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Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Chicago
Welcome to your three-day work week that ends in a boisterous celebration of all things American. We've got your game plan to make the most of the holiday dedicated to drinking beer, grilling meat and watching fireworks.
The Night Before
You’ve got Thursday off, so that means drinking tonight at Punch House’s “Basement Boogie” starting at 9 PM with drinks, dancing and music from DJs Telmusia and Communicator. For something a little more substantive, head to the Terrace on Clark for half-off appetizers and flatbreads from 4 to 6 PM as well as $5 Kettle One cocktails.
Bub City opens at 10 AM July 4 with its Bloody Mary bar, usually reserved for weekend brunch. The restaurant will donate a potion of the day’s proceeds to USO Illinois and all servicemen and -women will enjoy 50% off their food bill. It might not be American, but El Mariachi Tequila Bar is also opening at 10 AM on Friday with a special brunch with $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas.
The Winchester pops up as a backyard BBQ joint during Sportsman Club’s Bruce Springsteen-themed party starting at 2 PM on Friday. The menu includes ribs, Miller High Life, whiskey and garden juleps. Put down the ribs and pick up the chicken, beef or pork sliders for $3 at Porkchop. Other specials include Red Bull bourbon lemonade for $7.
Your beer-loving friends aren’t the only ones in town for the holiday. The Bristol welcomes its friend Three Floyds for a special beer-paired dinner Friday, featuring beer-battered trout fritters paired with War Mullet Double IPA, boudin blanc with Man o’ Awe Pale Ale and chocolate stout cake with Backmasking Oatmeal Stout. The meal costs $44 (plus $15 for beverage pairings).
You can fight the crowds to see the Navy Pier fireworks, or you can rise above them on the Wet Deck at the W Lakeshore Hotel. Guest will enjoy specialty cocktails and grilled bar bites from the seventh-floor patio overlooking the best fireworks display in the city. The party kicks off with a DJ at 7 PM and continues until 10 PM. Tickets cost $75 and are available online.
At Municipal Bar + Dining Co. the Tippling Brothers have put together a red, white and blue Mule flight. Meanwhile, Sweetwater will let its bartenders go head-to-head with two American cocktails: Sammie’s American Dream (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germain, fresh watermelon, lime, mint and blueberries) versus Kevin’s Patriotic Elixir (Jeremiah Weed, strawberry purée and lemonade). Both available for $10 each.