From West Rogers Park to South Chicago, it seems that every Chicago community has a bit of a 4th of July fete. Community parades, church festivals, and of course fireworks, are the order of the day and many people will travel on the CTA to experience something new in a neighborhood they’ve never explored.
Boom, Boom, Boom on Navy Pier
The fireworks show out on Navy Pier is something to see and hundreds of thousands come out each year to experience this truly remarkable display of light and color. I’d suggest getting there early, as things get busy quickly. This year, the fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. and you can also find a viewing spot on nearby Oak Street Beach, which isn’t a bad second option for watching the fireworks. Remember that off-site parking is very difficult in the area, so you would do well to take the CTA or one of the shuttle trolleys to reach Navy Pier.
Ribs in Uptown
Chicago loves ribs and one of its most hallowed celebrations of this most fine delicacy takes place over 4th of July weekend. The Windy City RibFest takes place July 3-5 in Uptown and it includes performances from the Black Ensemble Theatre, perennial favorite Funkadesi, and other musical acts. This year’s featured “ribbers” include BBQ King Smokehouse, Texas Lightning, and Sweet Baby Ray’s. It’s a great place to take the family and the action is easy to get to via the CTA’s Red Line (Lawrence stop).
A House Music Festival of Epic Proportions
Chicago is the birthplace of house music and millions around the world from Amsterdam to Antigua have been beguiled by its siren sounds and stunning beats. From July 2-5, the Chosen Few Picnic Weekend in Jackson Park brings together dozens of house music DJs and thousands of celebrants seeking to get down and share the good times. It’s called the “Woodstock of House Music” and for this 25th anniversary celebration, a number of special guests will be on hand, including Stephanie Mills and Evelyn “Champagne” King. You can learn more about the festival here and there’s also a section about purchasing tickets and more.