Everything You Need to Know About Celebrating the 4th of July in Chicago


With the 4th of July being so different this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic, you might be wondering what do to. Well, according to ABC Chicago:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Wednesday new Fourth of July events to allow Chicagoans to celebrate "while prioritizing health and safety."

This year's holiday events will include a virtual house music festival and a virtual "Independence Day Salute" concert, featuring the Grant Park Orchestra. The city is also helping launch at-home salsa dance parties across the city. DCASE and the Chicago Park District are inviting residents to plan socially distant dance parties of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors with a live broadcast that includes a dance lesson and salsa music.

The city is offering all events for free.

Thrillist also has some ideas that include:

Spend a boozy 4th on a Chicago booze cruise

Friday - Sunday

Various locations

Several local tour boat operators including Odyssey,Spirit, and Chicago Party Boat are offering a range of 4th of July booze cruises along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River this weekend. While there may not be fireworks, you’re still on a boat. So how hard are you really complaining?

Cost: Varies

Get mojitos and bratwurst during 4th of July Weekend at Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Friday - Sunday

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Iconic West Town hang Tuman’s breaks out the 4th of July classics with a special weekend menu featuring watermelon mojitos and Paulina Meat Market smoked bratwurst dinners, plus weekend brunch, and more.

Cost: Varies

See fireworks in a soccer stadium at the Bridgeview Drive-Up Fireworks

Friday 9:15pm

SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview

The Bridgeview Park District hosts this red, white, and blue fireworks display to view from the safety of your car.

Cost: Free

See fireworks in a baseball stadium at the Schaumburg Boomers Drive-In Fireworks

Friday & Saturday 9:30pm

Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg

The independent Schaumberg Boomers baseball club hosts this fireworks show that includes options for watching in your car, at dining tables at the stadium, or in luxury boxes. On-site food and beverage sales will be available.

Cost: $20-$400

See live music and cool cars at the Brauer House 4th of July Exotic Car Show

Saturday 11am

Brauer House, Lombard

Lombard brewery Brauer House hosts its first annual 4th of July Exotic Car Show with Lamborghinis and Ferraris on display paired with live music courtesy of members of Plain White Ts, Spitalfield, and more.

Cost: Free - $75

If you want even more ideas, TimeOut Chicago has a full list too! Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!