This Fourth of July, enjoy the
summer's biggest holiday in Chicago with festive events that salute the nation
and honor its history. From spectacular fireworks at Navy Pier that light up
the city's lakefront to a concert of beloved classics in Millennium Park, from
a baseball game to a bbq rib fest, there is no better place to celebrate the
country's independence than Chicago.
OF JULY EVENTS
at Navy Pier
FREE · 600 E. Grand Ave.
Enjoy a spectacular show of
pyrotechnics with a special holiday fireworks display along the downtown
lakefront. At Navy Pier
beginning at 9:30 pm
on Tuesday, July 4, colorful fireworks will light up the sky with a mix of
patriotic music in the background. Don't forget, also at Navy Pier all summer
long, catch the free fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
PLEASE NOTE: Navy Pier expects to
see some of its biggest crowds and at certain points, may reach capacity and
close its gates to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. Plan your visit
accordingly and arrive early if you have advance tickets/reservations for
performances, dinner or cruises.
Grant Park Music Festival:
Independence Day Salute
FREE · Millennium Park · 201 E. Randolph St.
On Tuesday, July 4 from 6:30-8:00
pm, the Grant Park Music Festival presents its annual holiday concert. Bring your family and
friends and celebrate the Fourth of July under the stars in Millennium Park at
the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with an evening of patriotic favorites, including
Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more. An encore performance
will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore
Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.
Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier
Tickets from $39 · 600 E. Grand Ave.
4th Annual Freedom Fest is a July 4th event like no other. You are going to
celebrate this national holiday on the Navy Pier's 27,000 square foot rooftop
all night long. This event is good for all ages so make sure you bring along
the family to really enjoy the night! Enjoy amazing views of Chicago, Lake
Michigan, and all of Chicago's best sights from the Navy Pier's rooftop. This
event is going to feature delicious BBQ food items to satisfy your July 4th
cravings. As you view Chicago with your loved ones, you are going to enjoy this
year's top hits provided by your live DJ. Dance and celebrate all night long to
your live DJ as you celebrate the most memorable Chicago July 4th night.
CRUISES: Independence Day Fireworks Dinner
July 4 (Board 6:30 pm, Cruise 7:30-10:30 pm)
Tickets from $189.90
866-305-2469 | www.odyssey.com
Witness the spectacular Navy Pier
fireworks display aboard Chicago's Odyssey for an upscale dinner cruise
complete with dinner, platinum open bar, DJ entertainment and dancing. For a
daytime option, there is also an Independence Day Skyline Lunch Cruise, in addition
OF CHICAGO CRUISES: Independence Day Fireworks Dinner
July 4 (Board 7:00 pm, Cruise 7:30-10:30 pm)
Tickets from $149.90
866-273-2469 | www.spiritofchicago.com
Treat yourself to a front-row seat
to one of the best fireworks displays in town! Step aboard the Spirit of
Chicago for a festive buffet, a platinum open bar and DJ entertainment while
you take in the spectacular city skyline and a top-notch pyrotechnics display provided
by Chicago's Navy Pier. For a daytime option, there will be a lunch cruise,
which boards at 12 p.m. and runs 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
BOATS: 4th of July Fireworks Cruises
July 4 (Depart at 7:00 pm, 7:15 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:15 pm)
Tickets from $34-$45
312-337-1446 | www.wendellaboats.com
With two docks right on The
Magnificent Mile, cruise out to Lake Michigan with Wendella for the
festivities. Take in the sights both north and south along the city's
spectacular lit up skyline. A briefly narrated tour is part of the ride, and
your ship is stocked with a full-service bar and snacks like chips and
candy. This is a unique Chicago experience for a date night, a fun outing
with friends, or an exciting night with the family.
OTHER AVAILABLE CRUISES
Celebrate America with your family, friends
or that special someone aboard Mercury Cruises' annual July 4th Lakefront
Cruise featuring a traditional Chicago-style fireworks display - with a twist!
