Chicago 4th of July Weekend Events and Specials in 2016

Chicago 4th of July fireworks on Navy Pier

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Holidays in the city are nothing short of pure entertainment– that of course includes a Chicago 4th of July weekend! Celebrate this grand country’s independence at any (or all) of these locations around Chicago. Whether you are looking to eat and drink inside or outside, there is most definitely a location or two here for you and your friends to properly celebrate at!


Chicago 4th of July Holiday Recommendations:


Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon

Belly Up’s Fourth of July Patio Picnic Party
Sunday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
CLOSED on Monday, July 4
$1 to $12 food and drink specials

Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon, the South Loop BBQ joint, will host a Fourth of July Patio Picnic Party on Sunday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy a special “1776 Menu” of picnic favorites featuring $1 Candied Bacon, $7 Windy City Sliders (pulled pork, smoked brisket, windy city sauce), $7 Bacon Wrapped Smoked Franks, and $6 Fried Pickles served with chipotle ranch.
Drink specials will include $4 PBR cans and an American-themed shot flight for $12 featuring Red (Bacardi Razz Rum with raspberry puree and cranberry juice), White (Ciroc Apple) and Blue (Fords Gin with blue curaçao, lime juice and black cherry puree) shots.

In honor of the American holiday, people are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. Patrons can also pose for pictures in front of the 8ft x 12ft American flag. Those who post their pictures on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and use the hashtag #BellyUpMerica will be entered to win a gift certificate.

1132 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605
312.929.3856
www.bellyupchicago.com


Castaways Bar & Grill

Fourth of July Weekend at Castaways
Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4

Castaways Bar & Grill on North Avenue Beach announces their Fourth of July weekend entertainment lineup (full schedule below). Castaways will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Menu items include fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas accompanied by frozen cocktails and even Corona in a can (No bottles on the beach).
Castaways now offers cabanas available for rent daily through Labor Day.
The two cabanas are located on the North end of the Castaways upper deck with a capacity of 10 to 12 people (max) each. The cabanas are available for rent from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 2
DJ Jem
KissFM 103.5 Live Broadcast

Sunday, July 3
Sunfallen

Monday, July 4
DJ Jem

1603 N. Lake Shore Drive
North Avenue Beach, Chicago, IL 60614
773.281.1200
www.castawayschicago.com


Clark Street Dog And Bar

Fourth of July Summer Cocktails at Clark Street Dog & Bar
Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4
$7 to $9 summer cocktails

Chicagoans who visit Clark Street Dog and Bar this Independence Day weekend will enjoy new summer cocktails including CH Vodka Lemonade ($7), Bulleit Bourbon Sweet Tea ($9), Lakeview Fizz (rum, lime juice, simple syrup, soda water; $7), Maker’s Mark Whiskey Sour (sugar rimmed glass, Maker’s Mark, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup; $9), Tito’s American Mule (Tito’s, lime juice, ginger beer; $7) and Red Sangria ($7).

Weather permitting, guests can enjoy cocktails, beer and menu items on Clark Street Dog and Bar’s patio with seating for 20 guests on the intersection of Clark, Barry and Halsted streets.

3040 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
312.281.6690
www.clarkstdog.com


Commonwealth Tavern

Fourth of July Weekend Brunch at Commonwealth
Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3
$3 to $14 brunch items

Commonwealth Tavern will open at 10 a.m. for a special Fourth of July Weekend Brunch, available until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will enjoy a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $6 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Menu include Brunch Schnitzel (herb aioli, smoked potatoes, pickled red onion, fried egg; $14), Pig Muffin (maple pig head, farm egg, American cheese, English muffin; $12), and Kentucky Hot Brown (smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, beer cheese, sourdough, $14).

2000 W. Roscoe Street, Chicago, IL 60618
773.697.7965
www.commonwealthchicago.com


Division Ale House

Expanded Hours and Specials on Independence Day

The bar opens at noon (normally open 4 p.m.) and offers patriotic specials such as a $7 American Burger with American cheese, sautéed mushrooms and grilled onions and $4 21stAmendment Brewery Brew Free! or Die IPA cans. Daily deals, which are also on offer, include$5 hand-breaded chicken tenders (with choice of dipping sauce) and $4 Three Floyds drafts. The bar is open from noon-2 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and the kitchen is open until midnight.

1942 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
773.384.6886
www.divisionalehouse.com


ENO Wine Room

ENO Wine Room goes Red, White and Bleu for July 4th with a special wine and cheese flight. The special offer features ENO’s signature wine flight (a mix of red and white pours from ENO’s private label) paired with an array of bleu cheeses: Humboldt Fog, Roelli’s Dunbarton Blue, and Cambozola. Stop in before the fireworks at Navy Pier to sip and celebrate!

