Memorial Day is on May 26, 2014, and commemorates the lives of those who died in service to the United States military. For many Chicagoans, Memorial Day weekend not only supports fallen soldiers but also offers a great start to a much-needed break from the cold weather months. While the standard backyard barbeque seems to be the favorite activity for most families, there are a number of Memorial Day-themed activities in the Chicago area to help make the day special.
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
State St. & Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60602
- Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Noon
- Price: Free
An hour before the parade starts, the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Daley Plaza will recognize fallen soldiers and their families. Take the kids downtown and show them what a real-life superhero looks like with Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, who was awarded a Purple Heart, serving as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
Randolph Street Market
1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
- Date: May 24-25, 2014
- Price: $5 to $10
Parking is free and the shopping encompasses both indoor and outdoor vendors. Instead of all the cookie-cutter antiques you might find at your local home store, check out the over 150 vendors that sell truly unique items to make your space different from all the rest. Go for the shopping and the live entertainment and don’t forget to stop by the Market Bar for a mimosa.
MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive
Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
- Date: May 25, 2014
- Price: $15 to $100
There are a few packages to choose from, whether it’s the $15 youth registration or the adult VIP registration. This non-competitive course starts between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and encompasses a 15 or 30 mile ride over Lake Shore Drive. Get outdoors and get fit during your ride and make sure to check out the post-ride festival that includes all-you-can-eat pancakes.
Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2014
6119 W. 147th St.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
- Date: May 23-26, 2014
- Price: $10 to $15
You don’t need to be Irish to attend the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest. Free for children under 4, this family-friendly event is filled with everything from magicians to carnival rides. Traditional food and dancing makes this event a truly unique Memorial Day event.