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How To Spend July 4th Weekend In Chicago

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Updated: 8 January 2017
So, you’re in Chicago for the Independence Day weekend? There’s plenty to do! In fact, here are many more reasons you should stick around Illinois. Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover, or want to experience a little more culture – there’s something on this list for everyone. Last but not least, we’ve got a lengthy lineup of fireworks. Blast off!

July 2-3: Mamby on the Beach at Oakwood Beach

#TBT to Phantogram blowing us away last year! #MambyBeach

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Ride on, Chicago. Be on the lookout for the @mikesharderlemonade mechanical shark at #MambyBeach!

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@mambybeach babe spotting @springawakefest. #beachvibes #mambybeach #takemeback

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July 1-3: Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, IL. Admission is only $8 to see all of the hot air balloons taking off.

Another shot from this mornings launch

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I'll take one please. #hotairballoon #eyestotheskiesfestival #bucketlist

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July 2nd: Thompson Square will be performing live with their top hits like ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ and ‘If I Didn’t Have You.’

Great to hangout with all you and @hgtv at the #HGTVLodge! #CMAFest #CMAWeek

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July 1-3: Windy City RibFest is taking place at Lawrence & Broadway. Plenty of meat but also plenty of live music!




July 1-4: African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Union Park

July 4th: Independence Day is obviously a day we dedicate to saluting our country, but it’s also for celebrating in style with fireworks. Here are a few of our favorite events on the agenda:

• The 57th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Chicago’s History Museum: 10 am. Free to Illinois residents!

• White Sox vs. Yankees Independence Day Celebration: 1:10 pm. And they’re even offering specially priced tickets to all military personnel, veterans, their family, and friends!

• The Third Annual Freedom Fest: 6:30 pm. Located on Navy Pier’s rooftop – it’s a spectacular event for all ages, complete with mouthwatering BBQ, a full bar, and live music! It’s also a great place to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier, beginning at 9:30 pm.