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Top 5 4th of July Fireworks Spots in Chicago

We all know that catching the 4th of July fireworks in the city means heading East to the lake. But choosing your final resting place for the fantastic show doesn’t mean settling for the uber crowded Navy Pier. We’ve compiled a top 5 list of our favorite spots to watch the Chicago fireworks this year from Curbed Chicago:

Ohio Street Beach


There’s no doubt that Ohio Street Beach is going to be slammed on the weekend leading up to the big Fourth of July fireworks show, but it may be a little easier to find a spot on Monday evening for the show. This beach, although small, is the closest one to Navy Pier and will offer some of the best views of the show.

Oak Street Beach


If Ohio Street Beach is too packed, Oak Street Beach is also a great option to get a close view of the Navy Pier fireworks. This beach is a bit bigger and only a few blocks away.

Maggie Daley Park


Navy Pier will no doubt be to best spot to get an up close view of the fireworks show, but families may want to also consider Maggie Daley Park. Be sure to the park a little early though, it will likely be a popular spot to catch the show this year.



The rooftop level of the hip Chicago Athletic Association Hotel will no doubt will jam packed on Monday evening, but if you’re looking to sip on a fancy cocktail while watching the fireworks display, Cindy’s will be your best bet.

The Signature Lounge

A date with a view

Maybe you’re looking to escape the crowds entirely and have a nice romantic evening for the Fourth of July. In that case, consider the Signature Room and the Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Center. The restaurant and bar offer some of the greatest views of Chicago of any food and beverage establishment, and the atmosphere will certainly be much more mellow.


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