Make the Most out of Labor Day Weekend with These Specials, Parties & More

By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey | August 23, 2019 | Lifestyle

Labor Day weekend means no work and all play, and Chicago abounds with ways to live out that maxim. From bottomless brunches to grilling lessons and more, here are our top choices to make the most out of the weekend.

Become a grill master at Weber Grilling Academy

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(Photo by Megan Osterhout)

Grilling this weekend? Learn the finer points with a class at the Weber Grilling Academy in Lombard. Choose from a Gourmet Burger Blends class (8/30; $50/person) or a Classic Surf & Turf class (8/31; $90/person) where guests are taught grilling techniques and timing while learning on a Weber charcoal or gas grill. 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, 630.953.8880

Brunch like the French at Bistronomic

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(Photo: JWK Photography/courtesy of Bistronomic)

Nosh on Labor Day brunch bites like the artisanal smoked salmon sandwich, house-cured duck confit hash and other dishes from the Gold Coast favorite while adding in bottomless mimosas ($18.95) with any entree purchase. Sept. 2, 10:30AM – 2:30PM. 840 N. Wabash, 312.944.8400

Sip caipirinhas at ZED451

Enjoy a full-fledged foodie adventure with an extravagant dinner and dessert evening ($46/person). Start off the night with caipirinhas ($7) and starters from the Brazilian steakhouse before tackling the evening’s toothsome highlight: an array of fire-seared meats carved in front of you by the chef. Sept. 2, 739 N. Clark St., 312.266.6691

Imbibe all-you-can-drink hard seltzer at Bandit

Soak in the last days of summer with never-ending cans of Natural Hard Seltzer ($25) while unwinding on the uber-popular patio at DineAmic’s new West Loop spot. Sept. 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM, 841 W. Randolph St., 312.666.6061

Feel the burn at Crosstown Fitness

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Get moving with the gym’s 2-for-1 day pass (regularly $30/class) special running Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Use promo code “passingthrough” to get the half-off exclusive. 1031 W. Madison St., 312.550.1063, West Loop; 3600 N. Halsted, 312.550.9923, Northside; 3406 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.661.6953, Roscoe Village

Feast like a rock star at Old Town Pour House

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If the weekend brings out your Jagger alter ego, then this rock 'n' roll-themed brunch will be your everything. Indulge in delights off a newly expanded menu including Chak Shuka Khan, Jon Bun Jovi and The Clash Smash along with mimosa flights and special brunch cocktails. Starts Aug. 31, 1419 N. Wells St., 312.477.2800

Dine with your dog for a cause at Onward

With Onward’s “Bone Appetite” menu, even dogs can get in on the action. Choose from sweet potato strips ($4), frozen peanut butter & banana ($4) or watermelon ($4) with a portion of sales benefiting One Tail at a Time. For the non-canine crowd, there’s Southern Crawfish Arancini ($12), beef & pork kofta ($15) and other noshes from executive chef Patrick Russ. Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 6580 N. Sheridan Rd., 872.888.8776

Get an early start at Mad Social

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(Photo by Kailley Lindman/courtesy of Mad Social)

If Friday marks the start of your long weekend, kickstart the fun with a bottomless mimosa or Bloody Mary brunch while nibbling chicken and waffles, buttermilk pancakes and other offerings on the patio of the West Loop spot. 1140 W. Madison, 312.243.2097

Marvel the skies at LH Rooftop

Extend the weekend action at the hotel’s second annual Star Party. During the free event, learn about the stars, moon and planets under the tutelage of local astronomer Joe Guzman and his team while sipping a fruity cosmic-themed drink, Dark Matter. To reserve a table, contact rsvp@londonhouse.com. Sept. 3, 7:00PM-10:00PM, 85 E. Wacker Dr., 312.357.1200

Move to the music at City Winery

The West Loop wine oasis hits all the right notes with a Labor Day party touting performances from DJ Sadie Woods, Katie Kadan and Sandra Antongiorgi. Sept. 2, Tickets are $12. Doors open at 2:00PM. 1200 W. Randolph St., 312.733.9463

Tackle all-you-can-eat brunch at Stella Barra Pizzeria

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(Photo courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You)

A day off deserves a plate that’s never empty. Delight in roasted corn and poblano egg enchiladas, cinnamon roll bread pudding and other temptations—and don't forget to add on a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Bellini for $5. Sept. 2, 10:00AM-2:00PM, 1954 N. Halsted St., 773.634.4101



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