Things To Do In Chicago This Fourth Of July Weekend

If you're looking for ways to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend, there's no shortage of events in the Chicago area.

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If you're looking for ways to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend, there's no shortage of events in the Chicago area.
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Frontier Days Festival : When: Thursday, June 30-Monday, July 4; Where: Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner, Arlington Heights; Hours: Thursday: 5-11 p.m., Friday: 3:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday: Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-midnight, Sunday: 4-10 p.m., Sunday: 7:30 a.m.-midnight, Monday: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m..; Admission: Free; Why go: This four day festival is jam-packed with music, food, drinks, carnival rides and more. Fun and entertainment is provided for the whole family. The Plain White T’s will be one of the bands performing at the festival on Friday.
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Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes: When: Friday, July 1; Where: Toyota Park; Hours: 7 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $30; Why go: Watch your hometown Major League Soccer team take on San Jose to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.
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Lisle’s Eyes To The Skies Festival : When: Friday, July 1-Sunday, July 3; Where: 1825 Short St.; Hours: 5:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Admission: $8; Why go: Every morning at 5:30 hot-air balloons will launch at the festival site. Starting on June 29, the carnival kicks off where various rides will be set-up for kids, friends and families to enjoy. Throughout the festival itself food and drinks from delicious eateries will be available.
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African/Caribbean International Festival of Life: When: Friday, July 1-,Monday, July 4, 2016; Where: West Loop, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Hours: Noon- 10 p.m.; Admission: Free for all children under 12 years old. $15 in advance for adults, 4-day advance pass $45, VIP advance pass $50, advance VIP $190.; Why go: The 24th International Festival of Life showcases the diversity from the various nations within the continent. Entertainment, food vendors, cultural performances, contests and celebrity guests are just some of the great things this festival has to offer.
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Naperville Ribfest: When: Friday, July 1-Monday, July 4; Where: Knoch Park, 724 S. W. St. ; Hours: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: $20; Why go: Guests will have the opportunity to try award winning ribs from across the country. Carnival rides, beverage booths and fireworks are sure to make the Fourth of July weekend memorable.
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Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Celebration: When: Friday, July 1- Monday, July 4; Where: Franklin Township Park, 1 block south of Rt. 72; Hours: Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday: 7 a.m.-midnight, Sunday: 8 a.m.-midnight, Monday: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: These four days of celebration are packed with family fun. Live music, carnival rides, car and tractor shows, and everything in between all leading to a Fourth of July parade.
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Mamby On The Beach: When: Saturday, July 2- Sunday, July 3; Where: Oakwood Beach; Hours: Saturday- Sunday: doors open at 1 p.m.; Admission: $69.50; Why go: Limited to an 18+ festival, kids under 10 are free with a parent or legal guardian. This two-day festival is filled with music from an array of artists each day.
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The Chosen Few Picnic Weekend Music Festival : When: Saturday, July 2- Sunday, July 3; Where: Jackson Park, 63rdand Hayes Drive; Hours: Saturday: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $30; Why go: Various DJ’s and singers will play soulful dance music known as “House Music” native to Chicago. Terry Hunter is just one of the DJ's performing throughout the festival.
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Windy City Ribfest: When: Sunday, July 3-Tuesday, July 5; Where: 4800 N. Boradway St. Chicago; Hours: Friday- Saturday: Noon- 10 p.m., Sunday: Noon- 9 p.m.; Admission: Free, but suggested donation of $5; Why go: Crafts, vendors and music will accompany the delicious ribs that are the highlight of the event. Ribfest features arts and a daytime kids’ activity area.
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Red, White & Boom: When: Sunday, July 3-Monday, July 4; Where: Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Dr., Lincolnshire; Hours: Saturday: 4-10 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The festival highlights include a cardboard regatta races, pancake breakfast, parade, carnival rides, zip line, dunk tank, pie eating contest and much more. Guests can expect fun for the whole family to celebrate Independence Day.
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Navy Pier Fourth of July Fireworks: When: Monday, July 4; Where: Navy Pier; Hours: 10:15 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Finish off the holiday weekend with spectacular fireworks over Lake Michigan.
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The All American Celebration : When: Monday, July 4; Where: 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook; Hours: 2 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Over a dozen local restaurants and food trucks will be featured at the Fourth of July celebration, accompanying a BBQ Buffet and selection of kid’s activities. A Miller Lite Entertainment Pavilion will be set-up with a beer garden for those of legal age.
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Rock n Run The Runway: When: Monday, July 4; Where: 1070 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling; Hours: 8 a.m. Run the Runway and 5 p.m. for Rock the Runway; Admission: Free; Why go: Starting at 8 a.m. the third annual 5K Run the Runway Race begins. At 5 p.m. gates open to the event where food trucks, balloon artists and face painters will be available for guests to enjoy. Live music will following, ending out the night with fireworks.
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