5 Things to Do: 4th of July Weekend

Happy Fourth of July!

This holiday weekend, don’t miss a tasty festival in Uptown before catching a baseball game. Then, stop by a fun outdoor art festival, or stay inside and enjoy a new pre-Broadway show.

Fourth of July Celebrations

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July 3-4
Various

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, chances are a parade and/or fireworks are on the list. Find times and details for celebrations around the North Shore here.

Windy City RibFest

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July 3-5
Chicago

Use your day off wisely and enjoy finger-lickin’-good ribs from around Illinois and even Australia as you groove to live music. Kids will also love the activity area with arts & crafts, games, inflatables and more.

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins

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July 3-5
Chicago

What’s a Fourth of July weekend without some baseball? The Cubs are in town and will celebrate with Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Red, White and Brew on July 3 and post-game fireworks on July 4. You can also catch some minor league baseball and fireworks in Geneva at the Kane County Cougars game on July 3.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

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July 4-5
Glencoe

Not only can you spend time strolling the gorgeous grounds of the Botanic Garden this weekend, but you can also shop for photos, paintings, jewelry and more works from 100 juried artists. You can then bring your kids to the family activity tent, where they can show off their own creativity. The Members’ Preview will be July 3.

“On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan”

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Ana Villafane, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and Josh Segarra. Photo courtesy of Bruce Glikas/VivacityPR.

Ends July 5
Chicago

“On Your Feet!” is bound for Broadway, but make sure to see this musical, featuring hits “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet,” before the show leaves Chicago. It will have you dancing in your seat!