Memorial Day 2020: Not just business as usual

Memorial Day 2020: Not just business as usual

Remember when Memorial Day Weekend (pre covid-19) was the kick off to everything we love about Chicago.

Not so much this year. Here’s a look at Memorial Day Weekend 2020 and a look back:

2020

Time to head to the Riverwalk (sorry closed); rent a kayak on the Chicago River (sorry closed): Bike the Drive (nope)!

OK, maybe just head to the beach.

What??? The beach is closed!

That can’t be possible.

Then, perhaps just the Memorial Day Parade and a bite at a restaurant?

NO! Don’t say it.

Yes, Memorial Day 2020 will be a little different to say the least--but there is hope for the future.

Until then here’s a look back at more typical times on Memorial Days of the Past from Show Me Chicago.

Memorial Day 2010

 Navy Pier fireworks.

Navy Pier fireworks.

Who remembers Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, the Stanley Cup playoffs, fireworks, the Cubs?--just a few of the things we took for granted a decade ago.

http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2010/05/chicago-memorial-day-weekend-events-fireworks-parade-festivals-50-cent-bike-the-drive-and-more/

Memorial Day Heroesmemorial

The Parade and Wreath Laying--a part of Chicago’s Memorial Day celebrations--like forever. This year, we can’t go to the parade but we can still thank and salute our heroes--if only virtually.

A look back: http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2010/05/memorial-day-heroes-pictures-taken-pre-parade-chicago-2010/#image/9

Memorial Day 2011

In 2011, Memorial Day was a flurry of activities. Raise your hand if you remember the Chicago Critical Mass Monthly Bike Ride and Downtown Sound.

Check them and more out here: http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2011/05/memorial-day-2011-events-kick-off-summer-in-chicago/

Memorial Day 2012: 15 Ways to Celebratebikethedrive-1

15 Ways to Celebrate was just the tip of the iceberg for Memorial Day activities back in 2012.

Here’s a look: http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2012/05/memorial-day-weekend-2012-15-ways-to-celebrate-memorial-day-weekend-chicago-style/

The Obama Family comes to Chicago for Memorial Day

The Obama's have deep roots in Chicago. Photo: John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter, June 16, 2012

The Obama's have deep roots in Chicago. Photo: John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter, June 16, 2012

Malia was 11 and Sasha was 8 when the Obama family came to Chicago for Memorial Day in 2010 saying they’d be spending a quiet weekend in the city--but speculation was high as to where they might be seen.

http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2010/05/the-obama-watch-obama-family-to-spend-memorial-day-weekend-in-chicago-10-spots-they-may-visit/

The Riverwalk 2015

Excitement was fever pitch as Phase One of the Riverwalk opened to the public (sans dogs)--5 years ago.riverwalkcelebration401

http://www.chicagonow.com/show-me-chicago/2015/06/chicago-riverwalk-a-guide-to-getting-around/

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