4th of July: Your Guide to the Best Events in Downtown Chicago

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Fabulous fireworks, amazing food, and tons of fun events are what you can expect this holiday weekend! The 4th of July is one of the most spectacular times of the summer and living it up in downtown Chicago is the best place to celebrate. Here’s your ultimate guide to having a blast this weekend!

#1 Navy Pier Fireworks (Streeterville)

Navy Pier is the most popular attraction for fireworks in Chicago for a reason. Check out its breathtaking fireworks show synchronized with music. Additionally, you can watch all of the action from the pier, the gigantic Ferris Wheel, or even from a cruise ship! There’s also Freedom Fest, the biggest party happening at Navy Pier’s Rooftop. It will feature delicious BBQ, a full bar, and a live DJ. The fireworks officially kick off at 9:30 p.m.

#2 Cité Chicago (The Loop)

However, if you’d rather celebrate the 4th of July in style, Cité has got you covered. This trendy sky lounge invites you to turn back the clock with them as they serve up a delicious, 5-course meal. Entrées like American Sturgeon Caviar, Fresh Shucked Oysters, and Roasted Lamb will be served.


#3 Oak Street Beach (Gold Coast)

Grab a beer and a famous Oak Street Beach (OSB) Burger with their signature King’s Sauce while you’re enjoying the gorgeous weather! With their very own OSB Music Festival going on, you’ll definitely have a great time dancing the night away with your friends.

#4 Grant Park Music Festival (The Loop)

Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can catch the special Independence Day Salute concert over at Grant Park. The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the National Youth Choir of Scotland to serenade you as you watch the fireworks!

#5 Chicago History Museum (Gold Coast)

This is perfect for the history buffs that want to enjoy traditional American activities and celebrate in true, 4th of July fashion. There will be a commemorative musket firing show and a brand new exhibition called Lincoln’s Undying Words. Check out the children’s parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam!

Ready to join in on all the action? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

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