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Labor Day weekend in Chicagoland is a well celebrated weekend with plenty to do for the whole Family. If you don’t already have plans, check out the many events and activities you can celebrate to get the most out of this long weekend. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find another new tradition to celebrate along with this cherished American holiday. Labor Day for many Americans can represents countless things: An extra day off of work, the official end of summer, the official beginning of football season, and so on. It is certainly a holiday in which we all so enjoy, but often forget the origin of. Labor Day actually has a long historical tradition about the labor workers who built our country. According to History.com, in the late 1800’s at the peak of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked upwards of 12 hour days- seven days a week just to make ends meet! Hence, the idea of Labor Day was evolved from labor unions throughout the country who rallied for better working conditions and an 8-hour workday. That’s something to be truly grateful for! The holiday evolved over time, and finally became a recognized federal holiday in 1894. So, as you prepare for an enjoyable Labor Day this year, remember the contributions that American workers made to give us this special tradition that allows us to enjoy a long weekend and a splendid day off of work. Now, take a look at what’s happening in and around Chicagoland this patriotic weekend…
1. Navy Pier Fireworks
Talk about a grand finale…Navy Pier Fireworks display! Close out the summer with a bright tradition and check out the fireworks light up over Lake Michigan synchronized with music and all. The show starts on Saturday, September 5th at 10:15pm. Make a day out of it. Grab the family and hop on your nearest Metra or CTA and spend the afternoon along the pier, sightseeing or check out Museum Campus! Don’t forget to get to the dock early for a good spot to watch the display!
2. Naperville’s Last Fling
Featuring music, food & fun!This isn’t your typical carnival. The Naperville Last Fling is a tradition that’s been celebrated for the past 50 years. Hosted by the Naperville Jaycees, the festival celebrates Labor Day and supports as many as 100 local businesses. The fling lasts all weekend and is featuring great bands this year. On Friday, September 4th you can catch Lita Ford, Jack Russell’s Great White Pirates & Bad Medicine. Saturday, September 5th American Idol’s, Daughtry, will play as the headliner and you can also see Ed Kowalczyk & Matthew Curry. Closing the entertainment on Sunday, September 6th is Chevelle, Finger Eleven & Naperville’s own, Lucky Boys Confusion! And, of course, Labor day isn’t complete without a parade! The annual Naperville Labor Day Parade, also hosted by Naperville Jaycees, starts at 10am on Monday, September 7th. Check out the website here for more info on the Last Fling.
3. Explore Elmhurst ExpressElmhurst, Illinois! This FREE trolley service gives locals and tourists an opportunity to discover and explore Elmhurst. The hour long jaunt gives riders an exclusive look at all the shops, restaurants, parks and attractions that Elmhurst offers. Riders can also get a discount card on board saving them 10% at participating shops and restaurants. You can catch this ride all weekend! Explore Elmhurst Express takes off on Fridays (6-11 p.m.), Saturdays (12 noon – 11:30 p.m.) and Sundays (12 noon to 5 p.m.). Check out elmhurst.org for specific boarding times and more info on this fun little adventure!
4. Nature Nights: Seed Scatter
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden!This Saturday, September 5th from 5pm-7:30pm you can join in on this green Glencoe event is certain to become a standing tradition in Lake County. Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Nature Nights is a perfect time for the family to spend time in nature, soak up the outdoors and learn about the fascinating world of botany. This is a great event for the little ones (ages 4-10), everyone is able to explore different areas of the Garden and participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Each Nature Nights includes a fun tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. As CBG says, “Seeds can’t walk, but they sure can get around! Hitchhiking, exploding, and parachuting are just a few ways that plants spread their seeds. Learn how and why seeds need to scatter, make a seed bomb to scatter seeds, and take home a plant with an interesting dispersal method.” Sounds like a new tradition may be growing in your future…check out more info on Nature Nights here.
5. Dunham Woods Horse ShowLamplight Equestrian Center features beautiful perennial gardens and thousands of trees. At this time of year, the perennials bloom creating an enchanting environment. Enjoy the horseshow facility’s gorgeous flower-lined walkways, covered ringside pavilions, a ringside café and the Hitching Post Bar. So grab your fancy hats and binoculars and enjoy what’s said to be an event filled with “tradition, & class” at such a lovely facility in our region!
