We still miss the huge 4th of July fireworks during Taste of Chicago, but Navy Pier does an admirable job with the pyrotechnics and the suburbs turn out quite a few fantastic shows. But there's more to do on the 4th beyond explosions: Chicago's best restaurants and bars offer their own 4th of July events, and Chicago's beaches are some of the best spots to chill out with friends (and, okay, to watch the fireworks).
4th of July fireworks and events
Where to watch 4th of July fireworks
The best displays in the city and suburbs
Fourth of July food and drink specials
From scones to cocktail specials, we found the best 4th of July deals
Chicago beaches guide
Chill out on the best stretches of Lake Michigan sand
4th of July fireworks photos
Perfect summer outfits and accessories
Bright ideas for 4th of July outfits
As invitations to Fourth of July picnics, cookouts, and rooftop parties pile up, respect the flag and keep your swag. Look chic and cool while also showing your USA pride by pairing any of these subtle red, white and blue fashions for the perfect Independence Day outfit.
The tackiest American flag clothing and accessories
We get it. You love America, and you love showing off your star-spangled pride with patriotic clothes and accessories. 4th of July? You've got it all over you. And that's fine, because let's face it: tackiness is just another part of being 'Merican. So embrace it this summer with the tackiest getups we could find, including flag-themed board shorts with Solo cups for stripes and ping-pong balls for stars, or spangled lip tattoos (yes, that is a thing). Whether you're screaming "USA! USA!" at a World Cup match, selfie posing at a summer concert or raging on Independence Day, we've got you covered. Go big or go home, because, YOLO, bro.
Stylish barbecue accessories for outdoor entertaining
If you plan on hitting one of the city’s park barbecues this summer, you’ll want to be prepared with these stylish barbecue accessories. We searched home decor stores like Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel and Ikea for grilling goods that possess both form and function.