Chicago’s most famous park lies along the lake, spanning from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood northward to Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater. The 1,200-acre space is the perfect place to set up with a charcuterie board and some bubbly, and revel in the summertime sun in honor of the Fourth. 500-5700 N. Lake Shore Drive
What better place to spend the Fourth in Chicago than on the water? Rent a private boat for the day from Chicago Electric Boat Company, and head out to the river for an unforgettable holiday. Multiple locations
Chicago's First Lady cruises are wonderful ways to get outside and fall in love with the city all over again, and the river is the perfect place to watch the fireworks this Fourth of July. 112 E. Wacker Drive
Kick off the holiday with brunch at this West Loop favorite. From breakfast pizza and calzones to lemon-whipped ricotta-topped puff pancake, the menu at the sophisticated-yet-fun Randolph Street institution boasts serious Italian flair thanks to Top Chef fave Fabio Viviani. Other menu faves include jumbo lump crab Benedict, avocado toast and a slate of original brunch cocktails, bloodies, mimosa and sangria. 832 W. Randolph St.
With gorgeous views overlooking the Chicago River from the 22nd floor, LondonHouse’s intimate, sophisticated atmosphere serves as the perfect spot to enjoy a drink this Independence Day. Choose from inventive sips such as the S'Pear Me The Drama (Grey Goose, St. George spiced pear, ginger, lime) and the Sunshine Blues (Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, violette liqueur, blueberry, lemon). 85 E. Wacker Drive
A proper Fourth of July is not complete without a hot dog, and what better place to than The Wieners Circle to get one? A stop by this Chicago staple is always entertaining, and the grub is even better. 2622 N. Clark St.