Where to watch 4th of July fireworks
We rounded up the best palces to see explosions in the sky in the city and the suburbs
Photos: Chicago Pride Parade
The mood in Boystown was extra celebratory following Friday's Supreme Court decision
11 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival
There's a great variety of lovable pop and rock acts slated to hit Union Park
Taste of Chicago announces food vendors
This year, 19 new vendors join the annual feeding frenzy in Grant Park
This week's top events
Fourth of July Fireworks
The city of Chicago ditched its official fireworks show a few years back, but Navy Pier picks up the slack with its explosive Independence Day celebration....
Time to have some fun in the sun, on the beach or in the park
Enjoy warm weather and hot days at outdoor events across the city
Chill out at Lollapalooza, the State Fair and more awesome things happening in August
Have a case of the summertime blues? Cheer up, because fall is just as great
Upcoming Chicago festivals
Eyes to the Skies Festival
In Lisle, the Fourth of July features plenty of airborne eye candy, including fireworks and hot air balloons. On July 2-4, balloons launch daily at 5:30am and 6:30pm, filling the sky with colorful inflatables of all shapes and sizes. In the evening, the balloons come down and the fireworks begin. Attendees can also check out the festival's carnival, kids area, live music and craft fair.
Windy City Ribfest
Flew your jaw muscles and stretch that waistline at this seventh annual 'cue fest in Uptown during Fourth of July weekend. Expect plenty of ribs and some live music, including national acts and regional cover bands.
Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic
Chicago is known for the blues music that used to fill South Side clubs, but its also the birthplace of modern house music. Each July, a group of house DJs that formed in the late '70s called the Chosen Few reunite to spin some records at this annual music festival. The party goes down in Jackson Park, where you'll be able to pack a picnic lunch and get your groove on with 40,000 other fans.
Concerts in Chicago
The Paper Machete
Christopher Piatt hosts this weekly "live magazine," a cavalcade of culture, politics and wit featuring journalists, actors, comedians and musicians offering...
Chicago Underground Comedy
This outstanding night of comedy takes in four to five comics each week. Keep your eye on some of these folks: they're going places.
Comedians You Should Know
This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar.
The top Chicago music festivals
Chicago's largest summer music festival takes over Grant Park with big acts and even bigger porta-potty lines
Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park turns into a hipster paradise at this indie-leaning summer festival
A sea of bros in neon tank tops flock to this massive EDM festival in Soldier Field
The punks invade Humboldt Park at this sprawling rock festival on the city's Northwest Side
Do your Labor Day plans include jam bands, hip-hop acts, DJs and glow sticks? You're probably a Coastie