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Best Stores In Chicago For Fourth Of July Paraphernalia

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, now is the time to make sure you have what you need to celebrate Independence Day in style. This year, show your patriotism in style. Whether you need the best butcher shop for burgers for your backyard soiree or you want to impress your friends with an exquisite beer selection, the following venues in the Chicago area will help your party be both patriotic and fun. Just remember to pick up what you need before the Fourth, as many of these venues may not be open on Independence Day.
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Army Navy Sales
3100 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-8930

What's a Fourth of July celebration without a flag or two? If you're in need of a flag, then consider checking out Army Navy Sales in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Established in 1946, Army Navy Sales offers plenty of U.S. flags, as well as flags for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines Corp, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. In addition to flags, Army Navy Sales offers a selection of gear for your next trip outdoors, including tents, jackets and camping equipment. Children's apparel is also available for sale.

The Beer Temple
3185 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-0907

If you're in charge of bringing beer to the Fourth of July party, forego the six-pack at your local grocery store and peruse the selection at The Beer Temple instead. This Avondale neighborhood store features an assortment of beer from craft breweries. The selection includes beer from an assortment of brands, including Evil Twin, Three Floyds, BrewDog and Surly, and a complete list is available on The Beer Temple's website. If you're not quite sure what you want, don't despair; beer sold at the Temple is also categorized by style, including Belgian IPA, hybrids, sour beers, red ale and pilsner. You can also check out the Temple's blog for the latest in beer news.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-7243

Have you ever wondered what exactly happened during the Revolutionary War, or wanted to delve into a biography of an historical figure instrumental in the fight for independence? Then consider checking out the selection of books available at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. This independent store features biographies and an inside look at what life was like during the Revolutionary War. The bookstore regularly includes book signings and author discussions, as well as book clubs. If mysteries are more your cup of tea, then take a look at Centuries & Sleuths' selection of whodunits.

Related: Best 4th Of July Parties In Chicago

Doolin's Amusement Supply Co.
511 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243-9424

Get the party started by decorating your place in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. Doolin Amusement Supply Co. is located in Chicago's River West neighborhood and features an assortment of party supplies so you can celebrate the Fourth in style. Instead of only using your deck furniture and calling it a day, decorate your area with patriotic-themed table covers, centerpieces, balloons, streamers and more. Doolin's also offers an assortment of eco-friendly tableware and utensils. The store is located near several public transportation stops, so you can easily stop in on your way home from work.
Dorfler's Meat Market
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Dorfler's Meat Market
1182 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 459–3060

If you're in Chicago's northwest suburbs, then make a trip to Dorfler's Meat Market for your backyard barbecue. Dorfler's offers standard favorites, including beef, pork and poultry, so you can grab what you need for a crowd. The store's selection of lunch meats and cheeses, as well as its signature sandwiches, are a must-have for your party, too. You can also stock up on side dishes, including specialty salads and chips.

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Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er." She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at

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