The 4th of July falls on a Monday this year, which means you have a full long weekend to celebrate America’s independence.
Chicago-area bars and restaurants are taking advantage of this by offering plenty of patriotic food and drink, along with live music, views of the city’s fireworks, and a classic summer barbecue.
Dress in red, white and blue, put on some sunscreen and head to one of these 21 places to party like it’s 1776.
Come at 8 p.m. on Mondays for free musical trivia and pool games while enjoying drink specials including $4 Old Style cocktails and $8 Copernicus cocktails, made with Crown Royal, Pimms, lemon juice and ginger beer. 2683 N. Halsted St., 773-348-9800, aliveone.com
Restaurant locations River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook are extending their weekend brunch through Monday, offering dishes such as baked French toast. Locations vary, beatrixrestaurants.com
Taste Christmas in July from July 4-17 with the White Winter Cosmo made with Reyka Vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain, White Cranberry Juice and Lime Juice and topped with frozen cranberries. Sip one at the restaurant for $9.90 or pick up a $15 cocktail kit that includes a shaker and all the ingredients for two drinks so you can make your own at home. 15537 S. Lagrange Road, Orland Park; 708-873-5170; bonefishgrill.com
The 45-piece Lake County Symphony Orchestra performs a free American Salute concert in the Long Grove Brewery beer garden at 7 p.m. Monday. Bring picnic blankets and chairs to watch the show while drinking beer and bites from a food truck. A special Red, Blue & Flight featuring Red Headed Stepchild Strawberry Blonde and Constantia Blue Blueberry Golden Ale is available Friday through Monday. 360 Historic Way, Long Grove; 847-821-6140; buffalocreekbrewing.com
Stock your barbecue by purchasing a six-pack of hamburger buns ($10) and a raspberry streusel pound cake or blueberry kuchen (both $25) Saturday and Sunday. Orders must be placed before Thursday. 1733 Central St., Evanston; 847-869-4396; hewnbread.com
Stop by the bar’s sno-ball window from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays for a $10 alcoholic frozen cocktail. Kids get a free red, white and blue sno-ball with any purchase, which you can enjoy on the dog-friendly patio at Wicker Park Bar. 1415 N. Wood St., 773-360-8320, inamaetavern.com
Happy hour specials are normally available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays are extended all day July 4, so you can enjoy $8 glasses of sangria and $7 tapas starting at 11 a.m. 500 N. Clark St., 312-820-7771, jaleo.com
Until Monday, the nostalgic restaurant chain will offer a strawberry-blueberry shake topped with an ice cream sandwich and a sugar cookie with red, white and blue sprinkles and a cupcake with a mini American flag. For a little more decadence, top it off with Baileys Irish Cream. Locations vary, jojosshakebar.com
See you Saturday and Sunday for a $29 package including a Lagunitas IPA and a wood-grilled double burger topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, curly leaf and aioli served with fries. 2301 W. Roscoe Street, 773-857-1985, lesudchicago.com
Head to flight school with a “Top Gun” themed party from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, with samples and goodies from Sam Adams, $5 pints from Sam Adams, $6 mules from Tito , $3 Chicago Dogs, $20 Truly Buckets, and a “$15 Flight of Three” with your choice of three shots of Skrewball, Fireball, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, or Malort. You can also show off everything you know about America with free quizzes at 7:00 p.m. by awarding gift cards and prizes from Truly. 1925 W. Cortland St., 773-489-0738, lottiespub.com
Pick up a Deluxe Picnic Basket ($125) for two this weekend and feast on lobster rolls, coleslaw, two sushi rolls, chips and cookies while enjoying the outdoors. Add a bottle of wine for $50. If you have other plans this weekend, don’t worry – the picnic offer will be available for the rest of the summer. 616 N. Rush Street, lurefishbar.com
Celebrate all weekend with New Amsterdam Red Berry vodka lemonades, cucumber mules and Topo Chico hard seltzers for $4 and a $14 wood-grilled smoked Polish sausage that includes caramelized onions, mustard of Dijon and waffle fries. 1801 Division Street West, 773-782-4400, macswoodgrilled.com
Get a festive pairing with a red, white and blue matcha drink made with vanilla almond milk, blueberry and beetroot powder ($8.95) and a funfetti waffle topped with strawberries, banana, cream whipped cream and patriotic nuggets ($9.95). 1017 W. Lake St., 312-785-9597, matchacitachi.com
Doors open at 11 a.m. Monday for a party with red, white and blue frozen cocktails, $5 bomb shots, $4 Sam Adams pints, $7 kids corn dogs with fries and a $14 fried chicken platter including fries and coleslaw. 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-799-8881, theramblerchicago.com
Don’t have a grill? Stop by this Bucktown bar at 7 p.m. on Mondays for a free hot dog, condiments and fries while supplies last. 1910 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-698-7715, curebarchicago.com
The Italian restaurant is adding BBQ favorites, including beef brisket and pulled pork sliders, to its Sunday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling; 847-777-6878; saranellos.com
Party on North Avenue Beach starting with a Mediterranean-inspired weekend brunch also available on Mondays. For extra luxury, book a sunbed, daybed, or cabana and order a few rounds of full-size cocktails. 1603 N. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, 312-635-8058, shoreclubchi.com
Lincoln Park and Streeterville bakeries offer festive treats Friday through Monday, including glazed sugar cookies ($3.85), glazed chocolate brownies ($5.25) and red, white and blue vanilla cake three-ply six-inch ($42). 1208 W. Webster Ave, 773-244-1174; 254 Ontario Street East, 312-255-1632; sweetmandybs.com
The chain is offering a rib taco special through Tuesday, including Dr Pepper barbecue sauce, napa salad, cherry jalapeño salsa and crispy jalapeños in a corn tortilla for $5.95. Locations vary, velvettaco.com
Watch fireworks all over the city from the West Terrace of the 22nd floor bar by reserving a table for two for $190 from 6-9 p.m. or 9-12 p.m. Monday, with reservations including a BBQ buffet , an open bar and a welcome cocktail. 133 E. Cermak Road, 312-528-0191, vurooftop.com
Place an order by Friday to pick up a nine-pack of Vanilla or Chocolate Cake Balls covered in red, white, and blue sprinkles ($23) or a six-pack of Red Velvet, Vanilla, and Chocolate Cupcakes with themed frosting ($18). Locations vary, westtownbakery.com
Samantha Nelson is a freelance writer.
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