Memorial Day Weekend in Illinois

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March 19, 2019

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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, when Illinois residents and travelers head out to welcome months of warm weather and plenty of family activities. Kick off the summer holiday with our list of things to do over Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago and all over Illinois.


Madison County
  • Experience the oldest consecutive running parade in all the the US at the Memorial Day Parade in Alton. This year marks its 152nd anniversary.
  • Enjoy a weekend of food, live music, carnival rides, raffles and fun at the 34th Annual Bonifest in Edwardsville.
  • Join one of the oldest and largest annual race events in the Metro East at the Run for Bonifest 5K which passes the historic Leclaire Park.
Pulaski County
Jerseyville County
  • Community leaders will walk in the Jerseyville Memorial Day Parade along with the Jersey Community High School Band and current and veteran service members.
Kankakee County
  • What better way to celebrate warmer weather than the Pembroke Rodeo in St. Anne.
Macoupin County
Sangamon County
  • Add some fast-paced action to your Memorial Day weekend at the Springfield Mile.

Chicago Suburbs & Beyond

Cook County
  • The 32nd Annual Prairie Arts Festival Fine Art & Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, in Schaumburg.
Kane County
  • Spend a day at the Outdoor Fine Arts Show in St. Charles. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. 
  • 43rd Annual Chicagoland Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. In addition to a variety of gem, mineral and fossil exhibits, there will be face-painting and balloon twisting 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
DuPage County
Dekalb County
  • The Antique Car Show & Flea Market is fun for the whole family, reminisce about years gone by while enjoying the many makes and models of antique cars displayed by Silver Springs Chapter AACA.
LaSalle County


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