Four Non-Firework Related Activities for the Fourth of July Weekend

Mamby on the Beach

Fireworks at Navy Pier is always a must for the Fourth of July, but don’t stop there. Here are four other events that will make for a perfect Fourth of July Weekend.



Windy City RibFest

July 1–3
4700 N. Broadway St.
$5 gate donation

Backyard barbecues are often a feature of the Fourth, but for those looking to avoid the cookout but still eat delicious food, Windy City RibFest is the answer. Featuring several nationally renowned barbecue joints as well as local favorites, this fest will surely satisfy the taste buds while keeping attendees entertained with music, beer, and a play area for kids.


Mamby on the Beach

July 2–3
Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets start at $65

One of the few music festivals south of Downtown Chicago, Mamby on the Beach returns for its second year. This unique festival lets you dig your toes into the sand while listening to renowned artists like Chet Faker, Lupe Fiasco, Animal Collective, Santigold, Chromeo, and more.



Chicago History Museum 57th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
1601 N. Clark St.
The event on Uihlein Plaza is free and admission to the museum will be free for Illinois residents.

This family friendly event features patriotic music by the Americana Concert Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. Following the event the museum will be opened until 4:30 p.m. Make sure to check out the “Lincoln’s Undying Words” exhibit, which looks at the iconic president’s evolving views on slavery through artifacts, speeches, and interactive experiences.


100406-N-1232M-001 CHICAGO (April 6, 2010) Sailors assigned to various commands at Naval Station Great Lakes unfurl an American flag before the 2010 home opening Chicago White Sox baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Thomas Miller/Released)

A Chicago White Sox baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Thomas Miller/Released)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Chicago Cubs v. Cincinnati Reds
July 4 at 1:20 p.m.
Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago White Sox v. New York Yankees
July 4 at 1:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St.

Whether you’re a Northsider or Southsider, celebrate America’s birthday with America’s pastime as the Cubs and White Sox are both in town. It all starts on the South Side with the Sox and Yankees at 1:10 p.m. Fans will enjoy a pregame acoustic set by Michael Tolcher and then the National Anthem by REO Speedwagon. Things move to the North Side as the Cubs play the Marlins at 1:20 p.m. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs camouflage apron.

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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