Memorial Day 2022: Chicago celebrates holiday weekend with warm weather and fun festivities

CHICAGO (WLS) — It looks like summer is back as Chicago celebrates during this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“Especially after like the post-pandemic. It became the 1st festival of the summer”, Mario Perez.

Dalilah Villafane stepped out with her cousins ​​to enjoy the Sueños Music Festival, which is being held at Grant Park for the first time.

“We waited for Lola [but] there are never really any Latino artists and there are never really any festivals, so we’re thrilled,” festival goer Cassandra Henry said.

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With temperatures close to the 80s, everyone wanted to get out and there were plenty of places to go.

“Thank goodness the weather is nice. Everything is fine so far,” Villafane said.

The Buckingham Fountain also drew crowds.

That’s what Julie, Tim and Corbin Harris do. The trio hail from Peoria, Illinois, but now live in North Carolina.

“Memorial Day weekend and we hadn’t been back to Chicago in so long, so we decided to check it out this weekend,” Julie said.

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But for Toshannia Jones, Saturday is all about hanging out with her family and enjoying the city.

“We came downtown to get some fresh air and to go to the park. It’s safe,” Jones said.

To add to the holiday weekend, fireworks returned to Navy Pier for the unofficial start of summer.

“It feels good to be back to where we were before the pandemic,” said Lisa Powe.

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