Is there anything more American than saluting the stars and stripes with a bounty of eats and drinks? We think not. Show your patriotic pride with these Fourth of July soirées and specials.
All signs point to Jove T’s festive ice cream.
Patriotic Scoops at Jove T’s Ice Cream Shop
David Burke’s Primehouse's seasonal pop-up ice cream shop is scooping red, white, and blue ice cream on Friday between 3-5 p.m. Chill out with Strawberry Shortcake with strawberry ice cream, shortcake pieces, whipped cream, and roasted strawberries; Blueberries & Cream with blueberry sherbet, vanilla bean ice cream, and butter streusel; or both, in your choice of a cup or cone. 616 N. Rush St., 312-660-6000
All-American Bison BBQ at Frontier
Join West Town’s go-to, Frontier, on Saturday for whole animal service from 3-9 p.m. for a bona fide bison feast. The all-American BBQ will feature bison burgers and sausages, baked beans, potato salad, and beer samplings from Lagunitas, Metropolitan Brewing, the Greenbush Family of Beers, and more. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-772-4322, Tickets available here
Bomb Pop Cocktails at Ceres’ Table
This recently relocated favorite for Italian cuisine is pouring a specialty cocktail inspired by America’s classic red, white, and blue frozen treat. Ceres' Table will be serving The Bomb Pop, a vibrant, layered mix of vodka, blue curacao, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, and red Peychaud’s bitters. 3124 N. Broadway St., 773-922-4020
Rockit’s Hottie Dog is covered in jalapeno-popper slices.
Hot Dog Takeover at Rockit Burger Bar
Enjoy hot dog manifestations of Rockit Burger Bar's signature gourmet burgers July 3-6. The foot-long, 8 oz. dogs range from the BBQ Bourbon with buttermilk blue cheese, grilled red onions, house-made bourbon BBQ sauce, and bacon aioli, to the Hottie with breaded stuffed jalapeños, habanero jack, and ghost pepper aioli. All are served with sweet potato, curly, or waffle fries. 3700 N. Clark St., 773-645-4400
Bloody Mary Bar at Bub City
Typically only available during weekend brunch, the River North country bar and BBQ joint Bub City will be opening its doors at 10 a.m. on the Fourth to sate Chicago’s collective thirst for Bloody Marys. In addition, the restaurant will donate a portion of all proceeds from the day to USO Illinois, and all service men and women will enjoy exclusive prices on food. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JOVE T'S ICE CREAM SHOP; ROCKIT BURGER BAR