Memorial Day weekend isn't just the prelude to summer festivals in Chicago, afternoons on the beach and backyard cookouts—it's the perfect time to take advantage of all those things, and more. If you're sticking around the city, you can enjoy the outdoor dining options at some of the best restaurants in Chicago, find a nice spot near the lake to spend an afternoon or pay your respects at the city's annual Memorial Day parade. The three-day weekend is also a great time to head out of town, though you may experience some FOMO if you do. What are you waiting for? Cap off a packed month of May events with our complete guide to Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.
When is Memorial Day 2019?
This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27, but Memorial Day weekend runs from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27.
When is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade?
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade is held on Saturday, May 25. The parade begins with a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza at 11am, then steps off from State and Lake Streets at noon.
Where is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade?
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade marches south along State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.