How to Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend in Chicago

By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey | June 26, 2019 | Lifestyle

From viewing fireworks on chic rooftops to sipping blue frosé and more, Fourth of July weekend abounds with activities that make for an extravagant long holiday in the city. Below, our favorite picks to maximize the fun, from Independence Day and beyond.

Frosé all day at The Hampton Social

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Photo courtesy of Parker Restaurant Group

Channel your patriotic spirit with a glass of blue frosé ($10) and up the indulgence with a Smash Burger ($10) on the Fourth. Hit the East Coast-inspired concept’s Streeterville outpost to take it outdoors at their lush rooftop lounge. 164 E. Grand Ave., 312.414.1861, Streeterville; 353 W. Hubbard St., 312.464.0500, River North

Watch fireworks at The Signature Room

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Photo by devHour/courtesy of The Signature Room

If jockeying with crowds isn’t on the agenda, enjoy the higher life and admire Navy Pier’s Fourth of July fireworks from the 95th floor over dinner or drinks at this downtown staple, which boasts a postcard-worthy, 360-degree view of the city. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312.787.9596

Listen to music at the Grant Park Music Festival

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Photo by Christopher Neseman/courtesy of Grant Park Music Festival

Plan an outing to Millennium Park for the annual Independence Day Salute, where the Grant Park Orchestra will perform Sousa’s Stars and Stripes and other classics. Grab a free spot in the Seating Bowl or the Great Lawn; or, reserve a seat closer to the stage with a One Night Member Pass (starting at $26 per ticket). July 4, 6:30PM, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312.742.7647

Barbecue at Bandit

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Photo courtesy of DineAmic

DineAmic's latest concept is saluting the Fourth with a backyard barbecue. Head to the recently debuted West Loop space to enjoy their indulgent riff on Chicago-style hot dogs ($9), Fourth of July-themed jello shots ($6) and other offerings (including off-the-menu bites) while relaxing on the resto's spacious patio. July 4, 11:00AM, 841 W. Randolph St., 312.666.6061

Soak up the sun at Shore Club

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Photo by Iron + Honey/courtesy of Shore Club

On the Fourth, hit this chic beach club and reserve your own cabana with the ‘Merica Package ($750), which includes a stocked Yeti One cooler, Fourth of July-themed inflatables and U.S. flags to get you in the ultimate Independence Day spirit. 1603 N. Lakeshore Drive, 312.635.8058

Relax poolside at The Hoxton, Chicago

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Photo courtesy of The Hoxton, Chicago

Whether you’re a hotel guest or just a local, watch the fireworks from the sky-high vistas at the new Fulton Market hotspot, which boasts The Hoxton brand’s first rooftop pool. Make a complete night of it and dine at chef Stephanie Izard’s Peruvian-inspired restaurant, Cabra. Room rates start at $129 per night; 200 North Green St., 312.761.1700

Enjoy a staycation at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

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Photo courtesy of The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Relaxing with a staycation? Centrally located with quick access to Millennium Park, Navy Pier and other bustling spots, this Mag Mile space is just the spot for some R&R. Plus, the hotel’s Tote Bag To-Go ($15)—equipped with a blanket and a 15% discount at Rush Pantry—is an ideal accessory for the perfect Fourth of July picnic. 540 N. Michigan Ave., 312.836.0100

Indulge in a feast for the eyes with Lawry's The Prime Rib Chicago & Chicago Architecture Center cruise offering

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Photo courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center

If you're hosting friends or family from out of town, acquaint them to the city’s storied architecture (and steakhouse scene) with Lawry’s Dinner + Chicago Architecture Center cruise offering. After enjoying a 90-minute architectural tour on the Chicago River with First Lady Cruises, guests cap the evening with a three-course dinner at Lawry’s. To reserve a spot on this package tour, contact Shannon Tauschman. 100 E. Ontario St., 312.787.5000

Keep the festivities going at Frontier

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Photo by Meghan Leigh Photography/courtesy of Frontier

Extend the post-Fourth celebrations at chef Brian Jupiter’s Pig Roast ($19/person) on Saturday, July 5. Featuring the toque’s whole-roasted pig, drink specials like Vodka Sweet Tea Lemonades and a Stone Brewery Bags Tournament, it’s the perfect way to continue the weekend revelry. 1:00PM-5:00PM, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.772.4322

Unwind on the patio at The Dawson

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Photo courtesy of Gage Hospitality Group

Fend off the Sunday Scaries at Camp Dawson, The Dawson’s summer-long spin on “adult camp.” At the Sunday, July 7 edition, relax on the sprawling patio to tunes from featured cover band True Company, indulge your sweet tooth at the s’mores bar ($4) and imbibe on camp film-inspired cocktails. July 7, 4:00PM-7:00PM, 730 W. Grand Ave., 312.243.8955

Stretch it out with Chicago SUP Yoga

If you overindulged on the Fourth, burn off those calories with a session of Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, which follows the basic practices of yoga under the summer sun on Lake Michigan. Classes available on July 5 & 6; Montrose Beach, 773.307.7369



Photography by: Rotator frosé photo courtesy of the Hampton Social