Certain things are synonymous with Independence
Day, and Chicago is a prime place to experience them all! Here are
some spots for your Fourth faves.
Everybody loves a parade, which is why almost every community in
Chicagoland seems to have one on the Fourth of July. We're partial
to Glen Ellyn's
annual march and Highland
Park's Fourth Fest, both of which include music, floats and
lots of red, white and blue. Continue the fun at local parks with
carnival games, live music and fresh food for sale.
You want ribs? Naperville
Ribfest's got `em. The four-day fest features a barbecue
contest and all the food you could imagine (even for vegetarians!).
Plus they've got fun rides and lots of other kid-friendly
activities. On the Fourth, you can rock out to the sounds of
Americana with country musicians Casey James and Love & Theft.
Admission varies by day; visit website for information. Noon-10
p.m. July 3-7. Knoch Park, 700 S. West St., Naperville.
There's nothing more American than our so-called pastime. And
while you could head into the city for some big-league play, we
love the atmosphere at Chicagoland's minor league games. Where else
do you get mascots invading the crowd, T-shirt cannons galore and
the chance for kids to meet their ballplaying heroes? The Joliet Slammers,
Kane County Cougars
Boomers are all at home on the Fourth, and we're guessing
they've got some tricks up their sleeves.
This one's a no-brainer. We love the sight of bombs bursting in
air over Lake Michigan, so we're
heading to Navy Pier for its annual fireworks spectacular. The
show starts at 9:30 p.m., but get there with plenty of time to
spare. Or better yet, befriend someone with a lakefront balcony.
Free. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago.
What's that? You forgot that July 4th is actually about history?
Don't worry, the
Chicago History Museum's got you covered, with an event that
celebrates what happened way back in 1776. It includes patriotic
music and a reading of the Declaration of Independence-plus a kids'
parade with a giant Uncle Sam. Let freedom ring! 10 a.m.-noon.
Free. Uihlein Plaza, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312)