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official opinions: spice up your 4th of July routine in chicago

Friends, family, fireworks and the smell of barbeque…4th of July weekend is upon us once again!  This summer holiday is full of parades and parties, and when you live in a city like Chicago, there’s an endless variety of events to keep you entertained.

Of course there are always the old standards when it comes to celebrating memorial day.  Everyone knows about Chicago’s amazing Taste festival that takes place the weekend before.  This gigantic event is free to attend and attracts a record-breaking crowd each year.  For information on the impressive Chicago music line-up, go back to our last blog post!

There is also always the Navy Pier fireworks, which provide spectators with a particularly large and impressive display on the 4th. (The Pier has a small fireworks show each weekend in the summer.)

But you may not realize that there are a lot of other options on how to spend this upcoming long weekend.  Whether you are a tourist, a local college student, or a family with children, this city has something for you!

A plan for that special someone…A FIREWORK BOAT CRUISE!

There are few things that are more romantic than a twilight boat cruise or a spectacular fireworks display, so why not combine the two!  Chicago boat tour lines are offering many deals and dinner packages so that you can have a front row seat for the fireworks over the water.  Metromix Chicago has an extensive list and recommends Odyssey Cruise line for an exquisite meal.

Something the whole family can enjoy…CUBS VS WHITE SOX!

Watch the city’s two professional baseball teams go head to head over the 4th of July weekend.  The game will be held at the legendary Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs) and ticket prices and packages are very reasonable for the holiday weekend.  So pack up the kids and head down for an enjoyable afternoon in the park!

  • —–>Hey tourists!  Wrigleyville is a classic Chicago neighborhood with lots to see and do.  Check out the area’s infamous hot spots such as The Cubby Bear and Baccis pizza.  For those who are 21 and up, this part of town also has a bustling nightlife.  And if you want to see the game while taking advantage of great all you can eat and drink deals, check out Wrigley Rooftops.
College fun on a college budget…LOTTIE’S PUB BBQ PARTY!
Let’s face it, most college students don’t have a whole lot of money to throw around.  Even if it is a holiday weekend.  But not to worry!  A ton of bars, pubs and restaurants are offering killer specials for the 4th of July.  Lottie’s Pub in Wicker Park is serving full plates of barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a dessert for only $7 (not to mention $3 beers all night!!).  Wicker Park is a great part of town to explore as well, so while you’re there make sure to walk around and explore.
These are just a few of the dozens and dozens of options of what to do with your 4th of July weekend here in Chicago.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a broke teenager or a family with 6 kids, make sure you get out there, soak up the sun, and take advantage of these great deals and fun events!!
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