4th of July 2014

2014 is a good year for many reasons but one very important reason is that the fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, giving most of us a much needed 3 day weekend, full of events, parties and good food.
Here are just a few things you could do to celebrate the USA this Fourth of July weekend.
So lets take a look!

Windy City RibFest


July 4-6, Lawrence & Broadway; This is one of those Chicago festivals that everyone talks about months in advance. It is a can’t miss summer event that you will be so glad you attended. Food, beer, wine, bands, arts & crafts, and kids’ activities. Oh wait, did we mention ribs?

Riverwest Music Festival


July 4-6, Chicago River; If you’re a person who likes to be in the know, attending events and discovering new things about Chicago before any of your friends, then be sure to attend the Riverwest Music Festival this year. It’s making its debut over the 4th of July weekend and features electronic music along the Chicago River.

Taste of Lakeview


July 5-6, Lincoln & Belmont; The greatest thing about taste of Lakeview isn’t the amazing food, music, art and crafts, it is the proximity to so many PPM buildings! Just walk outside and spend an amazing day right in your own neighborhood.

Beach Day


Why not have a more laidback Fourth of July this year? Check out our blog on beaches in the city, pack a beach bag (and maybe one for your dog depending on which beach you choose) and spend the day in the sun. Many beaches also have places nearby for food and drinks so there’s no need to worry about packing a lunch! (https://www.ppmapartments.com/blog/chicago-beach-breakdown/)

Fireworks: July 4


The only official fireworks show in the city of Chicago for the Fourth of July fireworks are at Navy Pier: 9:30pm. But, as you can probably guess, Navy Pier is going to be overcrowded and touristy for the event. So why not find a spot to watch that doesn’t involve tourists running you over on their Segways? Here are the best spots (in our humble opinion) to watch the Navy Pier Fireworks.

By Boat


Your absolute best bet for watching the fireworks will be by boat. Get a rental and a group of friends and head out for a night of sunset cruising and fireworks.

By Ferris Wheel


If you must get a front row seat at Navy Pier, you should probably do it from the best seat in the house: the navy pier Ferris wheel.

Millennium Park


Because the only thing better than laying on a blanket and looking up at the fireworks is also seeing them reflected in the bean.

The Terrace at Trump Tower


Reservations are highly recommended but you will feel like you have the best seat in the house without the crowds and with first class service.

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