Each guest will receive complimentary 3D glasses and a delicious treat box from
Corner Bakery to enjoy the fireworks show. Millions of lights along the skyline
will twinkle as you cruise along the downtown lakefront. The highlight of this
great fun-for-all-ages cruise is the thrilling 9:30 pm fireworks show. A cash
bar is available onboard, featuring soft drinks, cocktails, wines and beers.
CHICAGO LINE CRUISES
In centuries past, English kings and
invited nobles beheld spectacular displays of fireworks from royal barges. Now
you can, too! Fireworks cruises sail on both the Chicago River and Lake
Michigan, but please note that unlike the Architectural and Historical cruises,
there is no narration.
Every seat on Chicago's most
exciting excursion vessel has spectacular open panoramic views of the world
famous Chicago skyline, which are paired with the city's world class fireworks
display. You can also take a spin on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River during
the July 4th holiday weekend.
WATERIDERS CHICAGO KAYAK TOURS
views will surround you as you kayak through the city on guided twilight tours.
See the brilliant colors of the fireworks display as they shimmer off the
water's reflection. Your vessel? Either a single or double kayak, which is
kid-friendly as they can take the bow (front seat) with an adult. And the
departure point? The Wateriders Riverwalk along the North Branch of the Chicago
River (900 N. Kingsbury St.).
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ACROSS CHICAGO
Windy City RibFest in Uptown: June 30-July 2
The best local and national ribbers mix it up with three days of bbq and music
(local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute
bands) at this 9th annual summer event in the Uptown neighborhood.
Festival of Life: July 1-4
Enjoy spectacular food; fashion, arts and crafts from exhibitors; and dancing
and live music - multiple stages feature Reggae, R&B, Gospel, African,
Jazz, World Beat, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and other Caribbean/Latin Music - at
this family-friendly event in Union Park, now in its 25th year.
Taste of Chicago: July 5-9
Join this free outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining scene, alongside concerts and other activities for theentire family.
World: The Ehibition: Through January 2018
Walk through the Jurassic World gates
and get up close to the humungous dinosaurs, some over 24 feet tall, for an
experience like no other. Visitors of all ages can learn all about these
incredible prehistoric creatures and enjoy high-quality entertainment.
Revolution Exhibit: Through
February 4, 2018
Explore a collection of cutting-edge robots secured from some of the most
innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests will have
extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown
to the public before-including several new robots for its 2017 return.
Chicago Cubs, Chicago Fire & Chicago White Sox
Cheer on a professional Chicago sports team over the holiday weekend! On July
1, the Chicago Fire take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Toyota Park in a MLS
match. Baseball fans can also get a taste of America's favorite pastime on July
4. The Chicago Cubs kick take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Wrigley Field, and the
Chicago White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field.
See a concert at Ravinia, North America's oldest and most diverse music
festival presenting over 140 different concerts every summer. Purchase a
reserved seat in the Pavilion or enjoy the sounds from the lawn. The weekend
lineup features the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter on July 1, Steve
Miller Band on July 2, Chris Cornell on July 3, and Chick Corea Trio, Lisa
Fischer & Grand Baton on July 4.
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
Start your weekend with an outdoor workout on the park's Great Lawn and choose
between classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. These Saturday morning
fitness sessions are free and open to people with all levels of experience.
Groove to the tunes and dance the night away at the largest annual outdoor
dancing series in the United States. This spirited event brings people of all
ages and skill levels onto the outdoor dance floor in Grant Park, with free,
introductory 1-hour dance lessons led by professional instructors followed by
2-hour live music dancing sessions. Dance lessons and music performances take
place on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm.
Chicago InstaGreeter Tours
Take a fun - and free! - guided walk of Chicago with insiders leading the way.
These informative excursions offer one hour tours of The Loop and Millennium
Park over the holiday weekend.