July 4th Holiday Go Guide

Is your house home base this week for visiting family and friends?

It can be a challenge to keep everyone entertained, from toddlers to teens, family friends to the in-laws. We’re your go-to resource for everything that’s fun to do this week—from fireworks to festivals, music and more:




Summer Festivals

Through July 8 (closed July 3)

A 10-day outdoor music festival with multiple stages—which means there really is something for everyone’s musical tastes. Yes, even polka.

Through July 3

THE original Ribfest, and a great reason to venture out to the western ‘burbs.

Barrington Brew Fest
Saturday, July 7

More than 100 brews to try, baggo, live entertainment—and only for the first 1,500 people to buy tickets, so don’t delay!

Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 8
Cook Park, Libertyville

Enjoy Libertyville with your four-legged furry friends, and catch some great dog action, as in Big Air Dock Jumping. Can dogs fly? We’ll find out.

Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8

If you’re headed into the city, you can get your arts and music fill in Lincoln Park—take a stroll down Racine Avenue and enjoy more than 100 artists and live music.


Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8

Amdur’s North Shore offering for the weekend, in the most spectcular of locales. Enjoy beautiful art, entertainment and of course, the Chicago Botanic Garden all in one visit.

Urban Canvas Street Art
Friday, July 6
100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

If you’re headed into the city for the day, take a swing by the State of Illinois Center for this creative, urban display.

Fireworks & Fun

North Shore Fireworks
Here’s a comprehensive listing of everything that’s happening here on the North Shore, from Skokie to Lake Bluff.

Chicago History Museum Celebration
Wednesday, July 4

A family-friendly way to spend the 4th downtown!


Hot Summer Nights
Thursday, July 5
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

Dance Thursday nights away at the Garden.

Millennium Park Concert
Thursday, July 5

Third Coast Percussion will be entertaining Millennium Park crowds this holiday week.

And don’t miss …

23rd Annual Evanston Garden Walk

Sunday, July 8

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends and family—enjoy this walk, the 23rd annual, as it supports Keep Evanston Beautiful.

Need more ideas? You can also check out our 99 Days of Summer iPad app!

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