10 Things to Do This July 4 Weekend in Chicago Area

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Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier - When: Tuesday, July 4; Where: Navy Pier’s Rooftop (600 E. Grand Ave.); Hours: 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Admission: Tickets are $39 and can be purchased online; Why go: Celebrate the 4th on Lake Michigan with a live DJ, food and fireworks.
Grant Park Music Festival - Independence Day Salute: When: Tuesday, July 4; Where: Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion); Hours: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: This family-friendly concert will feature patriotic music at the outdoor pavilion.
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Chicago History Museum July 4 Celebration - When: Tuesday, July 4; Where: Chicago History Museum’s plaza (1601 N. Clark St.); Hours: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Celebrate with family-friendly activities, music and more.
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Eyes to the Skies Festival - When: Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2; Where: Lisle Community Park (1825 Short St.); Hours: Noon- 11 p.m.; Admission: $10 general admission, ride tickets and resident discounts vary; Why Go: This festival has hot-air balloon rides, a carnival and other exciting attracts perfect for the whole family.
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Windy City Ribfest - When: June 30- July 2; Where: Lawrence and Broadway; Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Noon-9 p.m. Sunday; Admission: $5 suggested donation; Why Go: Enjoy the 9th year of the Windy City Ribfest in Uptown with saucy eats from a variety of BBQ vendors and performances by local artists.
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Botanic Garden Art Festival - When: Saturday, July 1- Sunday, July 2; Where: Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe); Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Admission: Free, regular parking fees apply; Why go: Visit this botanical-themed art festival that features over 100 artists.
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Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival - When: July 1-2; Where: Jackson Park; Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; Admission: Tickets range from $150-$500; Why Go: Celebrate House music where it originated with world-famous DJs like Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders and Tony Hatchett.
Festival of Life - When: Saturday, July 1-Tuesday, July 4; Where: Union Park (1502 W. Randoph St.); Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday; Admission: Ticket prices vary and range from $25-$400, children 12 and under are free; Why go: Enjoy performances of reggae, Carribean, American, African, Latin music and more at this cultural celebration.
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Naperville Ribfest - When: June 30- July 3; Where: Knoch Park (724 S. West St.); Hours: Noon- 10 p.m. Friday-Monday; Admission: General admission tickets are $40; Why go: Enjoy a weekend of ribs, performances and activities.
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