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Labor Day Weekend at Castaways
Labor Day Weekend at Castaways
Castaways Bar & Grill

Labor Day is the oxymoron of national holidays. It honors our work and we relax for a day. It's a bittersweet holiday sending off the summer of 2014 and anticipating the chill of fall and winter. Do it up big at one of these Chicago spots celebrating the American worker in a most festive way.

Labor Day Weekend at Castaways
Labor Day Weekend at Castaways Castaways Bar & Grill

Labor Day Weekend at Castaways

Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1
Castaways Bar & Grill on North Avenue Beach announces their Labor Day weekend entertainment lineup. Castaways will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Menu items include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas accompanied by frozen cocktails and even Corona in a can (No bottles on the beach).

Castaways now offers cabanas available for rent daily through Labor Day. The two cabanas are located on the North end of the Castaways upper deck with a capacity of 10 - 12 people (max) each. The cabanas are available for rent from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ($1,500 F&B minimum).

Saturday, August 30
DJ Jem & The Dance Floor Junkies
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting)

Sunday, August 31
Sushi Roll
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting)

Monday, September 1
The Student Body
Restaurant open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting)

Labor Day Sunday patio BBQ at Frontier
Labor Day Sunday patio BBQ at Frontier Frontier

Labor Day Sunday patio BBQ at Frontier

Sunday, August 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$35 per person
Guests who visit Frontier over Labor Day weekend on Sunday, August 31 will enjoy a BBQ and Craft Beer Tasting. Featured menu items will include gator burgers, chicken, housemade sausage, burgers, and all the fixings. The Craft Beer Sampling will feature a selection of beers from Stevens Point, Deschutes, Leinenkugel and Greenbush Families of Beer.

Labor Day Outdoor Dining at The LandShark Beer Garden
Labor Day Outdoor Dining at The LandShark Beer Garden The LandShark Beer Garden

Labor Day Outdoor Dining at The LandShark Beer Garden

Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1
The LandShark Beer Garden, on the East End of Navy Pier, announces a full lineup of live music during Labor Day weekend.

Headlined by its signature, Landshark Lager, imports, micro-brewed and domestic beers are always served at the Landshark Beer Garden, as well as cocktails and frozen drinks. Favorite picnic foods including pizza, bratwurst soaked in Landshark Lager, Italian beef, hot wings, hamburgers, Chicago style hot dogs and much more are also available.

Friday, August 29
7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Hello Nuvo
10 p.m.- 11:30 p.m., Red Rebel County

Saturday, August 30
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., The Ginger Road
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., The Town Pants
9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., Samadhi Vibe

Sunday, August 31
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Marvin Maestro Band
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Rachel Timberlake
9 p.m. - 11 p.m., Todd Hembrook

Monday, September 1
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., MER
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Bassel & The Supernaturals
9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Lottie's Labor Day Party
Lottie's Labor Day Party Lottie's Pub

Lottie's Labor Day Party

Monday, September 1
Lottie's will host an all day bash on Monday, September 1 featuring a Dos Equis and Milagro Brand Sampling at 3 p.m., $2 traditional steak and chicken tacos, $3 Dos Equis and $4 Milagro. Hospitality professionals who bring proof of ID will also receive 30 percent off of their bill.

MAK Labor Day Al Fresco Dining
MAK Labor Day Al Fresco Dining MAK

MAK Labor Day Al Fresco Dining

Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1
Now serving alcohol and perfect for outdoor Labor Day dining, MAK offers casual al fresco dining, weather permitting. The patio features seating for 28 guests and full menus are available including a unique selection of Asian Beers like Sapporo, Kirin Light, Tiger, Tsing Tao, Lucky Buddha and Hitachino White as well as sake and wine. MAK offers the dynamic flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine with a healthy and modern twist featuring flavorful food based on recipes handed down from generations.

The Pony Labor Day White Party
The Pony Labor Day White Party The Pony

The Pony Labor Day White Party

Sunday, August 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Guests who visit The Pony this Labor Day are encouraged to wear white attire and will enjoy $4 Blue Moon Belgian White pints, $5 White Russians, $5 Horchata shots, and $10 white wine bottles. Live music will also be featured beginning at 7 p.m.