505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
312.321.8788
www.EnoWineRooms.com


Flagship

Fourth of July Weekend Bottomless Brunch and Al Fresco Dining at Flagship
Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3

Chicagoans who celebrate Fourth of July weekend at Flagship will enjoy their new “Bottomless Brunch” package, available now on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $30 per person, guests will enjoy bottomless bloody marys or mimosas and one brunch item (excludes French toast and eggs benedict). The brunch menu features items like the Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros and Souffléd Omelette. Menu highlights are below, and the complete menu and photos are available upon request.

To take advantage of nice weather, Flagship features a 10′ x 16′ retractable garage door leading to an intimate sidewalk patio on Belmont Avenue with seating for 14. Full food and drink menus are available for al fresco dining. A sample of the brunch menu is available below. The complete menu and photos are available upon request.

Brunch Menu highlights

Breakfast Burrito, $7
Huevos Rancheros, $10
Souffléd Omelette, $10
Hangover Hash, $10 (served with a bloody mary shot)

1622 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
773.281.3805
www.flagshipchicago.com


The Florentine

Looking for a pre-fireworks cocktail in the Loop? The Florentine has you covered with their seasonal Red, White and Bruto cocktail made with Bruto Americano, Orange Bitters and topped with sparkling Pellegrino. The drink is layered and gets better by the sip – the perfect light, flavorful and refreshing cocktail to enjoy throughout the 4th of July celebrations!

151 W Adams, Chicago, IL 
312.660.8866
www.The-Florentine.net


Forno Rosso

Fourth of July Weekend Al Fresco Dining at Forno Rosso
Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3
CLOSED on Monday, July 4

This Fourth of July weekend, guests can enjoy authentic Neapolitan-style wood fired pizzas on Forno Rosso’s new patio, which offers an outdoor Italian cafe experience in the West Loop. The patio spans the exterior of the restaurant on Randolph street with seating for about 60 guests. The full food menus are available on the patio as well as fresh and light Italian handcrafted cocktails and refreshing summer wines.

1048 Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
312. 243.6000
www.fornorossopizzeria.com


Green Zebra

Nothing beats a savory barbecue on the Fourth of July! Green Zebra is celebrating the holiday with a themed tasting menu for guests seeking a delicious vegetarian spin on barbecue classics. Available from June 30th to July 10th, the Fourth of July tasting menu will feature a lineup of veggie-style BBQ dishes including:

•BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich with a Kohlrabi and Napa Cabbage Slaw
•Black Bean and Corn Salad with chipotle dressing and cojita cheese

For more information or to make a reservation, please call the restaurant.

1460 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
312.243.7100
www.GreenZebraChicago.com


Home Run Inn

Grill out with Home Run Inn pizza this Fourth of July! The iconic Chicago pizzeria offers a delicious recipe for grilling Home Run Inn frozen pizzas right at home — a fun way to celebrate during a backyard cookout while watching the fireworks! Made with all natural ingredients for a fresh, authentic pizzeria taste, Home Run Inn frozen pizzas are the perfect addition to your Fourth of July grill menu.

Multiple Chicagoland locations
www.homeruninnpizza.com


Chicago skyline with 4th of July fireworks

Tony Webster / Flickr

Kanela Breakfast Club

Al Fresco Dining and New Summer Cocktails at Kanela

Guests can celebrate Fourth of July weekend with a new summer cocktail menu available at all five locations including the newly opened Andersonville location. Highlights include the Perks of being an Elderflower (Russian Standard vodka, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, lemon-lime soda, served on the rocks; $9), Sofiemosa (Goose Island’s Sofie

Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale with fresh-squeezed orange juice; $7), and Rosemary’s Bubbly (gin, fresh squeezed grapefruit, lemon and orange juices, rosemary syrup, a splash of prosecco, served on the rocks; $9).

Kanela Breakfast Club also offers alfresco dining at four locations, including Lakeview, Old Town, Streeterville and Wicker Park.

LAKEVIEW – This charming enclosed patio seats up to 28 guests. Full food and drink menus are available for al fresco dining.

OLD TOWN – The flower-lined sidewalk patio features seating for 14 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

STREETERVILLE – The sidewalk patio features seating for 42 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

WICKER PARK – The sidewalk patio on Milwaukee Avenue features seating for 14 guests, and full food and drink menus are available.

