Recommendations for the Week of July 4th

FireworksIndependence Eve Celebration at Grant Park Music Fest: Wednesday

Kick back and enjoy a beautiful evening in the park as The Grant Park Music Festival presents a free Independence Day Celebration featuring the Grant Park Orchestra in Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m.

7/3: Bhangra Party with DJ Rekha

She was named the Ambassador of Bhangra by the New York Times and is coming to Chicago this Independence Day week. Read More

Fourth of July Fireworks

Watch the sky light up during a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to a patriotic score on Lake Michigan. Read More

7/4-7/7: Chicago Tango Week

All night milongas, teachers, performers, live music + chacarera workshops. Read More

7/4-7/7: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts, and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 21st year. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers! Read More

7/4:”Grease” Sing-along

The original high school musical returns to the Music Box Theatre this Independence Day! Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket and shades, and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking ’50s sing-along. Read More

7/5: Wavefront Music Festival

Lather up the sunscreen, throw on your favorite swimsuit, rock your shades and get ready to dance as Montrose Beach turns into the hottest beach club in the city! This electronic dance music festival will feature the hottest DJs in the country. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago SummerDance Fest

Show your best moves on Chicago’s urban dance space! Enjoy two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor designed by artist Dan Peterman out of 100% recycled materials. Need a refresher? Each dance session is preceded by an introductory one-hour dance lesson. Read More

7/6: 4th pf July Dance Party with Sones de Mexico

Son Jarocho International Exchange project, this concert will feature Chicago bands Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Son Monarcas featuring the music of Veracruz. Special guest Andres Flores from the group Chuchumbe on jarana and pandero joins the cast direct from Veracruz. This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and support from the Mexican Tourism Bureau, and it takes place at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Admission is $15. For tickets go to

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