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Best fireworks 2017 July 4th Chicagoland

The best fireworks 2017 July 4th Chicagoland. It is hard to believe that we are already in July. This is the time to enjoy time with friends and family and even have a BBQ. Here is a guide to help you enjoy the time off and where to go.

The Wilmette IL fireworks is always on July 3rd. The reason for this is so you can also go to another event on the 4th of July if you want. The gathering is at Gillson Park and one of the most popular with thousands of people attending.Fireworks Wilmette IL

Evanston has a wonderful parade that takes place on Central Street. There are 6 beaches and you can watch the fireworks display from any of these beach parks. The city starts shooting off the display at 9:15 at Sheridan Road and Church street.

Enjoy yourself and be safe. It is better to watch the provided fireworks and skip the do it yourself events. It is dangerous and not nearly as vivid as what the city and villages provide.

Where ever you might be in Chicago land enjoy the three day weekend. We provide a list to help you find your choice of displays. It is hard to believe how fast the Summer goes by.

Best Fireworks 2017 July 4th

City of Chicago

Independence Day Fireworks/Celebration presented by Miller Lite
9:30 p.m. July 4
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago


Arlington Heights

9:30 p.m. July 3
Arlington Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave.


Burbank Park Independence Day Celebration
9:30 p.m. July 1
Michael Looney Park, 77th Street and Narragansett East


Bridgeview July 3 Celebration
9 p.m. July 3
Bridgeview Park District, 8100 S. Beloit Ave.

Chicago Heights

July 3, fireworks at dusk
Bloom Township High School’s North Field, 101 W. 10th St.
Entertainment begins at 6 p.m.


Sparks at the Park: Fans welcome to walk onto the field and have a picnic in the park
Gates open 6 p.m. July 3; Disney movie in the ballpark at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks
Standard Bank Stadium/Windy City Thunderbolts, 14011 Kenton Ave.

Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
Parade down 95th Street at 6 p.m. July 3, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Duffy Park, 92nds Street and Millard Avenue


Independence Day Extravaganza
4 to 10 p.m. July 3; fireworks at dusk
Lemont Park District Centennial Campus, 16028 127th St.

Morton Grove

Morton Grove Days
2:30 p.m. parade, fireworks at dusk July 4 (last day of festival)
American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. in Morton Grove

Oak Lawn

July 4th Star Spangled Celebration
Daytime activities and events: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at Centennial Park in Oak Lawn
Evening entertainment: DJ at 7 p.m. at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave. in Oak Lawn
Fireworks display at dusk at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave.

Oak Forest

30th Annual Oak Fest 2017
final day: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4; fireworks at dusk
159th and Central Avenue in Oak Forest

Oak Park

July 4 Parade
Steps off at 10 a.m. July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street
Fireworks at dusk (weather permitting) at the Oak Park and River Forest High School stadium, East Avenue and Lake Street

Orland Park

Independence Day Celebration
7:15 to 9:15 p.m. July 4 concert by Run Forrest Run followed by fireworks
Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave. in Orland Park


6oth Annual Hometown Fest
9 p.m. fireworks July 3
Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Road

Palos Heights

Fireworks over Lake Katherine
9:15 p.m. July 3
Memorial Park, 76th Avenue and College Drive


9:20 p.m. July 3
Summit Park, 5700 S. Archer Ave.

Tinley Park

4th of July Celebration
8 a.m. July 4 Stars & Stripes 5k followed by activities, music and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
McCarthy Park, 16801 S 80th Ave. in Tinley Park




Evanston 4th of July
Lakefront musical fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. July 4
Fireworks will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of downtown Evanston.