Mulitple Locations
www.kanelabreakfastclub.com


Kick

All American Menu Specials and Uncle Sam’s Tea
Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kick restaurant and lounge, located in North Center, will offer a Fourth of July weekend brunch from Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4. Running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, dining guests may enjoy Chef Tim Lavelle’s brunch menu (green chile pork chilaquiles; silence of the hams; Cap’n Crunch battered challah french toast; biscuits and gravy; lobster omelet; salads, sandwiches, burgers and more) in addition to four holiday specials: Red, White and Blue Stack; The All American; Uncle Sam’s Tea; and 1776 Bourbon (detailed below).

The new, block-long patio will be open, weather permitting. Reservations may be made by calling or visiting the website.

Fourth of July Weekend Brunch Specials

Red, White and Blue Stack: red velvet, buttermilk and blueberry pancakes $10
The All American: pulled pork, poached eggs, swiss chard, cornbread, smoked tomato hollandaise, signature spiced potatoes $12
Uncle Sam’s Tea: vodka, sweet tea, raspberries, lemon $8
1776 Bourbon: shots $5

1943 W. Byron Street, Chicago, IL 60613
773.236.8886
www.KickUpTheHeat.com


Imperial Lamian

Celebrate Independence Day with an array of BBQ specialties from Chicago’s premier Chinese restaurant – Imperial Lamian. Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can forget breaking out the grill for burgers and hot dogs and enjoy traditional Chinese dishes with a barbecue twist such as Black Char Siu (slow roasted, fermented red bean, honey glazed- $20), Roasted Duck (Rohan duckling, dry aged – $30), London Duck (Pulled crispy duck, momo wrap, cucumber, scallion, hoisin – $25) and Crispy Pork Belly (Chinese five spice, coriander, mustard – $19). Refreshing cocktails such as the Garden of God (Ketel One, French Field Rooibos, Giffard Orgeat – $14), Shanghai Sunset (Bye Joe Dragon Fire, Absolute Peppar, Mathilde Fraise, Sparkling Rose – $13) are perfect for sipping on the new patio!

6 W. Hubbard, chicago, IL
312.595.9440
www.Imperial-Lamian.com


MAK: Modern Asian Kitchen

MAK Fourth of July Al Fresco Dining
Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4

Perfect for outdoor Memorial Day dining, MAK offers casual al fresco dining, weather permitting. The patio features seating for 28 guests and full menus are available.

MAK has recently unveiled a new line up of beers including local brews from Pipeworks Brewing Company and Revolution Brewing. The complete list of beers is as follows:

$4 Beers: Revolution Anti-Hero, Lucky Buddha, Asahi Super Dry, Tsing Tao and Kirin Light
$7 Beers: Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn and Sapporo
$8 Beers: Hitachino White Ale

1924 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622
773.772.6251
www.makrestaurant.com


Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Forget grilling and let Michael Jordan’s Steak House do the work! This 4th of July weekend, the downtown steak house will feature the All American burger, a patriotic choice for weekend-long celebrations. From Friday, July 1 until Monday, July 4 guests can gorge on the drool-worthy burger topped with crispy smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, pickled onion and aged cheddar, all served on a classic sesame seed bun.

505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
312.321.8823
www.mjshchicago.com


Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier

Fireworks and Live Music at Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Wednesday, June 29 to Monday, July 4

The Miller Lite Beer Garden on the East End of Navy Pier announces a full lineup of live music during the Fourth of July Weekend (complete schedule below). Guests can also enjoy a prime fireworks viewing spot on both Wednesday, June 29 and Saturday, July 2.

The menu at the Miller Lite Beer Garden offers draft, imports and craft beers as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks. Brats soaked in beer, burgers, and hand-tossed pizza slices are also served from the quick-service walk-up window.

Wednesday, June 29
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Matt Kysia
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Rendition

Thursday, June 30
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Mike Hayes
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Rebel Red County

Friday, July 1
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Jonas Friddle & The Majority
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: Scythian

Saturday, July 2
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: AfroZep
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Jenny Rockis
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: 97Nine

Sunday, July 3
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The Rocketboys
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Brooke & The Nice Things
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: The NuBlu Band

Monday, July 4
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Voo Davis
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Adam Ezra Group
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Trippin’ Billies

Navy Pier
700 E. Grand, Chicago, IL 60611
312.595.5446
www.chicagosbestbeergarden.com


Oyster Bah

This Fourth of July, Oyster Bah is doing the holiday up right with a little BBQ action. On Monday, July 4th, head to the restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for summertime dishes like:

Half Fried Chicken, served with Bad Seed hot sauce ($17)
Baby Back Ribs (half slab- $18, full slab- $27)
Combo with ¼ Fried Chicken and half slab of Baby Back Ribs ($24)
Steamed Lobster ($42.95)

All specials will come with sweet corn on the cob and coleslaw, the sides no BBQ is complete without.

