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Best Places To See Fireworks In Chicago

The Fourth of July is a much-anticipated holiday for people in Chicago. With an abundance of venues throughout the city hosting their own fireworks show and the wonder and amazement that comes from both the young and old alike, Chicagoans revel in their chance to partake in this national holiday. In 2012, "4th Of July Fests & Fireworks In The Suburbs" was a great resource for those looking for fireworks shows just outside of the city. However, some of the great places to view fireworks on the Fourth of July were left off that list.

See this year's complete list of Fireworks locations here. Read about the best spots below!

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Navy Pier Fireworks
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-7437

Date: Various times throughout the summer

You don't need to wait until Independence Day to see fireworks. Navy Pier hosts a fireworks show multiple times throughout the summer, through August 28. Wednesday shows will start at 9:30 p.m and end at 10 p.m., while Saturday shows start at 10:15 p.m. and end at 10:45 p.m. These will be accompanied by some sort of special event, like a water show, for all to enjoy.

Evanston 4th of July Association
1700 Sheridan Road
(between Sheridan Road & Clark St.)
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 637-5236

Date: July 4, 2013

This 4th of July celebration event is all encompassing. There will be a parade, musical concert and a lakefront fireworks show. Fireworks can be seen from any area around the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston. Each year, there are bands and concerts that feature patriotic music. Kids will love the parade and families will stick around to enjoy the fireworks show.

Fireworks & Family Fest
Gillson Park
800 Gillson Park Drive
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-9656

Date: July 3, 2013

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include everything from face painting to various food stations. Patriotic music will be featured by the Palatine Concert Band, which starts at 7:15 p.m. in the Wallace Bowl. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. but the event runs until 11 p.m. Fireworks will be located at the lakefront.

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Chicago Heights Spectacular Fireworks
Bloom High School
101 W. 10th St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 756-5300

Date: July 3, 2013

This fireworks show will be located at the north soccer field of Bloom High School. The fireworks can be viewed anywhere around Chicago Road and 10th Street. This is a free event and open to all. The event starts with the pre-fireworks show starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks beginning at dusk.


Taste of Lombard Fireworks
Madison Meadow Park
600 E. Madison St.
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 375-7474

Date: July 4, 2013

This fireworks show is part of the festivities surrounding the Taste of Lombard. On July 4, the Taste of Lombard will be running from noon to 11 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Entrance is free for children under nine years of age and others cost $3. There will be carnival rides, live entertainment and numerous food stations to choose from.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor's in Communication and is currently working on her Master's. Her work can be found on

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