Your only job this Labor Day weekend is to have a blast. With a city as great as ours, that won’t be hard. Offbeat circuses, one of the last firework displays of the summer at Navy Pier and rooting for a hot-dog-themed home team. Read our picks for the best events in town — then get out there and get to work finding the adventure.

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Lincoln Park

Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-SunEvent details.

McKinley Park

Run Away and Join Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road! The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Last Chance! Watch Fireworks from the Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience this fireworks display synchronized to music. Sat. Event details

Washington Park

African Festival of the Arts
This annual fest gives kids the chance to taste, hear and dance to the African beat. A lively bazaar pops up, bringing the best of Africa to Chicago. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Traverse a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Almost Gone! See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Say Goodbye to Summer at Last Fling
Naperville has mastered the art of throwing the epic end-of-summer party with their Last Fling. Head west for this four-day affair featuring national headlining artists, a massive carnival and family-friendly entertainment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Chicago Dogs Home Games
There’s a new baseball team in town and they’re paying homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Post-game fireworks and autographs, $3 bottomless popcorn and an opportunity to play catch on the field make the three-game weekend a must-do. Fri.-SunEvent details.

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.