It’s a BBQ with all the fixins’ including bison burgers and housemade sausages. Drink specials include $3 American whiskey shots, $4 Coors Light tallboys and $5 watermelon punch. The grills heat up at 1 PM, and continue all afternoon to the sounds of a DJ (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-772-4322).
Get up close and personal with some fireworks at this rooftop bar. Grilling begins at 2 PM with a side of spiked popsicles (201 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-943-5000).
Wave at the W
With unobstructed views of Navy Pier, the Wet Deck at the W hotel is the perfect stop for secluded firework viewing. Each $75 ticket comes with specialty cocktails and food hot off the grill, in addition to a DK who will be spinning long after the fireworks stop (644 N. Lakeshore Dr.; 312-255-4480).
Wednesday at noon, play “finish the lyrics” with The Loop’s Rock Girl. Winners of the sing-off can earn concert tickets and other prizes (1725 W. Division St.; 773-697-4804).
Oak Street Beach
Sand between your toes, a plate of pulled chicken and a couple of cocktails – this is the recipe for a day off. The BBQ on the beach will begin at 2 PM and continue until 6 PM with food, drink and sand-covered fun. Tickets cost $35 (1001 N. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-988-4650).