July 4th Celebration
9 p.m July 4
Lakefront Park, 647-699 Longwood Avenue in Glencoe


Glenview 4th of July Celebration
7 p.m. Twilight Concert & Fireworks Show at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Boulevard
Fireworks at dark from the middle of Lake Glenview

Highland Park

2017 Highland Park Independence Day
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4
Best viewed from Wolters Field, 1080 Park Ave. W

Lake Forest

Festival & Fireworks
5 to 10 p.m. July 4
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road in Lake Forest


Pancakes, Parades and Patriotism
7:30 a.m. 5K, 7:30 to 11 a.m. breakfast, fireworks at dusk July 4
Meadowhill Park and Techny Prairie Park and Fields


Skokie’s Independence Day Parade & 3D Fireworks Festival
5 to 10 p.m. July 4
Downtown and Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St. in Skokie


Independence Day 2017 Celebration
4 to 10 p.m. July 3
Gillson Park


Fourth of July Parade and Fourfest
10 a.m. parade July 4; Fourfest at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:20 p.m. July 4
Parade steps off from Elm Street and Glendale Avenue; fireworks at Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road



Fireworks at dusk July 4
Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St.

Buffalo Grove

Independence Day Fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 4 (concert at 7 p.m.)
Viewing from Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park


July 3rd Fireworks Show at Brickyards Park: gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk
July 4 parade and events


July 4th Fest at Six Flags
Dusk on July 2, 3 and 4
Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway


Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks
Dusk on July 1
Central Park, 100 Library Lane

Lake Zurich

4th of July Celebration
Fireworks at about 9:15 p.m. July 4
Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road


Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on July 4
Butler Lake Park, 500 Lake St. in Libertyville

Vernon Hills

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4
Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills


Evanston IL Artisan Summer Fest

The Evanston IL Artisan Summer fest is this weekend. That is June 24 and 25 of 2017. A lot of fun events will be going on but we have to explain this to you. The event is a little different than in the past.2017 Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest

The event takes the place of the Fountain Square Art Festival. As you may or may not know, the fountain square is being totally rebuilt at this time and is currently a construction zone. That is a different story and promises to be great for the community.

The location of the Evanston IL Artisan Summer Fest is going to be Sherman Avenue between Davis and Clark. The time are Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. There is a $5 suggested donation at the entrance but not mandatory.

Here is what the city of Evanston says about the event.

Expect something fresh and new. Exciting changes are in store as the Fountain Square Art Festival is rebranded in 2017 to emerge as the “Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest.”

The North Shore’s largest and oldest art fair will feature a fresh, new mix of over 100 juried, traditional and re-cycled art booths. Re-cycled art is born from artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. Many of these artists have been showcased at Remix Chicago.

Visitors will be delighted and surprised by strolling street musicians and performers, small bites of food, and a children of all ages urban street art installation project that will be completed during the two-day event.

Please stop by for craft beer and wine tasting and a bunch of food will be offered. This will really be a fun time for everyone. I will be there and if you see me please say hi. I call this a perfect chance to take some photos and get outside.

The art work will be excellent and fun to browse.

Custer Street Fair Evanston IL 2017

Tomorrow is the start of the Custer Street Fair 2017. This is the best outdoor event that the town puts on and we are very excited about attending.  People come from afar to eat, drink and listen to fantastic music for two days.

Kraig Kenning

Kraig Kenning

The Custer Street Fair will be running Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and June 18th. This event has taken place since 1972. Each year since then artists, craftspeople, antique dealers, restaurateurs, entertainers and the business community get together with 70,000 attendees for this award-winning Northshore tradition.

The streets around Main and Chicago Avenue will be closed off. The will be dancing in the streets. This thing is so much fun and I always come away satisfied with the music, great food, and crafts. There is not one year that I do not bump into multiple friends from around the town of Evanston who are out there to enjoy.

Some excellent entertainment that will be playing sets both days are guitar wiz Kraig Kening, Evanston own the Paul Maslin Group and the Evanston School of Rock. You can hear music that ranges from Funk, Rock and Roll and Jazz as well as a ton of R & B.

In my opinion the food offered at the street fair is not your typical venue eats. You get homemade Ethnic dishes from all corners of the earth. There are defiantly a few pounds coming on this weekend and the people do not care. This is well worth it and a once a year event.

Custer Street Fair Evanston IL 2017

Another key point is that the hours of the Custer street fair are 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. You are treated to over 30 food vendors offering a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. All reasonably priced. Offered are two stages of music running throughout the event.

This is really a blast and I hope to run into you. You will find me dancing to great tunes with a plate of something in my hand.

Custer Street Fair

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