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Your July 4th Guide to Red, White and Blue Events

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The Fourth of July is almost upon us and that means a day off to relax with friends, family, fireworks and lots of good food. If you don't have any barbecue plans yet, hit up these following spots to celebrate independence. Pig roast on the patio and a bluegrass jam will have you feeling patriotic on this most American of holidays. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and party in style with these red, white and blue specials.

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On Saturday, July 6, Bill Kim will host a live cooking demonstration featuring recipes from the July issue of Food & Wine. The dishes include Lola’s Roast Chicken with Sambai Chimichurri; Spiced Shrimp with Tomato Salsa and Avocado; and Corn on the Cob with Curry Mayonnaise and Chile Salt. Afterwards, guests will be served the dishes family-style along with pitchers of Riesling sangria with lychees and iced tea. The cost is $50 and tickets can be purchased online.

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Celebrate with a pre-Fourth Red, White and Bluegrass Jam featuring live music from Moonshine & Honeysuckle and Black Coffee Fridays from 8 to 11 p.m. on July 3. Then enjoy a three-course meal of All-American classics served family-style. Selections include bacon corn bread, grit cakes, grilled or fried smoked Slagel chicken, Angels’ ribs, and a Fourth of July pie.

Join Epic for a pre-Independence Day Rooftop Soiree on July 3rd from 1 p.m. to midnight. Guests will enjoy $3 Strongbows, $5 Evan Williams bourbon shots, $8 Berry bunch cocktails and $8 cherry barbecued baby back ribs with fries, along with the full lounge menu.

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There's no better way to honor America than with a pig roast on the patio. Guests can enjoy $3 chicken, beef and pork sliders as well as drink specials. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Bub City

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Military personnel and their family will receive 50% off food purchases during Bub City's Barbecue for the Troops on July 4. A portion of the proceeds will go to USO to support servicemen. $4 Bud cans will also be offered all day.

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It’s the 4th of July, Nashville-style at The Southern starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy $5 Jack cocktails, $3 Miller High Life bottles, $3 Old Granddad shots and the famous hot, glazed fried chicken, along with country music.

Toni Patisserie & Café

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In honor of the 4th of July and Bastille Day, Toni Patisserie and Café will be throwing “The Summer of Sweet Independence” celebration from July 4 to 14. Select sweets only available during the occasion include Eat Sweets or Die Macaroons; Land of the Sweet Panna Cotta; and Vive la Tarte! Savory dishes offered include heirloom tomato salad; toasted French brie, Michigan cherry and honey baguette; and watermelon gazpacho with pickled blueberries and jicama. Wash it down with a revolutionary cocktail named “The Sparkler.”

Little Market Brasserie

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Ryan Poli has prepared some picnic-themed specials perfect for a day out on the patio. Guests can enjoy BBQ ribs, Kobe hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob and a housemade potato salad. The Tippling Bros have also crafted the Independence Fever, a layered red, white and blue cocktail with a starfruit garnish.

Shaw's Crab House

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Celebrate the red, white and blue with half-priced oysters all day in the oyster bar. Guests will have the option of both the East and West Coast variety. And from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Schaumburg location, the plump, briny bivalves will be just 50 cents apiece.

Rockit Bar & Grill

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Kick off the Fourth a little early on July 3 at 8 p.m. with a live performance from South of 80, a Chicago All-American cover band, along with $5 Yacht Club vodka cocktails.

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Get on the rooftop and celebrate all weekend long, starting July 4 through 7, with burgers available throughout the day. Choose from three offerings: the O.T.T Burger with Wagyu Beef, Foie Gras and Nancy’s Camembert ($30); Char-grilled Wagyu Burger with Wisconsin Cheddar, Bacon and Horseradish Crème ($20); and The dec’s own Turkey Burger with Roasted Poblano & Corn Relish, Avocado Remoulade, and Pickled Red Onion on a Whole Wheat Bun ($19). Finish it off with the patriotic Red, White & Blue Sundae with Strawberry Sorbet, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cheesecake, and topped with Filbert’s Blueberry Soda.

