Happy 4th of July Weekend, Chicago! One of the best times to visit Chicago is during America's birthday weekend, and we've got a heaping of activities in which you can take part. Are you into African, Caribbean and Latin American Culture? Look no further than the International Festival of Life. Food? That'd be Windy City RibFest. Or are you just into some good ol' fashioned fireworks? Watch the spectacular show at Navy Pier.
Let the rhythm of the world move you! Bring the whole family to this spectacular 22nd annual festival of music, food, arts & crafts and much more in the West Loop's Union Park. More than 70 musical acts, featuring the very best of reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, rock, R&B and gospel music, will take the stage. It's a celebration of life, what could be sweeter?
WINDY CITY RIBFEST IN UPTOWN (7/3-5)
Holidays wouldn't be holidays without eating lots of food, and the holiday celebrating our nation's independence wouldn't be the same without eating some of the most American of foods: ribs. Chow down on slabs of the best local and national ribbers at this three-day fest in Uptown at Lawrence & Broadway. Main stage entertainment features Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, Trippin Billies, and Lucky Boys Confusion, among others. Slurp down these finger-lickin' ribs and be proud to be in America.
This is the crown jewel of Chicago's Fourth of July Weekend: the Fireworks at Navy Pier. It's a special show that should be shared with friends and family. Head to Navy Pier on the Fourth for the 9:30 p.m. show. Navy Pier is sure to reach capacity, so be sure to plan accordingly and get there early! Or, if you'd like to avoid huge crowds, the good thing about fireworks is you can see 'em from far away. Try and scope out a spot along the lakeshore and have yourself a time.
House music is among Chicago's most prized exports, and The Chosen Few Picnic Weekend celebrates that with one of the largest house music festival events in the world, drawing more than 45,000 people to Jackson Park. This year is the festival's 25th anniversary, so expect to see some major names to take the stage and get the beats bumpin'. You'll enjoy performers such as Stephanie Mills, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Cory Daye, and guest DJs Masters at Work duo Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Derrick Carter, Stan Zeff, Keith Fobs and Greg Gray. Get your party on, Chicago.
Photos: Fireworks by Clayton Hauck; Windy City RibFest courtesy of Special Events Management; Chosen Few Picnic Weekend courtesy of Special Events Management