6. Glen Ellyn’s 5th Annual Sounds on the Street
Live concerts taking over Main Street!Book the sitter or bring the kids. This is a free event held this Friday, September 4th starting at 7pm! Sounds of the Street is a building tradition for this southwest Chicago suburb. You can bring your favorite food and drink onto the street and enjoy the musical entertainment from five of the favorite Glen Ellyn restaurants: Wooden Barrel, Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant, fire + wine, Blackberry Market, Shannon’s Irish Pub and Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro. School of Rock, a children’s band, will perform at 7 p.m. and the featured band will take the stage at 8 p.m. This event is sure to be a hit- and the weather will be perfect! For more information on this event click here. With all of the events going on around Chicago, you’re certain to make the most out of this long Labor Day weekend. Whatever your plans are, we hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing time filled with traditions and memories to last throughout the year! As for us, we will be continuing to install Fall & Halloween displays to brighten up houses and businesses all over Chicagoland, of course! You may actually see our red trucks in your neighborhood. Looking for a Fall or Halloween display for your home or business? Contact us today for a free quote. As you may know, we offer professional holiday light installation in Chicagoland year round. We have lights, decorations, hay stacks and more to bring a spooky or classic fall swagger to your home or business. And the best part is, It’s A Wonderful Light handles everything from product, installation, service, takedown and storage- so you can spend your holiday relaxing and enjoying the beautiful display rather than installing it yourself. Take a look at our Halloween & Fall Decor Blog that features just a few of the many designs and options we can offer you this fall season. Happy Labor Day from all of us at It’s A Wonderful Light!
FALL! That’s right, the season of changing leaves, crisp air, football, pumpkin patches and the sweet scent of spicy cinnamon, crisp apples and warm ginger lingering all around. We have to admit, it’s one of our favorite times of the year, because that means it’s almost CHRISTMAS! We don’t want to wait until November to see beautiful holiday lights twinkling all over Chicago. That’s why we offer professional holiday lighting year round- for every occasion, season and holiday. Our trained service crews are here to service you and help to make your home bright and festive no matter what the special occasion. That being said, we’re super excited to show you what we have to offer for our Fall and Halloween displays. Soon you’ll be seeing haystacks, pumpkins, scarecrows and festive, colorful orange and purple lights decorating the neighborhood. What a better way to welcome your company for your football parties, gatherings and of course, the trick-or-treaters? But, let’s face it- who really has time to put up the perfect display with all of the hustle and bustle this season brings? Well, with It’s A Wonderful Light, you can worry about one less thing: your outdoor lights and festive fall display! We have a full array of lights, displays, corn stacks and haystacks to transform your house into a full, fall swagger. Whether you’re looking for a little something to enhance your front porch, illuminate your patio, brighten your trees, or a full display to spook the neighborhood, we’ve got you covered. Start a NEW tradition this year with a Halloween or Fall display! We handle everything: product, installation, service and we’ll even take everything down for you and store it for next year. Yep, that means you don’t have to lift a finger. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? The best part is, you can transition right into your holiday lights whenever you’d like. We send our cheerful crews out to replace displays upon your request- and did we mention we take-down, clean up AND store everything for you? It’s all included in your display. Even accessories and 48 hour service guarantee. So when we say you don’t have to worry about a thing- we really mean it. Our goal is to make your outdoor holiday decor bright, beautiful and stress-free. So you can enjoy that ball game, catch up with family and friends and actually have time to enjoy the holiday, while enjoying your beautiful display (and all of the compliments you receive). We even offer suggestions and design your display for you in advance so you’ll see what it will look like before it’s installed. If this hasn’t gotten you pumped for a new fall tradition, we have some great ideas to get you in the mood! Inspire your inner fall spirit and take a look at the trending new traditions harvesting this season… [RPG id=458] Did these festive, fall looks inspire you? Let us help you start a new tradition this season with a Halloween or fall display. Whether you’re looking for purple, orange or green lights to wrap your trees, shrubs or roofline, or spooky lawn ornaments, or haystacks and cornstalks- we’ve got you covered! Contact us today for a free quote. As always, we wish you a WONDERFUL season ahead and we look forward to continuing to bring Chicagoland new traditions each year!