4th of July in Chicago

30 June 2020

Chicago skyline at sunset


4th of July in Chicago is undeniably looking different this year. While the lakefront trails are open, the beaches are not, and Navy Pier has cancelled their annual fireworks show. But like other events during COVID-19, this is an opportunity for people to get creative when it comes to planning a day that’s both celebratory and safe this year. To help with inspiration, here’s just a few ideas on how to spend 4th of July in Chicago:


Enjoy a Night at the Drive-In

In case you haven’t heard, Chicago’s first and only drive-in movie theater opened just weeks ago. Chicago Drive-In operates out of the ChiTown Futbol facility in Pilsen, where just above 100 movie-goers get a truly old-school experience. Lean into nostalgia this 4th of July and get tickets to see one of two showings: Jurassic Parkor a midnight feature of Night of the Living Dead.Alongside the movie, people can enjoy concessions like tacos, wings, frozen mangoes — and of course, popcorn.


Feast on Chicago’s Best BBQ

On any summer holiday, Chicago’s beaches are abuzz with families and friends gathered to grill, eat and enjoy each other’s company. Although the lakefront remains closed, it’s still possible to carry on the BBQ tradition with the help of Chicago’s re-enlivened dining scene. For BBQ lovers all across the city, TimeOut Chicago’s got you covered with their comprehensive list of Chicago’s 12 best BBQ spots.


Spend the Day at Navy Pier

Navy Pier might have cancelled their famous fireworks show, but the Chicago mainstay is open and ready to entertain by day and night with other attractions. The park promenade, public docks and onsite restaurants are all open and ready to bring that same 4th of July festivity that they do every year. Enjoy a casual cruise on Mystic Blue, or while away the morning with boozy brunch at Offshore Rooftop & Bar.


From the 1000M team to you and yours, have a fantastic and safe 4th of July.