Chicago Hotels & Vacation Rentals for 4th of July

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Chicago is the Ideal Location in which to Celebrate Independence Day

Whether it be firework displays reflected in the lake at Navy Pier or contemporary music concerts in Millennium Park, Chicago hotels for 4th of July are ideal for anyone celebrating American independence. Catch a free concert, or make your way to nearby Lisle for the Eyes to the Skies Festival. Bright hot air balloons fill the skies over a carnival with live music. In Chicago city center, SummerDance attracts hundreds of dancers to Grant Park to Salsa and Zydeco their way through the weekend. Whatever you get up to on your Independence Day weekend in Chicago, it's sure to be exuberant.

4th of July in Chicago: Top Accommodations

Apartment ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Portage Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $98
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4.3
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Apartment ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Mid-North District, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $136
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Hanson Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $80
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Ranch Triangle, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $108
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4.8
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Palmer Square, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $82
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4.5
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $162
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3.5
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Irving Woods, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $91
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5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Garfield Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $21
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4.5
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Fifth City, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $26
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3.5
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Where to See 4th of July Fireworks in Chicago

The annual pyrotechnics at Navy Pier are legendary. Chicago's lakefront downtown unites viewers beneath a canopy of glittering illuminations. Patriotic music plays in the background and thousands throng park to catch sight of this spectacular show. Here are the best spots in the city from which to view the lights:

  • 1. Chicago City Cruises

    Beat the crowds and take to the water to see the spectacular lights shimmer on the surface of mighty Lake Michigan. Your cruise is accompanied by a gourmet buffet dinner, an open bar, and DJ sets. Enjoy this unique and unforgettable experience when you stay in Chicago vacation rentals for 4th of July.

  • 2. Maggie Daley Park

    With plenty of space to run around, this popular twenty acre park is a prime viewing spot. With several playgrounds, children can race about to their hearts' content in the build up to the big event. Be sure to arrive early to snag yourself some lawn chairs in prime firework viewing position.

  • 3. Kayak Tours

    Take to the water under your own power for a magical experience of the fireworks. Paddle through the illuminations as they jump and jiggle on the water's surface. You can navigate this child-friendly experience in either a single or a double kayak. Tours depart from the Wateriders Riverwalk on the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Best Places to Stay for 4th of July in Chicago

Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Heart of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $40
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4.5
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Back of the Yards, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $18
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4.5
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
South Austin, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $25
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4.5
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Chicago 4th of July Family Activities

The streets and parks of Chicago are filled with free concerts, festivals and classes during Independence Day weekend. You and your family can get patriotic in Millennium Park or root for the local team at one of Chicago's world-class sporting venues. Here are the events not to miss if you are visiting with your family:

  • 1. Millennium Park Concerts

    Patriotic sounds reverberate in leafy Millennium Park. Head to the Jay Pritzker Pavillion for all your favorites, from Stars and Stripes forever to the 1812 Overture. You and your family can also catch the show at the South Shore Cultural Center if you miss it on the day.

  • 2. Catch a Game

    Chicago's sports teams will take on a variety of challengers over the Independence Day weekend. Watch the Cubs, Fire and White Sox play on their home turf, hotdog in foam hand. What could be better than a baseball match on sunny Wrigley Field?

  • 3. Chicago SummerDance

    When you stay in Chicago hotels for 4th of July, take the opportunity to participate in America's largest annual outdoor dancing program. All ages and experience levels get their groove on in Grant Park, where expert instructors offer free hour-long lessons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Recommended Accommodations for 4th of July in Chicago

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
University Village / Little Italy, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $113
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4.5
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Fuller Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $17
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Loop Gate, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $45
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4.5
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Where to Find the Best 4th of July BBQ Food in Chicago

Spicy, sticky barbecues go hand in hand with the sultry summer weather. Chicago's numerous communities make for some superior barbecues. There are so many great places to dine in the city that you will want to try them all. Here's a selection of some of the best barbecues in Chicago on July 4th:

  • 1. Windy City RibFest in Uptown

    Take to the streets of the trendy Uptown district for hickory smoked treats and tangy barbecue sauces. Local tribute bands and classic indie acts headline at this popular summer street party, which welcomes young and old.

  • 2. Freedom Fest

    Without doubt, this is one of the top Independence Day parties in town. Quite literally, the rooftop affair overlooks Navy Pier with views stretching out beyond Chicago to Lake Michigan. Barbecue wafts throughout the 27,000 square foot rooftop venue. After the dazzling firework display, DJs spin the celebrations into the night.

  • 3. African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

    For spicy jerk chicken and marinated meat dishes, head to this family friendly event in Union Park. It's not just mouthwatering meals that draw visitors though. Live reggae, R&B, Gospel and Jazz music vibrates from various stages and there are arts and fashion exhibits that ensure the event attracts a huge variety of excited festival goers.

Top Offers for 4th of July in Chicago

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Loop Gate, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $89
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4.5
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West Loop Gate, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $112
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4.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Loop Gate, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $91
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4.5
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