While we here at the Chicago Journal do not call Labor Day the end of summer, there's no doubt that it serves as the unofficial seasonal bookend for many in the city and surrounding area. The kids have gone back to school by now, after all. Football is starting and baseball is going into its final stretch. And the trixies have begun to dream about apple cider brown sugar donuts and pumpkin spice lattes and tell everyone about it on social media.

And even if we're likely to have some significant heat coming for another month or so, historically, Labor Day weekend is when the weekend violence statistics begin to take the long walk down to the bitter winter weather numbers.

It's been a helluva summer - although that's probably not the right verb to describe it...

Delightful? Pleasing, maybe? Blissful?

Hmm. No, none of those verbs are nearly triumphant enough to really express how pure and happy our days and nights in Chicago are under this leadership.

Oh well. The perfect word will come. Maybe the statheads over at HeyJackass.com might have an idea?

The final totals for Labor Day Weekend were 14 killed, 48 wounded in violence across the city from Friday, September 2 @ Noon through Tuesday, September 6 @ 6:00 a.m.

The weekend started off with a hurry as the first two shooting incidents Friday afternoon were homicides.

The first happened around 12:50 p.m. when a man was found with a gunshot wound to his back in a gangway near the 8300 block of S. Colfax in the South Chicago neighborhood. He was pronounced dead on scene.

The second happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. on the 5000 block of W. Gladys in the Austin neighborhood. There, a 35-year-old man was shot in the torso & chin. He was originally listed in critical condition but later died from his injuries.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, gunfire erupted around a man on the Near North Side near the old Cabrini-Green homes.

Early Saturday morning, a woman stabbed a man to death during a domestic dispute in South Shore. We wrote about it here:

Fortunately, this 54-year-old woman wasn't killed for the mistake of enjoying a Saturday evening in the West Loop:

A man was killed five minutes into his 40th birthday on Sunday morning. His friend was also injured in the shooting that happened downtown in the Loop.

You can learn some subtle yet interesting things about life in this city from the smaller stories, too. Like this one, about a 13-year-old shot early Sunday at about 1:30 in the morning.

Followed by a man mowed down by a car on the city's near west side a few hours later:

Of course, this city can no longer make it through a long weekend without a mass shooting, by definition. You can read about the one that happened Sunday evening here:

Even more strange, a call of shots fired at a party in a parking garage at the old CME downtown? Sure, it's Labor Day weekend and this is Chicago.

Chicago Police have been struggling to contain street drag racing though after the most recent stunts, they've begun to use different tools to identify the vehicles:

The big story of the Labor Day weekend happend the morning of Labor Day itself. A security guard for a Greektown cannabis dispensary shot and killed a man who attacked him with an axe.

As with the 54-year-old woman above, this woman in Lakeview was guilty of enjoying her Labor Day off afternoon:

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