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Concierge Approved: Chicago Fourth of July

Sarah here! The time has come again to celebrate our great country’s independence with food, fireworks and, of course, lots of fun! If you’re visiting Chicago, you’re going to want to know all the best places to catch a glimpse of the fabulous firework show among other activities, and who better to learn from than Chicago’s concierge (thats me!) So, I’ve decided to put together a little list of places I recommend to watch the fireworks, places to eat and drink, and a few of the festivals that are happening around the city this weekend.


Food and Beverage:

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Picnic in the Park- grab a blanket, check out Pastoral or Eataly for some delicious picnic style food and drink, and head out to Millennium Park for an early evening meal in the park.

Dinner at Bub City- This restaurant is opening extra early on Fourth of July because “All American” is definitely their theme. When it comes to BBQ and a theme, Bub City tends to steal the show in Chicago. Check out some of their special offers for this special night while listening to some live country music.

All American Brunch at Bottlefork: Stop by Saturday July 5th after a good night’s celebration, and have a delicious classic American style brunch. With lobster rolls and complimentary beer samples, you’re sure to cure any ailment.



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Navy Pier- The most popular (and populous) place to catch a glimpse of the fireworks is right here. If you’re looking for the first row seating though, this is where to go.

Chicago Beaches- Ohio Beach, North Ave Beach or Montrose Beach are all great locations to watch the scene. Grab a blanket or towel, a bottle of wine, and get there early for a romantic Fourth of July experience.

360 Chicago- The observatory at the John Hancock Center has and amazing view of Lake Michigan. General admission is about $20, and an express entry ticket about $35, but this type of exclusive view is priceless.

Buckingham Fountain- One of the most gorgeous views for the show, if not only for the fountain. Though it’s not a first row view, the feel is definitely more luxurious with the spectacular fountain in sight (and less of a crowd).



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Windy City Ribfest- Head to Uptown for some “lip smackin” delicious ribs made by local and national chefs (Lawrence and Broadway), July4-6.

River West Fest- A fan of raves and crazy festivals? Hit up this three day EDM music festival, right on the Chicago River.

Rest assured that these suggestions will provide you with a fantastic Fourth of July Weekend! Cheers!

03 Jul
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