Memorial Day Fun in Chi Town


Happy Memorial Day weekend Blue Demons! With final exams coming up, what a gift we are given having a long weekend off! For those staying in the city, there are so many events going on all over the Chicago area. Events that may find special interest to the DePaul community are: Chicago Memorial Day Parade, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, The Randolph Street Market Festival, Downtown Sound, Navy Pier fireworks, and of course the beach!

Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The Chicago parade is one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.  This year’s parade features Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency as Grand Marshal. The parade will step off at noon on Saturday, May 25 and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. The annual event holds court along a bustling strip in Lakeview off of the Red Line “L” Belmont stop and features regional tribute bands, food and drink vendors and  shopping. noon to 10p.m. On N. Sheffield from Belmont to School. May 25-26, Lakeview, Sheffield/Belmont.

The Randolph Street Market Festival.
 Be the first in line at the Randolph Street Market Festival when it opens its doors for the summer season, May 25 and 26. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors with furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more. 1340 W. Washington.

The free sumer music series Downtown Sound kicks off the outdoor concert season in Millennium Park on Memorial Day, May 27, opening with Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and headline act, the Lee Renaldo Band at 6:30p.m.

Navy Pier Fireworks. The Navy Pier fireworks will blast off Saturday, May 25, 10:15p.m.

Everyone here at OSI wishes everyone a safe, fun, and relaxing Memorial Day weekend whether you’re staying in the city or traveling- Enjoy it!!


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