And of course Oyster Bah will be serving up one-of-a-kind bottles of wine by the glass as part of the restaurant’s Magnum Mondays deal. Drink a little, eat a lot, sit back and stay a long time!

To top things off, Oyster Bah’s Low Tide Lounge will be kicking off its Monday Night Foosball on July 4th! From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Monday evening, competitors are invited to take on their rivals and enjoy $4 Anchor Steams all night long! The Low Tide Lounge will also serve their full menu throughout its weekly foosball tournaments.

1962 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
773.248.3000
www.OysterBah.com


Rebar

Rebar, Trump Hotel Chicago’s sophisticated mezzanine-level lounge will again serve the acclaimed Firecracker cocktail featuring Trump vodka, muddled strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, and simple syrup. The drink is topped with fresh vanilla whipped cream and garnished with fresh blueberries, star fruit, and an American flag! New this year, Rebar is introducing the Captain “Merica, an American Flag-inspired beverage with Captain Morgan White, Orchata, Pineapple, Blue Curacao and topped with Red Wine. Offering captivating views of the Chicago River and skyline, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer prime viewing of the Fourth of July fireworks display.

401 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago IL
(312) 588-8104
www.trumphotelcollection.com


Rockit Bar & Grill

Leave the cooking to the pros and join Rockit Bar & Grill for a rockin’ Fourth of July lunch. Covering all bases of any Independence Day-inspired BBQ, Rockit serves up Black Angus Burgers, Turkey Burgers, salads, and other enticing items keeping diners well fed through the holiday. And because what lunch is complete without a beverage, Rockit invites imbibers with a colorful Bloody Mary Bar stocked with all of the best garnishes and ingredients one could ever need.

22 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL
312.645.6000
www.RockitBarAndGrill.com


Shaw’s Crab House

This Fourth of July, Shaw’s Crab House will celebrate the red, white and blue at both Chicagoland locations!Loyal customers and new Shaw’s diners alike will enjoy an all-day landmark ½ Priced Oyster Deal in both location’s Oyster Bars. Guests will have the option of both an East Coast and a West Coast oyster variety. Upping the ante further, the Schaumburg location will serve their amazing Happy Hour menu all day long! Keep in mind that because Shaw’s opens all its oysters upon request, kindly limit per-person orders to two dozen at a time so our shuckers can keep up!

And don’t forget about Lobster Festival running July 1-31 at Shaw’s! Both restaurant locations will be serving up a special menu of lobster-centric dishes the entire month that are sure to satisfy the cravings of crustacean lovers.

Shaw’s Chicago July 4th Hours:
Main Dining Room: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oyster Bar: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Shaw’s Schaumburg July 4th Hours:
Main Dining Room: Closed all day
Oyster Bar and Patio: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2 Locations
www.ShawsCrabHouse.com


Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Monday, July 4.

Departure
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Length
60 min. and 90 min. Options
Tickets
$69 per person

The evening will feature a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. Then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Tours depart at 8:30 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time from two locations: Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier or from the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge.
Tickets are $69 per person.
A cash bar will be available on board.

Please note: We highly recommend all guests allow extra time to reach Navy Pier and arrive as early as possible. Historically, Navy Pier parking reaches capacity and pedestrian access is limited to those who can provide either printed email confirmation or tickets in order to receive a wrist band that allows entrance to Navy Pier. Please allow ample time to reach Navy Pier. Tickets are non-refundable.

Visit the website to purchase tickets: Shoreline Sightseeing


Tavern On Little Fort

Fourth of July Weekend Brunch at Tavern on Little Fort
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3
$3 to $15 brunch items

Tavern on Little Fort will open at 10 a.m. on Fourth of July weekend and feature brunch until 2 p.m. Brunch highlights include the Breakfast Burger (70-percent brisket and 30-percent bacon patty, tavern sauce, bread and butter pickles, fried egg, New England bun; $15), Breakfast Bagel (ham, scrambled egg, beer cheese; $12), and Vegetable Frittata (asparagus, tomato chile relish, aioli, parmesan; $12). Featured drink specials include a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar and $5 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.

4128 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
773.360.1869
www.littleforttavern.com


With all of these options, there’s no excuses not to celebrate during the
Chicago 4th of July weekend!

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Ross Perkins is the Executive Editor & a connoisseur of all things enjoyable– at least in his mind. He is an avid traveler in the name of inspiring sights, music, food & cars. He is a published photographer & writer that is looking for any reason to get out and explore his surroundings.

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