chicago has to offer. The PHOENIX has compiled a list of five things you should do this weekend, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 to kick your fall semester off with some fun in the last rays of the season’s sun.

Don’t let the rainy first few days of the fall semester get you down. Labor Day weekend is set to have warmer weather — the temperature is expected to be in the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday. Just a few short blocks away, the Loyola Avenue beach is the perfect opportunity for students to mingle while the weather is still warm. There is no better way to cool off from the hot Chicago summer than in the waves of Lake Michigan.

If you feel like venturing out to one of Chicago’s most popular areas while also listening to traditional city music, the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will be running Aug. 29- Sept. 1 in Millenium Park. Even better, admission is free. Chicago, a major center for jazz music in the United States, continues to have a vibrant and innovative jazz scene. You can even catch Loyola’s jazz ensemble director, Scott Burns, playing one of the shows at the festival. So bring a picnic basket, a blanket and a friend or two this weekend and hang out on the lawn of the magnificent park.

If you are looking to hear some music that’s a bit more geared toward college students, North Coast Music Festival will also be taking place this weekend at Union Park. North Coast returns for its fourth year this Friday through Sunday. Though the tickets may be a tad pricier at $70 per day ticket, the performance of more than 30 diverse, talented artists at one event makes it all worthwhile. A few genres featured at the festival include electronic, hip-hop and indie rock music. Artists attending include Alesso, Bassnectar, Kid Cudi, Afrojack, Snoop Dogg, Zeds Dead and more. While the three-day passes are sold out, single day tickets are still available to purchase (link below).

For college students on a budget (which is most college students), a 25 minute ride to Navy Pier is the perfect way to save money and enjoy your Labor Day weekend. The last of the summer fireworks will be held this weekend, starting 10:15 p.m on Saturday night. It is a spectacular experience seeing fireworks light up against the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Take a ride on the ferris wheel or grab a hotdog while you watch.

Photo courtesy of Olivia Conti

Photo courtesy of Olivia Conti

Whether you are a newcomer to Chicago or you have experienced trekking around the city, you are bound to have heard the buzz about the city’s beloved Cubs. Even if you aren’t a huge baseball fan, heading out to Wrigley Field is a fun, moderately cheap experience where you can cheer on all the players while snacking on peanuts and popcorn. Watching the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers would be another fun and cheap way to spend your Labor Day weekend. The game is this Monday, Sept. 1 at 1:20 p.m. (link below).

To purchase your North Coast Music Festival tickets, click here.

To purchase your Cubs tickets, click here.


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