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11 Places to Go Out—Or Take Out—This Fourth of July

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America's birthday is a special day. Fireworks will light up the sky, meats will be grilled in backyards, many beverages will be consumed. Whether you want the best downtown perches to watch the show, an epic food event, or to relax at home, the Eater Chicago Fourth of July Map has you covered.


Eater Chicago intern Melanie Hesdorffer contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The J. Parker

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1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747
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Celebrate this Independence Day in style atop Hotel Lincoln at J. Parker. Take in the spectacular view with champagne, signature cocktails and small plates crafted by Chef Paul Virant.

2. Sportsman's Club

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948 Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-8054
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Head over to the this cozy cult-favorite tavern for a classic Fourth of July backyard barbecue. From 2 p.m. until 2 a.m., $20 will get you a ½ rack of St. Louis-style pork ribs and four sides from neighboring The Winchester.

3. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-4000
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What says Fourth of July better than fried chicken? Create your own picnic with to-go boxes of eight pieces of cold fried chicken, three sides and dessert for $45.

4. Little Goat

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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Open all day and night, the rooftop at Little Goat is a great spot to sip drinks and dig in to Stephanie Izard's homestyle barbecue this Fourth of July.

5. W Chicago Lakeshore

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644 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611-3017
(312) 943-9200
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Watch the Navy Pier fireworks from one of the best views on Lakeshore Drive. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., enjoy summer cocktails, grilled items and tunes from a live DJ. Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for guests 13-20 and free for children under 12.

6. The Butcher & Larder

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1026 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 687-8280
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In honor of Uncle Sam's birthday, The Butcher & Larder will be dishing out some special holiday packages for your cooking and eating pleasure. Available now, choose between nine types of sausages, bourbon-cured foie gras whipped with bone marrow and wrapped in barbecue short rib and plenty of other meat-centric goodies.

7. The Terrace at Trump Tower

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401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8000
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Which the fireworks from stunning views on this elevated vista on the sixteenth floor of Trump Tower while imbibing on patriotic drink specials including the fruit raspado with vanilla ice cream, berries, shaved ice, and red, white and blue syrups. There's fireworks inside the Trump too at Rebar: a "Firecracker" concoction of Ciroc Berry vodka, muddled berries and simple syrup.

8. Caffe Oliva

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550 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 612-0734
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Head on over to this Ohio Street Beach Caffe for a special 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Independence Day Brunch or dinner featuring off-menu specials such as full slab of ribs, coleslaw, corn and fries for $22, $5 Firecracker cocktails, $5 Titos American mules and $3Jell-O shots with Pop Rocks inside.

9. Headquarters Beercade

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2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660
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For $20, pick up a 32-ounce bottle of Beercade's signature Assault & Pepper cocktail, complete with house-infused strawberry jalapeno tequila, fresh lime, and citrus chile salt and bring it home or to a party.

10. Porkchop

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941 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9333
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Stop by this West Loop barbecue and whiskey spot to celebrate America's birthday with a giant hunk of roasting meat. Porkchop's Fourth of July pig roast, includes $3 chicken, beef, and pork sliders (right from the roast) and $7 Red Bull bourbon lemonade available in red, white or blue.

11. Bub City

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 610-4200
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Opening its doors at 10 a.m., Lettuce Entertain You's River North country bar and barbecue is opening up its extensive Bloody Mary Bar that's typically only available during weekend brunch. Additionally, Bub City will add patriotism by donating a portion of its proceeds to USO Illinois and offering half off to all servicemen and women.

1. The J. Parker

1816 N Clark St Fl 13, Chicago, IL 60614

Celebrate this Independence Day in style atop Hotel Lincoln at J. Parker. Take in the spectacular view with champagne, signature cocktails and small plates crafted by Chef Paul Virant.

1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Sportsman's Club

948 Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Head over to the this cozy cult-favorite tavern for a classic Fourth of July backyard barbecue. From 2 p.m. until 2 a.m., $20 will get you a ½ rack of St. Louis-style pork ribs and four sides from neighboring The Winchester.

948 Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

What says Fourth of July better than fried chicken? Create your own picnic with to-go boxes of eight pieces of cold fried chicken, three sides and dessert for $45.

3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Little Goat

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Open all day and night, the rooftop at Little Goat is a great spot to sip drinks and dig in to Stephanie Izard's homestyle barbecue this Fourth of July.

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

5. W Chicago Lakeshore

644 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-3017

Watch the Navy Pier fireworks from one of the best views on Lakeshore Drive. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., enjoy summer cocktails, grilled items and tunes from a live DJ. Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for guests 13-20 and free for children under 12.

644 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611-3017

6. The Butcher & Larder

1026 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

In honor of Uncle Sam's birthday, The Butcher & Larder will be dishing out some special holiday packages for your cooking and eating pleasure. Available now, choose between nine types of sausages, bourbon-cured foie gras whipped with bone marrow and wrapped in barbecue short rib and plenty of other meat-centric goodies.

1026 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. The Terrace at Trump Tower

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Which the fireworks from stunning views on this elevated vista on the sixteenth floor of Trump Tower while imbibing on patriotic drink specials including the fruit raspado with vanilla ice cream, berries, shaved ice, and red, white and blue syrups. There's fireworks inside the Trump too at Rebar: a "Firecracker" concoction of Ciroc Berry vodka, muddled berries and simple syrup.

401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Caffe Oliva

550 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Head on over to this Ohio Street Beach Caffe for a special 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Independence Day Brunch or dinner featuring off-menu specials such as full slab of ribs, coleslaw, corn and fries for $22, $5 Firecracker cocktails, $5 Titos American mules and $3Jell-O shots with Pop Rocks inside.

550 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Headquarters Beercade

2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

For $20, pick up a 32-ounce bottle of Beercade's signature Assault & Pepper cocktail, complete with house-infused strawberry jalapeno tequila, fresh lime, and citrus chile salt and bring it home or to a party.

2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

10. Porkchop

941 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Stop by this West Loop barbecue and whiskey spot to celebrate America's birthday with a giant hunk of roasting meat. Porkchop's Fourth of July pig roast, includes $3 chicken, beef, and pork sliders (right from the roast) and $7 Red Bull bourbon lemonade available in red, white or blue.

941 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

Opening its doors at 10 a.m., Lettuce Entertain You's River North country bar and barbecue is opening up its extensive Bloody Mary Bar that's typically only available during weekend brunch. Additionally, Bub City will add patriotism by donating a portion of its proceeds to USO Illinois and offering half off to all servicemen and women.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

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