John Barleycorn

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John Barleycorn will open early at 11 a.m. on Independence Day and offer $6 half-pound cheeseburgers, $4 craft beers, $3 domestic drafts and bottles and $5 4 Rebels Sangria Royales. The new sidewalk café and upgraded beer garden will be open as well.

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On Saturday, July 6, Bill Kim will host a live cooking demonstration featuring recipes from the July issue of Food & Wine. The dishes include Lola’s Roast Chicken with Sambai Chimichurri; Spiced Shrimp with Tomato Salsa and Avocado; and Corn on the Cob with Curry Mayonnaise and Chile Salt. Afterwards, guests will be served the dishes family-style along with pitchers of Riesling sangria with lychees and iced tea. The cost is $50 and tickets can be purchased online.

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Celebrate with a pre-Fourth Red, White and Bluegrass Jam featuring live music from Moonshine & Honeysuckle and Black Coffee Fridays from 8 to 11 p.m. on July 3. Then enjoy a three-course meal of All-American classics served family-style. Selections include bacon corn bread, grit cakes, grilled or fried smoked Slagel chicken, Angels’ ribs, and a Fourth of July pie.

Epic

Join Epic for a pre-Independence Day Rooftop Soiree on July 3rd from 1 p.m. to midnight. Guests will enjoy $3 Strongbows, $5 Evan Williams bourbon shots, $8 Berry bunch cocktails and $8 cherry barbecued baby back ribs with fries, along with the full lounge menu.

Porkchop

There's no better way to honor America than with a pig roast on the patio. Guests can enjoy $3 chicken, beef and pork sliders as well as drink specials. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Bub City

Military personnel and their family will receive 50% off food purchases during Bub City's Barbecue for the Troops on July 4. A portion of the proceeds will go to USO to support servicemen. $4 Bud cans will also be offered all day.

The Southern

It’s the 4th of July, Nashville-style at The Southern starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy $5 Jack cocktails, $3 Miller High Life bottles, $3 Old Granddad shots and the famous hot, glazed fried chicken, along with country music.

Toni Patisserie & Café

In honor of the 4th of July and Bastille Day, Toni Patisserie and Café will be throwing “The Summer of Sweet Independence” celebration from July 4 to 14. Select sweets only available during the occasion include Eat Sweets or Die Macaroons; Land of the Sweet Panna Cotta; and Vive la Tarte! Savory dishes offered include heirloom tomato salad; toasted French brie, Michigan cherry and honey baguette; and watermelon gazpacho with pickled blueberries and jicama. Wash it down with a revolutionary cocktail named “The Sparkler.”

Little Market Brasserie

Ryan Poli has prepared some picnic-themed specials perfect for a day out on the patio. Guests can enjoy BBQ ribs, Kobe hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob and a housemade potato salad. The Tippling Bros have also crafted the Independence Fever, a layered red, white and blue cocktail with a starfruit garnish.

Shaw's Crab House

Celebrate the red, white and blue with half-priced oysters all day in the oyster bar. Guests will have the option of both the East and West Coast variety. And from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Schaumburg location, the plump, briny bivalves will be just 50 cents apiece.

Rockit Bar & Grill

Kick off the Fourth a little early on July 3 at 8 p.m. with a live performance from South of 80, a Chicago All-American cover band, along with $5 Yacht Club vodka cocktails.

The dec

Get on the rooftop and celebrate all weekend long, starting July 4 through 7, with burgers available throughout the day. Choose from three offerings: the O.T.T Burger with Wagyu Beef, Foie Gras and Nancy’s Camembert ($30); Char-grilled Wagyu Burger with Wisconsin Cheddar, Bacon and Horseradish Crème ($20); and The dec’s own Turkey Burger with Roasted Poblano & Corn Relish, Avocado Remoulade, and Pickled Red Onion on a Whole Wheat Bun ($19). Finish it off with the patriotic Red, White & Blue Sundae with Strawberry Sorbet, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cheesecake, and topped with Filbert’s Blueberry Soda.

John Barleycorn

John Barleycorn will open early at 11 a.m. on Independence Day and offer $6 half-pound cheeseburgers, $4 craft beers, $3 domestic drafts and bottles and $5 4 Rebels Sangria Royales. The new sidewalk café and upgraded beer garden will be open as well.

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