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Old-fashioned fun for the Fourth of July in Chicago

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.

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 inChicagoland seems to have one on the Fourth of July. We’re partialto Glen Ellyn’sannual march and HighlandPark’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.

Parades in Chicagoland

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade

Glen Ellyn’s 4th of July parade will begin at Hawthorne St and Lenox Rd heading north on Lenox Rd, turning west onto Linden St. and southbound on Main St ending at Crescent. Visit GlenEllyn4thofJuly.com for more information.


You want ribs? NapervilleRibfest’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.

BBQ at Naperville Ribfest

Naperville Ribfest

Fest features a BBQ contest with several rib vendors, food ranging from ribs and hot dogs to salads, snacks, desserts and drinks, two live music stages, special events, and fireworks.  Family area features carnival rides, inflatables, circus tricks, magic show, face painting, petting zoo and live performances.


There’s nothing more American than our so-called pastime. Andwhile you could head into the city for some big-league play, welove the atmosphere at Chicagoland’s minor league games. Where elsedo you get mascots invading the crowd, T-shirt cannons galore andthe chance for kids to meet their ballplaying heroes? The Joliet Slammers,
Kane County Cougars
and SchaumburgBoomers are all at home on the Fourth, and we’re guessing
they’ve got some tricks up their sleeves.

America’s favorite pastime in Chicagoland


This one’s a no-brainer. We love the sight of bombs bursting inair over Lake Michigan, so we’reheading 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.

Fireworks Spectacular at Navy Pier


What’s that? You forgot that July 4th is actually about history?Don’t worry, theChicago 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)
642-4600.

American history in Chicago

Fourth of July Celebration

Commemorate our nation’s independence with family-friendly activities, musical performances and more at this community favorite on the museum’s plaza.


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