But, of course, nothing is normal about the year 2020 so far.
Jeffrey Le and Natalia Mak attempted a normal tourist visit for the long weekend from Los Angeles, California. They made it to Navy Pier just one day before it shuts down for the rest of the year.
"It's different, it's weird," Mak said. "Glad things are starting to open up."
A behind-the-scenes look at the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
There are of course, few traditional activities available this Labor Day weekend.
The lakefront is nearly empty with none of the barbecues that often attract large groups.
There was little foot or wheel traffic on the lakefront path Sunday.
Even the lake is relatively empty, with just a few boats out.
All the more reason some tourists are checking out the Pier before it closes Tuesday.
The outdoor activities are in line with what health experts are hoping for this weekend.
Dr. Deborah Birx asked people to wear masks and avoid large groups, and to keep their distance during her visit to Chicago head of the holiday weekend.
"The social distancing piece can't just be around people we don't know," she said.