12 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July in Chicago

By Cassie Hurwitz and Rosemary Siefert | July 2, 2018 | Food & Drink

If you’re looking to switch up your typical Fourth of July itinerary of drinking beer from a koozie and grilling hot dogs all day, look no further than the offerings at the below Chicago hotspots. From custom cocktails to decadent desserts and more, here’s how 12 of the city’s best spots are ringing in the holiday.

Show your stripes at Stan's Donuts & Coffee

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The donut extraordinaire shows off its patriotic flair with the Bomb Pop Donut, a classic buttermilk bar dressed in red, white and blue glaze. Fused with cherry, lemon and blue-raspberry flavorings, the delicious treat is anything but basic. $2.75. Available June 29 —July 4 at all 9 Chicago-area locations.

Relax on the rooftop at Noyane

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With its dazzling city vistas atop the Conrad Hotel, Noyane offers a respite from the bustle below. Refresh with a red, white and blue snowball dessert crafted with rum-infused strawberry syrup, condensed milk and blue curacao. Available July 1-8. 101 E. Erie St. 312-667-6796

Nosh with nostalgia at Rockit Burger Bar

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Stop by the Wrigleyville staple for their can’t-miss $13 combo: a cheeseburger paired with the Bomb Pop cocktail, an adult riff on the favorite childhood treat featuring vodka, blue Curacao and grenadine. 3700 N. Clark St. 773-645-4400

Plan a picnic with The Florentine

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Add an Italian spin to Independence Day with The Florentine’s summer picnic baskets designed for two to four people. The three basket options tout a variety of treats, including cheese, cannoli and red or white wine, making them the perfect complement to your holiday festivities. Starting at $35. 151 W. Adams St. 312-660-8866

Satisfy your sugar fix at La Bodega del Barrio

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This River North go-to is offering a special Fourth of July churro for the whole month: blueberry-flavored dough frosted with vanilla buttercream, topped with berry jam, white chocolate curls and fresh blueberries. $3.50. 355 N. Clark St. 630-688-9980

Enjoy a sweet treat at Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern

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Whether you scored tickets to the Cubs game or are simply spending the day in Wrigleyville, indulge in the Fourth of July Beach Cake Shake at Brickhouse Tavern, which is conveniently located just outside Wrigley Field. The extravagant shake is topped with a slice of cake, fondant and a shortbread cookie; if that’s not enough, make it a boozy treat by adding in your preferred vodka flavor. $10 without alcohol; $12 with alcohol. 3647 N. Clark St. 773-377-4770

Imbibe inspired sips at MAD Social

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There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cool blue boozy beverage. While this Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant restaurant is closed for the holiday, its specialty cocktail, The Proud Sipper—Hendrix Gin, creme de violette, simple and lime, topped with brandied cherries—is a must-try from July 1-3. $10. 1140 W. Madison St. 312-243-2097

Recline on the patio at Cafe Brauer

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Skyline views pair swimmingly with specialty sips on the Patio at Cafe Brauer, where three festive drinks channel the colors of the flag: the Cherry Mimosa, boasting both orange and blood orange juice, grenadine and prosecco; the classic Pina Colada; and the blue curacao-infused Patio Blue Margarita, which packs a punch with tequila and triple sec. $8 each. 2021 N. Stockton Dr., 312-507-9053

Grill out with the Publican Anker Patio

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Toast the holiday with amped-up American classics while unwinding on the locale’s new outdoor patio. Sip on Aperol, Apologue Persimmon and Cynar spritzes all day, and stick around from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for deals on burgers, wings, oysters and wine at the afternoon grill-out. In a hurry? Grab a freshly grilled hot dog for $3 from chef de cuisine AJ Walker, who will be grilling outside the Wicker Park hotspot. 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-904-1121

Enjoy inspired sips at Cindy’s

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The popular rooftop resto at Chicago Athletic Association evokes the summertime rite of roasting s'mores by the fire with Another Layer, a tipple composed of Sacred Bond 4 year Brandy, graham cracker, toasted coconut and Hidalgo Fino sherry. 12 S. Michigan Ave. 312-792-3502

Celebrate a day early at The Optima

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If you don’t want to fire up the grill, chef Manny Calderon will do it for you at the Old Town newcomer’s Third of July party. Jumpstart the holiday over burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and half slab ribs, while classic games such as Jenga and cornhole will make it feel like you’re celebrating in your own backyard. 1252 N. Wells St. 312-778-7111

Get patriotic at Public House

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Fly the flag (kind of) with the River North gastropub’s buttercream cake-topped milkshake, featuring Not Your Father’s Root Beer and a lollipop. $15. 400 N. State St. 312-265-1240

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