Your guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago

Make the most of the day off with our guide to 4th of July fireworks, events and more

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

If you couldn’t swing a July 4th weekend getaway, don’t sweat it—Chicago is the place to be for America’s birthday. Use the day off to check out some of Chicago’s best restaurants, explore the city's gorgeous beaches and waterfront bars or plan a relaxing staycation at a cool boutique hotel. Of course, there are plenty of ways to get in on the patriotic festivities, too. Head to Navy Pier, a nearby Chicago suburb or the closest rooftop bar to get a good look at stunning fireworks displays. Have the best holiday weekend ever with our complete guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago.

4th of July fireworks and events

Where to see Fourth of July fireworks around Chicago
Things to do

Where to see Fourth of July fireworks around Chicago

The best displays in the city and suburbs.

Rent a lakefront Airbnb for a weekend away
Travel

Rent a lakefront Airbnb for a weekend away

From adorable tiny houses to rustic log cabins to luxe shore-side chalets.

Lounge around Chicago’s coolest outdoor bars
Bars

Lounge around Chicago’s coolest outdoor bars

Stake out a spot on one of these patios while the fireworks explode overhead.

Enjoy a beer at Chicago’s best breweries
Bars

Enjoy a beer at Chicago’s best breweries

Enjoy the day off with an ale in hand.

Pig out at the tastiest BBQ restaurants in Chicago
Restaurants

Pig out at the tastiest BBQ restaurants in Chicago

From Chatham to Pilsen to Wicker Park and beyond, the best BBQ in Chicago is found all over the city.

Cool off with a cone from the city’s best ice cream shops
Restaurants

Cool off with a cone from the city’s best ice cream shops

Check out our favorite scoop shops.

Soak up the sun at Chicago’s most beautiful beaches
Things to do

Soak up the sun at Chicago’s most beautiful beaches

Throw on a suit and dive in.

Get outside with our guide to Chicago’s greatest green spaces
Things to do

Get outside with our guide to Chicago’s greatest green spaces

Kick back at one of the Chicago Park District's great green spaces.

4th of July fireworks photos

2016: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2016: Navy Pier fireworks

2015: Fireworks Instagram roundup
News

2015: Fireworks Instagram roundup

2014: Navy Pier fireworks

2014: Navy Pier fireworks

2013: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2013: Navy Pier fireworks

2012: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2012: Navy Pier fireworks

2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach
Things to do

2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach

Archive 4th of July coverage

Fourth of July fireworks
Kids

Fourth of July fireworks

Chicago-area Fourth of July Parades
Kids

Chicago-area Fourth of July Parades

Revolutionary beach reads
Things to do

Revolutionary beach reads

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2011
Things to do

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2011

Comments

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Taluca L

wonderful article.  only missing WHEN and WHERE.  what a waste of time