Barbecuing on Labor Day

In search of a great legal holiday Weekend getaway? Book a flight to Chicago and catch the 31st annual Chicago jazz festival, September 4-6 in beautiful downtown Chicago. Enjoy three days of live jazz performances at four different venues in and around Grant Park, for the heart of the whole city. There’s no admission charge to enjoy the festival, which runs from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM daily. The music starts at noon at each venue. On this year’s bill are some of the world’s greatest jazz artists, including Madeleine Peyroux, the Ernie Adams Trio with Richie Cole, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Fred Anderson, the Amina Figarova, Sextet, the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, Dee Alexander and more.

Museums Featuring Pirates and Wizards

While you’re in Chicago, visit the Museum of Science and Industry’s 10,000-sq ft Harry Potter exhibit. Harry Potter: The Exhibition features costumes, props and memorabilia with the Harry Potter films. Take a tour of the hall, Gryffindor and Hagrid’s hut and play Quidditch while you’re there. The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 South Lakeshore arrive Chicago and is open from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. General admission to the museum and the Harry Potter Exhibit are $26 for adults; $25 for seniors and $19 for children ages 3-11. Tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit only are $18 for adults and seniors; and $15 for children ages 3-11.

If you’re up for a pirate adventure, visit the Chicago Field Museum and view Real Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah From slave ship To pirate ship. This exhibit features more 200 artifacts recovered from Whydah, the first truly authentic pirate discovered in US territorial waters. The Whydah was built as a slave ship, but was captured by Sam Bellamy and his band of pirates on its maiden voyage. The Whydah trolled the waters of the Caribbean and the US Eastern Seaboard until it sank in an April storm with treasure from a lot more than 50 ships aboard. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and examines the connection between Caribbean trade routes, slavery Labor Day Sales 2014 and piracy inside the 1700′s. The exhibit will be in Chicago until October 27. Tickets are timed and must be purchased with a general admission ticket to the museum. Adult admission is $23; tickets for seniors and students with a student ID are $20; and ticket for children ages 3-11 are $13.

Shopping Chicago Style

Wrap your chicago adventure with a shopping trip along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile. Visit perennial Chicago favorites Neiman Marcus and American Girl Place. Don’t forget to stop by the Apple Store, The Disney Store, Saks avenue, Tiffany & Co., And Ralph Lauren. While you’re travel neighborhood, stop at the Prada Store on Oak Street for the latest in boutique shopping. To finish out Chicago-style shopping feast, head over to State Street to visit the historic 150 year-old Marshall Field’s State Street Store (which now operates as Macy’s). You’ll find Chicago’s best 10-story shopping experiences in this beloved pure-Chicago landmark.