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All Chicago locals savor the warm summer months. After hibernating most of the year, give us any excuse to light up the grill and kick back a few outside, and most Chicagoans are game. And for many the highlight of summer is the July 4th red, white, and blue celebration of our nations independence. Sure, the holiday is a remembrance of our country’s history, but the modern way to celebrate includes grilling, a few drinks, and a decent amount of pyrotechnics.

To kick off the weekend, grab some friends and head out for a patriotic drink or two Friday. Our friends over at Myopenbar suggested checking out the Red, White & Booze event going down at Logan Square’s The Burlington. They’ll have $2 American Shots, $2 PBR, and $4 American IPA. I can’t think of anything more American in my book than a $2 PBR.

If you’re a major fan of fireworks, the big citywide celebration is also on Friday July 3rd, when Macy’s present their huge Fireworks Spectacular at the Taste of Chicago. Be forewarned, downtown is always packed for this event, so get ready to slowly shuffle along with the huge throng of people on the lakefront if you head downtown to check it out.

I myself enjoy a smaller affair, and if you feel the same way I’d check out the fireworks up north in Evanston on July 4th at Dawes Park. Easily accessible by jumping on the redline and catching the purple line, the fireworks kick off at 9:15pm. I’d suggest spending Saturday afternoon grilling with friends, and then grab a few blankets and head up north to stake out a spot on the beach and watch the fireworks illuminate the lakefront.

And to round out the holiday weekend, head over to the Double Door Sunday night and rock out to the classic gritty rock ‘n’ roll tunes of Jet. Or if you’re feeling a bit more leftfield, catch the stellar live show that experimental rock act Man Man will be putting on at the Bottom Lounge.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, enjoy the 4th of July Chicago style; outside surrounded by good friends, good food, and good times.

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